This year marks the fifth edition of the Sampacho Cup, the traditional Argentine summer tournament, held at Estancia El Tala, Cordoba. The tournament will run from January 29-31.
“Organising the Sampacho Cup for the fifth year is very gratifying; it’s an example of the passion that polo generates and the success of the tournament over the past years,” the organisation committee comments. “More teams take part each year and the level of polo has become increasingly competitive. It is a pleasure to see the friendly atmosphere of the games and to see how the tournament improves year on year.”
Of course, this edition won’t be without surprises, and there will be activities for all. An exhibition for kids between 10-15 years of age will take place with the idea of making them play three chukkers each day. All the slots were filled as soon as the idea was put forward. The growth of polo in the interior of Argentina is notable, and the area around Estancia El Tala, and Rio Cuarto in general, is full of aspiring young players. The polo school continues to encourage kids to stick and ball and play polo.
Estancia El Tala has a full sized polo field, and a great number of boxes and corrals which can house over 200 horses. There are also apartments for grooms. The Estancia was previously a stud farm for thoroughbred racehorses. For this reason, the stone walled buildings are of exceptional quality, with ample boxes, stallion pens and wash-down facilities. The Estancia also includes guest houses for players and patrons, a tennis court and swimming pool.
Six teams between 8-10 goals will play the Cup. Many people are expected to attend the games during the weekend, to cheer on players and patrons from many different Argentine provinces. This traditional tournament takes place in January because the Estancias around Sampacho are filled with friends, family and players during this time.