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Major Victories for Eirin Bruheim and NLF Billy On Show at Hardenberg Burgturnier Horse Show

Eirin Bruheim and NLF Billy On Show at the Hardenberg Burgturnier Horse Show. Photo By: SportFot.

Norten-Hardenberg, Germany – May 30, 2013 – Eirin Bruheim of Norway continued her winning ways for her family’s Nordic Lights Farm this weekend at the Hardenberg Burgturnier Horse Show. The talented amateur rider piloted NLF Billy On Show to two victories in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, while also earning top ribbons with her second mount NLF Newsflash.

After earning the Amateur Jumper Championship at the Global Champions Tour event in Wiesbaden, Bruheim and her mounts showed no signs of slowing down. On Friday, Bruheim started off the Hardenberg Burgturnier Horse Show with second and eighth place finishes in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers. NLF Newsflash was quick and clear over the technical speed course, clocking in at 57.37 second for the second place award. NLF Billy On Show was the fastest of the four-faulters, having a single error, but breaking the beam at 54.14 seconds for eighth place.

On Saturday, NLF Billy On Show and Bruheim were in top form for their second speed class of the week. This time they had no faults at all and crossed the wires at 60.89 second to claim the winning honors. NLF Newflash was hot on their heels, finishing in 61.45 seconds with all the rails in place for the third place prize.

The final day proved to be the best. After producing a beautiful fault-free effort over the first course, Bruheim and NLF Billy On Show advanced to the jump-off in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers. They were able to match their perfect round in the tiebreaker, finishing in 28.26 seconds to lead the lap of honor. Bruheim and NLF Newsflash had just a single rail in the first round, but were the fastest of the four-faulters to place eighth overall.

“The show at Norten-Hardenberg proved to be another very good week,” stated Bruheim. “Both NLF Billy on Show and NLF Newsflash had three fantastic rounds in the 1.40m classes. NLF Billy On Show ended up winning two coolers and an array of the famous Schnapps made near the show. Flash also had a phenomenal week, and we are really growing together and figuring things out as we go along. I am very excited about the rest of our season in Europe.”

Nordic Lights Farm now returns to their base in England to prepare for shows in London and Hickstead, and Bruheim’s top mare Anyway will soon be joining her horses at the competitions.

Nordic Lights Farm is a 70-acre establishment located in Tomball, TX, that was founded in 2007 by the Bruheim family to help further the equestrian goals of 20-year-old Eirin Bruheim and 18-year-old Lene Bruheim. Both girls have worked their way up through the ranks and are currently competing at the top levels in the hunter and jumper divisions aboard their incredible string of horses.

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Teach Your Horse to React to the Aid to Go Sideways, by Jane Savoie

Teach your horse to be reactive to the sideways leg aid in the same way that you teach him to react to the forward driving aid. That is:

  1. Give a light aid.
  2. If he ignores you, make a correction.
  3. Go back to what you were doing originally and RETEST with the same light aid.
  4. If you get a 100% hot-off-the-leg reaction, praise.
  5. If not, correct and retest again.

Now let’s teach your horse to react to the leg that’s behind the girth by doing the following:
Ask for a leg yield in the head-to-the-wall position where the front legs are in the track and the hindlegs come to the inside at about a 35-degree angle to the wall.

So let’s say you’re tracking to the left. Walk straight down the track. Counter-flex at the poll to the right.

Slide your right leg behind the girth to ask him to move sideways. Don’t push with it. Train him to go sideways more from the position of your leg as opposed to the pressure of your leg.

If he ignores you or doesn’t give you enough angle, tap him with the whip or bump with your leg in a way that makes him go sideways as opposed to forward. (That’s one of the reasons you do this exercise in the head-to-the-wall position. The “wall” helps prevent him from running forward. So does your left rein.)

Then RETEST!

Straighten him. Then slide your right leg back again. If he immediately moves his hindquarters sideways, praise him. If not, correct and retest.

If he just isn’t “getting it”, try using an opening right rein and give a very small squeeze with your right leg at the same time. As long as you keep his neck straight with your left rein, the action of the opening right rein (right hand brought directly to the right) will cause him to swing his hindquarters in. Then you can praise him.

Once he fully understands what you want, you can eliminate the need for the opening rein and active right leg and go back to the refined aid of asking him to go sideways from the position of the leg behind the girth.

Jane Savoie
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Rood & Riddle Again Partners with the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show

Arthroscopic surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

Lexington, KY – May 29, 2013 – The Alltech National Horse Show, announced today that Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital has once again been named the Official Veterinarians, Farriers and the Official Veterinary Pharmacy for this year’s event, scheduled for the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on October 29 – November 3, 2013. This is the third year for this partnership.

Lexington-based Rood & Riddle is a full-service equine hospital established in 1986 as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. Today, Rood & Riddle is known and respected throughout the world for its innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses.

The hospital facility at Rood & Riddle offers a full range of services including surgery, internal medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, a focused Podiatry Center and a specialized Reproductive Center. The practice also provides ambulatory services (on-site care) for breeding farms, sport horse facilities, horse shows and events, with a variety of services, including emergency and preventative care, general reproduction, lameness, radiography, podiatry, and internal medicine.

