American Heart Association Painted the SD Polo Club RED for the Inaugural Go Red Campaign

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Sunday’s finals of the Pacific Coast Polo Tournament also celebrated the inaugural American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign.  Emceed by ABC’s Bachelorette runner up, Kiptyn Locke, the American Heart Association had their first ever San Diego STRUT to promote heart health in women, along with a silent and live auction.  The Polo Club was decked out in red and all guests sported red flair in support of the organization.  According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer in women, which is more than all types of cancer combined!

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Porsche of San Diego had their gorgeous automobiles on display, including the all new 2014 Porsche Cayman.

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The first match was a consolation game played between Twin Palms/San Fernando and AdeptusColleen Wilson, owner of Adeptus had a spectacular afternoon, scoring 5 goals for her team.  Roberto Estudillo of Twin Palms/San Fernando also had a fantastic game, scoring 3 for his team.  Twin Palms/San Fernando was slow to start, but caught up by half-time, making the score 5 to 5.  Adeptus shined in the 5th chukker, bringing their team up 3 more point and winning the match 8 to 7.

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During intermission, the local community participated in the Go Red STRUT, a community-based, one-of-a kind fashion show.  Led by the San Diego Polo School students and Uakea Huddleston, the STRUT included two heart disease victims, one being a 4 year old boy.  Celebrity judges AJ Machado, Chris Cantore, Natasha Stenbock, Lisa Murphy, Mia Stefanko and Kiptyn Locke, judged the “strutters” and gave out prizes to various winners.

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Just after the American Heart Association’s Go Red STRUT, our announcer and auctioneer, Steven Lewandowski raffled off items for charity!

The national anthem was sung by two American Heart Association volunteers, one of which is a heart disease survivor.

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The feature match and finals of the Pacific Coast Polo Tournament consisted of Hanalei Bay (Krista Bonaguidi -1, Ashton Wolf 3, Mariano Fassetta 6, David Samaniego 0) and Starmeadow/Monteverde (Ellen Greenhill -1, Colton Bancroft 0, Martin Ravina 5, Graham Bray 4).  Hanalei Bay kicked off things in the first chukker with 3 goals but letting Starmeadow/Monteverde sneak up in the 3rd chukker.  Krista Bonaguidi scored 3 in the feature match, making her one of the high scorers on her team.  The game was all tied up in the 4th chukker, 7 to 7, but Martin Ravina scored 4 goals in the final chukkers to lead his team to victory.  Starmeadow/Monteverde beat Hanaeli Bay 10 to 8.

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Guests enjoyed the Korbel California Champagne Divot Stomp during half time and the Paul Cannon Band after the matches.

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When guests sampled Black Stallion Winery‘s Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, they received a fun Black Stallion branded Go Vino glass!  Black Stallion’s chardonnay is one of our biggest sellers at Sunday Polo!

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Thank you to Ranch & Coast for being our media sponsor and Kiptyn Locke for emcee-ing the event!

Aloha Sunday Kicks-off Second Half of the Season!

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We kicked off the second half of our season with Aloha Sunday in partnership with ilovemusubi.com. Joining us to help celebrate the Hawaiian theme was Maui’s finest polo player Kimo Huddleston along with his wife and daughters.  His youngest daughter, Uakea, or known to most of us as Buddha stole the hearts of the audience as the 4 year old rode her new pony named Cappy around the polo field and greeting fans between matches.

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Our intermission performances included Kimo Huddleston’s wife Stephanie and his daughters Illihia, Hi’ilawe dancing native Hawaiian hulas. They danced several dances together and ending with Stephanie doing a beautiful solo.

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Our 3PM match featured Star Meadow/Monteverde versus Hanalei Bay. It was an evenly matched game with both teams rated 8 goals.

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The National Anthem was sung by Lea Love of Hawaiian/ Samoan decent born and raised in San Diego. She has been singing and dancing all of her life and recently traveled to Tahiti with her Polynesian dance group.

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The first ball was thrown in by Nino “Neens” Camilo, the founder of the I Love Poke Hawaiian Food Festival.

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The first score of the game came from sponsor Krista Bonaguidi and answered quickly with a goal by Martin Ravina.  In the second David Samaniego scored his first goal of the match for Hanalei Bay bringing  the score to 2-1 in favor of Hanalei Bay. The next two goals were scored by Graham Bray and Martin Ravina with Hanalei Bay answering with a goal from Ashton Wolf tying the score for 3-3 at the end of the second chukker. Play started in the third chukkar with Martin Ravina scoring the first goal for Star Meadow/Monteverde and Ashton Wolf came up with the tying goal for a 4-4 score ending the play before half time.

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Our champagne divot stomp was sponsored by Korbel California Champagne, with an island twist!  Guests enjoyed pineapple mimosas as they stopped divots.

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The second half started with Hanalei Bay’s Mariano Fassetta scoring his first goal of the match. The teams were so evenly matched and each defended their goals keeping scoring at a minimum. Mariano Fassetta scored again bringing the score to 6-4 and Star Meadow/Monteverde answered with a goal from Graham Bray ending the fourth chukker 6-5 with Hanalei Bay in the lead. Star Meadow/Monteverde was on fire in the fifth scoring 3 goals to Hanalei Bay scoring only one goal bringing the score to 8-7 Star Meadow/Monteverde.

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The sixth had both teams running and Hanalei Bay scored two goals to Star Meadow/Monteverde scoring only one bringing the end of the sixth to a tie game creating overtime. Both teams went off to get horses ready for a seventh chukker. The winning goal was scored by Martin Ravina for a very exciting end to a great match.

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The Seventh Chukker After Party featured Kieljhon Dela Pena from Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He has been influenced from a wide variety of genres from Traditional Hawaiian and Folk to Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B and of course Reggae.

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Thanks to Hula Girls Shave Ice and Jaguar San Diego for being a part of Aloha Sunday.  Mahalo!

Photos courtesy of John O’Mara and RichardNesdale.com

2nd Annual Aloha Sunday

2nd Annual Aloha Sunday

Join us as we kick off our second half of the 2013 Polo Season with Aloha Sunday. We are partnering with ilovemusubi.com for this island inspired Sunday. The Wild Thyme Catering Company and Chef Dawn Parks will be putting together a special menu consisting of Hawaiian specialty items like Loco Moco, Pineapple Pig with Coconut Rice and Ahi Poke. We’ll have fresh plumeria lei, shave ice and hip shaking island jams from Kieljhon of Ezzrah.

Pavilion tickets and General Admission tickets are still available online: sandiegopolo.ticketleap.com

2-Goal Tournament Series for 5 Weeks in September

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The San Diego Polo Club is pleased to offer a 0-2 Goal Tournament Series for the 5 weekends in September.  Tournaments consist of 4-chukker games on both Saturday and Sunday.  Fees for Non-Members are $400 per person and that includes tournament fees, stabling and EMT.  To sign up, please contact our polo manager, Graham Bray at moc.o1544448808lopog1544448808eidna1544448808s@mah1544448808arg1544448808 or 760-774-2583