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Aspen Valley Polo Club Announces Schedule; Summer Polo Countdown Begins

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Aspen Valley Polo Club Announces Schedule; Summer Polo Countdown Begins 
CARBONDALE, Colo., June 5, 2019--Aspen Valley Polo Club, the nation's fastest growing club, announced its summer schedule that features the prestigious 119-year-old USPA Silver Cup.


With a breathtaking mountain backdrop, the club will host a record fourteen tournaments including the July 14-20 USPA North American Cup; July 24-Aug. 7 USPA National Arena Handicap Tournament; and July 24-Aug. 11 USPA Silver Cup.

Photo: United States Polo Association
 
The club, with an additional two new polo fields this season, will offer eleven grass tournaments and three arena tournaments from July 3 with the season-opening Independence Cup to the Sept. 1-8 Triple Crown of Polo in what is expected to be its most successful season.

The July 14-20 USPA North American Cup, held in past years during the fall season at AVPC's sister polo club Grand Champions in Wellington, Fla., will make its debut in Aspen. Last year's winner was Travieso in overtime in the 20-goal tournament.

2018 USPA North American Cup champion Travieso's MVP Pite Merlos, Juan Cruz Merlos, Grant Ganzi and Tony Calle. Photo by ChukkerTV

The USPA North American Cup has a rich tradition in history dating back to 1974. The tournament has been a mainstay in American and Canadian polo for decades at the 16 and 20-goal level. 

The July 24-Aug. 7 USPA National Arena Handicap Tournament, first played in 1980, is a national tournament played at the medium goal level. Flexjet is two-time defending champion. 

Action during the 2018 USPA National Arena Handicap Tournament at AVPC.

With a 119-year history, the July 24-Aug. 11 USPA Silver Cup is one of the highlights of the season. Played in Santa Barbara since 2011, the USPA Silver Cup returned to the East Coast in 2017 and 2018, hosted by Greenwich Polo Club and now will be hosted by Aspen Valley Polo Club this summer. No fewer than 50 Polo Hall of Famers have won the Silver Cup.

Coming off its most successful season, Aspen Valley Polo Club is lining up a star-studded roster of players for the summer to compete with and against patrons and amateur players. 

The community's biggest social event of the summer is the Aug. 11 Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar, a fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation. The club's marquis charity event raised $537,200 last summer. It's held on the final day of the Rocky Mountain Open. For those interested in more information on purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor, call 970-544-1302.

AVPC President and player Brian Boyd of La Karina will be among players competing this summer.

In five years, Aspen Valley Polo Club has had a positive impact in the community hosting kids polo camps, teaching lessons, several charity events and other fun events.

In 2018, La Karina and Los Amigos were the season's winningest teams, each winning three tournament titles. In 2017, Casablanca was the club's winningest team with three tournament wins.

Other 2018 grass tournament winners were: Piocho Ranch, Independence Cup and Craig Sakin Memorial; Los Amigos Blue, ChukkerTV Challenge; La Karina, Basalt Handicap, Emma Challenge Cup and Rocky Mountain Cup; Los Amigos Red, High Alpine Cup; Tonkawa, Mount Sopris Cup and Mandarina, Triple Crown of Polo.

The Polo School at Aspen Valley Polo Club, headed by director Juan Bollini, has been successful in attracting new players.

With the breathtaking 12,965-foot summit of Mount Sopris as a backdrop, Aspen Valley Polo Club is one of the most active USPA-sanctioned clubs in the nation with a membership increase of 75 percent over five seasons.

Since Marc and Melissa Ganzi founded the club in 2014, polo has increased in popularity in Aspen and surrounding cities with the club's offerings of various weekly grass and arena tournaments, Gladiator Tuesdays and Asado, Kids Polo, The Polo School and Polo On Demand. In addition, the club offers practice sessions for teams competing in the weekend tournaments.

Fans enjoyed the 2018 debut of the new Jumbotron at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The Ganzis are avid players and patrons and "have created a polo paradise" according to Piocho player-sponsor Tom Barrack. Players, sponsors, community leaders and fans share those  sentiments.

All ages are welcome to enjoy polo at Aspen Valley Polo Club. Admission, food and refreshments are free for fans in a relaxed, laidback atmosphere. An added feature is the club's Jumbotron which made its debut last summer for the fans' enjoyment.

A good crowd enjoys Sunday polo at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

2019 Aspen Valley Polo Club Summer Polo Series

July 3, Independence Cup

July 6-8, Craig Sakin Memorial

July 12, USPA North American Cup Draw


July 13-15, ChukkerTV Challenge Cup

July 20, USPA Silver Cup Draw

July 20-22, Basalt Handicap

July 14-20, USPA North American Cup

July 24-Aug. 7, USPA National Arena Handicap

July 24-Aug. 11, USPA Silver Cup

July 27-29, Emma Challenge Cup

July 31, ChukkerTV Arena Challenge

Aug. 3-5, High Alpine Cup

Aug. 8-15, Arena World Cup

Aug. 10-18, Rocky Mountain Open

Aug. 11, Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Aug. 17-19, Mount Sopris Cup

Aug. 24-26, Carbondale Classic

Aug. 31, 2019 PoloFest Denver

Sept. 1-8, Triple Crown of Polo Trophy

Visit www.aspenvalleypoloclub.com for more details.
THE POLO SCHOOL

The Polo School and its Director 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. For lessons contact Juan Bollini at 561-346-1099.

CHUKKERTV

ChukkerTV is live streaming the entire summer polo season. 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 in Wellington, Fla. 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.



ASPEN VALLEY POLO CLUB

CLUB ADDRESS:
3275 County Road 100,
Carbondale, Colo. 81623

POLO HOTLINE: 970-710-1663

The exclusive Aspen Valley Polo Club is one of the nation's fastest-growing polo clubs. It offers polo in the summer for players and spectators. The Polo School is available to adults and juniors. It offers individual and group lessons for all levels and ages. For spectators there are great field side views for tournament action, indoor and outdoor arenas and also the Aspen Valley Polo Club Boutique. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere with complimentary food, refreshments and weekly asados. Admission and parking are free. For Polo On Demand price rates of group and private lessons, arena chukkers, grass chukkers and individualized "Polo Experience" packages call the polo hotline at 970-710-1663 or log onto www.aspenvalleypoloclub.com 

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