Dr. Bill Rood and Dr. Tom Riddle formed a partnership in 1982 and four years later expanded their successful ambulatory practice by opening Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Today, Rood & Riddle is owned by 21 shareholders and includes over 50 veterinarians, who together hold 15 board certifications in surgery, internal medicine, theriogenology, cardiology, veterinary practice (equine) and ophthalmology.

Rood & Riddle is extremely pleased to once again serve as the Official Veterinarian, Veterinary Pharmacy, and Farrier for the upcoming Alltech National Horse Show. “The first two years’ shows greatly exceeded our expectations and we look forward to another wonderful experience in 2013,” Dr. Riddle said. “Rood & Riddle’s support of the National Horse Show underscores our practice’s commitment to the sport horse and our community.”

“Rood and Riddle continues to be the one name you think of when you think of first-class veterinary care in Kentucky,” said Alltech National Horse Show President Mason Phelps, Jr. “They did an outstanding job at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and we always hear great things about this organization from the competitors at the Alltech National Horse Show and have over the course of the past two seasons. We are thrilled to have the team at Rood & Riddle back with us again at the Kentucky Horse Park.”

In addition to services provided in Kentucky, the Rood & Riddle sport horse veterinarians and podiatrists provide services in Florida each winter and travel regularly to competitions throughout the eastern United States.

The Alltech National Horse Show will be held at the beautiful Alltech Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

This year’s show, designated CSI5*-W, will feature a complete schedule of ‘AA’-rated hunter divisions plus the biggest money Open Jumper division on the fall indoor tour. In addition, the first-class Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions will culminate in the SJHOF Junior/Amateur Championships. The final Sunday is highlighted by the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.

About Alltech:
Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 31 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With more than 2650 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visit www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.

2013 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 29 – November 3, 2013, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Carolyn Vincent
National Horse Show
PO Box 386
Greenvale, NY 11548

Telephone:
Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982

Email:
NationalHS@aol.com

Website:
www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at Mmorri4398@aol.com or 941 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Karen Lucca at kll@phelpsmediagroup.com or (561) 753-3389
Advertising – Deborah Darwin at needlepointfarm@aol.com or (561) 313-0384
Sponsorship:
Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389
Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162
Christian Palmer at Christian@phelpsmediagroup.com or (612) 618-8216

Hotels:
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

ALLTECH MEDIA CONTACT:

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Bulgarians Dominate with Gold for Iliev and Silver for Dobrev

(left to right) Silver medallist Ivan Dobrev (BUL), gold medallist Miroslav Iliev (BUL) and bronze medallist Viorel Bubau (ROM). Photo: FEI/George Isfan.

Sighisoara (ROM), 28 May 2013 – It all fell into place for Bulgaria’s Miroslav Iliev who claimed individual gold at the FEI Balkan Eventing Championships 2013 at Sighisoara, Romania last weekend with a stalwart performance riding Lazuren.  At the 2012 fixture staged in Eskisehir, Turkey, his medal chances were shattered by three fences down in the final Jumping phase, leaving fellow-countryman, Ivan Dobrev, to take the title.

But, this time around, Iliev moved into the lead on cross-country day and held on tight, while Dobrev had to settle for silver as the host nation’s Viorel Bubau claimed the bronze.

A total of eight riders from three countries battled it out for the 2013 individual title, and there were no team medals distributed as only two countries – Bulgaria and Turkey – could field a full side.  According to FEI Rules, team medals can only be awarded at Championships of this calibre “if at least three National Federations and/or Regional Teams are represented at the first Horse Inspection”, which did not happen on this occasion.

Strong Connections

Sighisoara has strong connections to Vlad lll, Prince of Wallachia, whose fierce reputation inspired Bram Stoker’s vampire character Count Dracula. However the city is better known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the exemplary preservation of the features of a small medieval fortified town. Its tradition of great craftsmanship and its authentic medieval architecture have ensured its important status within the region.

The FEI Balkan Eventing Championships are staged at CCI 1* level, and this year the cross-country course-designer was Ireland’s Andrew Fell while his brother, Peter, was Technical Delegate.

It was Turkey’s Kadir Celik who head the advantage after last Friday’s dressage phase when posting a score of 54.38 with Antalya, but Iliev was competitive from the outset when slotting into second, just over a single penalty point in arrears, followed by fellow-Bulgarian Svetlin Krastanov in third on 56.46 and Dobrev in fourth having registered a mark of 57.50.

Unwelcome Storm

Cross-country day began with nice weather but it deteriorated rapidly and developed into an unwelcome storm. The riders carried on regardless however, and three managed to return clear of cross-country time penalties including Romania’s Viorel Bubau and Arcitic who had been lying fifth after dressage and improved to fourth going into the final day.

Meanwhile Celik’s grip on pole position was lost by the addition of 20 cross-country fence penalties, and this allowed Iliev to take the lead ahead of Dobrev when both Bulgarians completed their run across the solid obstacles with nothing to add.  Having collected just two time penalties, Krastanov was lying third as the jumping phase began.  And the bad weather returned to add to the test on the final day, with driving rain during the climax of the competition.

