Spring Challenge Cup and Fun Cup

Spring Challenge Cup, Fun Cup Highlight Busy Weekend At Grand Champions Polo Club
Arianna Delin, Sharon Robb for Grand Champions Polo Club

Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club, will host the Spring Challenge Cup and Fun Cup this weekend.

The Spring Challenge, the second of six medium-goal tournaments that are scheduled for the nine-year-old club, features some of the nation’s top players including Nic Roldan and Julio Arellano.

Four teams will compete in the two-day tournament on Friday and Sunday.

Nic Roldan. Photo by Alex Pacheco.

On Friday, Team NR, making its sponsor debut at Grand Champions, plays last week’s runner-up, Power Horse, at 10 a.m. Casablanca will face The Dutta Corp at 4:30 p.m.

The team rosters are:

Casablanca: Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Julio Arellano, Kris Kampsen.

The Dutta Corp: Timmy Dutta, Marc Ganzi, Pike Diaz Alberdi, JJ Celis.

Power Horse: Walter Scherb, Jason Crowder, Brandon Phillips, Lucas Lalor.

Team NR: Tim Dutta, Melissa Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Juan Bollini.

Brandon Phillips. Photo by Alex Pacheco.

On Saturday, Grand Champions will host the Fun Cup, featuring several talented junior players, at 11 a.m.

Pony Express (Landon Daniels, Benji Daniels, Justin Daniels, Tomas Goti) will play Grand Champions (Will Jacobs, Santos Bollini, Riley Ganzi, Juan Bollini). Several of the players have come up in the sport through Grand Champions’ Polo School and Polo Training Foundation junior tournaments.

Other spring tournaments are: May 6-8, Sun Cup; May 13-15, USPA Eastern Challenge; May 20-22, Polo Gear Challenge Cup; and May 26-29,The Memorial.

Gene Goldstein. File Photo.

In the spring season-opener, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Sebastian Merlos, Kris Kampsen) defeated Power Horse (Walter Scherb, Michael Bickford, Tincho Merlos, Nic Roldan),18-17. Kampsen was named MVP.

During the Grand Champions’ spring season, amateur polo players have the opportunity to play with and against some of the world’s top professional polo players.

Julio Arellano. File Photo. 

ChukkerTV is live streaming Grand Champions Polo Club games along with other games around the U.S. during the 2016 season with polo broadcasters Toby Wayman and Dale Schwetz calling the action.

Grand Champions Polo Club is the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club. The USPA-member club hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 20-goal in addition to special events.

The club also features The Polo School, dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grass roots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November.


Friday-Sunday: Spring Challenge, Friday, 10 a.m., Team NR vs. Power Horse; 4:30 p.m., Casablanca vs. The Dutta Corp; Sunday, 3 p.m., subsidiary final, field 1; 4:45 p.m., championship final.

Saturday: Fun Cup, 11 a.m.

May 6-8: Sun Cup

May 13-15: USPA Eastern Challenge

May 20-22: Polo Gear Challenge Cup

May 26-29: The Memorial


WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.