Clemente Zavaleta, son of one of the Golden Triplets, suffered a serious accident yesterday when he fell from his horse while playing a polo game in Palm Beach, Florida. As a result of the collision against an opponent, he lost stability and suffered several serious injuries when he hit the ground: he remained unconscious for 15 minutes until a helicopter took him to a nearby medical center.
The official medical report indicated that he had a clot in his head next to a brain stem injury, while a lung bled and several ribs were fractured. The specialists had to induce him into a coma to proceed with the operation. Despite this, Infobae was assured from his environment that he is stable.
His mother, Maria Emilia Fernández Rousse, will travel around this time to the United States to accompany the 36-year-old polo player. “This is the news you never want to be given,”they said.
Corchito Zavaleta was playing for Canadian Frederick Mannix’s team, Alegría, alongside Argentines Agustín Merlos and Juan Bollini. The match against Catamount (consisting of Pablo Pieres, Ignacio Novillo Astrada, Victorino Ruiz Jorba and Scott Devon) was suspended as they equaled 3-3 in the second chukker. This match corresponds to the World Polo League, with 26 handicap goals, in the high season of the United States.
His father, also named Clemente Zavaleta (married 40 years ago to triplet Maria Emilia), was a polo player and works as manager in the Alegría organization, which is based in Buenos Aires and the North American country. In the Triple Crown in Argentina (the three high-handicap tournaments of the spring season), Corchito is the regular protagonist with 7 goals of appreciation. Their positions on the field are number 3 (playmaker) or back (defender).
His other favorite sport is football, where he doesn’t hide his fanaticism for Independiente de Avellaneda. In 2014 he married the French Isabelle Strom, a professional rider who competes in jumping and high performance (competitions of 1.45 meters high), at the castle of Château de Sainte-Mesme, located on the outskirts of Paris. The couple had two daughters: Olympia and Assia Eugenie.