After England became European Champions in the French town of Chantilly in September, all eyes now turn to the south west. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the Triple Crown and its highlight, the Argentine Open. The European polo contingent is currently packing its suitcases and heading off to South America, and POLO+10 is looking forward to enjoying four exciting weeks in the Cathedral of Polo in Palermo/Buenos Aires once again this year. As an international polo magazine, we’ll be represented with our own stand at the Argentine Open.
The World Championships in Chile then take place at the end of March; the qualification matches for this tournament are still underway in the individual country zones. In an interview with POLO+10, Dr Piero Dillier (European delegate to the FIP) suggests that the structural framework of the World and European Championships should be discussed in greater detail. The issue at stake is the costs that must be borne and justified by the respective event organiser and participating teams. Decentralised qualification rounds and a final that takes place in an international centre that is close to potential sponsors and is able to attract spectators are just one suggestion that the FIP could consider for the future.
It was a huge honour and joy for us to talk to the wonderful Claire Tomlinson. She is the first woman ever to have achieved a +5 handicap. As chairman of the world-famous Beaufort Polo Club, she is a force to be reckoned with in international sport and is truly dedicated to training young horses. We’re also proud to have been able to get one of the world’s best polo coaches, Rege Ludwig, to share his experiences and tricks on the polo field with our readers and active polo players.
We hope you enjoy reading this new edition of POLO+10 World. All the best and we’ll see you in spring 2015. Until then, you can follow all our news on www.poloplus10.com
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Interview Piero Dillier: POLO+10 interviewed the European delegate to the Federation of International Polo, Dr Piero Dillier, about 2014 and the important decisions that will shortly be discussed in Argentina.
Argentine Open: POLO+10 will of course be there at the most important tournament in the world, reporting live from Buenos Aires and presenting the latest edition of POLO+10 WORLD hot off the press at its own stand.
Sotogrande: At the end of August, the best polo players in the world battled it out at the 43rd edition of the renowned Land Rover International Polo Tournament at the Santa María Polo Club in Spain for the coveted Bulgari Gold Cup. POLO+10 accepted the club’s invitation and was there to see the triumph of team Valiente at close hand.
European Championship Chantilly: In September, England became European champions in the French town of Chantilly. With a total of six wins, the Britons became the most successful nation in a European Polo Championship to date.
Beach Polo Tuscany: The sixth edition of the Polo Beach Cup Versilia Tuscany in Lido di Camaiore offered a Mediterranean atmosphere and lots of adrenaline. POLO+10 was present.
Polo in Baku: Azerbaijan is the birthplace of polo. Following a successful debut event last year, the Grass Arena Polo World Cup Azerbaijan took place for the second time in Baku, Azerbaijan at the start of September. POLO+10 was present.
The world of UK polo: Great Britain has a special position in the history of the sport of polo: Due to British officers the sport of kings spread all over the world. Today England ranks among the three biggest polo nations, in addition to Argentina and the United States of America.
Sylvester Stallone: Sylvester Stallone might be best known for beating people up on screen, but the Hollywood legend has a long association with the elegant and refined polo lifestyle.
Argentina’s Polo Dynasties: The best polo players in the world come from Argentina. POLO+10 takes a look into the history books and presents famous Argentine polo dynasties.
Pablo Mac Donough: The 10-goaler – a continuation of the 10-goal Handicap Player Portrait series in POLO+10 World.
Mexican Chukkas: POLO+10 has already reported on the increase of the popularity of polo in Mexico and now we take you on a trip through the highlighted events of the season: utopic locations, original celebrations, all the national polo stars and more.