Grand Champions Polo Club Announces 2018 Fall Schedule

Wellington, Fla. – Sept. 5, 2018 – Grand Champions Polo Club has released its highly-anticipated schedule for the upcoming fall season which gets under way in October. One of the nation’s busiest and innovative polo clubs will host both medium goal and high goal leagues highlighted by the Triple Crown of Polo Tournament and International Cup.

Casablanca teammates Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mike Azzaro and Jeff Blake hoisting the coveted USPA National 20-Goal trophy.
Casablanca teammates Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mike Azzaro and Jeff Blake hoisting the coveted USPA National 20-Goal trophy.

The medium goal schedule features six tournaments including the season-opening Tackeria Invitational, Oct. 11-14. The tournament has a special place in club history as the inaugural tournament when the club first opened.

“The Tackeria Invitational is the perfect way to kick off the season,” said Tackeria owner Tony Coppola, the legendary voice of polo and USPA President. “We are proud to be a returning sponsor with the Tackeria Invitational now in its tenth year.”

Winning USPA North American Cup Casablanca team of Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mike Azzaro and Julio Arellano with awards presenter USPA CEO Bob Puetz. Photo: Sheryel Aschfort
Winning USPA North American Cup Casablanca team of Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mike Azzaro and Julio Arellano with awards presenter USPA CEO Bob Puetz. Photo: Sheryel Aschfort

Among the highlights of the season are the Oct. 15-27 USPA North American Cup, Oct. 24-28 USPA Fall Classic, Nov. 1-4 USPA Fall Plates, Nov. 3-17 USPA National 20-Goal Championship; Nov. 14 Triple Crown of Polo Tournament and Romero Britto Celebration; and Nov. 24 doubleheader featuring the Legends of Polo Carlos Gracida Memorial and USPA International Cup. This year the U.S. team will put its six-year winning streak on the line against Azerbaijan.

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.

USPA Fall Plates 2017 champion Sebucan teammates Pablo Pulido, Guille Aguero, Luis Escobar and Carlitos Gracida. Photo: Chukker TV
USPA Fall Plates 2017 champion Sebucan teammates Pablo Pulido, Guille Aguero, Luis Escobar and Carlitos Gracida. Photo: Chukker TV

“That was a great win,” Arellano said. ” It was a great game right to the end. This U.S. team was a lot of fun. I am always honored to represent the U.S. When Marc Ganzi asks me to participate it’s always an easy yes. It’s always awesome to represent the U.S. That’s something that we are all very proud of.”

The well-organized fall tournaments attract players from all over the United States and world including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, England, France, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa.
Grand Champions had its finest fall season in club history last year. Grand Champions was the only club in the nation to stage two USPA-sanctioned 20-goal fall tournaments and again is hosting two 20-goal tournament this season.

The Carlos Gracida Legends of Polo trophy. Photo: ChukkerTV
The Carlos Gracida Legends of Polo trophy. Photo: ChukkerTV

The Grand Champions Fall Invitational League is geared toward improving a player’s polo skills at every level. Roster lineups change from tournament to tournament with evenly-matched teams featuring pro and amateur players. It’s also a great opportunity for players and sponsors to prepare for the winter season.

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. The husband and wife team are coming off a successful summer season at their Aspen Valley Polo Club which concludes over Labor Day Weekend.

Team USA players Mike Azzaro, MVP Julio Arellano, Carlitos Gracida and Grant Ganzi with 2017 International Cup. Photo: Sheryel Aschfort
Team USA players Mike Azzaro, MVP Julio Arellano, Carlitos Gracida and Grant Ganzi with 2017 International Cup. Photo: Sheryel Aschfort

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.

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