None of the nine riders managed to leave all the coloured poles intact and, with four fences on the floor, Krastanov found himself relegated from a medal position to a frustrating fourth place. Bubau had two down, but that was still good enough to move up and snatch the bronze while Dobrev’s two errors ensured that it would be Iliev’s turn to take the gold when adding just four faults to his tally.  It was an impressive result for the Bulgarians who filled three out of the top four placings at the end of the competition, while all of the nine starters posted a completion score.

Very Remote

The Championship was staged as part of the Transylvania Horse Show, and despite the fact that the action took place in a very remote location outside Sighisoara, almost 2,500 people turned up to witness the excitement on cross-country day.  Event Director for the show is the enthusiastic and energetic Mihnea Gabriel Virgolici, and the fixture was held on his farm which also hosts equestrian holidays and is situated near a village called Prod which is home to just 220 people.

“The remote nature of the area and the pure beauty of it is extraordinary,” TD Peter Fell said afterwards.  “It is very rural, and horses and carts are still part of daily life for many of the people there.  The setting is magnificent; it is in a valley the Carpathian Garden, surrounded by hills topped with trees, and the landscape is completely unspoiled.  It was a pity we didn’t have more teams, because the team competition would have helped to boost the Championships, but we still saw a great competition and Miroslav Iliev’s lovely grey horse, Lazuren, really stood out,” he added.

Catrin Norinder, FEI Eventing and Olympic Director, said she was “really impressed” by the Championships.  “The organising committee did a great job and it is good for the region to have Championships like these.  In the future we hope that more regions, and more countries, will take part so we can further improve the sport in the region,” she added.

Result:

FEI Balkan Eventing Senior Individual Championship 2013:  GOLD – Lazuren (Miroslav Iliev) BUL 59.42; SILVER – Solaris (Ivan Dobrev) BUL 65.50; BRONZE – Arcitic (Viorel Babau) ROM 67.38.

4, Nazir (Svetlin Krastanov) BUL 78.46; 5, Carnaval ll (Irimia Bogdan Constantin) ROM 89.37; 6, Antalya (Kadra Celik) TUR 90.38; 7, Zambo (Feri Simge Ozaltindere) TUR 117.70; 8, Akdeniz (Mustafa Sahin) TUR 186.80.

By Louise Parkes

Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments to Host New CSIO Event, Record Entries Expected

Beezie Madden. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Calgary, AB, Canada – May 29, 2013 – Spruce Meadows, home to some of the most prestigious and popular show jumping events in the world, is excited to welcome the best riders to their summer tournaments, which begin on June 5 and continue with five tournaments through July 14, 2013. Along with an unparalleled venue, riders can look forward to fantastic prize money and the opportunity to gain world ranking points, Rolex FEI World Cup qualifying points, and the chance to help their country qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series Final.

Starting with the ‘National’ CSI 5* Tournament on June 5-9, competition features include the Spruce Meadows Canadian Show Jumping Championship, the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8, and the $175,000 Nexen Cup 1.60m derby on Sunday, June 9.

The ‘Continental’ CSIO-W 5* Tournament will run from June 13-16, with complimentary admission and parking for spectators. The ‘Continental’ Tournament will hold the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix, a Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier, on Sunday, June 16.

Spruce Meadows is host to one of only two Furusiyya Nations Cup events in North America, which will be a qualifier for countries hoping to attend the series final in Barcelona, Spain, in September. Following the first event for the region in Wellington at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the United States leads with 100 points, Canada is close behind at 90, and Mexico is in third with 65 points.

Spruce Meadows President, Linda Southern Heathcott, commented, “We added a CSIO event in June so that we could participate in the qualification process for teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series Final. Since we invited less than five teams, Canada, United States, and Mexico are allowed to field two teams each. My hope is that we can be instrumental in developing second teams for these nations and help their programs.”

Along with Canada, United States, and Mexico, there will be a team from Ireland participating in the $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Thursday, June 13.

John Madden, Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee, stated, “To have a Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows is really important because it’s the first year of the Furusiyya series, and I believe the series will be integral to the sport. For our region in the Americas, it gives us a competitive way to earn a spot and prepare for the final. The changes that were made to the Series this year were intended to create global opportunities to help develop the sport of show jumping. This is exactly what we are seeing here in the Americas, which is really exciting.”

For United States Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the new Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series works better for North American riders. “I have long held that the former Top League was counterproductive to the healthy state of show jumping in North America, and to the rest of the world, for that matter. By limiting the highest level of the Nations Cup Series to Western Europe, the sport was not encouraged to expand to the other continents of the world, and as a result, the top non-European riders were forced to spend an inordinate amount of their efforts away from their home countries,” he explained. “With the advent of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Series, North American riders can now qualify for the Final at two venues (Wellington and Spruce Meadows) that are on their regular schedules.”

Having another Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup qualifying event in North America means a great deal to the Canadian Show Jumping Team as well. Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin stated, “It affects us in a number of ways. If we qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final every year, like we hope to, we will be able to send our top team on a yearly basis to compete against all of the best teams in the world. In the past, our competition was restricted in Europe because the main competitions were tied up in the Super League, it was a huge commitment to financially partake in that series, and it conflicted with the major portion of our show season. Now, even though they may be used as qualifiers for European teams, it will be possible for us to obtain invitations to compete at some of the most prestigious competitions in the world.”

