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France: Latest News about Polo Rider Cup


LA AGUADA POLO CLUB rounds out the draw for the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP

LA AGUADA POLO CLUB (ARG) is the last team to round out the draw for the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, competing against the Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA), Moscow Polo Club (RUS), Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI), Düsseldorf Polo Club (GER), Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago (USA), Empire Polo Club of Coachella Valley (USA), Deauville International Polo Club (FRA), Polo Park Zürich (SUI) and Hong Kong Polo Association (HGK). The POLO RIDER CUP will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris.

La Aguada Polo team will comprise the following players: Sebastian Schneberger Hand. 0

  1. Valentin Novillo Astrada Hand. 6

  2. Max Bosch Hand. 3

  3. Moritz Gaedeke Hand. 3

Eduardo Novillo Astrada Sr comments: “As President of La Aguada Polo Club, I am very happy to have a team playing the opening edition of the POLO RIDER CUP. It is an honor, both for La Aguada and the Novillo Astrada family, with four generations playing competitive polo, to be a part of this remarkable new and challenging tournament. La Aguada, founded by my father and winners of the most coveted trophy in the world, The Triple Crown in Argentina, is extremely thankful for the invitation, and we are very much looking forward to giving our best as well as to encourage playing competitive and friendly games alongside some of the best polo clubs worldwide.”

CHÂTEAU de CHANTILLY Destination Partner of the POLO RIDER CUP

CHÂTEAU de CHANTILLY will be the Destination Partner of the POLO RIDER CUP for the next two (2) editions of the POLO RIDER CUP.

CHÂTEAU de CHANTILLY, eight centuries of history it’s also a well-known worldwide destination for equestrian competitions who welcome every year “Le Grand Prix de Diane” or “Masters de Chantilly”.

CHÂTEAU de CHANTILLY will host a special evening of the POLO RIDER CUP in the “Grandes Ecuries – Musée du Cheval” and an Equestrian Show!

Morgan LANGUILLE, Event & Development Manager of Château de Chantilly, comments: “Chantilly: The Princely Domain, https://domainedechantilly.com .The Château de Chantilly unveils for you the intact treasures of the Duke of Aumale, son of the last king of the French, Louis-Philippe. This prince, considered the greatest collector of his time, made Chantilly the setting for his countless masterpieces and precious manuscripts. The Château de Chantilly constitutes a unique grouping of the Castle, the 115ha Park with the Jeu de Paume and the Sylvie’ House, the Great Stables and the Racecourse. A multitude of possibilities are available to you to organize your most unusual and prestigious events. Come and experience an unforgettable moment in this princely residence that has spanned the centuries, as the Duke of Aumale bequeathed in 1886 to the Institut de France.”

HONG KONG POLO joins the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP

HONG KONG POLO (HKG) will be the first Asian team to play the POLO RIDER CUP, competing against the Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA), Moscow Polo Club (RUS), Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI), Düsseldorf Polo Club (GER), Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago (USA), Empire Polo Club of Coachella Valley (USA), Deauville International Polo Club (FRA) and Polo Park Zürich (SUI). The POLO RIDER CUP will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris.

The Hong Kong Polo team will comprise the following players:


  1. Cyrille Costes Hand. 0

  2. Adrien Le Gallo Hand. 3

  3. Thierry Vetois Hand. 3

  4. Brieuc Rigaux Hand. 6


Raphael Le Masne de Chermont, Vice-President of Hong Kong Polo, comments: “Polo was brought to Hong Kong by the British Army in the 70s and left the territory with the handover to China in 1997. Today enthusiast polo players fly the Hong Kong flag around the world like nomads from the steps of Mongolia to the fields of China and South East Asia. We are delighted to defend the Hong Kong colours at the POLO RIDER CUP in Chantilly and compete with a curation of some of the best International Polo clubs around the world.”

Cyrille Costes, Captain of Hong Kong Polo, comments: “As I live in Asia, I’m very happy and proud to be the Captain of the Hong Kong Polo team for the POLO RIDER CUP and to be playing again with my long-time friend and teammate Brieuc Rigaux.”


POLO PARK ZÜRICH enters the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP

POLO PARK ZÜRICH (SUI) has entered the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, joining the Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA), Moscow Polo Club (RUS), Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI), Düsseldorf Polo Club (GER), Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago (USA), Empire Polo Club of Coachella Valley (USA) and Deauville International Polo Club (FRA). Two Swiss squads will play the POLO RIDER CUP, which will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris.

