LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP CELEBRATES ITS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Kings of the Arena make a highly anticipated return to the most prestigious Beach Polo tournament in the world to commemorate a decade of world-class chukkers and champions

Team Raleigh's Luis Escobar (Costa Rica) is chased by AMG Mercedes Team captain (America's Most Wanted host) John Walsh Saturday at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2011 in Miami Beach, April 23rd 2011. Photo by MagicalPhotos.com / Mitchell Zachs

Team Raleigh’s Luis Escobar (Costa Rica) is chased by AMG Mercedes Team captain (America’s Most Wanted host) John Walsh Saturday at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2011 in Miami Beach, April 23rd 2011. Photo by MagicalPhotos.com / Mitchell Zachs

The Polo Life, LLC presents the tenth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, taking place from April 24th to April 27th, 2014 between 20th and 22nd streets on the sands of South Beach, Florida, with the support of The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. This year marks the tournament’s Ten Year Anniversary for the production of the sport’s premium event by The Polo Life, based in South Florida.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

Women's Opening Party

Women’s Opening Party

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach, Saturday, April 24th, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach, Saturday, April 24th, 2011.

Sunday pictures

Sunday pictures

 

The four-day, globally renowned weekend event, considered the most unique of its kind, features leading polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. The La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI takes place on Thursday, April 24th, featuring eight women’s teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. Last year’s winning team will not be back to defend their title as 2013 champions, leaving the door open for a number of top-rated challengers that include Maggie McNamaraTara LordiCristina HosmerLaura Willson and Tannis Marley’s entry from Kentucky that includes Cary Campbell and Posey Obrecht , among others.  La Martina, Eden Roc, 
FontaineBleau Aviation and E! Entertainment will all be Women’s Polo Cup team sponsors.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action on Miami Beach April 22th, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action on Miami Beach April 22th, 2011.

Sunday pictures

The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup X – a three-day men’s tournament celebrating its tenth year, starts on Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th. Six teams will include some of the world’s top-ranked players, including Beach Polo’s only 10-goaler, Matias Magrini, three time MVP John Gobin, Luis Escobar, Brandon Phillips, Juan Monteverde, Carlitos Gracida, Gringo Colombres and Guille Usandizaga.   La Martina, Metropolitan by COMO, The Raleigh, Comcast, Yellow Cab and Tommy Kato’s Merchant Hub will also sponsor competing men’s teams.  Continue reading

SIGHTS & SOUNDS AT… THE NINTH ANNUAL LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX TOURNAMENT

Event Photos by Sheldon Baldie & Inta Gansone/Staff Photographers

Other Images Provided by Elliott Stares/La Martina

The ninth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX ended on Sunday, April 28th with a riveting men’s final that had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats, as defending team champions, The Raleigh/Comcast, narrowly edged through to beat the La Martina team 12-10, to retain the coveted title. More than 10,000 people attended this year’s tournament over the four days that featured the world’s top professional polo players from as far as Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, as well as the very best from South America.

Opening Night of the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-2

Opening Night of the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-2 (Photo Credit: Sheldon Baldie)

Opening Night of the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-2

Opening Night of the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-2 (Photo Credit: Sheldon Baldie)

The traditional post-event awards ceremony was held at the end of each tournament to celebrate the winning teams from both competitions, during which Robert Kiger, owner of Elegante Polo, presented the trophy to the women’s champions and Adrian Simonetti, president of La Martina, did the honors for the men’s.

Awards Ceremonies at the MatchPlay at the  2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-1 (Credit: LaMartina)

Awards Ceremonies at the MatchPlay at the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-1 (Credit: LaMartina)

The Raleigh Hotel/Comcast team, comprised of Bash Kazi, John Gobin, Juan Monteverde and David Totari, trailed by two goals at halftime but exploded with six third chukker goals to ride past a talented La Martina foursome, consisting of Santi Torres, Carlos Gracida and Guillermo Steta, to win during a closely fought final afternoon match.

General Atmosphere at  the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-1 (Photo Credit: Sheldon Baldie)

General Atmosphere at the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-1 (Photo Credit: Sheldon Baldie)

General Atmosphere at  the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-1 (Photo Credit: Sheldon Baldie)

General Atmosphere at the 2013 LaMartina MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP IX-1 (Photo Credit: Sheldon Baldie)

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LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP RETURNS FOR ITS NINTH YEAR TO THE SANDS OF SOUTH BEACH IN FLORIDA

Kings of the Arena make a Highly Anticipated Return to the World’s Most Prestigious Beach Polo Pournament

2013 Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX Poster

The Polo Life, LLC presents the ninth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, taking place from April 25th to April 28th between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach, Florida. Tickets are now on sale at www.miamipolo.com.

Women's Opening Party

Women’s Opening Party

 AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.


AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

AMG-World Cup Polo 2011 - AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

AMG-World Cup Polo 2011 – AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

AMG-World Cup Polo 2011 - AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 24th, 2011.

AMG-World Cup Polo 2011 – AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 24th, 2011.

 

The Polo Life is a private company created in 2003 in Miami Beach, FL with the goal of integrating the sport of polo and the polo community with the lifestyle and entertainment new generations have grown accustomed to. Since 2004, The Polo Life, LLC has produced the Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Polo Tournament on the beach attracting some of the world’s best men and women polo players. The inaugural Chicago Beach Polo World Cup took place in 2011 and the event has plans to expand internationally in 2013. For further information on The Polo Life, visit www.thepololife.com. Continue reading