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United States High-Goal Season Opener: Herbie Pennell Cup 2014

The United States High-Goal Season Opener, Herbie Pennell Cup 2014, will amaze the crowds again in the International Polo Club, Wellington. The Herbie Pennel Cup will be begin on January 2, 2014 and will be a three-day 20-goal tournament. The tournament is comprised of four teams which include the Villa del Lago/Casablanca, Coca-cola, Lechuza Caracas, and Palm Beach Illustrated.

On January 2nd at 3:00 p.m. the first match will be played between Villa del Lago/Casablanca  and Palm Beach Illustrated. On January 3rd at 10:30 am, Coca-Cola will face Lechuza Caracas. The tournament finals will be played at IPC and will start January 5th at 3:00 p.m.

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The Villa del Lago/Casablanca players are Jim Zenni, Pablo Pieres, Augustine Obregon and Iñaki Laprida with goal ratings 0, 9, 4 and 7 respectively.

Coca-Cola’s top players are 2-goal rating Gillian Johnston, 7-goal rating Jeff Hall, 9-goal rating Julio Arellano and 2-goal rating Nick Morrison.

Lechuza Caracas Lechuza Caracas will be playing Victor Vargas, Mariano Gracida, Pablo MacDonough and Nicolás Espain with 1-, 3-, 10-, and 6-goal ratings respectively.

Last but not least, Palm Beach Illustrated’s players are 2-goal rating Jared Zenni, 4-goal rating Tommy Collingwood, 6-goal rating Facundo Obregon and 8-goal rating Cristian Laprida.

Coca-Cola defended its second championship last year.

The Herbie Pennell Cup is named after Alfred G. “Herbie” Pennell, an American 8-goal indoor polo player. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Herbie Pennell was one of this country top arena players.

The Herbie Pennel Cup will be followed by other prestigious high-goal competition tournaments such as the Joe Barry Memorial Cup, the Ylvisaker Cup, and the Piaget USPA Gold Cup. The season will end on April 20, 2014.

This is a good start for Wellington polo. 2014 will surely be filled with exciting polo events that will keep Wellington polo fans thrilled.

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The History of Wellington Polo

>Wellington is renowned worldwide for its polo events. It is home to the most celebrated polo competitions in America and it has a wide range of Wellington equestrian properties that cater to polo horses and enthusiasts. The International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington is the most distinguished polo facility in the country.

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Wellington was not originally designed as an equestrian mecca. In the 1950s, the land was bought by New York accounting magnate Charles Oliver Wellington. After his death, his son, Roger Wellington, started finding ways to improve the land. Together with the Investment Corporation of Florida (ICOF), he was given an approval to develop 18,200 acres in 1972. This is the largest single development allowed ever in Palm Beach County.

Bill Ylvisaker, the Gould’s polo-playing chairman in Florida, purchased the interests of ICOF in the already developed residential neighborhoods in Wellington. He then started the groundwork for Wellington to become as an equestrian capital. He established the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, the exceptional neighborhoods, and the home of what would become the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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In the late 1970s, Wellington first inaugurated itself as an international haven for world-class polo. It was the place of many top polo tournaments. However, the fall of the revered Palm Beach Polo & Country Club as a host venue for high-goal Wellington polo in the late 1990s led players and patrons to find a new site.

Operating under the new name The South Florida Polo Club, it served Wellington polo events. It originally operated using private fields to continue elite competitions. These competitions were eventually brought to the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

In 2002, the International Polo Club Palm Beach obtained guardianship of the 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup Tournament which made the Wellington as the high-goal polo’s new home.

The club landed the United States Polo Association’s prestigious U.S. Open Championship in 2004 which was followed by the said association’s Gold Cup Tournament in 2007. The IPC was the first club ever to host the three highest-rated polo tournaments in the nation.

Wellington now has 69 polo fields and there are hundreds of practice rings as well as competition arenas and paddocks. During peak season, Wellington caters to more than 12,000 horses.

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Valiente Wins 2014 C.V. Whitney Cup Wellington Polo, 12-8

Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Sapo Caset and Adolfo Cambiaso) won the opening competition of the American Triple Crown, the C.V. Whitney Cup Wellington polo, with a 12-8 lead over Orchard Hill (Steve Van Andel, Santiago Chavanne, Pablo MacDonough and Matias MacDonough) on Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club.

In the first chukker, Adolfo Cambiaso scored the only goal through the period, making Valiente in the lead, 1-0.

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The second chukker started with Santi Torres converting a 60-yard Safety but consecutive goals from MacDonough brothers, Pablo and Matias, tied up the scores into 2-2. Sapo Caset broke the tie and Torres made another goal, ending the second chukker with 4-2.

The first half ended with 5-4, Valiente still in the lead.

As the second half Wellington polo opened, Caset scored twice, 7-4. MacDonough brothers responded to this, making the scores to 7-6. Caset and Cambiaso each scored again while Pablo MacDonough cut the lead to 9-7 before the chukker ended.

Cambiaso scored back-to-back in the fifth chukker, 11-7. The fifth period ended 12-8 with Matias MacDonough and Caset scoring for Orchard Hill and Valiente respectively.

The sixth chukker ended without a score from the both teams.  Valiente celebrated the 12-8 win.

Cambiaso and Caset led Valiente with five goals each, and Torres added a pair and was named MVP. While the MacDonough brothers scored three goals each, Van Andel and Chavanne adding each goal to the lose. Boeing, Bob Jornayvaz’s horse,  (played by Cambiaso) took BPP honors.

