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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.
Palm Beach Illustrated’s Jared Zenni, Facundo Obregon, Magoo Laprida and Tommy Collingwood with Villa del Lago/Casablanca’s Jim Zenni, Austin Obregon, Inaki Laprida and Polito Pieres surprised the Wellington polo fans as they withdrew their positions in the subsidiary of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup, the Bobby Barry Cup. This is seen as a strategy to save the polo ponies for the upcoming Ylvisaker Cup. This move allowed the next two teams in order and from that bracket to take their positions.
Flight Options (Melissa Ganzi, Fred Mannix, Miguel Astrada and Juan Bollini) started the Bobby Barry Cup semifinals match against El Cabure (Federico Virasoro, Carlucho Arellano, Agustin Merlos and Stevie Orthwein). While Audi (Marc Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Nic Roldan and Nico Pieres) asked to move their match against Orchard Hill (Steve Van Andel, Lucas Criado, Facundo Pieres and Marcos Alberdi) from morning to afternoon.
Those teams who were not able to qualify for the subsidiary competed on January 24 and 26 for a consolation match with Lechuza Caracas (Victor Vargas, Mariano Gracida, Pablo MacDonough and Nico Espain) against Faraway (Hutton Goodman, Martin Pepa, Santiago Chavanne and Mariano Gonzales) and CT Energia (Alessandro Bazzoni, Kris Kampsen, Joao Ganon and Nick Manifold) against Los Monjitas (Camilo Bautista, Geronimo Obregon, Eduardo Astrada and Alejandro Astrada) respectively.
The matches for the Joe Barry Memorial Cup semifinals continued with Los Machitos/Heathcote (Steve Lefkowitz, Sterling Giannico, Mariano Aguerre and Matias Magrini) battle against Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, Gonzalito Pieres, Tomas Alberdi and Rodrigo Andrade) on January 23 and was followed by a match between Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Roberto Zedda and Sapo Caset) against Coca-Cola (Jeff Hall, Fillian Johnston, Nick Morrison and Julio Arellano).
The third and most prestigious tournament of U.S. polo’s Triple Crown, the 110th Maserati U.S. Open, kicked off Sunday, March 30, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Eight teams up to 26 goal will go in search of the coveted trophy: Alegria, Audi, Coca-Cola, Crab Orchard, Flight Options, Lechuza Caracas, Orchard Hill and Valiente.
Crab Orchard defeated Orchard Hill on the opening day at IPC with 12-9 scores. The tournament continues as Valiente and Lechuza Caracas meet on March 31, Alegria vs. Audi and Flight Options vs. Coca-Cola both rescheduled for Tuesday.
The championship final is due on Easter Sunday, April 20.
The last 2013 U.S. Open, Zacara defended its title with a come-from-behind 16-13 victory over Valiente, breaking Valiente’s 11-game win streak. Since George Rawling’s Crab Orchard won back-to-back titles (2007-2008), it was the first time a team successfully defended its U.S. Open title. Mariano Aguerre was named Most Valuable Player.
Only two women have won the U.S. Open: Sunny Hale in 2000 with Outback and Gillian Johnston in 2002 with Coca-Cola.
The U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the United States, dates back to 1904. It was first played at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. and has been part of the Wellington polo history. It has been played at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida since 2004. It is one of three major polo tournaments worldwide along with the British and Argentine Opens.
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).
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.
Wellington Equestrian Jumping and Dressage Festivals – The 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.
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.
Saturday Night Lights are free for spectators. Come and join us in the fun and enjoy the magnifance of horse and rider.