The Polo Park Zürich team will comprise the following players:

  1. Min Podesta Hand. 7

  2. Carlos Solaris Hand. 4

  3. Elena Venot Hand. 1

  4. Richard Harris Hand. 0


Sébastien Le Page, President of Polo Park Zurich, comments: “Polo Park & Country Club Zürich is thrilled to have a team represented in the inaugural edition of the POLO RIDER CUP. As one of the largest Polo Clubs in Continental Europe, it was important to us to be a founding member of this great new Cup which will see the best Polo Clubs fight for this new trophy, in different locations. We know the players will fly PPZ’s colours high, on and off the field.”


EMPIRE POLO CLUB OF COACHELLA VALLEY at the POLO RIDER CUP

The legendary Empire Polo Club of Coachella Valley (USA), future host of the FIP World Polo Championship, will be the second American polo club to enter the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, joining the Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA), Moscow Polo Club (RUS), Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI), Düsseldorf Polo Club (GER) and Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago (USA). The POLO RIDER CUP will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris. The Empire Polo Club team will comprise the following players:

  1. Clément Smith Hand. 0

  2. Guillermo Li Hand. 4

  3. Tito Ruiz Guiñazu Hand. 7

  4. Derek Smith Hand. 1 Sub.: Caroline Anier Hand. 1

Derek Smith, Captain of Empire Polo Club, comments:The Team is honored to be representing The Empire Polo Club, one of the most beautiful and prestigious polo clubs of "Sunny California". Our team is looking forward to participating in this first-time event which brings polo players and clubs from all around the world together in Chantilly Polo Club, one of the biggest polo clubs in Europe. We wish to all players and clubs’ good luck during this event which we hope, will be the first edition of many for years to come. We also want to address a special thank you to the FIP for supporting this event which definitely will become an "Unmissable" polo event in the international polo calendar.” Benoît Perrier, CEO & Co-Founder of GAME Polo, comments: “Empire Polo Club of Coachella Valley is one of the largest Polo Clubs of the West coast of the USA, an amazing location that offers the world polo community an outstanding Polo Club. We are very enthusiastic to welcome them, they are the second American club to be taking part in the POLO RIDER CUP with a very international line up of four nationalities. Their main asset is Tito Ruiz Guiñazu, an amazing and creative player. Empire Polo Club will host the FIP World Polo Championship in 2022 – they have an impressive polo organization.”

Welcome to LAS BRISAS POLO CLUB OF CHICAGO

Welcome to Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago (USA), the first American polo club to enter the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, joining the Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA), Moscow Polo Club (RUS), Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI) and Düsseldorf Polo Club (GER). The POLO RIDER CUP will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris.

The Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago team will comprise the following players:

  1. Larry Aschebrook Hand. 0

  2. Lukas Sdrenka Hand. 2

  3. Matias Obregon Hand. 4

  4. Juan Martin Obregon Hand. 6

Larry Aschebrook, Captain of Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago, comments: “We are excited to be the team representing the Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago, USA and we look forward to being in Chantilly for this outstanding event. Thank you to the Federation of International Polo for supporting this event and a special thanks to the Chantilly Polo Club for hosting us.” Benoît Perrier, CEO & Co-Founder of GAME Polo, comments: “The POLO RIDER CUP is proud to host an American Polo Club for this first edition. This is fantastic news, a strong line-up with two players from the Obregon family and their captain Larry Aschebrook, forming a powerful combination. Las Brisas Polo Club of Chicago is a great challenger for the other teams and the players are familiar with their future opponents, having played the US polo season. In addition, their organization, with Matias Obregon, has had a previous experience of playing in France back in 2019."

ClipMyHorse.TV will show the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP

The digital pioneer of equestrian sport, ClipMyHorse.TV, will show live broadcasts of all the games of the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, which will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris.


ClipMyHorse.TV is a leading provider of live streaming for horse sport with more than 800 LIVE broadcasts per year to a worldwide audience in more than 200 countries around the world, notably Germany, UK, USA, Australia, France, Switzerland, Spain, UAE, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, we are also active in Mexico, Slovakia & Hungary.


Katharina Lintker, Partner Manager of ClipMyHorse.TV, comments: “We are very happy about the cooperation with GAME Polo and are very thrilled to offer Polo sports on the ClipMyHorse.TV platform for the first time. This is a completely new segment in the equestrian sport for us and we see it as a great opportunity to start with such an amazing program of the POLO RIDER CUP.”

Olivier Godallier, President & Co-Founder of GAME Polo, comments: “We are delighted to partner with ClipMyHorse.TV for this first edition. This is in line with our strategy to bring the POLO RIDER CUP and the polo sport to a wider equestrian audience, and ClipMyHorse.TV is a great asset for the future of our event.”

POLO CLUB DÜSSELDORF will take part in the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP

Polo Club Düsseldorf (GER) will take part in the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, alongside the Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA), Moscow Polo Club (RUS) and Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI). This is the second German Club to join the POLO RIDER CUP, which will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris.