In addition, Laskin points out that the revamped series has already produced a new Nations Cup during the ‘Continental’ tournament that didn’t exist before. “I think it’s going to lead to even more competitions for us to compete in, within our region, and it is generating a lot more interest in all of the regions of the world,” he remarked.

Madden also commented on the unique opportunity that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will have at the Furusiyya Nations Cup to send two teams, “It’s a really fantastic development for the sport in North America. Not only is it the best venue for these riders, it becomes a great training ground. It goes with Spruce Meadows’ mission to develop the sport. I think it will be fun for spectators and productive for the nations to see two of their own teams compete against each other.”

“The Furusiyya Nations Cup event at Spruce Meadows provides an opportunity for more of the younger American riders to get valuable international team experience,” Ridland added.

Laskin said he will use the ‘National’ Tournament to see which horses and riders are in top shape and their current form will be a ‘determining factor’ to choose the Canadian teams. He said, “If developing riders are firing on all cylinders, they’ll definitely get a chance.”

He also said that the ability for two teams has also led to increased interest from the riders to be on a team. “Having the Nations Cup on our home turf means a lot to our riders. We have a huge list to pick from,” Laskin pointed out. “It’s great for us to have two teams from a developing point of view. We’re doubling the experience for our riders and I think that’s extremely beneficial.”

Having the additional Nations Cup experience at the best show jumping venue in the world doesn’t hurt either. “Our riders can compete there year after year and improve their competitive level on an international basis,” Laskin said. “A lot of the reason why our riders are so comfortable (at international and championship venues) is if you can compete at Spruce Meadows, you can compete anywhere in the world. Knowing that gives us a lot of confidence when we walk into an arena anywhere else.”

Madden and his wife Beezie regularly attend the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments; Beezie is the number three all-time money winner at Spruce Meadows and the current Rolex FEI World Cup Champion.

“I believe that Spruce Meadows is the standard for our sport,” said Madden. “From the footing, the arenas, the fans, sponsors, media coverage, and more, it represents everything that is the best in equestrian sport.”

The other three tournaments during Spruce Meadows’ summer schedule include the ‘Canada One’ CSI-W 4* Tournament, June 25-30, ‘North American’ CSI 5* Tournament, July 3-7, and ‘Pan American’ CSI 5* Tournament, July 11-14.

Spruce Meadows is expecting record entries for the ‘National’ and ‘North American’ Tournaments, with riders from 11 nations represented.

As always, Spruce Meadows also offers a full schedule of events for junior and amateur jumper riders. Make your plans to visit Spruce Meadows this year and see the best show jumping action in the world!

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts Successful Season-Ending Memorial Day Juniors Tournament

Six-year-old Lorenzo Ramirez of Audi Red rests his polo mallet during the lead line. Photos by Scott Fisher.

WELLINGTON, FL – May 28, 2013 — Lorenzo Ramirez of Audi Red was all smiles during the Memorial Day Junior Tournament at Grand Champions Polo Club.

The six-year-old was patiently waiting for his mom Lisa to guide him and his horse X-box on the polo field for the leadline, the fifth and final competition of the tournament, co-hosted by the Polo Training Foundation, the Polo School at Grand Champions and U.S. Polo Association.

After Ramirez and his Audi Red teammates Renick Hoover, Aidan Montoya and Emmett Templin tied Piaget Black and Piaget White, Ramirez wanted to go out and do it again.

The future-polo-player-in-the-making was among more than forty junior players of all ages (3-17) and ability levels honing their polo skills while having fun during the season-ending tournament.

Two USPA National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) game qualifiers to determine all-stars opened the tournament.

Grand Champions Black (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Matias Gonzalez and Michael Bellissimo) defeated Grand Champions White (Wesley Finlayson, Jonny Lavine, Lorenzo Merlotti and Ayaan Quraeshi), 10-3, in the first game. Bollini scored a game-high six goals.

Cipi Echezarreta of Polo School Green goes for the ball while trying to avoid the hook from Polo School Blue's Riley Ganzi
Cipi Echezarreta of Polo School Green goes for the ball while trying to avoid the hook from Polo School Blue’s Riley Ganzi

In the second game, Polo School Green (Grant Ganzi, Cipi Echezarreta, Jack McLean and Chase Schwartz) defeated Polo School Blue (Riley Ganzi, Jaqui Casey, Anthony Devrient and Clemente Devrient), 4-3. McLean scored the winning goal on a penalty shot at the 2:24 mark.

“I am watching the future,” said polo player Martin Estrada, who just completed the Grand Champions spring season. Several other pros including Nic Roldan, Kris Kampsen, Brandon Phillips and Luis Escobar came out to support the juniors tournament.

“This tournament was really great because it brought three organizations together, the Polo School at Grand Champions with the Polo Training Foundation and the United States Polo Association,” said Robin Welker Sanchez, who handles lessons, clinics, kids’ polo at Grand Champions Polo Club, and plays an integral role in juniors tournaments and juniors development.

“It was all a good showcase of youth polo from 3 years old to 17 years old and the different abilities,” Sanchez said. “It was really nice to see in succession where kids start on the lead line and how much fun that is up to where some of these kids are professional players.

