The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower, presented by Talking Stick Resort, wrapped up its 9th year with 11,139 attendees and another year of victorious teams, exciting upsets, event firsts and increased ticket revenues.
The day kicked off with the U.S. Air Force Team defeating the U.S. Marines 5-3 in the General George S. Patton Tournament presented by Safeway Albertsons and Sanderson Lincoln.
That was quickly followed by Molina’s Arizona Polo Club’s triumphant 12-6 upset over Talking Stick Resort Centtrip Wales Polo Team. The Camacho brothers, Felipe and Andres, along with Arizona Club president Diego Florez scored a record 12 goals for Arizona’s highest-ranked polo team.
In the signature featured match of the day, Nacho Figueras carried his team, Bentley Scottsdale’s Aspen Valley Polo Club, to a hard-fought 7-5 victory over Barrett-Jackson’s Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. Figueras scored four of the team’s goals, followed by Grant Ganzi, making it the fifth consecutive year that Aspen Valley has captured the Molina Cup.
The day concluded with the first-ever charity match-up. Southwest Wildlife took on Arizona Equine Rescue for a $10,000 purse sponsored by ERP Polo LLC, going to the winning charity. In a tight match-up, the teams ended in a 4-4 tie with a split purse: $5,000 for each charity.
Also a winner this year was Bernadette Parra. whose dog, Lucky, took home Best in Show for the second year in a row for the event’s sixth annual Canine Couture show presented by Lugari Pet Salon.
Entertainment included a special performance by two cast members of Americano!, the country’s most intriguing new musical, debuting January 31 at The Phoenix Theatre Company, plus performances by the Phoenix Symphony, Doc Jones, field-side tango dancers from Fred Astaire, Phoenix rapper Ali Tomineek and his creative fusion with the Phoenix Opera, and a first-ever acoustic guitar showcase in the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge.
The day also included half-time performances by the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and the World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show, presented by Phoenix Fashion Week. An impressive display of vehicles by Sanderson Lincoln led the fashion show as models traversed the field – in over 200 yards of fashion provided and inspired by the U.S. Polo Assn.
Other horsepower highlights of the day included a sneak preview of the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Car Collector Auction, plus more displays by Bentley Scottsdale, Courtesy Volvo, Earnhardt’s Genesis Collection and exotic cars by Scottsdale Ferrari and Maserati.
Guests enjoyed a variety of Polo Party fare at the ninth annual event included high-end cuisine provided by Steak 44 in the Prime VIP Tent, five-star catering by M Catering throughout the event, including bottomless French fries and complimentary mimosas in the Barrett-Jackson Champagne Lounge. Food trucks and pop-up concepts like Fried & Fizzy were also on site.