Wellington, FLa. – Dec. 21, 2016 – The USPA is pleased to announce the 2016 American Bred Best Playing Pony in the Argentine Open, as well as the 2016 American Bred Best Playing Pony in the Hurlingham Open. This is the second year that The Asociación Argentina de Criadores de Caballos de Polo has honored an American-bred horse in the Argentine Open Polo Championship, and the first year that an American-bred horse was honored at the Hurlingham Open. Carla, owned and ridden by Adolfo Cambiaso was awarded Best Playing American Bred Pony in the Argentine Open and Lucky, ridden by Pelon Sterling and owned by Adolfo Cambiaso was awarded Best Playing American Bred Pony in the Hurlingham Open.
Carla, a 12-year-old American Thoroughbred mare purchased from Roberto Gonzalez, played in the 2012 U.S. Open Polo Championship®. Cambiaso then shipped the mare to Argentina to play in the Argentine Triple Crown. In 2014, Carla won Best Playing Pony of the Hurlingham Open.
Lucky has a very similar story to Carla. Purchased in 2012 from Carlos Avendaño, she too played in that year’s U.S. Open Polo Championship®, and was then sent to Argentina to play the triple crown.
According to Valiente manager Roberto Zedda, “Both mares were on the top of Adolfo’s list of horses to win the triple crown. Both horses have helped him to win the triple crown three consecutive years.”
Best Playing American Bred Pony in the Argentine Open
Best Playing American Bred Pony in the Hurlingham Open