“It’s such a great exhibition of talent and broad range of players and abilities within junior polo in Florida,” Sanchez said. “We even had kids coming from out of state. It’s so nice to see the little kids who are just starting. For some of these kids it was their very first time to ever play polo in their first tournament. We’re so happy that we can have this opportunity at Grand Champions and through the Polo School to be able to offer polo to kids in the Florida area.”

Melissa Ganzi, co-host of the tournament and avid supporter of juniors polo, was happy with the tournament’s success. She also got a chance to watch her children Grant and Riley Ganzi play.

Polo School Green's Grant Ganzi goes for the ball with his sister Riley Ganzi of Polo School Blue in hot pursuit
Polo School Green’s Grant Ganzi goes for the ball with his sister Riley Ganzi of Polo School Blue in hot pursuit

“I think it was unique that the PTF and USPA were able to work well together today,” Ganzi said. “I hope it’s the first of many times where they collaborate.

“I am super proud of all the people that work for me and makes this event happen,” Ganzi said.

Not every junior player will pursue a pro career, but being exposed to polo can lead to many diverse jobs in the sport, Ganzi said.

“Every other sport has little leagues and youth programs so I think it’s great that polo does have youth programs. We have a lot of players who have come up through the PTF programs in the past including Jeff Hall, Kris Kampsen and Jason Crowder.

“I think it’s good for kids to have an awareness whether they want to be a polo pro, polo sponsor, a veterinarian blacksmith or even an umpire. It’s wonderful exposure and it gives them the choice if they do want to participate later in life. I learned how to play polo at age 31 but I certainly would have liked the opportunity to play as a child.”

On Saturday morning in a two-chukker warm-up NYTS tournament game, Polo School Green (Cipi Echezarreta, Wesley Finlayson, Jack McLean, Chase Schwartz) defeated Polo School Blue (Riley Ganzi, Anthony Devrient, Jaqui Casey and Ayaan Quraeshi), 6-1.

Finlayson led scoring with three goals followed by McLean with two and Echezarreta with one. Quaraeshi scored Blue’s lone goal.

The fun, festive day in front of a good crowd featured snow cones from Kona Grill, five-star Argentine food from Miami-based food truck Che Grill and entertaining announcing from Gus Whitelaw, all provided by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, owners of Grand Champions Polo Club. The Ganzi family also provided horses for most of the players.

The mission of the PTF’s Junior Polo program encourages the growth of polo by supporting training programs for junior players while promoting good will and sportsmanship. Melissa Ganzi is secretary-treasurer of the PTF.

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

Sharon Robb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Dalina DG and Vitalis Claim Top Spots at Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Western Selection Trials

Ashlyn DeGroot and Dalina DG (McCool Photography)

Lexington, KY – The future of dressage was on full display over the holiday weekend in La Canada-Flintridge, California as talented combinations lined up in the 2013 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Western Selection Trials. The rising stars of the sport were vying to earn both a qualifying score to represent the U.S. at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses in Verden, Germany in August and a spot on the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List. Both the winners of the five-year-old division, Dalina DG, and the six-year-old section, Vitalis, impressed over the two day competition to exceed the necessary qualifying score of 8.2 as they took steps toward competing in Verden and vaulted themselves onto the Markel/USEF Short List.

Combinations needed to score 8.2 or higher to be eligible to represent the U.S. in Verden, while a score of 7.8 or higher would earn a place on the Markel/USEF Short List. Selection Trial competition had both five- and six-year-olds perform their respective FEI Preliminary Tests which accounted for 40% of the overall score. The remaining 60% of scores was earned in their respective FEI Final Tests.

Nineteen-year-old Ashlyn DeGroot (Hanford, CA) gave Dalina DG (Vader x Moeder/Contago) a stellar ride in the five-year-old division to take home the win. DG Bar Ranch’s Dutch Warmblood mare scored an 80.200% in the FEI Preliminary Test and an 87.200% in the FEI Final Test to earn a total score of 84.400%, making her eligible to represent the U.S. in Verden.

“Dalina DG was a dream to ride in the FEI 5 year old tests at Flintridge. She is so willing and she gave me all I asked. It is an honor to earn a qualifying score for Verden on a DG Bar home bred horse.”

DeGroot also piloted DG Dancing Queen (Jazz x Princes Lincom/Junior) to a second place finish in the division. After earning an 81.200% and an 81.600%, DG Bar Ranch’s Dutch Warmblood mare received a total score of 81.400% to add her name to the Short List.

Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis (McCool Photography)
Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis (McCool Photography)

In the six-year-old division, Charlotte Jorst (Reno, NV) rode Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/ Donnerschwee) to the win. With a 91.800% in the FEI Preliminary Test and a 92.000% in the FEI Final Test, Skagen Holding’s Dutch Warmblood stallion earned an impressive total score of 91.920%, easily making him eligible to compete in Verden for the U.S. DeGroot made a strong showing by finishing second with Calvin Klein (Dolany x Ramona/Unknown). DG Bar Ranch’s Dutch Warmblood gelding scored a 77.400% and a 79.00% to receive a total score of 78.360% to qualify for the Markel/ Short List.

The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trials will take place June 6-9 in Leesburg, Virginia during the VADA/NOVA Summer June Dressage.

To learn more about the Dressage at Flintridge CDI1*Y/J, visit: http://www.cornerstonedressage.com/.

