Woodford Reserve Polo Classic

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       This last Sunday, July 15th marked the celebration of the Woodford Reserve Polo Classic.  Woodford Reserve hosted VIP members and guests in the Polo Lounge treating guests to an assortment of tantalizing specialty Woodford cocktails.  The lounge was adorned to reflect the brand’s signature colors of rich browns and glowing oranges and was complete with lounge furniture so that VIP guests could watch the action-packed polo matches in the epitome of comfort.

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      In addition, the San Diego Polo Club and Woodford Reserve teamed up with the Del Mar Race Track.  The Club gave away tickets for Opening Day at the races to anyone who purchased a Woodford crafted beverage.  Woodford Reserve also offered tastings to Sunday’s polo enthusiasts including drinks by the names of Spreckles and Hair of the Horse, names that embody the polo spirit.

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      Land Rover of San Diego, another sponsor of the 2012 San Diego Polo Season, was also featured last Sunday.  The Range Rover that was on display emanated both polo luxury and comfort and epitomized the ultimate car to tail-gate in on Polo Sundays.

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      Intermission between polo matches featured the engaging Ballistic Racers Flyball Team.  Flyball is a captivating competition involving two teams of dogs that participate in a relay race involving agility, collaboration, and astounding training.  This is truly a sight to be seen. 

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      Polo Sunday kicked off with a match at 1PM featuring the teams of Starmeadow/Adeptus and San Judas/La Pasion.  In chukker one, Diego Cossio of San Judas/La Pasion was first to score. By the end of the first chukker, San Judas/La Pasion was in the lead with three points to Starmeadow/Adeptus’ one point scored by Colton Bancroft.

In the second chukker, Joseph Stuart brought Starmeadow/Adeptus back with a goal.  In the third chukker, the women on the field took charge with both teams scoring a goal a piece-Colleen Wilson for Starmeadow/Adeptus and Tracee Brunetti for San Judas/ La Pasion.

San Judas/La Pasion took the opportunity to pull ahead in the fourth and fifth chukkers with two goals scored by Tracee Brunetti and one by Gaston Von Wernich.  In the fifth chukker, Graham Bray scored a goal for Starmeadow/Adeptus.

Going into the sixth and final chukker, Starmeadow/Adeptus had four points while San Judas/La Pasion was in the lead with eight points. While Diego Cossio of San Judas/La Pasion scored a goal in the last chukker, Starmeadow/Adeptus fought to the very end scoring three goals between Joseph Stuart and Graham Bray.  The sixth chukker proved to be an exciting conclusion to this action-packed match with San Judas/La Pasion taking the win with nine points to Starmeadow/Adeptus’ seven points.

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      In the second polo match of the day, the teams of Hanalei Bay and Woodford Reserve took to the field in a fierce competition of skill and riding.  In the first chukker, Mike Kerly of team Woodford was the first to score.  Mariano Fassetta, of Hanalei Bay, came back to score two goals while Mariano Guteriez of Woodford tied up the first chukker-Hanalei Bay 2: Woodford 2.

The second and third chukkers were met with equal talent on behalf of both teams. Between the two chukkers, Mariano Fassetta and Ron Bonaguidi scored one goal each for Hanalei Bay, two points that were matched by Mariano Guteriez of Woodford Reserve.   By the end of the third chukker, Hanalei Bay was in the lead with 5:4.

The match between Hanalei Bay and Woodford Reserve took a turn in the fourth chukker as team Woodford sprang ahead scoring four goals.  Woodford Reserve player Ellen Greenhill scored two goals during the fourth chukker, followed by fellow teammates Bryon Ward and Mike Kerley.

In the fifth chukker, Hanalei Bay’s Mariano Fassetta answered Woodford’s lead by single-handedly scoring three goals for Hanalei Bay bringing them back into the game.  The fifth chukker came to a gripping conclusion with both teams tied at eight points.

The sixth chukker proved to be the most momentous as both teams exemplified skilled horsemanship and teamwork.  The match began with a goal for Hanalei Bay by Mariano FassettaMariano Guterriez tied the chukker by scoring a goal for Woodford Reserve.  The action-packed matched came to a close with Fassetta’s goal giving the win to Hanalei Bay with a final score of Hanalei Bay 10: Woodford Reserve 9.

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      If you missed this cup hosted by Woodford Reserve, join us on September 16 for the Herradura Cup featuring their one-of-a-kind tequila.  This event happens to fall on Mexican Independence day and is sure to be one of the many highlights of the 2012 Polo Season.

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Meet Jake Brumby.

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Meet Jake Brumby.

SD Polo: How did you get involved in polo?
Brumby: I’ve raced motocross my whole life.  I spent a lot of time with my dad on dirt bikes.  I raced and did very well, but after a few injuries, my family wanted me to try something a little more safe.  I was going to either play football or hockey, but my mom wanted me to try a polo lesson before I made my decision.  So, here I am two years later and I’m addicted.

SD Polo: How old are you?
Brumby: I’m 15.

SD Polo: What are some of your accomplishments?
Brumby: Polo related?  I’ve played at a few different Polo Clubs, including Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA and Orange County Polo Club.  I won my division in the Pacific Coast Polo League and was overall MVP for the division.  I was -1 last year and was raised to 0.  Also, we just won the 3-Goal Chukkers for Charity match in June.  Not bad for 2 years under my belt.

SD Polo: What do you like to do when you aren’t playing polo?
Brumby: Anything adventurous.  I’d probably be playing football or lacrosse.  School, polo and friends are my life.

Meet Roberto Estudillo.

Was born in San Diego, California and was raised in Baja California Mexico. Both his paternal and maternal heritage comes from prominent ancestry. The Estudillo family was one of the first European settlers in southern California and have been in this land for over 200 years, since it was New Spain, then Mexico and today, United States. They lived in Casa de Estudillo, considered the finest house in Mexican California; it is located in Old Town San Diego and is now a Museum and National Historic Landmark. Roberto is the seventh generation Estudillo in California. His maternal lineage comes from Yucatan, were the family was well known in the region for owning land and cultivating henequen plant. His grandfather was a very distinguished, award winning Civil Engineer and also served as Governor of Baja California.


Roberto’s first years of grade school were coursed in San Diego and later he went to Tijuana to continue his studies; he entered law school and earned his Juris Doctor degree.   He studied Polynesian martial arts in the style Lima lama. He also enjoys and practices tennis, golf, wind surfing, and traveling.  Roberto has visited over 100 countries in the world.
Roberto’s professions are Attorney at Law, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Developer. He is currently assembling Charity Donor, a non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to facilitate people to donate to their individual cause.

He was introduced to polo by his brother in law Fernando Gutierrez Barron. His polo career started in Rosarito, Baja California, where they played polo at Rancho San Fernando, and this is the reason why Roberto’s team name is San Fernando.  He currently owns over 20 polo ponies and they are distributed amongst San Diego, Mexico City, and Rosarito. He has been a member of the San Diego Polo Club for 15 + years.  He is one of the very few members that have remained playing continuously for the last 15 years.

Roberto’s philosophy in life is that we are all here for a purpose, we each have our own mission to fulfill; we must find it, accomplish it, and when we leave this world, we would have made it a better place.