The Dominican Republic Host a Brand New High Goal Season
Life’s a beach for those heading out to the stunning Dominican Republic to take part in, and support, the newest high goal season on the international polo circuit. This year, the Dominican Republic look set to bring Central America into the fold and showcase their ability to host an international, high goal level season to rival those of the United States and Dubai.
Having built two world-class polo fields at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas, and Los Establos, Cap Cana, with the management and guidance of world-renowned agricultural engineer Alejandro Battro, the scene is set for a fantastic season. La Dolfina teammates Juan Martín Nero and David Stirling are this time turned rivals, and are joined by many other familiar faces such as Ignacio Toccalino, Francisco Bensadón and Ignacio Laprida in the inaugural set of matches.
The season will be made up of four major tournaments:
The Bronze Cup: 7 – 23 January
The Silver Cup: 28 January – 13 February
The Gold Cup: 26 February – 19 March
The Caribbean Open: 24 March – 2 April
The season will also see a charity event, the Best of the Best Polo Day, and a Golfing With the Pros golf day, making the season altogether reminiscent of the Sotogrande summer season. With lovely weather, top quality fields and world class players to hand, the practices have started as players warm up themselves and their mounts for what is sure to be a great three months of polo.
The Dominican Republic Polo Challenge teams:
Lechuza: Víctor Vargas, Juan Martin Nero, José Donoso & Toto Collarden
Agualinda: Juan Jauretche, David Stirling Jr, Alfredo I. Vargas & Gastón Lisioli
Los Establos: Enrique Bonetti, Juan Clemente Marambio, Ignacio Toccalino & Alejandro Muzzio
Casa de Campo: Leo Matos, Ramiro Garrós, Tomás Pieres & Francisco Bensadón
Test Drive: Andrés James, Ignacio Laprida, Ignacio Novillo Astrada & TBA
Pitirri/Potranca: Rafael Pérez-Tony Rivera, Deny Santana, Lerín Zubiaurre & Rodrigo Rueda Jr.
La Carbuccia: Luis A. Carbuccia, Silvestre Donovan, Tomás García del Río & Zenón Zorrilla
Samanes: Carlos Silva, Juan Ambroggio, Santiago Toccalino & Marcelo Frayssinet
Photograph: the official Polo Challenge presentation held at La Martina, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Polo Challenge.