To learn more about the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program, visit: http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/NatlYHProgram.aspx.

Past Champions Return to Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event

Buck Davidson riding Copper Beach is the defending champion of the CCI* division of the Volvo Bromont CCI*** Three Day Event. Photo by Cealy Tetley

Bromont, Quebec – The Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event, The Todd Sandler Challenge, to be held June 6 to 9 in Bromont, Quebec, is once again attracting North America’s top equestrian athletes.  Bromont is Canada’s only three day event sanctioned at the three-star level by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).  The Bromont organizing committee, which will celebrate the event’s 27th anniversary in 2013, is preparing to welcome over 150 horses and riders to one of North America’s most prestigious equestrian competitions.

Among the confirmed entries for the 2013 Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event is Bruce (Buck) Davidson, Jr. of Unionville, PA, who has competed at Bromont for the past five consecutive years.  The defending Champion of the 2012 Bromont CCI1* division riding Copper Beach, Davidson was a member of the gold medal-winning American team at the 2011 Pan American Games, where he also won the individual bronze medal.

Another past winner at Bromont who will be returning to this year’s competition is Phillip Dutton of West Grove, PA.  A native of Australia, Dutton was a member of that country’s gold medal team at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games before becoming a U.S. citizen and representing his adopted country at the past two Olympics.

“I’m very much looking forward to this year’s Bromont Three Day Event,” said Dutton, who has been named the U.S. Eventing Association’s Leading Rider for 13 of the past 15 years.  “It’s always a great competition with the best horses and riders from the U.S. and Canada competing.  The cross-country, the atmosphere, and the overall friendliness of Bromont make for a great event.”

Another American entry at the 2013 Bromont Three Day Event is Lauren Kieffer of Middleburg, VA.  Kieffer will be riding Cosima, a horse owned by American breeder Jacqueline Mars, who has supported Bromont over many years by sending her horses to the event.  The Bromont organizing committee is honoured to welcome Ms. Mars, who will be attending the 2013 Bromont Three Day Event in person.  Among the other confirmed American entries for the 2013 Bromont Three Day Event are Will Coleman, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, Allison Springer, and Sally Cousins, all of whom are making a return visit to Bromont.

The Bromont Organizing committee is proud to welcome Volvo back for a second year as title sponsor of the 2013 event.  SSG Gloves is also returning, for the third year, as a sponsor of the Bromont Three Day Event.

“We are so thankful for all of our sponsors, and I would especially like to recognize Ed James and SSG Gloves,” said Bromont Event Director Sue Ockendon.  In addition to being a long-standing personal sponsor of Olympic medalists Pippa Funnell of Great Britain and Phillip Dutton, the Canadian-based riding gloves manufacturer SSG Gloves awarded $30,000 in bonus money to riders wearing SSG Gloves at the recent Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in April.

“SSG Gloves is one sponsor that really goes out of their way to make it happen for the riders, and we are really appreciative to be a part of their sponsorship program,” said Ockendon.  “I think they did a fantastic job at Rolex Kentucky, and sponsorship programs like the one they ran there really show the way for the future of the sport.  We need more people like Ed James.  I hope that all the riders wear SSG Gloves at Bromont and show their support!”

Also returning for the third year to support the Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event is The Professional Riders Organization (PRO), a non-profit group of accomplished event riders dedicated to promoting the sport and advocating safety for horses and riders.  Bromont will once again be included in their PRO Tour Series.

In addition to delivering top notch competition in the CCI3*, CIC3*, CCI2* and CCI1* divisions, the 2013 Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event will host an FEI Course for FEI level Eventing judges, course designers, technical delegates and stewards.  One of the three FEI Course Directors is FEI Eventing Committee Chair Giuseppe Della Chiesa.  FEI Olympic Games and Eventing Director, Catrin Norinder, will also be traveling to Bromont from Europe for the FEI Course.  The course design section will be run by John Nicholson, an internationally renowned course designer who is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, home of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.  The FEI Course at Bromont will be attended by individuals from six nations.

The Bromont Three Day Event takes place at the Bromont Olympic Horse Park, home to equestrian events at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.  It is the only annual eventing competition in the world to take place at a former Olympic site.  Derek Di Grazia of the United States has been the resident course designer at Bromont since 2009.  Considered one of the world’s top FEI course designers as well as the current course designer at the CCI4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, Di Grazia will test horses and riders over his challenging Bromont course during the cross-country phase on Saturday, June 8.  Course construction will again be provided by course builder Jay Hambly of Canada.

The Olympic equestrian discipline of Three Day Eventing is often referred to as the triathlon of equestrian sport, with the phases of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping taking place over three consecutive days.

While the annual Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event attracts North America’s most accomplished three day event riders and their horses, it has also become a destination event for spectators, who travel to Bromont to enjoy high calibre competition in a beautiful setting.  The unique and charming village of Bromont is less than one kilometre from the Bromont Olympic Horse Park.  Visitors to Bromont have an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional hospitality of the region, including gourmet dining and fine local wines.

The Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event, The Todd Sandler Challenge, is made possible in part through a contribution from the Government of Canada.  The organizing committee also wishes to thank the Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, for their support of this year’s event.

