Yellow Cab drives onto Miami Beach, again
You might not see a fleet of Yellow Cabs rolling down Collins
Avenue on Friday afternoon, but make no mistake about it, Simon Garber and his
Yellow Cab polo team will be turning eyes on the beach as they return to Miami Beach
for their third run at the pinnacle of beach polo competition, the 2012
Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup.
Simon Garber will be riding into the competition this year with American
standout Kris Kampsen and Argentinaâ€™s Juan Monteverde. While a second Garber-sponsored team will
also be competing with sons Shaun and Jeffrey.
The 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup is returning
to the silver sands Between 20th and 22 Street in Miami Beach and
will be attracting six top-caliber teams in the most competitive beach polo
competition in the world.
Simon Garberâ€™s Yellow Cab team first appeared on the
beach in 2010 and has been coming back every year since. The Yellow Cab team:
Simon will be
returning to the beach after spending the better part of the winter playing on
the unparalleled fields of southern Florida. Operating out of his stables at
the Gulf Stream Polo Club in Lake Worth, Florida and his International Polo
Club of Colts Neck, New Jersey, Simon has assured a competitive team by
bringing American 6-goaler Kris Kampsen and Argentinaâ€™s Juan Monteverde
(5). Following his winter campaign, he
will head back north to his International Polo Club of Colts Neck in Bucks Mill
Park, Colts Neck, NJ, where his club stages charity and exhibition matches when
heâ€™s not competing in Bridgehampton, New York or surrounding clubs.
Kris Kampsen has
played on winning teams from coast to coast, and includes wins in the Pacific
Coast Open, the USPA America Cup, Robert Skene Trophy, the Knox Cup and the
Mayorâ€™s Trophy. Kris was also a member
team that battled the Mexican team for the Camacho Cup in 2009. It is no mistake that the six-foot-five-inch
redhead has played on winning teams on the grass fields, on the snowy fields of
A member of championship teams in 2007 and 2008, Kris will be taking the
field this year in hopes of returning to the winners circle.
Juan Monteverde is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina,
Juan has been playing for fifteen years and has competed in Argentina, Germany,
Italy, Belgium, Holland, Brazil and the United States. â€œWe had horses at home when I was growing up,â€
he said. â€œMy father played, so I wanted to play. I loved it from the very first time,â€ he
added. A graduate of
Juan has honed his skills as a professional polo player and has participated in
the revered Republic Cup and the Copa Provincia in
winter at the International Polo Club in Wellington and will be making his first
appearance in beach polo.
The second Garber entry will be with sons Shaun and
Jeffrey Garber who will ride onto the field with the Heys Luggage/ SLS Jets
team. Joining them will be Nic Roldan
and Brandon Phillips
Shaun is the
oldest of the Garber boys, Shaun managed to slip into a couple of chukkers last
year in Miami Beach. A graduate of the
prestigious Dwight School of New York City the 19-year-old started playing polo
eight years ago at the family farm in Colts Neck,
Over the past twelve years, Shaun has participated in polo competition
from entry level to 20-goal tournament play in the
including a record of consecutive Sawgrass Challenge 12-goal Pro-Am
Championships at the International Polo Club in
2010 and 2011, and a finalist berth in 2012.
Shaun has competed in
the great Adolfo Cambiaso in Argentina as the highlight of his polo-playing
career, but enjoys playing with the family in Wellington and Colts Neck.
Eighteen-year-old Jeffrey has his sights set on Tulane
University in 2012, but his college plans are not without polo. For the next four years Jeffrey will be
competing with the Tulane Polo Club in intercollegiate competition during the
school year and joining the family SLS Jets team when heâ€™s not in school. Another veteran of the â€œfamily polo schoolâ€
in Colts Neck,
Jeffrey was a member of the Yellow Cab team that captured consecutive Sawgrass
Challenge Cup Championships in 2010 and 2010 and was a finalist in 2012. Jeffrey admits that it was the speed of the
game that hooked him. â€œI grew up riding
horses, and I just love the speed of the game.
Polo is a unique sport,â€ he adds, â€œthereâ€™s really nothing else like
it.â€ Jeffrey has enjoyed competing in
in an effort to improve his game.
Jeffrey got a taste of beach polo last year and is looking forward to
this yearâ€™s tournament.
A native of the Toronto suburb of King City, Ontario,
thirty-year-old Brandon Phillips began playing polo as a child at the Toronto
Polo Club with his father and brother. â€œI came from a horsey family,â€
by just playing some fun polo at the Toronto Polo Club when I was twelve. The more experience I got the more I wanted
to learn and the better I wanted to get.â€ One of the gameâ€™s better players, and
currently carrying a five goal handicap, his polo travels have taken him to
England, Argentina, South Africa, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the
United States where he currently resides with his wife Erica. A regular on the
beach polo scene, having competed in competition in both
formidable opponent on the beach again this spring.
The youngest player to appear on a winning US Open team,
Nic Roldan accomplished the feat with the Escue team in 1998 at the age of
fifteen, when he was named â€œYoung Player of the Yearâ€. Since that time, his
talents and skills have been constantly increasing while playing in
the CV Whitney Cup, the Monty Waterbury Cup, the Joe Barry memorial and the
Ylvisaker Cup, among others. Born in
usually spends two or three months a year in
working on every aspect of the game under the watchful eye of fellow veterans.
A hard hitting accurate shooting player, Nicâ€™s defense is as trouble-some for
opposing players as his offense.
Gates open at 12:30 pm with tournament play slated to
begin in the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup at 1pm Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, April 27, 28 and 29.
More than 12,000 people attend the Maserati Miami Beach
Polo World Cup over the four days each year and the tournament attracts
professional polo players from as far as Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, as
well as the very best from South America. For more information on the
tournament and the events or to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.miamipolo.com or call 305-538-3809.
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