The VI Women’s Argentine Open kicked off this week with eight teams competing for the most important ladies’ tournament in the world including five American women. La Dolfina returns once more with hopes to defend their title and will face off against fierce opponents, such as two-time champions El Overo Z7 UAE. However, La Irenita E-Movilty will be returning with the same players from last year, with Hope Arellano* in the starting lineup. The tournament will take place on the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) owned fields in Pilar and the final is set to take place in Palermo before the Argentine Open Final.
La Irenita E-Movilty will be in Zone 2 with El Overo Z7 UAE, La Ensenada Lancome and Las Betulas. Arellano, who recently finished second in the XII FIP World Polo Championship and made history as the first woman to play the final stages of the international tournament, is joined by Milagros Sanchez, Fatima Balzano and Izzy Parsons. Arellano will face off against her fellow Americans Mia Bray* and Catlin Dix, who will be playing for Las Betulas. La Irenita E-Movility’s biggest rival will be El Overo Z7 UAE.
Zone 1 features two more American players. Puerta Abierta Wolfpack Polo will be led by Izzy Wolf, from North Virginia, and Kylie Sheehan*, who spends her time in Wellington, Florida, and Aiken, South Carolina.
Kylie Sheehan, who spends her time in Wellington, Florida and Aiken, South Carolina will be competing for Puerta Abierta Wolfpack Polo. ©David Lominska
La Dolfina (33): Mia Camibaso (7), Milagros Fernández Araujo (7), Candelaria Fernández Araujo (9), Nina Clarkin (10)
La Aguada Miranda Bosch (25): Ina Lalor (7), Azucena Uranga (6), Jazmín Dupont (5), Mia Novillo Astrada (7)
Thai Polo (24): Maitena Marre (6), Catalina Lavinia (6), Sofia Rivas (5), Sol López Llames (7)
Puerta Abierta Wolfpack Polo (20): Agustina Imaz (5), Clara Martínez Ferrario (5), Isabella Wolf (5), Kylie Sheehan (5)
La Irenita E-Movility (29): Milagros Sánchez (7), Fátima Balzano (6), Izzy Parsons (8), Hope Arellano (8)
El Overo Z7 UAE (28): Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum (4), Clara Cassino (8), Millie Hine (7), Hazel Jackson (9)
Las Betulas (22): Sofía Lorenzo (5), Mia Bray (5), Sarah Wiseman (7), Catline Dixie (5)
La Ensenada Lancome (22): Pearl Venot (5), Lucie Venot (5), Luisa Del Carril (5), Elena Venot (7)
Hailing from North Virgina, Puerta Abierta Wolfpack Polo boasts Izzy Wolf on the roster. ©Oana Moore
Round 1 – Monday, November 21
La Dolfina def. Puerta Abierta Wolfpack Polo 18-2
La Aguada Miranda Bosch def. Thai Polo 7-3
La Irenita E-Movility def. La Ensenada Lancome 13-1
El Overo Z7 UAE def. Las Betulas 17-1
Round 2 – Thursday, November 24
La Irenita vs Las Betulas
La Dolfina vs Thai Polo
El Overo Z7 UAE vs La Ensenada Lancome
La Aguada Miranda Bosch vs Puerta Abierta Wolfpack
Round 3 – Monday, November 28
La Ensenada Lancome vs La Betulas
Puerta Abierta Wolfpack vs Thai Polo
La Irenita vs El Overo Z7 UAE
La Dolfina vs La Aguada Miranda Bosch
Round 4 – Thursday, December 1
Handicap Final – Winner Handicap Zone 1 vs. Winner Handicap Zone 2
Women’s Argentine Open Final – Friday, December 2 on Palermo Field 2
Winner Zone 1 vs. Winner Zone 2
*Hope Arellano is an Active Team USPA Member, Mia Bray is a Graduating Team USPA Member and Kylie Sheehan is Team USPA alumna. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.