For more information about the Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event, please visit the bilingual website, www.bromontcci.com.  Live scoring will be available throughout the duration of the event.

Contact:  Jennifer Ward
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First Time’s a Charm for Caitlin Venezia in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix

©ESI Photography. Caitlin Venezia and Comex Gold on their way to a win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix.

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 27, 2013) – It was her first Devoucoux Hunter Prix and she sat on a young horse, but the stars aligned for Caitlin Venezia this weekend at HITS Saugerties. The Holly Hill Farm rider of Marston Mill’s, Massachusetts piloted 7-year-old Comex Gold, owned by Jennifer Combs, to a pair of 88’s and the win in the first $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix of the HITS Saugerties season.

“This was only his second-ever derby type class, so it was a really fun challenge for him,” said Venezia of the Liberty Gold Hanoverian gelding she rode. “He is just a remarkable horse – light, brave, scopey – he was fabulous today.”

Venezia rode fourth in the first-round order and set the bar high early for a field of 24 who showed on HITS-on-the-Hudson’s Outside Course. Twelve returned for the second round, led off by Margaret Von Ebers of West Fargo, North Dakota in the irons of her own Prestige. She rode to an 82, which combined with an 81.5 to hold the lead for five trips.

Jennifer Bliss of Katonah, New York moved into the first spot with an 86, which combined with an 82, aboard Harris Hill Farm, LLC’s Extraordinary. That lead remained until the final two rides of the day. Debbie McCarthy of Ridgefield, Connecticut rode Chloe Stables, LLC’s Carma to an 85, which combined with an 87 for the lead. Her glory was short lived, however, as Venezia returned last and bested McCarthy by four points.

After today’s win, Venezia admits that Comex Gold is headed straight for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final during HITS Championship Weekend in September. With spring and summer qualifying about to reach its peak, Venezia has added the year-end hunter prix to the top of her to-do list. “He is remarkable and he definitely has what it takes for that class. He really held it together this weekend and I can’t wait to see him in that environment.”

The final results posted McCarthy in second, Bliss in third and Von Ebers fourth, along with Holly Caristo of Saugerties, New York aboard Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo’s Hayden. They coupled scores of 79 and 84 to earn top-five honors.

©ESI Photography. Nicolas Horgan and Captain 33 jump their way to a win in the first $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix of the HITS Saugerties season
©ESI Photography. Nicolas Horgan and Captain 33 jump their way to a win in the first $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix of the HITS Saugerties season

$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix
The popular Outside Course at HITS-on-on-the-Hudson also played host to the first $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix of the season. Nicolas Horgan of Charlotte, Vermont clinched Sunday’s prix, a qualifier for the HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final, with his own Captain 33. The only rider to post two scores in the 80s, Horgan led the first round with an 85 and finalized his victory with an 86 in round two.

“It was a good day. We worked through a lot with the wind, but it all worked out for us,” said Horgan.

Horgan is planning to ride Captain 33 all the way to the HITS Hunter Prix Final this September and thinks the 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding has a good chance in the class. “He has a great attitude and he is always there for me. We will be back for the whole summer circuit to qualify for the final.”

Kathryn Griffin of Westford, Massachusetts finished second with Judy Rutkowski’s Caschmier. The pair scored an 82 in the first round and a 78 in the second. With scores of 83 and 76, Margot Peroni of Califon, New Jersey was third in the irons of Little Pine Farm, LLC’s James.

Rounding out the top five was Kirsten Ostling of New Canaan, Connecticut with Georgia Bloom’s Not Fade Away in fourth and Sydney Gever of North Caldwell, New Jersey on Ella Gatfield’s Platini in fifth. Ostling combined scores of 81 and 76, while Gever boasted a 75 and a 76.

Riders in both the Devoucoux and HITS Hunter Prix with their sights set on qualifying for the Diamond Mills and HITS Hunter Prix Finals will have weekly opportunities to earn points as the HITS Saugerties season continues. Both finals will return to HITS Championship Weekend and highlight hunters during the world’s richest weekend in show jumping this September. To stay on top of qualifying standings, visit HitsShows.com.

About Devoucoux
Devoucoux, makers of fine French saddles, is proud to be the title sponsor of each and every qualifying Hunter Prix leading up to the phenomenal Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix will be a featured event at all HITS horse shows this season as riders from around the country set out to qualify for the third-annual Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, which will take place September 7-8 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

About Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern
Just 100 miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Village of Saugerties, Diamond Mills is a 30-room luxury hotel featuring stellar accommodations, fine dining at The Tavern and full-service events at a state-of-the art Special Events Center. Diamond Mills is a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an unsurpassed collection of over 520 luxury hotels around the world. Saugerties’ newest luxury hotel is also the proud sponsor of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, which will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson as part of the HITS Championship Weekend. For more information about Diamond Mills or the special VIP packages available to HITS-on-the-Hudson exhibitors, please visit DiamondMillsHotel.com or call 845.247.0700.

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Grand Champions Polo Club Ends Successful Sixth Medium Goal Spring Season

YP.Com’s Juan Bollini (4) in control of the ball with Longfield Farm’s Carlitos Gracida (3) in hot pursuit. Photos by Scott Fisher.

