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Captaining North America at the High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge

Team North America!

Team North America!

This past Saturday was a really special day as I had the opportunity to captain the North American team at the inaugural High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge.

The match was held at a private polo field in Wellington. When I arrived, I was impressed by the huge tent lined with Ferraris, an American Eurocopter helicopter and a huge crowd filled with fans, family and big names from throughout the luxury world.

Before the match, I had a meet and greet with sponsors Ferrari North America, American Eurocopter, Dom Perignon and Town & Country magazine.  With everyone asking questions and wishing me good luck, I was pumped to play by the time we left!

It was an extremely competitive match.  I was joined on the field by Brandon Phillips, Tommy Biddle and Kris Kampsen, against a powerful South American team, with Nico Pieres, Roby Bilbao and Martin Pepa, led by Facundo Pieres.  While South America came out with a strong  4-1 lead at the end of the first chukker, my teammate Brandon Phillips came through in the end, making the tying goal as the clock ran out.  In the end, we called it a draw: 7-7.

I’m really excited for next year—the draw is alright, but I predict North America will take home the High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge Cup in 2014!

Check out some pictures below from Saturday, click here to watch video footage of the day by Miami Pop!

The Countdown is On! High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge

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Five days away and everyone in the polo community is talking about the upcoming inaugural High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge in Wellington, this Saturday, March 16th.

This all-pro match is especially important, as it’s different from anything else in the polo world. Winning this Saturday will mean more than taking home cash and a trophy. It’s North America versus South America. Winning will make an international statement, acting as a mark of distinction amongst some of the best polo players in the world.

I have the privilege of captaining the North American team.  I’ll be taking the field alongside Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen and Tommy Biddle Jr. We hope to dominate the South American team—Roberto Bilbao, Martin Pepa and Nicolas Pieres, led by captain Facundo Pieres.

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We’ll be playing for almost 500 South Florida VIPs and sponsors, including Ferrari North America, Town & Country, Dom Perignon and American Eurocopter.

While the VIP tent is invite-only, the public is welcome to watch the match for $20 a car.  The gates open at 3:30pm and the match begins at 4pm.  For more information, click here.

Stay tuned for photos and stats that will make a serious statement in the international polo world this weekend. North America is playing to win!

Giving back to St. Jude Children’s Hospital with David Yurman

I spent Tuesday night surrounded by some of my closest friends and polo colleagues, meeting new people and shopping for jewelry to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

It was the opening of the new David Yurman boutique at Town Center at Boca Raton.  Hosted by Town & Country magazine, we invited all of our friends to the in-store event where I met some of David Yurman’s most important clients and browsed some beautiful pieces chosen by Town & Country fashion editor Stellene Volandes.

David Yurman was so charitable to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a cause I have supported throughout most of my professional polo career.

Although I don’t wear a lot of jewelry every day, I left with this awesome David Yurman bracelet picked out for me by one of the stylists at the boutique. It really suits my lifestyle.

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David Yurman Men’s Chevron Wrap bracelet in Camel

Miami Modern Luxury’s “Man of Style”

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I was so honored to recently be selected for Miami Modern Luxury’s upcoming “Man of Style” issue.  Yesterday, I went down to Miami Beach for the shoot.

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I had a great time shooting with photographer Nick Garcia and his crew from Blindlight Studios. He’s really talented and I’m honored to have been able to work with him.

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The weather was ideal for a rooftop shoot at The Gale on South Beach.  We caught the evening sunset and the lighting was absolutely perfect.  Many thanks to Salvatore Ferragamo for dressing me!

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The issue comes out in April.  I’ll be sure to share it with you once it hits newsstands!

Victory!

On Sunday, November 25th, I was honored to compete for the International Cup in a match that pitted the U.S. against England at  Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington.

The International Cup Invite PDF

It was a slow start for both teams as multiple shots were taken but went wide. We managed to take a 1.5-0 lead after the first seven minutes of play. England continued to attack until finally, my teammate, Jeff Hall was able to give us a 2.5-0 lead. I was then able to pick up my weight by snagging five goals throughout the rest of the game. It was a tough match, but we closed the game with an 8.5 to 6 win over England.

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I was honored to accept the trophy for MVP as my teammate, Jeff Hall’s 7-year-old Bay Thoroughbred, Smooth, was honored as “Best Playing Pony.”  It was an amazing afternoon!


Hampton’s Dinner Video with Grey Goose

The video from Grey Goose’s Summer Punch Film Series has become available to me, and as promised, I would like to share it with you!  Back in August, I hosted a dinner party in the Hamptons for Grey Goose and some close friends.  The night was filled with great weather and a magnificent scenery, delicious Hamptons Punch, and a wonderful dinner, prepared by a private chef, for my friends and I.  It was the perfect evening to celebrate both the sport of polo and Grey Goose.  I hope you enjoy the video!  

