USPA Polo Assn Victorious Over Flexjet
The prestigious St. Regis World Snow Polo Championships was this year won by an on-form U.S. Polo Assn team, who beat Flexjet soundly 10-5 in an impressive match on Saturday 19 December at Rio Grande Park.
Packed crowds witnessed the U.S. Polo Assn’s Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Nic Roldan play a well-oiled game, taking a 4-1 advantage in the first chukka against Flexjet’s Melissa Ganzi, Jeff Hall and Juan Bollini.
Nic Roldan, in his third Finals in Aspen in three years, deservedly won a third Most Valuable Player Award for his play, where he scored four goals against the opposing team. After, he commented, “The three of us all contributed. The footing was great. It was a perfect day. The other team was tough to play against. I had two little assassins up front that let me sit in the back and not do that much.”
However, it was the pony of Flexjet’s Melissa Ganzi, owned by Halo Polo, who won the Best Playing Pony Award, the 9-year-old bay stallion, Open Quarzo.
Melissa and Marc Ganzi, co-founders of Aspen Valley Polo Club, along with Nacho Figueras, polo ambassador and St. Regis Connoisseur, were hosts of one of the world’s top snow polo tournaments and final stop on the World Polo Tour for the third consecutive year.
Photograph: Nic Roldan of U.S. Polo Assn. hits the ball out of the air. By Nick Tininenko