In 1998, Nic Roldan galloped into history when he became the youngest player to win the United States Polo Open Championships. With an 8-goal handicap, he’s the highest ranked American polo player and currently riding for Flexjet with Grand Champions Polo Club owner Melissa Ganzi.
When he’s not in the saddle, he spends time at the Wellington home he co-designed with his mother, Dagmar Roldan, and hosts charity polo matches for equine and children’s causes close to his heart.
Favorite musicians: Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay
Can’t leave home without: Mizuno golf clubs
Favorite summer accessory: Salomon hiking shoes
Stays home to watch: Homeland
Worth the splurge: Bolay’s cold-pressed juices
In his carry-on: MacBook Air and Beats Pro headphones in black
Personal passions: I’m an ambassador for Brooke USA, which is the world’s largest international equine welare charity, as well as the Wellington- based Kids Cancer Foundation, where I love spending a much time as possible with the kids.
Best Palm Beach bite: Tuna and foie gras sliders from Imoto
Sartorial staples: James Perse T-shirts and Double RL jeans
Something secret: I’m left handed but in polo it’s a rule players must hold their mallet in their right hand so I have to play right handed.
Guilty pleasure: Listening to classical music in my car
Man-scaping must-have: Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30 and Epicurem X-treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45+
Wish list: Winning the U.S. Open Polo Championship again at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington
Favorite escapes: Colts Neck, New Jersey is peaceful and wonderful for meandering trail rides. I love Aspen, Colorado for polo, hiking, and biking.
Palm Beach obsession: Biking around Palm Beach looking for future real estate endeavors with my good friend and realtor Darren Marotta. Always looking out for potential projects.
Currently reading: How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life by Dr. Bob Rotella
Go-to hostess gift: Bottle of Silver Oak
Must-have gadget: A Bushnell Rangefinder
Bucket list: Playing 18 holes at Pebble Beach and Cyprus Point Golf Club
Next Goal: To reach a 10-goal handicap rating in polo (the highest possible level)