The third-annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Los Angeles was a star-studded event. Co-hosts Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier and Vanessa Kay, President of Veuve Clicquot US, welcomed Angelinos to the Will Rogers State Historic Park for a beautiful day of polo, sun and champagne. Actress Ali Larter threw out the ceremonial first toss and the match between team Black Watch and team Nespresso was underway. Celebrity polo spectators included Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, Ashley Greene, Ellen Pompeo, Selma Blair, Minnie Driver, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lauren Conrad, Ashley Madekwe, Rose McGowan, Mandy Moore, Kaley Cuoco, Garcelle Beauvais, Justin Long, Bijou Phillips, Georgia King, Diego Boneta, Dania Ramirez, Colbie Caillat, Brett Ratner, Katherine Power, Jessica Paster and more. Team Black Watch beat team Nespresso 10-9 in an exciting fast-paced match! Scoring 5 goals, Nacho Figueras was awarded MVP by Rachel Zoe.
The Central Coast Polo Club hosted its first Junior Polo Tournament in September and 10 enthusiastic players played. It was a great opportunity for new players to mix it up with advanced players all for a fun and competitive game. The Junior Tournament was followed by CCPC’s first WCT Arena Qualifier. Three teams with top California players came ready to play.
John Goodman, owner of the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington,Florida is back behind bars after an alleged tampering with his electronic ankle bracelet recently. John, 49, has been on house arrest since appealing his March conviction for DUI manslaughter. He was convicted in the February 2010 car crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson and sentenced to 16 years behind bars, however, he was permitted to live at home under strict conditions. He paid a $7 million bond; agreed to frequent drug tests; promised to remain at home or at his office nearby; gave up socializing at the polo club and agreed to pay for round-the-clock security organized by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
Bob Jornayvaz is getting serious about his polo this winter. He has retained the services of 10-goalers Adolfo Cambiaso and Pelon Stirling in his campaign for the United States Open Championship. Last year Bob led his Valiente I team to a win in the prestigious C. V. Whitney Cup before losing to his son Robert’s Valiente II team in the finals of the USPA Piaget Gold Cup (in a hastily put together team, he found himself playing with Cambiaso and Stirling – what a great Dad). Robert Jornayvaz won’t be playing polo this winter and is currently attending classes at the University of Virginia.
Bob is currently competing for the El Remanso Cup in Lobos, Argentina with his Valiente teammates Adolfo Cambiaso (10), Santiago Toccalino (7) and Santi Torres (5). They won their opening match 13-7 over a 20-goal El Carmen team. He will be participating in the Joe Barry Memorial 20-goal competition at the International Polo Club with Pelon Stirling (10) in January followed by a campaign in the 20-goal Ylvisaker Cup with Adolfo Cambiaso (10) in February before saddling up with both 10-goalers for the three 26-goal tournaments (C. V. Whitney Cup, USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the US Open).
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