On its sixth year, the FIP SNOW POLO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP remained a global affair, with the participation of six elite polo nations from six continents: Argentina, Australia, England, Hong Kong China, South Africa, and the USA. Playing host was China’s premier polo facility, the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in Tianjin, China.
Argentina won their first ever Snow Polo World Championship after been a regular competitor since the inaugural tournament back in 2012. This year, the trophy undoubtedly belonged to the Argentina trio of Dylan Rossiter, Francisco Menendez, Santiago Cernadas and their ponies, who played hard and fast and took their chances against Hong Kong China, denying the tournament’s most successful team a fourth championship by scoring six goals to their five over a breathless four chukkas. In the subsidiary final for third place, South Africa and England meet in a tied match where South Africa galloped out worthy winners by five goals to three.
Most Valuable Player accolade was awarded to Argentina’s Francisco Menendez, while the Best Pony award, a polo tradition, went to Gorda and Bagi. In his closing address, FIP President Mr. Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers praised the “vision and drive” of Chairman Pan, the man behind Fortune Heights and the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, for helping to bring back the sport of polo to China, a part of its ancient heritage dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
NEW AMBASSADORS APPOINTED
Last December FIP celebrated its 34th General Assembly in Buenos Aires and two new Ambassadors were appointed:
Frederick Mannix Jr.
Fred continues to play polo in Calgary during Canada’s short summer polo season, enhancing the level of polo and finding time to encourage and mentor young players. He is a director of Polo Canada and is very supportive of polo across Canada, donating his time to provide polo clinics at various clubs across Canada or to play in charitable tournaments.
Kavenh has set up a Polo school in Stockholm and have been instructing and playing polo for the last 3 years. The school has really been successful and he has managed to bring new people into Polo and with nearly trebled the size of Stockholm Polo club.
ZONE B PLAYOFFS
Argentina has won the South American zone against Brazil, Peru and Uruguay and awaits together with last champion Chile and local Australia for the rest of the competitors. Tomas Panelo will be representing Argentina, just as his father did back in 1987 for the 1st FIP World Polo Championship.
ZONE D PLAYOFFS
New Zealand became the 4th qualified team to the FIP World Polo Championship after beating Malaysia on neutral ground at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Centre.
To be played at Chantilly, France. April 28th to May 7th. The Chantilly Polo Club will be organizing the Playoff and the 1st Ladies European Championship from the 28th April till the 7th May 2017. The qualifiers will designate the two European teams who will participate in the 11th FIP Polo World Cup. For the two tournaments, 6 national teams should compete. Among them, the European Champions: Ireland. But also England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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