|Piaget World Snow Polo Championship|
Where: Aspen Valley Polo Club, Aspen, Colorado
When: December 18-20, 2014
(ASPEN, CO – December 20, 2014) The famed winter resort of Aspen,
Colorado, provided a glamorous backdrop for the USPA Piaget World Snow
Polo Championship, where Team Piaget captured the grand prize after
three days of intense competition. All photos by Nick Tininenko.
Top ranked polo players Nic
Roldan, Piaget’s US polo ambassador Jeff Hall, Brandon Phillips, Juan
Bollini, Luis Escobar, Kris Kampsen and Tommy Biddle joined Aspen Valley
Polo Club founders Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Piaget North American
president, Larry Boland, to host the prestigious tournament. Piaget was
also the official timekeeper of the championship.
The tournament began on Thursday with two round-robins, after which Team Piaget (Jeff Hall, Nic Roldan, Marc Ganzi,) and Team USPA (Tommy Biddle, Brandon Phillips, Grant Ganzi) advanced to the finals, while the FlexJet team (Luis Escobar, Marten Pepa, Tommy Kato) faced Audi (Juan Bollini, Kris Kampsen, Melissa Ganzi) for third place; and St. Regis’ team (Mariano Gracida, Alejandro Gonzalez, Roberto Gonzalez) battled Aspen Valley Polo Club (Juan Bollini, Jr., Andres Gonzalez and Alejandro Novillo Astrada) for the consolation prize.
On Friday, with the picturesque Aspen Mountain as the backdrop, Aspen Valley Polo Club defeated St. Regis in a 4-2 victory, claiming 5th place.
The following afternoon on
Saturday December 20, 2014, Team Audi trumped FlexJet 11-8, setting the
stage for the final match between Team Piaget and Team USPA.
In the first chukker of the final, Nic Roldan was quick to bolt into action, scoring two goals for Piaget. USPA’s Tommy Biddle retaliated quickly in the second chukker, tying the match 2-2 only to have Jeff Hall score in the third chukker putting Piaget back in the lead at 3-2.
It looked promising for Team
Piaget, but with 1 minute and 30 seconds left in the final chukker,
Grant Ganzi made his shot, tying the score at 3-3. With Piaget and USPA
locked in a stalemate, a tie-breaker seemed imminent.
Then in the last
60 seconds, Jeff Hall took a penalty shot and scored, winning the match
for Team Piaget, final score 4-3.
Inside the VIP tent, Piaget hosted
an intimate lounge for Aspen’s best and brightest to enjoy the polo
action. On display were the House’s newest Piaget Polo FortyFive
timepieces along with photos showcasing Piaget’s long history with the
sport of kings.
Following the match, Larry Boland presented the
trophy, a silver cup accented with deer antlers, to the winning Piaget
team. Nic Roldan was awarded MVP and Marc Ganzi’s horse, coincidentally
named “Piaget”, was recognized as Best Polo Pony for the tournament.
are proud to return to Aspen, the only place in the US where snow polo
is played, and are especially thrilled to have won the championship,”
said Boland. “Snow polo provides a rare to opportunity to strengthen our
connection to the sport of polo, while bringing together the world’s
best players in a breathtakingly beautiful location with exactly the
Marc Ganzi echoed Boland’s thoughts stating, “We are thrilled to continue the tradition of snow polo in Aspen and to have Piaget as our official timekeeper. Our hope is that this will become a tradition for many years to come.”
For the first time, the tournament will be televised by NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on Dec. 27th at 4 p.m. EST.
Piaget has a long history with polo, dating back to the 1970s when Mr. Yves Piaget became a major advocate of the sport. He strongly believed that polo embodied the same attributes of the brand: beauty, daring and precision. In addition to the Piaget World Snow Polo Championship, Piaget is the title Sponsor of the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Piaget Hamptons Cup.
|Piaget World Snow Polo Championship|
Where: Wagner Park, Aspen, Colorado
When: December 20, 2013
Notable Argentine polo players Facundo Pieres and Gonzalito Pieres from the Piaget Ellerstina team, as well as top American players Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan, joined the newly-created Aspen Valley Polo Club along with co-founders Marc and Melissa Ganzi, and the President of Piaget North America, Larry Boland, hosting the tournament.
The St. Regis polo team (Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, Brandon Philips) defeated the Piaget team (Gonzalito Pieres, Marc Ganzi, Kris Kampsen) with a 2 - 0 win.
St. Regis was then victorious against Audi in the final match, resulting in their trophy win, presented by Larry Boland.
Piaget was the official timekeeper of the Piaget World Snow Polo Championship, and is also the title sponsor of the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Piaget Hamptons Cup.