For those who need a polo fix, there’s no need to wait until 2014 for the pony action. Grand Champions Polo Club is starting competition early with the Tackeria Invitational from September 27-29, kick starting the club’s sixth fall season of medium- and high-goal polo competition.
September’s Tackeria Invitational will act as a primer for the fall season. The first game in a seven medium-goal and two high-goal season, this is primarily a practice tournament for players and ponies returning from their summer seasons. Four teams, some with familiar names like Nic Roldan and Kris Kampsen, will take the field for the 12-goal invitational at Palm City Polo Club in Boca Raton.
As home base for high-goal powerhouses Audi and Piaget—as well as home to the Women’s Championship and the Gay Polo League international tournaments—Grand Champions is looking to extend the polo action than just a select few month in the winter. Competition gets on in earnest following the Tackeria Invitational, with eight additional tournaments scheduled—one per week—including two 20-goal tournaments: the USPA North America Cup from October 30 to November 9 and the National 20-Goal Championship from November 13-24.
Returning this year, champion of both Grand Champion’s 2012 20-goal tournaments, Audi will look to defend its titles from a crowded field, including the likes of Piaget, Newport, Barbossa Leather, YP.Com, Cinque Terre, Beluga, Equine Law Group, La Carina, Longfield, Cinque Terre, and Daniel and Henry. Making appearances for the 20-goal tourneys, Jeff Hall and hall of famer Mike Azzaro will take the field for a bit of a preview of the upcoming 2014 IPC season.
- Admission is free and guests are encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes before match play begins. Viewing areas are field side, a la tailgate style.
- For more information, call 561-644-5050
The complete Grand Champions 2013 Fall Season is as follows:
- Sept. 27-29, Tackeria Invitational
- Oct. 4-6, USPA Fall Classic
- Oct. 13-15, USPA Kay Colee Memorial
- Oct. 18-20, US Trust Cup
- Oct. 25-27, USPA Fall Plates
- Oct. 30-Nov. 9, USPA North America Cup
- Nov. 1-3, Pedro Morrison Memorial
- Nov. 8-10, Palm Restaurant Invitational
Nov. 13-24,The National 20-Goal Championship
Photos courtesy of Sheryel Ashford, Polo Paparazzi