Scottsdale is Getting Closer, and I’m Ready For It

On October 20, 2012, the biggest polo event ever to be played in Arizona will take place at WestWorld of Scottsdale’s Polo Field, and I will be hosting it, along with fellow polo player, Tommy Biddle, Jr.  The day is going to be filled with all kinds of great things to see, including some polo matches, a sneak preview of the 2012 Scottsdale’s Arabian Horse Show, and the Barrett-Jackson 2013 Collector Car Auction.

I was recently in Arizona to for an all day press tour to promote the upcoming Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. My day was filled with interviews and photo shoots, and I loved spreading the word about this wonderful event, which will benefit Scottsdale Healthcare and Work to Ride.

My day started early on September 4, and consisted of television news and radio interviews.  Some of my favorite interviews were with John Jay and Rich 104.7 and Scott Pasmore of 3TV.

Later in the afternoon I got to don my uniform for the cover photo shoot for Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Tickets are still available for this event.  To purchase yours today, go to www.thepoloparty.com.

Hope to see you there!

Summer dinner with Grey Goose

Last Saturday night, I hosted a dinner for Grey Goose in Amagansett, NY to promote their Summer Punch Film Series.  The set-up was intimate and the cocktails were delicious.  It was so much fun hanging out with friends and being a part of this series.  I will post the video when it becomes available to me.  Until then, here are a few photos from the party:

Going “In the Mixx” with Gina Giordan

Just a few weeks ago, I gave you a sneak peek of an interview I filmed in the Hamptons. It is up and ready for you to see!

I hope you enjoy watching my interview with Gina Glickman Giordan, for her show In the Mixx,  as much as I enjoyed doing it.  I shared alot of information about my history and how I got into polo. She even surprised me with a few photos from my childhood!

Gina and I also talked about the saddle I designed that is more comfortable for the horses. I care so much about each of horses and I want them to be as comfortable as possible while we are playing each chuckker.

You don’t want to miss me riding the ELLIPTOGO around the studio.  The friendly competition between me and Gina was great.  Watch the interview to find out who wins and so much more.

Thanks Gina for having me on the show.

The New York Times Gets Personal

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For a few days leading up to the Talent Resources’ Third Annual Charity Polo Classic, NY Times Writer Caitlin Keating hung out with me to learn a little more about the sport of polo and my lifestyle.  Her article was published this weekend in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times.

Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times

The article talks about my background in polo and why it’s not just a sport to me, but a lifestyle.  It was nice to hang out with some of my friends while I was sharing my day-to-day life with Caitlin.  I’m so humbled and honored to be a part of such a prestigious publication.

To read the full article click HERE!

Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times

Tune in for In the Mixx

I had a great time hanging out with Gina Glickman Giordan while we were filming in the Hamptons for her show In the Mixx.  In the Mixx is a celebrity and Event Talk Show.  We talked about my background in polo and why I am so passionate about the sport.

One thing I didn’t expect was to be challenged to a race with Gina!  We rode around the studio on elliptical cycles that we pretended were our Polo horses.  It was so much fun – but you’ll have to tune in to see who came out on top!

Catch our interview on VVH-TV on July 21st at 11 a.m.  In case you miss that episode tune in to see it at 10 p.m.

Check out some of the photos from our interview below.

Learn more about In the Mixx online at http://www.inthemixxshow.com/

Thanks for the Memories

I want to thank all of the journalists for the press coverage on the event I did this past weekend, which benefited Rally for Kids with Cancer.  I can’t say it enough, how humbled I am to be a part of the Third Annual Talent Resources Charity Polo Classic.  I can’t wait for next year!

27east.com reporter Cailin Riley was out at the event. She wrote a nice clip on the overall occasion.   It was great to see Veronica Hoglund, from Guest of a Guest, make note of Polo playing a huge part of summer in the Hamptons in her article.  Hamptons Magazine mentioned some of the great people I was surrounded by at the event.

I love seeing the sport of Polo grow.  Polo is my passion.

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Talent Resources’ Third Annual Charity Polo Classic Recap

I’m so thankful the sun held out for the Third Annual Charity Polo Classic this past weekend in the Hamptons. The event benefitted Rally for Kids with Cancer and I am so proud I was able to be a part of it.  It was great to feel the support of everyone involved and who attended.  The tickets available on Gilt City sold out within 48 hours!  Over 250 people including Hampton’s socialites, celebrities, tastemakers and influencers showed their support for this amazing cause.

The game was all in good fun.  Nathan Leiberman, played in the match alongside his father.   The match ended in a tie with my team.  There’s nothing better than playing a game of Polo for a great cause.

After the match, Kitchit planned an intimate dinner under the stars for my friends and me. Chef Dave Martin’s food was amazing.  It makes sense why he was a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef!

