Polo Invitational Brings World’s Best To Hawaii
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The four-day event will feature the highest level of polo with an all-pro, 50-goal format, unprecedented for polo in the United States.
“Usually teams are made up of one amateur and three hired pros, so a 1-to-3 ratio,” explains Dawson. “The amateur usually pays for everything and takes care of the horses, so it can get brutally expensive — that’s why they call it the ‘Sport of Kings.’ But this format will feature four pros playing against four pros, and that’s rare.”
Dawson says the 2017 Ha polo destination and will be on par with other elite polo events, including The U.S. Cup in the United Kingdom, Dubai Polo Gold Cup and the
“It’s going to be a historic event because we’ve never had this level of polo in Ha - son. “You’re going to see a whole different ability and speed. Some of the players are in England and then coming
“This is going to be a great educational opportunity to see these internationally renowned polo players put on an exhibition,” adds Hoe. “This is their way of giving - to the history of polo.”
- ambassador Mariano “Nano” Gracida. He and his older brother, Carlos “Carlitos” Gracida Jr., will both play.
“I’m really excited about the format,” says Gracida, 24. “You’re going to see much more aggressive polo because when there’s an amateur on the
Gracida says fellow professionals have voiced their excitement about the opportunity to play the game they
“They’re really excited because some of them have nev to be able to play in an all-pro is a dream come true,” says Gracida.
“I t hink i t ’s mentally harder (the all-pro format) because the match is faster but physically, it’s not as much work because you’re relying on your team a lot more. Having the opportunity to play with pros is really almost like playing a different sport. The games will be close and exciting!”
The Gracidas’ polo roots in late father, Carlos, and uncle, Memo Gracida Jr., competed at the old Honolulu Stadium (“The Termite Palace”) in legendary international arena polo matches.
“The first time I came to play, I felt this love for my entire family,” recalls Gracida. passion for the sport, and they don’t treat us like foreigners. We’re always welcomed here and always have a good vibe from everyone.”
“Nano comes from a very famous Mexican polo family dynasty,” says Dawson. “His father and uncle dominated polo for at least two decades. He’s fourth-generation polo, and the Gracida family has decades.”
Gracida says one of his biggest goals is to help promote polo to the rest of the world and he’s grateful his ambassador is giving him a platform to do so.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to represent the lifestyle that I love,” says Gracida. “It’s a blessing and a huge honor. Polo has taken me on fantastic adventures, and I’m playing more polo than ever before. I’m looking to build my own lifestyle brand someday, and this has been a great learning opportunity for me. The people of
Dawson believes the invi International Polo Association’s mission to celebrate establish an equine retirement program for polo ponies at-risk youth via horsemanship clinics.
He says by drawing international world-class polo to more opportunities for local players and businesses.
“The economic impact will be huge,” says Dawson. “The a multi-year commitment, and Cartier cancelled all of their North American events except this one. We have Tesla and Hawaiian Airlines, we’re getting an enormous amount of momentum, we’re getting the word out, and it’s very big way. I want to ring the bell as loud as I can and get the attention of the international polo community to check out Hawai‘i’s brand of polo.”
It’s a brand that will have a definite Hawaiian flavor
“We’re celebrating t he polo,” says Dawson. “We’re going to let everyone take part in divot stomping. When pulls you back in time and we’re going to celebrate that and remind people about their childhood memories and hopefully take a walk with them down memory lane.
love with polo all over again!”
Christopher Dawson, Carlitos Gracida, Mariano Gracida, Luis Escobar, Nic Roldan, Rob Yackley, Julian Alvarez and Javier Garcia at the 2016 Hawaii Polo Championship.
Mariano “Nano” Gracida