An action-packed weekend at IPC, Wellington
Over the weekend, there was more than Palm Beach’s fair share of polo action taking place at International Polo Club. With the US Open now well underway, all eight teams took to the fields on either Saturday or Sunday, where they took on their fellow 26 goal competition.
Orchard Hill (Steve Van Andel, Gallego Ferrario, Polito Pieres and Facundo Pieres) led the game for the first five and one-half chukkers but a sixth chukker rally by Las Monjitas (Camilo Bautista, Facundo Sola, Sebastian Merlos and Eduardo Novillo Astrada) carried them to a 14-13 win in US Open play Sunday morning at the International Polo Club..
The polo world lost one of its most dedicated and esteemed members on the afternoon of April 3. Alan Corey III, 73, has been a part of Aiken Polo Club for decades. He was playing the first practice of the year in Aiken, where he collapsed after the fourth chukker of apparent heart failure.
M3 Strolling Wild and Evergreen came out on top in their league finals on Sunday, March 29th at the Empire Polo Club. It was a perfect day for polo with a large crowd to help celebrate the end of the season and Closing Day.
Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Tommy Beresford, Guillermo Terrera, Alejo Taranco and Sapo Caset) managed to beat Las Monjitas (Camilo Bautista, Facundo Sola, Sebastian Merlos and Eduardo Novillo Astrada) in overtime Wednesday afternoon, 13-12, in second round play in the 2015 United States Open Championship at the International Polo Club, but they needed an overtime goal with which to do it.
Polo can be a confusing spectacle for the uninitiated.
Horses charge up and down a large rectangular field while players clad in color-coded garbs hack at a small white ball with mallets on elongated sticks.