Grand Champions Polo Club - Player Profiles - Nic Roldan

Grand Champions Polo Club is located in the heart of Florida's equestrian capital. Many of polo's finest players call Wellington home.  Some have literally grown up with polo. The sport surrounds them. Wellington offers players an environment where they can train, develop and learn from one another. With it's schedule of fall and spring tournaments, Grand Champions is able to assemble some of the nation's best players while they are right here in our back yard.


 

Photo by David Lominska - Polographics
Photo by Gregory Ratner
Photo by Gregory Ratner
Photo by Gregory Ratner
Photo by David Lominska - Polographics
Photo by Gregory Ratner
Photo by David Lominska - Polographics
 

  

Nic Roldan - 8-goaler
Wellington, Florida

By gcpc/editor
Photos - Sheryel Aschfort

Nic Roldan at Grand Champions Polo Club Fall 2011

 
"We had two teams ready to play and one of our guys turns up missing,' relates Michael Bucci, a longtime member of Myopia Polo Club. 'The club pro tells us that he'll get a fourth and comes back with Nic". Fourteen at the time, Nic went on to control the ball and score all the goals for his team. "We were thrilled. The other team, not so much!"

This story comes from Nic Roldan's youth when he began playing at Myopia Polo Club outside Boston.  His father, Raul Roldan, played with and worked for Pony Express. Myopia was their home base.

This anecdote of Nic's precocious polo skill was recounted along the boards at Grand Champions Polo Club. Nic had just tapped the ball in the air at speed for 10 or 15 yards as he moved towards goal. It was a brilliant display of riding skill, ball control and hand-eye coordination.

Most everyone in Wellington knows their polo favorite son. It may be from the polo field, youth soccer (where he excelled), the ice hockey rink (Nic went to the Junior Olympics) or just hanging at the beach or barn with friends.

Nic Roldan at Grand Champions Polo Club Fall 2011


Fast forward to today and Nic is now a US Open winner, one of the highest rated players in the country
and brand ambassador for Polo Gear.  He plays around the world from Argentina to South Africa and is a champion of the sport of polo and the people involved in polo.

Grounded and focused, Nic is always working to improve his game, his string of ponies and skills. A fan favorite, Nic's travels and playing schedule can be found on his blog. In the summer of 2011 Nic led Andy Busch's Grant's Farm Manor polo team.  Grant's Farm was the winner of the 2011 America's Cup at Santa Barbara.