The Polo Club Düsseldorf team will comprise the following players:

  1. Adrian Laplacette Hand. 6

  2. Miguel Amieva Hand. 4

  3. Jesus Bordoni Hand. 2

  4. Otto Blank Hand. 0

Otto Blank, Captain of Polo Club Düsseldorf, comments: “The Polo Club Düsseldorf team is very proud to take part in one of the most important tournaments in Europe. It will be our first participation in this type of event, and we are looking forward to an excellent time at the unique Polo Club of Chantilly. Our international team is very excited to compete against the other strong teams and hopes to grow with every chukker!” Benoît Perrier, CEO & Co-Founder of GAME Polo, comments: “Polo Club Düsseldorf is a very active Polo Club with a history going back 44 years. We are proud to welcome this new team with a strong international line-up. We believe that the captain, Otto Blank, will build a solid team spirit with Adrian Laplacette, one of the best players in Germany with a very good horse organization. The team can count on his experience and as one of


MAISON DÉCALÉ outfitter of the POLO RIDER CUP

MAISON DÉCALÉ will be the exclusive outfitter for the next three (3) editions of the POLO RIDER CUP.

MAISON DÉCALÉ is already a well-known brand in the French polo scene as it has been the outfitter for the Barrière Deauville Polo Cup since 2018, the Polo Club of Chantilly and the French Open since 2020, and the Polo de Paris since 2020.


MAISON DÉCALÉ is affirming its involvement in Polo with the POLO RIDER CUP and will create a dedicated line of items, which will be sold through MAISON DÉCALÉ’s distribution channels both online and on site during the POLO RIDER CUP.

François Puech d’Alissac, President of Maison Décalé, comments: “MAISON DÉCALÉ is honored to be the Official Outfitter for the POLO RIDER CUP. This new commitment proves our desire to be a long-term partner for the sport. We share the same values as polo: Fighting Spirit, Family Spirit and Elegance. This new trophy and this human adventure motivate us enormously. MAISON DÉCALÉ will be up to this competition!”


Olivier Godallier, President & Co-Founder of GAME Polo, comments: “We are very honored that MAISON DÉCALÉ has taken up the challenge to follow us in this brand-new polo club competition and we want to build a success story with them, creating quality polo items to dress the POLO RIDER CUP with class and elegance.”

EVVIVA POLO ST. MORITZ on board for the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP

Evviva Polo St. Moritz (SUI) is on board for the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP, joining Chantilly Polo Club (FRA), Hamburger Polo Club (GER), Dos Lunas Polo Club (SPA) and Moscow Polo Club (RUS). The Polo Rider Cup will be held from 10 to 20 June 2021 at the Polo Club of Chantilly, north of Paris. The Evviva Polo St. Moritz team will comprise the following players:

  1. Andy Bihrer/Piero Dillier Hand. 0

  2. Lucas Labat Hand. 5

  3. Martin Aguerre Hand. 7

  4. Tommy Rinderknecht Hand. 0

Tommy Rinderknecht, Captain of Evviva Polo St. Moritz, comments: “Evviva Polo St. Moritz and our players, who have played for many years all around the world, are very proud to compete in the Polo Rider Cup. This event is the first time that a competition brings together polo clubs and their players from many places, thanks to the support of Federation of International Polo and the implication of the clubs. We are very much looking forward to this exciting event in Chantilly.” Benoît Perrier, CEO & Co-Founder of GAME Polo, comments: “Evviva Polo St Moritz is a well-known club, having organized the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz and the 1995 IV FIP World Polo Championship. The team is international, with two Swiss and two Argentine players. Evviva Polo St Moritz team is built around Martin Aguerre, an extremely talented 7-goal player and excellent horseman, and Lucas Labat, another experienced player. The players have known each other for many seasons, so team spirit will be one of their strengths, as well as their excellent ponies.”

For more information:

W W W . P O L O R I D E R C U P . C O M

The first eight teams participating in the 2021 POLO RIDER CUP will be chosen amongst the following clubs:

Polo Club de Chantilly - France (confirmed)

Hamburger Polo Club - Germany (confirmed)

Polo Club Düsseldorf - Germany (confirmed)

• Moscow Polo Club - Russia (confirmed)

Evviva Polo St. Moritz - Switzerland (confirmed)

• Dos Lunas Polo Club - Spain (confirmed) • Empire Polo - USA (confirmed) • Las Brisas Polo - USA (confirmed) • Polo Park Zurich - Switzerland (confirmed)

Ph: Evelina Jakovlevskaja (www.poloridercup.com/)

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