Longfield Farm Wins Final Tournament in Overtime Thriller

WELLINGTON, FL – May 26, 2013 — Grand Champions Polo Club’s sixth annual medium goal spring season came to an exciting end on Sunday with Longfield Farm defeating YP.Com, 11-10, in overtime.

Marc Ganzi scored the winning goal to give Longfield Farm its first tournament victory of the season in the Piaget Memorial Day Cup final.

“I’m really happy; it was a tough tournament,” Marc Ganzi said. “All the teams were evenly matched.

“Mike Azzaro and Juan Bollini are great players and know how to win. We were behind most of the game. It was a tough match back-and-forth. Once I saw Carlitos (Gracida) have a slight leg up on Juan I knew he was going to hit some kind of back-hander and I just said I got to turn now and go grab that line. I got on the line before Juan did and it was 150 yards to goal who was going to make it.

“Fortunately… very fortunately, I made the goal,” Ganzi said.

Longfield Farm topped a field that featured six 12-goal teams in the four-day single-elimination tournament.

Longfield Farm’s Hannah Buchan was named the spring season’s most valuable amateur player.

“Oh my goodness, this was great,” said Buchan, who has been playing polo for ten years. “Marc played great. It was a lot of fun playing with everybody. It’s a great format.”

YP.Com’s Mike Azzaro, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee and former 10-goaler, was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a game-high six goals and playing well on both ends of the field.

“That was fun and painful,” said Azzaro, competing in his second consecutive spring tournament.

It was Azzaro’s last game as a 7-goal ranked player. On June 1st he will move up to 8 goals at age 47.

YP.Com’s Melissa Ganzi won the game’s and Piaget Memorial Cup most valuable amateur player awards. Ganzi, who scored two goals and played well defensively, was presented the new Piaget Polo 45 watch by Lauren Duffy, Piaget Assistant Vice President of Retail Sales and Marketing.

“This is a lovely honor; I am very flattered and surprised,” Melissa Ganzi said.

“It was an exciting game,” Ganzi said. “The lead changed several times. It was exciting, back-and-forth. It really was anybody’s game. Even overtime could have gone either way. We had our chances.”

Longfield Farm's Nic Roldan (4) leans into his bump against hard-charging Juan Bollini (4) of YP.Com
Longfield Farm’s Nic Roldan (4) leans into his bump against hard-charging Juan Bollini (4) of YP.Com

Longfield Farm’s Nic Roldan scored back-to-back goals to send the game into sudden death overtime. He scored on a penalty goal with 5:36 left in the chukker and beat Azzaro to the ball to score again with 4:46 to tie the game at 10-10.

Azzaro and Marc Ganzi each had a chance to win it in the final minute but couldn’t take advantage of scoring opportunities.

“I was happy for Hannah and Marc,” Roldan said. “They did a great job and both played great. Hannah had an amazing tournament. She kept getting better and better throughout the week.

“And, Marc played great, too,” Roldan said. “He missed a few goals but he made the most important one. In the end we are all happy. We have to thank Marc and Melissa for everything because without them this wouldn’t happen. It was a great season and great way to finish.”

Roldan plays every spring season and said, “They keep getting more and more competitive every season.”

Fully healed from a rib injury that sidelined him for two weeks, Roldan is headed to England to play for Thai Polo with Harold Link, Malcolm Borwick and Ale Agote. Roldan will represent the U.S. in the Westchester Cup on July 28th along with Marc Ganzi and return to the U.S. for more polo in Santa Barbara.

Best Playing Pony in the final was awarded to Yetti, a new 6-year-old gelding ridden by Marc Ganzi and owned by Halo Polo. “He’s really sweet; he played really well,” Ganzi said.

ELG, led by balanced scoring and teamwork, won the Casablanca Cup with an 11-10 victory over Palm House.

Kris Kampsen led scoring with four goals, Avery Chapman had three goals, and Martin Estrada and Wellington teenager Juancito Bollini each scored two goals.

In the Piaget Memorial Day Cup consolation final, Intercontinental defeated Audi, 11-9. Carlucho Arellano sparked Intercontinental’s rally scoring three goals in the final chukker.

Arellano finished with five goals, Brandon Phillips had three, Alejandro Poma had two and Gene Goldstein scored one goal. J. J. Celis scored six goals for Audi.

Nic Roldan (4) in complete control of the ball
Nic Roldan (4) in complete control of the ball

The 2013 Grand Champions spring season turned out to be the most competitive in its six-year history.

“I don’t think this season could have been better,” Marc Ganzi said. “The whole season was great. The polo was incredibly competitive. The level has improved, the teams are very even and yet the friendly, competitive tone of the club is still here.

“Everyone gets along and has a good time but everyone competes extremely hard and that’s a difficult balance to find in polo and we have tried to build that here in polo. I think we have captured that.”

Added Melissa Ganzi: “Every time we finish a season it seems like it’s the best one. They just keep getting better and better.”

Grand Champions had five different champions for the 2013 spring season: ELG/Psycho Bunny (Palm City Open), Power Horse (Polo Gear Invitational), Audi (USPA Spring Challenge and Eastern Challenge), Pony Express (USPA Sun Cup) and Longfield Farm (Piaget Memorial Day Cup).

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

Sharon Robb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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