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American Polo Horse Captures Triple Crown Of Polo; Jeff Hall Named MVP

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American Polo Horse Captures Triple Crown Of Polo; Jeff Hall Named MVP
Triple Crown of Polo champions American Polo Horse with reknown Brazilian artist Ramiro Britto.

WELLINGTON, Fla., November 15, 2018---Playing together for the first time as a team, American Polo Horse won the coveted Triple Crown of Polo's third and final leg of the 2018 polo series  Wednesday at  Grand Champions Polo Club.
 

Flexjet teammates Juancito Bollini and Jeff Blake double team Justin Daniels of American Polo Horse.
Playing in the dark, Justin Daniels converted a 30-yard penalty shot with 5:05 left to give American Polo Horse (Justin Daniels, 2, Tony Calle, 3, Whistle Uys, 4, Jeff Hall, 7) a thrilling 7-6 sudden death overtime victory over Flexjet (Grant Ganzi, 2, Juancito Bollini, 4, Julio Gracida, 4, Jeff Blake, 6) in front of a soldout VIP tent and good local crowd.

Hall, the team's field general, was named Most Valuable Player. The playmaker led the team defensively from the back, fed the ball consistently to the team's two youngest players and scored one goal.

American Polo Horse teammates Whistle Uys takes off as Jeff Hall backs the ball.

"I had never ridden all those horses and was getting the hang of them early in the game," said Hall, playing horses from Kris Kampsen and Uys. "We started off good and they came back and it went back and forth. They got a few penalties and it got kind of close. Flexjet was a good team."

Hall was coming off outstanding seasons in California and Texas, making six tournament finals and winning five. His sixth tournament final was rained out in Houston.

Flexjet's Grant Ganzi works the nearside shot.

Hall will also compete in the USPA National 20-Goal tournament that begins Friday at Grand Champions. Hall will join Marc Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Pablo Dorignac on Audi. In the first game at 10 a.m., Travieso plays Flexjet and Audi plays Casablanca at 3:30 p.m.

For American Polo Horse, Daniels scored a game-high four goals including the game-winner. Calle added two goals. Both are also members of Team USPA.

"I've played in the dark before, it was fun," Daniels said. "It was great to win."

Flexjet's Jeff Blake hits downfield with teammate Julio Gracida backing him up.

Added Calle, "Justin played great, he came back nicely on that last penalty and got his confidence up and put it right through the middle of the goal posts. He did a great job.

"This is the first time we have all played together. I played against Jeff Hall a bunch, he's a great player. I like playing with him more."

Calle was impressed with the stunning trophy and series concept.

Grant Ganzi of Flexjet and Justin Daniels of American Polo Horse and Team USPA players battle for the ball.

"I think it's a great way to promote polo and try to make it more of a spectator game," Calle said. "We gave a nice competitive show out there with the guys and showed what American players can do out there on the field.

"This is the first time I played in the dark and it's pretty cool, actually," Calle said. "Could I see the ball? You kind of have an idea where it is but not really."

For Flexjet, Gracida and Bollini each had two goals. Ganzi and Blake each added one goal.

State Attorney Dave Aronberg all smiles as he prepares to throw out opening chukker game ball.
The evenly-matched 16-goal teams exchanged the lead seven times before Daniels converted a 30-yard penalty to tie the game at 6-6 with 2:42 left in regulation. Both teams had scoring opportunities before the game went into sudden death overtime.

American Polo Horse led 2-1 after the opening chukker and 4-1 midway through the second chukker before Flexjet battled back to shut out American Polo Horse, 2-0, in the third chukker and went into halftime tied at 4-4. The game was tied twice, 5-5 in the fifth and 6-6 in the sixth before Daniels' heroics.  

Jeff Hall of American Polo Horse reaches for the ball.
The American Polo Horse Association Best Playing Pony blanket was awarded to Garinche, a 4-year-old bay gelding played by Gracida in the fourth chukker.

The American Polo Horse Association was created in 2006 by Hall of Famer Sunny Hale to recognize polo ponies in America and encourages events that showcase them and hard-working dedication of grooms.

World-reknown Brazilian artist Ramiro Britto was on hand to present his one-of-a-kind polo prints to the finalists. After the game he was honored in a private ceremony at Santa Rita Polo Farm, where two homebred geldings, Ramiro and Britto, were introduced to him. Pablo Dorignac has been playing the talented horses during the fall season. Britto also unveiled two horses he designed for Grand Champions Polo Club president Melissa Ganzi.

Justin Daniels of American Polo Horse stretches to hook Jeff Blake of Flexjet.
Designed by Tiffany & Co., the magnificent Triple Crown of Polo trophy is comprised of three separate trophies that fit perfectly together to create an entire polo scene that is breathtaking in sterling silver. 

American Polo Horse and its players' names will be inscribed on the trophy and added to an impressive list of teams that feature several top players including Sebastian Merlos, Mike Azzaro, Tommy Biddle, Adam Snow, Nic Roldan, Matias Magrini, Jeff Hall, Mariano Gonzalez, Michel Dorignac and Kris Kampsen.

The Triple Crown of Polo, an ESPN2 television series, was created in 2005 by David McLane, known for Pro Beach Hockey, Women of Wrestling and Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, to help promote polo in the U.S. The show was seen in 129 countries.

Jeff Hall of American Polo Horse goes for the hook as Juancito Bollini of Flexjet attempts to hit the ball.
The spectacular trophy was created for the event that had stops at the Sarasota Polo Club, Las Colinas Polo Club in Dallas and Santa Barbara Polo Club the first year in 2006 and Sarasota and New Bridge Polo and Country Club in Aiken, South Carolina in 2007 during its heyday before it went on hiatus.

