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8th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower
November 10, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Mark November 10-11, 2018 on your calendar with two words: POLO PARTY!
Because those are the days the Eighth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower returns more impressive than ever. After a record-breaking 2017, the 8th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Presented by Talking Stick Resort and taking place on November 10-11, 2018 will include many new elements, old favorites and a first-time appearance by Ralph Lauren model and world-famous polo player Nacho Figueras.
Figueras will be playing in Scottsdale thanks to the Aspen Valley Polo Club, owned by Marc and Melissa Ganzi. Aspen Valley is the event’s 3-time defending champion with prospects bolstered for a fourth title thanks to a polo player known the world over.
This year will also see the Scottsdale debut of Memo Gracida, widely considered to be one of the top two players in the history of polo as well as teams from Italy, Malibu, Miami, and Wales. They will join the Arizona Polo Club, Polo Azteca and Work To Ride, the first all African-American high school polo champions in American history. The inspirational story of Work To Ride has been featured on 60 Minutes, HBO and ESPN. Their appearance in this year’s event is being made possible by a grant from Safeway/Albertsons.
The festivities wouldn’t be complete without the return of the Wales Polo Team, led by Captain Ricky Cooper and one of Europe’s finest players, Pete Webb. They will be joined by Ashley Busch, who made her Scottsdale debut last year. Busch is a long-time polo player, model and global brand ambassador for the USPA and wife of NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch.
Saturday will again have four matches with two on Sunday including the final match, The International, which will feature the best players from the weekend playing each other for the highest goal match of the event. It will be preceded by a “Battle of the Sexes” match in honor of Sunny Hale, the greatest female polo player of all time. Hale played in the Scottsdale event on two occasions.
Fan favorites returning include The Arizona Humane Society Canine Couture: A Dog Fashion Show Like No Other presented by Lugari Pet Salon, extensive exotic and collector car displays, The World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show by Phoenix Fashion Week, tailgating, the Barrett-Jackson Champagne & Jazz Lounge, PRIME: A Luxury Tent Experience by Neiman Marcus, Steak 44 and Barrett-Jackson, the Molina Fine Jewelers VIP Tent, Mark/Taylor Residential Luxury Living Room, an unusual mid-field skybox where horses enter and exit the polo field, and numerous local restaurants and food trucks including Fried & Fizzy, Arizona’s first pop-up restaurant and food truck featuring fried chicken and champagne. Anchoring Sunday’s festivities will be The Sunday Brunch: Presented by Scottsdale Maserati.
The captain of the Wales Polo Team calls it “the best polo event in the world.” The Arizona Republic has called the event “polo for the masses.” And they are right. From the affordable to the exclusive. From the underprivileged to the very privileged. All feel welcome and have a role in creating America’s most-attended polo event.
Saturday, November 10th – The Party
-10:00am – Gates Open
-10:15am – AZ Polo Club vs. Italy Polo Team
-11:45am – The World’s “Longest” Fashion Show, produced by Phoenix Fashion Week
-12:15pm – Palm Beach vs. Santa Ynez Wine Country
-1:45pm -Arizona Humane Society Canine Couture: A Dog Fashion Show Like No Other, Presented by Lugari Pet Salon
-2:15pm – Featured Match: Aspen Valley Polo Club (Defending Champs) vs Centtrip Wales Polo Team
-4:15pm – Polo Azteca vs. Work To Ride
-Post-Match – After-Party Until 6:00pm
Sunday, November 11th – The Tradition
-10:45am – Gates Open & Brunch Begins
-11:30am – Battle Of The Sexes: The Sunny Hale Memorial, celebrating the greatest female player of all time. An all-male team will take on an all-female one
-1:30pm – The International featuring the best players from the weekend playing each other for the highest goal match of the event
Click link for additional information and to purchase tickets: www.thepoloparty.com
This is a Highline Autos sponsored event.