SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 All-Star Match
See the moment by moment excitement of the All-Star Match Scottsdale Polo Championships.
America’s Most-Attended Polo Event, Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower, Announces 2013 Expansion, Star Studded Matchups, Stellar Docket Includes #1 Ranked Female Player, Top American Player, U.S. Military vs. Wales, Celebrated College Team vs. Top High School Team, Battle of the Sexes
This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players and more vendors, more sponsors, and the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show, America’s most-attended polo event is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale. With the breathtaking backdrop of McDowell Mountains and beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists.
All-Star match at 4:00 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players.
On Saturday, November 2nd, gates open at 10:00 a.m. for the Scottsdale Ferrari Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. The first match on the docket will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia. The Work to Ride team has been featured on ESPN and “60 Minutes” and is repeat National Interscholastic Polo Champions. The University of Virginia team (sponsored by Scottsdale Maserati) was 2012 USPA Champions. The team is also the winner of 10 Men’s National Championships, with 22 total trips to the finals.
The next match, at 1:00 p.m., will feature a Battle of the Sexes with a Women’s All-Star Team vs. Arizona Polo Club (men). Leading the women’s team will be Sunny Hale, currently ranked #1 female polo player in the United States. She was the first woman in U.S. history to win the prestigious US Open Polo Championships and she attained the highest rating ever given to a woman after winning the U.S. Open Polo Championship with Outback Steakhouse Polo Team in 2000.
At 3:00 p.m., the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Arizona native Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team. Hall has played every major tournament in the U.S. and Argentina and is a six-time winner of the USPA Silver Cup (2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997) and a 2003 winner of the U.S. Open. The Clogau Wales Polo Team, sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari, is captained by Ricky Cooper, who has been the team’s captain since inception. The team is a member of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the prestigious governing body for polo in the U.K. and other European countries. Prince Charles is the Patron of the team and the Association. The Clogau Wales Polo Team finished runner up in the 2012 British Beach Polo Championships and boasts an overall record of 14 wins against 4 losses and a draw.
“I can’t wait to play at Scottsdale, which is turning into a premiere tournament for polo players,” said Jeff Hall. “We look forward to facing off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team -- it should be an action-packed match and amazing weekend. I’ve read about the Scottsdale Polo Championships and want to experience it for myself. Polo is an intense sport and it’s great to see it played in the Southwest, which is a perfect location because of the unbeatable weather.”
Sunny Hale agrees. “Polo is an amazing sport that has given me the opportunity to travel around the world competing,” said Hale. “I look forward to a great weekend participating in this year’s Battle of the Sexes at the Scottsdale Ferrari Maserati Polo Championships. It should be a lot of fun and I look forward to meeting our opponents on the field!”
But heart-stopping polo action isn’t the only feature at WestWorld on Nov. 2. Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.