The first leg of the Triple Crown of Polo was held at Denver Polo Club during the summer and won by Scone (David Paradice, Agustin Nero, Agusto Gomez Romero, Guillermo Terrera). 

The second leg held at Grand Champions' sister club Aspen Valley Polo Club in Colorado was won by first-year team Mandarina. The foursome of Sarah Magness, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Juan Bollini defeated Woodrow Farm (Leigh Brecheen, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Tano Vial), 7-6, to win the biggest prize of the club's summer polo season.

Juancito Bollini of Flexjet reaches for the ball with American Polo Horse teammates Justin Daniels and Tony Calle defending.
World-reknown polo announcer Jan-Erik Franck is calling the action during the fall season, St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen in December and winter season featuring the World Polo League at Grand Champions. Franck, popular among fans, makes it both entertaining and educational. He has been a polo announcer at various tournaments around the world for more than 20 years. Franck is also a polo player, HPA instructor, La Martina ambassador and polo columnist. He was recently the featured cover story in POLO+10 magazine.

Polo fans were treated to meeting reknown Brazilian artist Ramiro Britto who designed one-of-a-kind polo prints for player finalists.
Grand Champions is one of the few USPA-sanctioned clubs that offers fall polo. The fall season  has been a good tuneup for the winter season for players and green horses. The winter season will feature the debut of the highly-anticipated 26-goal World Polo League at Grand Champions and Valiente Polo Farm featuring 10-goalers Adolfo Cambiaso, Pablo MacDonough, Pelon Sterling and Juan Martin Nero.

Grand Champions is one of the nation's busiest and most innovative polo clubs, hosting both medium and high goal polo in the fall highlighted by the Triple Crown of Polo and Nov. 24 Carlos Gracida Legends of Polo and International Cup doubleheader on Thanksgiving weekend.

A sold-out VIP tent was treated to five-star fare by Aaron and Julie Menitoff of Aaron's Catering of the Palm Beaches.

This year's International Cup  will feature defending champion Team USA against Azerbaijan. This year the U.S. team will put its six-year winning streak on the line against Azerbaijan, known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and one of the most improved polo teams in the world. Recently, Azerbaijan finished runner-up to Italy in the FIP European Championship.

Last year Team USA ( Grant Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Julio Arellano, Mike Azzaro) defeated Brazil, 9-7, to capture the sixth annual International Cup event. Arellano was named Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive year. Since 2012, Team USA has defeated England, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Uruguay in International Cup history.
 
Tony Calle of American Polo Horse works the ball out of the air with Juancito Bollini of Flexjet defending.

The well-organized fall tournaments attract players from all over the United States and world including Azerbaijan, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, England, France, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa.

Grand Champions is the only club in the nation to stage two USPA-sanctioned 20-goal fall tournaments. 

Club owners Marc and Melissa Ganzi, both accomplished players, take pride in teaching and sharing the exciting sport of polo with anyone interested in learning. 

Grant Ganzi of Flexjet follows up his shot with American Polo Horse teammates Justin Daniels and Jeff Hall defending.
The fall league features: stick-and-ball sessions during the week; two medium tournament games every weekend; ambulance and USPA umpires for all tournament games; world-class polo fields; club-sponsored social events every weekend for all players; and top-of-the-line trophies for all teams every weekend.

Wellington-based ChukkerTV is live streaming the fall season including the Triple Crown of Polo. ChukkerTV's state-of-the art technology also features team challenges and instant replay which made their debut at Grand Champions in January, 2014.

Breathtaking Triple Crown of Polo trophy surrounded by player awards including original Ramiro Britto framed polo prints.
Photos by Sheryel Aschfort
Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm cater to men, women and youth polo players at all levels. Its' expert staff can customize a complete playing experience including horses, pros and certified umpires in addition to lessons and practice sessions as part of its' Polo On Demand program at the turnkey facility.

The Polo School, a 501c3 organization and stand-alone USPA club, is thriving at Grand Champions and Santa Rita Polo Farm. It is dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grass roots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo at every economic and ability level. Scholarships are available. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November.
THE POLO SCHOOL 

The Polo School at Grand Champions and Director of Operations Juan Bollini are dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grass roots youth. The school's mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November. For lessons contact Juan Bollini at 561-346-1099. 
2018 FALL SCHEDULE

MEDIUM GOAL LEAGUE
 
November 18 Pedro Morrison Memorial 
 
HIGH GOAL LEAGUE
 
November 16-18: USPA National 20-Goal Championship
 
November 24:  Legends of Polo Carlos Gracida Memorial and International Cup, Team USA vs. Azerbaijan
 
 

Chukker TV is live streaming the entire fall polo schedule. ChukkerTV, featuring cutting-edge technology, was the first to introduce state-of-the-art live streaming technology and instant replay in January, 2014 at Grand Champions Polo Club. For advertising opportunities on ChukkerTV please contact Mike Ferreira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.

DIRECTOR OF POLO: Juan Olivera, 561-644-5050, juan.olivera @gcpolo.com; hotline  561-644-5050.

INFORMATION: For spectators, there are great field side views for tournament action and also the Grand Champions Polo Club Boutique. The club is home base for pro teams Audi and Flexjet. Everyone is welcome to watch every level of polo in a relaxed atmosphere with food and refreshments during the featured games of the winter, spring and fall tournament seasons and other special events. Admission is free except for some special events.
 
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