New Attendance Record Achieved at Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower
Largest Polo Event in U.S. (or Europe!) Gets Even Bigger
12,442 Polo Watchers and Partygoers From All Over The World Soak In The 2-Day Polo Party Experience
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) They came from New York. They came from Nevada. They came from the United Kingdom. They came from Ohio. They came from Tucson. And they came to party, and party they did at the 2013 Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships.
Some 12,442 polo fans, exotic car aficionados, horse lovers and fashionistas descended on the Penfolds Polo Field at WestWorld over the weekend, boosting the year-over-year gate attendance by a substantial margin for what is now the largest polo event in the United States (or Europe), according to The 2013 Molina Cup champions from Wales.
There was runway strutting at the Phoenix Fashion Week preview, champagne glass clinking in the tents, divot stomping at halftime and thrilling polo action with some of the best players in the country mixing it up.
It all started on Friday when the best of the best were on display at what was the highest goal polo match in the past 30 years in the Valley. Fans who watched the All-Star match witnessed some great polo play by the likes of Work to Ride’s Kareem Rosser, Erik Wright of Wright Way Polo, Peter Webb of the Clogau Wales Polo Team and Santiago Marulanda of the University of Virginia as they played to a tie an All-Star Team consisting of Jeff Hall, considered one of the best players in the U.S., Ricky Cooper of the Clogau Wales Polo Team, Sunny Hale, considered the best female player in the U.S. and Andres Camacho of the Arizona Polo Club.
On Saturday, the first match pitted America’s high school champions,Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, theUniversity of Virginia, with UVA defeating the younger team in an exciting match. In the “Battle of the Sexes” match, which featured a women’s team led by Sunny Hale against the Arizona Polo Club Men,ended in a 7-7 tie. For the main event, the Clogau Wales Polo Team triumphed over the U.S. Military Polo Team 9-8. The U.S team was captained by Jeff Hall. Afterwards, the Wales players drank from the sought-after Molina Cup and flew back to the United Kingdom as proud victors. Before the final match Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane issued a formal invitation to Prince William and Prince Harry via the Wales team Chairman Harry Legge-Bourke for the 4th Annual Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower next year.
Last October, the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a polo event with approximately 9,188 fans enjoying the three-match showdown at the annual Polo Party. This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players, more vendors, more sponsors and the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show, the Polo Party drew even more polo fans and revelers to WestWorld.
Attendees also enjoyed a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and saw some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local Ferrari and Lamborghini car clubs lining the field.
Next year’s event, which will take place in conjunction with the United States Polo Association’s Annual Meeting, is currently slated for October 24-25, 2014. Upcoming details, teams and players will be announced in the coming months. For more information please go to www.thepoloparty.com.
Chandler RotaryClub And Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary Partner With Future Eagle Scout To Promote Peace In Schools With “Peace Pole Project”
April 22, 2013, Chandler, AZ - Chandler resident and member of Boy Scout Troop 172, Zachary Kelly, is partnering with his former elementary school, Brisas Elementary, and the Chandler Rotary Club to create a lasting tribute to peace in schools through the “Peace Pole Project”.
A “Peace Pole” is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth on each of its four sides, with the four most common languages of the students of Brisas Elementary. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace. They serve as constant reminders for us to visualize and pray for world peace.
As part of his Eagle Scout Service Project requirement, Zachary, along with volunteers from the Rotary, Brisas Elementary School, and the community will mount the pole and prepare a special walkway and area to showcase the school’s and community’s commitment to peace not only at Brisas Elementary School but throughout the world.
Kelly Ferguson, Chandler Rotary Club President, commented on the project, “The Rotary International Theme for 2012-2013 is ‘Peace Through Service’. Is there a better way to promote that then to implement a Peace Pole Project using community volunteers? We are very pleased we can collaborate with these other local organizations – Brisas Elementary, Kyrene School District, Boy Scouts of America and the Peace Pole Project – working together in service to create a symbol of Peace and Rotary International.”
ChristieWinkelmann, Principal of Brisas Elementary School, also commented on the project, “At Brisas, we recognize that our charge is to educate the whole child and lead our students to become responsible and productive citizens with strong character. Our goal is to empower students to become the leaders of tomorrow, who love learning, strive to reach their potential, and have PEACE in their hearts and minds. This Peace Pole will be a strong symbol of our dedication to that goal.“
Peace Pole Project activities include:
April 30th – A fundraiser and volunteer information party from 6:00-8:00 PM at Barros Pizza located at 8830 S. Kyrene Rd. #106 (Kyrene Rd. & Warner Rd.) in Tempe, Arizona. 20% of all food purchases will be donated to the Peace Pole Project.
May 11th-12th and May 17th-18th – Volunteers will meet at Brisas Elementary on 777 North Desert Breeze Blvd. in Chandler, Arizona starting at 12:00 PM to mount the Peace Pole, create the walkway around it and landscape the front of the school building.
May 20th – Brisas Elementary will host a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at 9:00 AM with the students and staff of Brisas Elementary, Chandler Rotary and community leaders. The community and media is welcome to attend.
Anyone interested in supporting or volunteering for the Peace Pole Project may contact Scott Kelly (Zach’s proud dad) at 480-206-3435 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1, 2011 by SmartFem
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