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Another Wellington polo event held was the Joe Barry Memorial Cup!
The three-week second tournament of the season kicked off on January 9, 2014 with Valiente and Las Monjitas winning their matches on the opening day at the International Polo Club.
Valiente’s foursome Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Sapo Caset and Roberto Zedda made their 2014 debut by winning against Lechuza Caracas team: Victor Vargas, Mariano Gracida, Pablo MacDonough and Nico Espain., with 13-10 scores.
The match was followed by 10-6 victory of Las Monjitas over Flight Options. Camillo Bautista, Geronimo Obregon, Eduardo Etrada and Alejandro Astrada made up the Las Monjitos while Flight Options was composed of Melisssa Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Miguel Astrada and Fred Mannix.
There were 14 teams who took part in this tournament. Action in the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup continued between Palm Beach Illustrated, Coca-Cola, Tonkawa, CT Energia, Villa del Lago/Casablanca, Orchard Hill, Audi, Faraway, Los Machitos/Heathcote and El Cabure on the following days.
In the last year’s final, Audi lost a hard fought 11-9 match to Crab Orchard.
The Joe Barry Memorial Cup semifinals were held on the 22nd and 23rd of January. The Final was played on Sunday, January 26.
Wellington polo always gets more exciting with every match and event!
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Lechuza Caracas finally took home the championship as they won the Herbie Pennell Cup 2014 against Villa del Lago with the final scores of 14-11 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach during a rescheduled match on January 6, 2014.
The game was very tight with scores 5-all by half-time. But as the fourth chukker went by, Villa del Lago’s Pablo Pieres converted two penalty shots to close out the chukker with a narrow lead score of 8-7.
Mariano Gracida of the Lechuza Caracas tied the score as he made the first goal in the first 17 seconds of the fifth period. The chukker passed by with each team responding goal for goal locking up the score at 10 -10. A last second goal by Nicolás Espain allowed Lechuza Caracas to ride off the field with a 11-10 lead.
As the final chukker began, Villa del Lago tried to take control the ball but Pablo MacDonough, a 10-goal player of Lechuza Caracas, finished the finals for 14-11 victory.
Lechuza Caracas 14 scores were accounted for MacDonough scoring eight goals, Espain scored four times and Mariano Gracida had two goals. While Villa del Lago’s 11 scores were made by Pieres, Augustine Obregon, Iñaki Laprida, and Jim Zenni scoring seven, two, one and one goals respectively.
MacDonough, a recent winner of the Argentina’s Triple Crown, was named MVP, while Pieres’s Pugliese took Best Playing Pony honors.
Last year at the 2013 Herbie Pennell Cup, Lechuza Caracas won the Subsidiary Trophy.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.