Photos and Story by Lois Spatz
Crowds cheered and champagne glasses clinked as Dutta Corp. brought home the last shiny trophy of the year for the official first match of the 2019 IPC polo season.
If today was any indicator of what the 2019 International Polo Club polo season has in store, we are all in for a very pleasant surprise.
The 2019 IPC polo season kick-off event did not disappoint. Wellington polo fans watched as the annual Herbie Pennell Tournament stayed true to its namesake hometown honoree that served many years as the first manager of IPC circa 1970 and always knew the importance of featuring local and international players that were fierce, fearless and uniquely talented.
This season will mark the first year United States Polo Association takes the reins as an official host at the International Polo Club. It is also the inaugural season for “Gauntlet of Polo” where participants, spectators and photogs are treated to what promises to be a spectacular display of international polo.
Quoting USPA CEO Robert Puetz, “Vying for $1 million dollars in prize money over the course of three months, the strongest teams and most talented players in the game will arise, elevating both their preparation and horses for the chance to etch their names in American polo history as the Gauntlet Champion.
Perhaps Gauntlet Polo is simply a way of saying the sport is about to get even more interesting by featuring more of a variety of ponies and players.
And the 2019 social scene seemed even brighter and more promising than in many years past, filled with plenty of outrageous fascinators fans spotted enjoying mouth-watering Sunday brunch delights at The Pavillon while plenty of intermingling tailgaters partied along the sidelines.
In the end, Dutta Corp. (#1 player Timmy Duta, #2 Lucas Diaz Alberdi, #3 Gringo Colombres and # 4 Kris Kampsen) finished victorious 11 to 10 over team Patagones (#1 Joaquin Avendano, #2 Benjamin Avendano, #3 Santiago Taccalino and #4 player Tomas Garcia del Rio).
Stay tuned for more exciting games played every Sunday this season at IPC with the main match at 3pm where all are welcome.
Visit http://ipc.coth.com for more info on how to enjoy local polo to the fullest.