Carbondale, Colo. – July 10, 2017 – Tiburon, making its Aspen Valley Polo Club debut this summer, rallied in the sixth inning for an exciting 10-9 victory over Casablanca on Sunday to capture the ChukkerTV Challenge Cup.
In the most competitive game of the five-team tournament, Tiburon jumped out to a 3-1 opening chukker lead with two goals from Lalor and penalty goal from Dorignac, who turned out to be the team’s one-two punch. Casablanca started working its way back into the game in the second chukker behind Grant Ganzi and Bollini outscoring Tiburon, 2-1, and trailing by only one, 4-3, going into the third chukker. Bollini and Ganzi combined for three goals to shut out Tiburon, 3-0, in the third chukker for a 6-4 halftime advantage. Casablanca led 8-5 in the fourth chukker and 9-7 after the fifth before Tiburon worked its way back in the game behind Lalor and Dorignac in the final chukker.
Lalor was named Most Valuable Player after turning in an all-around performance including a game-high five goals, saving back-to-back goal attempts by Grant Ganzi and Bollini in the sixth chukker and scoring the tying goal (9-9) by lofting the ball over two defenders from 120 yards out from a standstill. Lujan, a 6-year-old mare bred by Wellington-based Santa Rita Polo Farm out of Juana by Twist of Lemon and ridden by Lalor, was named Best Playing Pony.
In last weekend’s season-opening Independence Cup, Clark was a member of the Aspen Valley Polo Club team that finished runner-up to Brian Boyd’s La Karina team, 9-7. It was Boyd, vice president of the Aspen Valley Polo Club, who convinced Clark to play in Aspen this summer.
“I recruited him to play with us and I knew he would get going,” Boyd said. “He’s a nice addition for a couple of weeks. I have been trying to recruit friends and friends of friends. I am a huge supporter behind the scene,” Boyd said. “I want the patrons to come and enjoy Aspen and play super fun patron polo and have a good time. They are the heart and soul of this club.”