The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series gets underway Friday at Grand Champions Polo Club’s fields at Jan Pamela and Santa Rita Polo Farm.
By Sharon Robb
Five teams will compete in the three-week tournament.
A doubleheader is set for Friday’s opener. At noon, Farmington Polo Club plays Dundas and Beverly Polo takes on Mayer Ranch at 4 p.m. The subsidiary game and championship finals are scheduled for Feb. 13.
The team lineups are:
Beverly Polo (11): Bill Ballhaus, 0; Wil Ballhaus, -1; Tolito Ocampo, 7; Hilario Figueras, 5.
Dundas: Cable Magness, 0; Roberto Zedda, 4; TBA; TBA.
Farmington Polo Club (12): Heather Souto, 1; Baldo Palomeque, 4; Costi Caset, 5; Alfredo Rodriguez, 2.
Mayer Ranch (12): Ken Mayer, 0; Matt Coppola, 5; Juan Monteverde, 5; Brenny Stenzel, 2.
Orea Polo (12): Petra Sobotova, -1; Justin Daniels, 2; Santi Torres, 7; Carlitos Gracida, 4.
Gracida, the son of the late Hall of Famer and 10-goaler Carlos Gracida, is coming off a tournament victory at the Costa Careyes Polo Club in Mexico. Gracida and his La Karina teammates won the Jan. 2 USPA Border Circuit Congressional Cup with teammates Benito Hernandez, Patrick Boyd and Brian Boyd. Gracida was named MVP.
In last year’s Limited Edition 12-Goal Series final, Dundas I (Sarah Siegel Magness, Hugo Taylor, Mariano Fassetta, Roberto Zedda) defeated Dundas II (Cable Magness, Juan Cruz Marcos, Geronimo Obregon, Juan Martin Obregon), 11-9. Zedda was Most Valuable Player.
Grand Champions, the nation’s largest polo club, celebrating its 15th anniversary, is coming off its most successful fall season. Club officials hope to build off that success when it hosts 23 tournaments from January through April.
The 26-goal World Polo League, co-founded by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, returns for a fourth season. The All-Star Challenge opens the high goal season Feb. 8-26 followed by the Tommy Hitchcock Legacy Memorial, Feb. 27; Founders Cup, Feb. 23-March 13; Palm Beach Open, March 9-27; Triple Crown of Polo, March 23-April 16 and Beach Polo World Cup Miami Beach, April 29-May 1.
The high goal club tournaments feature the Feb. 2-12 Sterling Cup, Feb. 9-26 $100,000 World Cup and Mar. 1-13 Santa Rita Abierto.
The 16-goal league play includes the Feb. 14-Mar. 5 Grand Champions Cup, Mar. 8-26 Power Horse Invitational and Mar. 29-Apr. 16 Pedro Morrison Memorial.
The 12-goal league will be the Jan. 25-Feb. 12 Limited Edition 12-Goal Series, Feb. 15-Mar. 5 Sieber Memorial Trophy, Feb. 16-27 $50,000 National 12-Goal and Mar. 8-26 Top Pony 12-Goal.
In addition to the Aspen Valley Cup, the 8-goal tournament lineup is the Feb. 15-Mar. 5 Top Pony 8-Goal and Mar. 8-26 Limited Edition 8-Goal.
The 6-goal schedule features the Jan. 25-Feb. 12 Metropolitan Cup, Feb. 15-Mar. 5 Halo Polo Trophy and Mar. 8-26 Madelon Bourdieu Memorial.
There is also the Polo School Grand Champions Women’s League, co-founded by Melissa Ganzi and Alina Carta, for all ages and playing ability held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Santa Rita Polo Farm.
Grand Champions has added Sunset Chukkers and Cocktails, presented by Seminole Casino Coconut Creek held Tuesday late afternoon on Field One for players and guests.
Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm is the largest and most unique private 100-acre polo facility in Wellington with 120 stalls in several self-contained barns, exercise track, five climate-controlled tack rooms, vet room, staff quarters, guest house and polo fields with state-of-the-art underground irrigation and stick-and-ball fields.
During fall, winter and spring seasons, Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation’s largest club with 13 well-manicured, world-class fields at GCPC and Santa Rita Polo Farm, hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 26-goal including the 26-goal World Polo League in addition to special events.
The Polo School, now located at the former Pony Express facility owned by Melissa and Marc Ganzi, operates in Wellington January through May and September through November. For more information on the Fall Leagues or Polo School contact Director of Operations Juan Bollini at 561-346-1099 or General Manager Cale Newman at 561-876-2930.
Grand Champions Polo Club caters to men, women and youth polo players at all levels. Its’ expert staff can customize a complete playing experience including horses, pros and certified umpires in addition to lessons and practice sessions as part of its’ Polo On Demand program, the only polo club in the U.S. to offer the unique program.