I want to thank all of the sponsors for making this event remarkable.  The sponsors included: Mulberry Project, 14 Hands Winery, The Teaologist’s, FLUROwater, Bio Supplements, Baked By Melissa Bakery, Dr. Lee Gause, Aston Martin, Soria Z and Kitchit.

I’ve posted a photo album from the event below.   I look forward to hosting again next year!

Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower

I am ready for the biggest polo event to hit Arizona this October!  It’s an honor to be hosting the event.  To see the sport of polo growing is amazing, and I love seeing it played in unexpected places.

The Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower will feature two competitive matches.  The games will highlight some of the biggest names in American Polo, including my friend, Tommy Biddle Jr.  It will be an exciting day of polo, but there is more to the event.   I can’t wait to see the preview of the 2012 Scottsdale’s Arabian Horse show.  I may even sneak away from the polo action to see the Barrett-Jackson 2013 Collector Car Auction with the local Ferrari and Lamborghini Clubs.  It never hurts to check out some new rides!  A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health  in affiliation with Scottsdale Healthcare.

Arizona Polo Club has been playing on the Scottsdale Horsemen Park field at WestWorld Equestrian Park in Scottsdale since 1982.  There’s nothing like people enjoying the atmosphere of polo.

Don’t miss out on the event.  Click HERE to buy your tickets.

Chef Dave Martin to Cater to the Polo Crowd

After the 3rd Annual Charity Polo Classic, which benefits one of my favorite charities, Rally for Kids, my friend is hosting a dinner party at his private estate in the Hamptons.

Photo Credit: Talent Resources

It will be a great way to cap off the day – surrounded by my friends and some of the guys I play polo with.

This amazing company, Kitchit, was   kind enough to hook me up with Chef Dave Martin, who will be cooking for everyone.  I  recognized Chef Dave from the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef, but he has since published  several cookbooks and launched his own line of Flavor Quest rubs and sauces.  I got a peek  at the menu and I’ll be sure to post some shots of my favorite dishes from the evening!

Photo Credit: Kitchit

If you’re having a party, have Kitchit bring the chef to you.  Kitchit connects consumers   directly with top-tier professional chefs who create everything from world-class gastronomic adventures to casual dinner parties.  To learn more about Kitchit click HERE.

To buy a ticket to the 3rd Annual Charity Polo Classic on July 7th click HERE.

To learn more about Rally for Kids click HERE.

Hamptons-bound: The 3rd Annual Charity Polo Classic

I am excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Charity Polo Classic to benefit Rally for Kids with Cancer on July 7th in the Hamptons. This charity means a lot to me because it raises funds to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. It’s unimaginable having a child diagnosed with cancer, but it happens every day. I’m thrilled to be involved in such a worthy cause. I appreciate the support of the people in the Hamptons and around the world who join me in making this event more successful than last year.

To donate click HERE!

Check out some of the photos from 2011 below!

Photo Credit: Talent Resources

The Nic Roldan Elite Saddle

After spending years in saddles that poorly fit my horses, I finally did something about it. I am excited to introduce the Nic Roldan Elite Saddle, which is designed to be the best fitting, best performing polo saddle ever made or ever conceived of.

The team that created this is made of saddle makers, saddle fitters, chiropractors and veterinarians, all working together to help create one saddle that would help the horse perform at peak during the game as well as recover fastest afterwards.

As polo has gotten more competitive and polo players have gotten better in the last 40 years, we keep pushing the envelope asking more and more of ourselves, our horses and our equipment. One of the reactions is the movement of our saddles forward, off the horses backs and on top of thehorses shoulders. This gives us a slight advantage but seriously affects ourhorses ability to perform. So I needed a saddle that could move the player forward while still keeping the rider’s weight back on the loin and not interfering with the shoulder movement – which is so critical for the sideways movements in polo. My new saddle has a patented new tree, concept and panels that actually does this and has a revolutionary new, completely adjustable polo saddle that is crafted to fit the horse perfectly. The saddle places the rider 3 to 4 inches farther forward than a conventional saddle, giving the player the advantage without affection the horse’s performance.

You can get the saddle exclusively at PoloGear at 3500 Fairlane Farms Road #15, Wellington, FL 33414. http://www.pologearusa.com/index.htm

Competing with the Dubai Polo Team in England

With polo season in Wellington now over, I’ve flown to England were I’ve been playing on the Dubai Polo Team. So far we are 2 and 1 after
winning today which should hopefully put us in the semifinals of the Royal Windsor. The Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup Finals will be
held Sunday, June 24 at Guards Polo Club and it’s the premier medium-goal tournament in England.

I’ve been playing with Martin Valent, Rashid Albwardy, Sheikha Maitha al Maktoum and Ali Saeed Albwardy (who substituted for Sheikha Maitha al Maktoum in the first two games) at Dubai Polo Farm. Here are a few pictures from the event – I’ll let you know how it goes!