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The French Triple Crown for Cibao La Pampa

It is what can be called great vintage! This 17th edition of the Paprec French Open was definitely the most beautiful one. From beginning to end: from the qualifying matches to the final. A final is not always a good one: the players are tense, scared of doing the wrong thing, the game is more often focused on defense. This time was completely different. By winning this 2017 French Open in their first participation, the Argentinian team Cibao La Pampa obtains the French Triple Crown further to its victories in the Gold and Silver Cup in Deauville. Just exceptional! The Argentinian businessman Juan Pepa was the happiest man on Earth this Sunday afternoon in Chantilly. Although a usually quiet man, he did not hesitate to cry his joy, along with a few rude words (of joy) that is natural among...

Victory of Chateau D’Aulne for the Cote d’Azur Cup

A fantastic polo day was held on Sunday at Saint Tropez Polo Club with the two thrilling finals of the Cote d’Azur Polo Cup, the first 18-goal tournament on the French Riviera. The 18-goal final kicked off at 5pm, with a clash between Chateau D’ Aulne and Las Plantas. The match was very even throughout and had to be decided in extra chukka. Finally, Chateau D’Aulne’s Sebastián Harriott scored a penalty for the win. Final: Chateau d’Aulne 10-9 Las Plantas Chateau d’Aulne: Nacho Kennedy 4, Alexis Pouille de Balkany 2, Nito Uranga 6, Sebastián Harriott 6. Las Plantas: Peter Kis 0, Tete Fanelli 4, Bautista Ortiz de Urbina 7, Jaime García Huidobro 7

Cote D’Azur International Polo Cup

The International Polo Cup, one of the highlights of the season at Cote D’Azur, came to an end on Sunday at Saint Tropez Polo Club. The final saw a full day of polo entertainment, with live shows, a fantastic cocktail party hosted by Restaurant Polo 1999, and a traditional Sunday Polo Party. The 12-15 goal kicked the day off, with the final between Pull Love and Marquard Media. It wasn’t just any final for the Italians; in 2016 their team was beaten in the last match of the tournament and the title slipped away. This season the team came back stronger, showing an impressive level. Despite a good defensive performance by Marquard Media, lead by Tete Storni and Pablo Bolanterio, the team could not tame Flaco Garcia Grossi, who showed his skills once again. Pull Love were two up in the last c...

Kazak Outsiders claimed the Open de Paris

The 123rd Open de Paris finished on Sunday after a great final where a fully French team claimed the title. Kazak-Outsiders, with professionals Clement Delfosse and Patrick Paillol, and patrons Sébastien Aguettant and Nicolas Desjouis, were named champions of the tournament after winning the final 7-6. They faced defending champions Costa Rica, who won the penalty shootout in the morning against Sainte Mesme and La Concepcion. The competition saw three very intense weekends, with lots of polo. Six teams that gave their best and fought for the title at one of the most exclusive polo venues in the world: Bagatelle. The final also offered a great event and lunch for special guests at the Polo de Paris restaurant, which looks on to the polo field. Costa Rica had a great start with a 2-0 advant...

Sainte Mesme won the Charity Cup

The finale of the Charity Cup For JustWorld was obviously the main event of the day. Expected encounter between France team of Sainte Mesme and Switzerland’s Marquard Media. A dual in which the balance of level between the four players of Sainte-Mesme, led by the strong voice of Argentina Clemente Zavaleta (h7), prevailed. The black & blues led the encounter from the start, leaving no hope to Marquard Media, despite the tremendous efforts of one Martin Aguerre Jr. A clear final score: 12 – 7 and the consecration of one beautiful mare, named Cindy, from the Zavaleta’s Irenita breeding whose name could also be heard during the Abierto next winter. This tournament of the Charity Cup was dedicated to the association JustWorld International which is devoted to breaking the cycle of po...

Team VT won Silver Whips Cup

Four teams up to 10 goals came at the Polo Club Saint-Tropez to play and win the Silver Whips Cup 2017, the third tournament of the season. Under the heat that became more intense the first place was been played between the team ” VT Wealth Managaement ” and the team ” The Saint-Tropez/ Sea Breeze Polo Team”. After a relentless battle, Team ” VT Wealth Management ” won the SILVER WHIPS CUP 2017 tournament. with a score of 7 to 5. The 3rd place was won in a half point. The ” The Dirk Ice ” team beat ” the F Polo team” won with a score of 7.5 to 7. The player Thomas Fedier won the MVP price. Sorda, the poney of Sacha Fedier, won the Best Ponny. The tournament ended with an awards ceremony, and a nice evening on the terrasse of the r...

Opening tournament in Saint Tropez

The First tournaments of the 2017 season at the Polo Club Saint-Tropez was taking place on Sunday 14th of May. We are off to a great season with fun, family and friends. Spectators had a ringside seat to attend the two impressive matches. Four teams up to 10 goals were playing ” La Coupe de L’Hippocampe. ” An exciting time, matches which were taking place alternately with “Saint-Tropez Polo Team” composed by the ex-owner of the Haras de Gassin, Corinne Schuler and Mister Alshair Fiyaz, the current owner with “ F Polo Team “ . They were fighting to win the title of the tournament. A great Victory led by F Polo Team, 10 to 8.5 goals.” Sea Breeze ” and ” The Glorious 4 ” were playing for the 3rd place. Sea Breeze completed the match with a score of 7....

Brieuc Rigaux : the French Polo Player

France Polo number 1, Brieuc Rigaux (32, from Apremont, Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly), is currently in Argentina to confront top-level world polo. His goal dis to play the Copa Camara, antechamber of the legendary Albierto de Polo, with three other Argentina’s professional players (Juan Ambrogio, Facundo Llorente and Tomy Ruiz Guinazu). This tournament, played on the fields of the « federal » club of the Asociacion Argentina de Polo will begin at the same time as the Albierto, in two weekks. Meanwhile, Brieuc has be recruited by the solid handicap 10 Hilario Ulloa (photo, in pink), to play another great tournament, the Copa Municipalidad del Pilar (25 – 30 goals). A first difficult game on Monday evening, the first of his career, in a 29 goals’ team. But they finished the game on a pr...

Marquard Media holds on to Open de France title

Swiss team of Tommy Rinderknecht, Marquard Media, won its second and consecutive title in the Open de France Paprec, after an epic game, where the team never seemed to worry, despite the prognostics. France team of Mochi Chic Polo Team has indeed dominated all its games during the qualification phase, even wiping Marquard Media out (10 to 6). In polo, nothing is ever granted! Alexandre Sztarkman’s men took advantage at the beginning of the encounter, but only hold on during two chukkers and quickly ceded further ground against Marint Aguerre Jr’s determination: “The Open de France is one of my main goal of the season, I would likely say my main goal”, said Mariano Aguerre’s nephew, 8 times Argentine champions with three different teams. Besides, Martin works with his uncle, valuing h...

Team Costa Rica captured the 122º Open de Paris

A great event with many attendants took place on Sunday 26 for the expected final of the 122°Open de Paris Maserati at Bagatelle. The journey started with an exclusive lunch at the club’s stylish and unique restaurant, with a beautiful view of polo field. The attendants enjoyed a Tuscan influenced menu. After a parade by the Garde Républicaine de France, both teams jumped onto the field looking for the title. It was an even game at the beginning with few differences and not a single one in the scoreboard. 0-0 after the first chukker. But the two following chukkers decided the match. Costa Rica, one of the greatest teams of the Parisian season, found themselves leading 5-1 at half-time thanks to Iván Maldonado (3), Antonio Gómez y Juan Zubiaurre’s goals. Facundo Fernández Llorente scored th...

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