Meanwhile, Flight Options (Grant Ganzi, Eduardo Astrada, Miguel Astrada and Alejandro Astrada) beat Audi (Marc Ganzi, Gonzalito Pieres, Rodrigo Andrade and Gonzalo Del Tour) in the Subsidiary Les Armour Cup, 11-10. Rodrigo Andrade was named MVP.

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Wellington Polo: Late Carlos Gracida’s Team wins USPA Sieber Memorial Tournament

Catamount won the USPA 12-goal Sieber Memorial Tournament with a narrow 12-11 overtime victory over Palm Beach Equine at Grand Champions Polo Club on Saturday, March 02.

Carlos Gracida was due to play the Wellington polo final but his sudden tragic passing saw his two sons, Carlitos and Mariano, join the team in his honor alongside patron Scott Devon and Chris Nevins against Palm Beach Equine’s Agustin Arellano, Juan Bollini, Luis Escobar and Scott Swerdlin.

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Carlitos Gracida led the score with four goals, Devon and Nevins added each three goals and Mariano Gracida contributed two goals for the total of 12 goals. While for Palm Beach Equine, Escobar made six goals and Arellano added four to the lose.

Carlitos Gracida was named Most Valuable Player while Mariano Gracida’s Maharaja, took the Best Playing Pony

While in the Subsidiary Final, Goose Creek (Lucas Arellano, Maureen Brennan, Cote Zeggers, Tano Vial) defeated Pony Express (Benjie Daniels, Bob Daniels, Tomás Goti and Julian de Luzarreta) 11-8. Cote Zegers was named MVP and Tomás Goti’s Marselleso took the BPP award.

The day ended with beautiful and touching “Celebration of Life” for Carlos Gracida at International Polo Club Wellington polo.

The tournament is named in honor of polo player Rob Sieber who died in a polo accident almost three decades ago at Oak Brook, IL.

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Semifinals Set in First Competition of the American Triple Crown Wellington Polo

Out of eight teams competing against the new edition of 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup, only Orchard Hill, Crab Orchard, Valiente and Alegria will advance to the next stage after winning in the quarter final games held last February 21 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

The opening day started with Orchard Hill (Steve Van Andel, Santiago Chavanne, Pablo MacDonough and Matias MacDonough) winning 12-7 score over Lechuza Caracas (Victor Vargas, Nico Pieres, Juan Martin Nero and Nico Espain).

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Pablo MacDonough led all scoring with six goals, Matias MacDonough adding five and Chavanne scoring one for the 12 score win. While Pieres scored five, and Nero added two for the 7 losing score.

In the second match, Crab Orchard (Facundo Pieres, Magoo Laprida, Matias Magrini and George Rawlings) defeated Flight Options (Eduardo Astrada, Miguel Astrada and Alejandro Astrada) with 14-10 win.

Pieres scored 12 and Laprida adding two for the win. While Miguel Astrada led the Flight Options with eight goals and each goal from Eduardo Astrada and Alejandro Astrada added to the loss.

Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Sapo Caset and Adolfo Cambiaso) had a difficult win against Audi (Marc Ganzi, Gonzalito Pieres, Rodrigo Andrade and Gonzalo Del Tour) with 11-9 in the third match.

Caset, Cambiaso and Torres scored eight, two and one respectively for the win. On the other hand, Audi’s losing effort was credited to Pieres and Del Tour scoring seven and two respectively.

The 2013 defending champion Alegria (Julian Mannix, Clemente Zavaleta, Polito Pieres and Hilario Ulloa) defeated Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sebastian Merlos, Julio Arellano and Facundo Obregon) in the last match of the day for 11-8 scores.

Mannix and Pieres each scored four goals, Ulloa added three for Alegria’s win. For Coca-Cola’s eight scores, these were credited to Merlos with four, and Arellano and Obregon with two goals each.

The semifinals of the CV Whitney Cup and the Subsidiary Les Armour Cup Wellington Polo were scheduled last February 26 and 27 respectively with Orchard Hill competing against Crab Orchard and Valiente versus Alegria while Lechuza Caracas against Flight Options and Audi versus Coca-Cola.

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Wellington Equestrian Jumping and Dressage Festivals – 2014 Season is On 

We are in full season now here in Wellington Florida home of the equestrian capital of the world. The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival – WEF and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival are under way right now and will be hosting many events until March 30. 

Mark Bellissim CEO of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has made a lot of improvements to the grounds and surrounding areas to really have Wellington be deserving of their place on the equestrian map. 

Both of these festivals are world class events. Dressage will get even more well known here in Wellington. The infrastructure is in place now and future improvements are in the works. 

WEF has a new sponsor – ROLEX. There need not be any more said about this company. Rolex is very supportive of the equestrian community and being able to say that Rolex is your sponsor carries with it a lot of klout. They in turn will attract other sponsors to the show. 

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Now you can even come and stay all year – you can now train all summer really getting your horses ready for world class competition. The top competitors from all over the world come to Wellington for WEF like Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze, Brazilian Olympic Gold Medalist Rodrigo Pessoa, World Champion Hunter Rider Havens Schatt and Olympic Dressage Rider David Marcus. 

This is going to be an amazing 12 weeks of equestrian competition with huge prize money being awarded as well. Even the Nations Cup will be held here. 

The Global Dressage Festival is going to be filling an U.S void- there will not be a better built dressage facility than here in Wellington. 

Mark Bellissimo has developed a new partnership with world famous Jumping Chantilly in France. Jumping Chantilly hosts some of the top shows in Europe. The winner of Jumping Chantilly Grand Prix in France will be invited to compete in Wellington WEF in 2015. The winner of WEF Artisan Farm Young Rider Grand Prix will be given a free wild card entry to Chantilly Jumping. 

Wellington is the equestrian capital in the United States and Chantilly is the equestrian capital in France. 

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