Italy Polo Challenge, Harpa – HPE triumphs in Piazza di Siena: Facello, Cusmano and Llorente champions

The triumph of Harpa – HPE in the Piazza di Siena stage of the Italia Polo Challenge bears the signature of Fabrizio Facello, Therence Cusmano and Pedro Llorente. In a splendid final, played on the sand field of the Galoppatoio in front of packed stands (thousand spectators took turns in the stands), Harpa – HPE prevailed with a goal and a half lead (7-5 ​​1/2) over US Polo Assn., which saw the blues Stefano Giansanti, Fabrizio Murgolo and Patricio Rattagan on the field. Thus ends another stage of the arena polo circuit organized in collaboration with the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation, which brought hundreds of people to follow the event over the three days of competition, accompanied by an exceptional speaker: the actor Roberto Ciufoli, a great polo enthusiast who joined the microphone with the historic voice of Italian polo, Gian Luca Magini. Third place went to Union (Massimo Giambarresi, Goffredo Cutinelli Rendina, Paolo Grillini), who beat Engel & Völkers (Davide Fioranelli, Angel Valdez, Miguel Lagos Marmol) 8-6 1/2. The third and final stage of the Italia Polo Challenge 2023 is scheduled from 19 to 22 July in Sardinia, on the Abbiadori field. 

“Another exciting stage comes to an end – explains the general manager of Italia Polo Challenge, Adrian Motta -. In these three days of competitions we had a large attendance of the public and guests who wanted to spend an evening at the Galoppatoio to closely observe the protagonists of a discipline which, through the arena polo formula, we are trying to bring ever closer enthusiasts”. Satisfied the secretary general Fise, Simone Perillo: “Italia Polo Challenge confirms itself as a pillar of the Csio in Piazza di Siena. Among the characteristics that make polo a wonderful sport, the fact that it can be played in different contexts: we went from the snow of Cortina to the sand of the Villa Borghese riding track and we will arrive at the grass of Punta Ala and that of Sardinia.An entertaining and educational show for the little ones, who can see up close how strong the bond between the horse and the rider is”. 

Before the third stage of the Italia Polo Challenge in Porto Cervo (19-22 July), however, the great polo will also stop in Punta Ala, in Tuscany, where the women’s European Championships will take place from 3 to 9 of the same month. “The Punta Ala golf course, which has returned to shine thanks to the contribution of Gaia Bulgari, will be a splendid setting for an unmissable event – underlines the head of the Fise polo department, Alessandro Giachetti -. Last September’s Polo Cup was just the appetizer of what we will see in July, with the aim and hope for the Italian team of repeating the 2021 triumph”.

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