Careyes is located on the Pacific Ocean south of the famous beachside resort of Puerto Vallarta. This year the magical resort of Careyes is celebrating 50 years of existence, 40 years Giorgio Brignone living and supporting his father, Gian Franco, the founder, 30 years of the polo fields, 20 years of the famous Agua Alta polo tournament created by Alberto Ardissone (always the week before Easter) and 10 years of polo management by Susan Stovall. Definitely the 2018-2019 season will be special!
Four teams gathered for the opening weekend, Nov. 20-24, -with players from California, the Magness family of Cable (14 years old) and Gary, Chris Falk and his son Josh (14 years old) and daughter Sidney (17 years old), Chad Morgan from Rancho Santa Fe–a first time visitor from the Dominican–Dennis Santana, Tommy Elliot, who is now on the staff at Careyes, Oscar Garibaye with his children, Mateo (7 years old), Emilia (10 years old), Paula (12 years old) and the locals that have played at Careyes for many years. The ages of the players was from 7 to 74–fun for all!
Special guests for the holidays were renown polo instructor and coach Rege Ludwig and his wife, Janet, daughter Kirsten, who is the polo instructor at the Los Angeles Polo Club and Rebecca Baldridge, special events writer for Equestrian Living.
After two days of practice as many of the visitors were on club ponies, players were divided into teams of three 4-goal teams and one 3-goal. Mangorace was the team to beat with two professionals on their roster, Millan and Santana. Garibaye of La Constancia (4-goals) played with his kids splitting a position, Hans Jimmy Giebeler and Daniel Arrellano. Cabinet Connection was comprised of the Falk clan with Raul Ramirez and the Careyes team consisted of Elliot with local players Mane Yerena, Manuel Rios and Chad Morgan, his first tournament in 8 years.
Mangorace beat the local Careyes team and the La Constancia team took the Cabinet Connection team by one goal. Players were ready for the finals, especially the young players as this was their first final. La Constancia was on the board first with Garibaye hitting it out of the line and Giebeler putting it through. Millan did the same for Mangorace and tied the game within seconds. From there on the Mangorace team dominated and at halftime the score was 4-2 with scores by Santana and both Magness. La Constancia regrouped with Arellano playing an outstanding offensive game putting the scoring within reach but Mangorace prevailed 7-5 at the end of the fourth chukker game. As tradition Tequila was served to all players and trophies presented to the teams.
Costa Careyes Polo club is open from November through April with two mature polo fields and 30 head of polo ponies for lease. The next tournament is the Copa de Careyes played over the holidays. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.