The 7th Annual Film Festival hosted a special event for the polo community featuring players from USA, Canada, Italy, Portugal, England and Mexico. The tournament featured four sponsors for each team: Makken, an event specialist, (Giorgio Brignone, owner of the Careyes Polo Club, Milo Ardissone, Jesus Solorzano, George Sandhu), Aeromexico (Will and Chris Falk, David Buller and Alerico Ardissone), Hackett, an upscale line of clothing from England, (Gary and Sarah Magness, Nico Millan, Benito Hernandez) and GNP, an insurance company, (Manuel Matos, Diego Gonzalez, Luis Perez and Hans Giebeler).
The first day of play featured a beautiful field side party for the guests of the film festival including Lee Daniels, producer of Empire, and John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The play was fast and furious with Aeromexico and GNP winning the first go around.
The consolation round of Makken and Hackett played each other on Sunday with Hackett being the winner. Husband and wife team of Gary (his first tournament) and Sarah Magness with Nico Millan and Benito Hernandez winning the game with a score of 7-4. The finals pitted the Falk brothers and cousin, Buller with Ardissone for Aeromexico against usual teammates Matos, Perez and Gonzalez with Giebeler playing the back for the GNP team. Play was tied through the first three chukkers and then the team of Aeromeixco rallied with three quick goals to end the game with a score of 8-5. The day ended with the usual toasting with tequila and trophies for all.
The guests were very appreciative of the play and many had pictures taken with a team or player. Each game started with a sponsor throw-in. Hackett Clothing Company provided team jerseys for all teams.
The next tournament for Careyes Polo is the 18th Annual Agua Alta starting on April 8 through April 15. Polo season for the Costa Careyes Polo Club is November 15 through April. See www.careyes.com or check with polo manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or founder and owner – email@example.com.