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Wed 23rd Jan 2019

Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

Only one day before the world turns its eyes to Switzerland

It is just one day until The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz kicks off in the heart of the Engadin Valley. Between 25 – 27 January, four teams will compete for the coveted title with some new faces taking to the snow polo field this year.
Furthermore, this year’s instalment will welcome back 2018’s most popular team Azerbaijan Land of Fire, ready to better their second place position in last year’s tournament. What’s more, Cartier will this year welcome father/son duo Mark and Grant Ganzi to the field alongside snow polo’s favourite 10 goaler, Juan Martín Nero.
If fantastic polo wasn’t enough, this year’s social events are set to be better than ever before, with the lucky few gracing the frozen lake in the plush VIP enclosure, from where guests will be able to watch The Sardhahchi Cavalry Team, a collection of equine artists from Azerbaijan who are appearing in Switzerland for the first time.
To book your tickets to The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz, please click here. Polo Times and The Polo Magazine will be on hand as Official Media Partners, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media feeds.
Photograph: The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz kicks off this week. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

Mon 21st Jan 2019

Cîroc Crowned Champions in Kitzbühel

17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup

In front of a thousands-strong crowd in the heart of the Austrian Alpine mecca, Kitzbühel on Sunday 20 January, Cîroc, a new team for 2019, defeated Engel & Völkers to win The 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup title. Following two matches earlier in the day, in which last year’s winners Bendura Bank secured fifth place, 13-6½ against Maserati, and Corum defeated Bernd Gruber 6-7 to take home third place, the third and final affair was an exciting match between two very strong international sides.  

Sebastian Schneberger was in search of his third title, to equal the record breaking three Snow Polo World Cup wins held by Brit Jonny Good, and coincidentally 20 January was also the day of St. Sebastian, so perhaps divine intervention would play a key role. Engel & Völkers, four-time finalists and only one-time winners, were looking to be the crowd’s favourite, but as the first ball was thrown-in, Aki Van Andel came flying out of the mêlée with the ball seemingly glued to his stick. His 7 goal team mate Valentin Novillo Astrada wasn’t far behind him, in his usual form. Despite Cîroc’s initial fervour, Engel & Völkers were the first on the scoreboard with a fantastic field goal from Captain Kutlay Yaprak. Following a brief horse change, Novillo Astrada found his rhythm, scoring the first of his many goals. The game was full of tension and high spirits, as players went into ride-offs with extreme energy. By half-time, 2019’s newest team, Cîroc, were 4-2 ahead, to the dismay of the assembled ‘Red Devils’ fans. Adrian Laplacette Jr, usually the one to watch for the boys in red, was consistently shut out of plays by Van Andel, who was later named Most Valuable Player, using his pony’s strength to ensure Novillo Astrada always had a clean run on the ball. By the end of the third chukka, Cîroc continued to hold the lead 6-3, with Engel & Völkers hoping for a polo miracle to bless them in the final six minutes. Having found renewed energy, Novillo Astrada scored three goals in as many minutes to open the chukka, to only one in response from Laplacette Jr. With 9-4 on the scoreboard, Agustin Kronhaus tried desperately to bring his team back into the game, but the clock was not in his favour. As the bell tolled at the end of the 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup 2019, Cîroc rode off the field to elated cries of congratulations from the crowd and the coveted trophy in their hands. 

Cîroc Captain Sebastian Schneberger said after the Final, “This was a great event and I’m so happy we’ve walked away with the title. It was a tough match, but we rallied together and did what we came here to do.”

Now the snow polo focus turns to St. Moritz, where the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz begins on Friday 25 January with the Final on Sunday 27 January. Polo Times and The Polo Magazine are once again Official Media Partners and will be keeping subscribers up to date with all the latest action from the birthplace of snow polo. 

The 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Final Teams:

Cîroc (12): Sebastian Schneberger (2), Aki van Andel (3) & Valentin Novillo Astrada (7)

Engel & Völkers (12): Kutlay Yaprak (1), Agustin Kronhaus (4) & Adrian Laplacettte Jr (7)

Photograph: Cîroc secured their first Snow Polo World Cup title in Kitzbühel. By Cymon Skinner Photography


Wed 16th Jan 2019

17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel 2019

Let the excitement commence!

With only a mere day to go until the excitement begins in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, everything is set for what is expected to be the best Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel on record.

The 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel 2019 will take the Alps by storm as play begins on Friday 18 January. Over 150 horses and 18 players from eight nations will be taking to the immaculately prepared Kitzbühel Snow Polo Arena for the Austrian tournament of the year. 
Kitzbühel has be blanketed with a record-breaking amount of fresh snow, perfectly preparing the pristine arena for this year’s tournament and ensuring spectators and players will be greeted with what can only be described as an Alpine winter wonderland on arrival.
After world famous introduction to the press and general public on Thursday 17 January, the teams will commence this year’s competition with the first round of matches on Friday 18 January, with this year’s event set to be bigger and better than ever before. The VIP tent will be the grandest ever seen in Kitzbühel and will host the glamorous and renowned invitation only Gala Night on Saturday evening. 
For another year running, the competition will host a renowned and faithful collection of sponsors supporting this long-standing event. Bendura Bank lead the sponsor’ board, joining the other distinguished team sponsors Bernd Gruber, Engel & Völkers, Corum and Maserati, as well as a new addition for 2019, Cîroc Vodka, welcoming snow polo fans. 
The entrance to the public area is free with delicious local delights and refreshments available from food trucks to keep even the keenest spectators fed and watered throughout the week’s activities. 
VIP tickets for this three-day polo and party spectacular are available from www.kitzbuehelpolo.com and Polo Times and our sister publication The Polo Magazine will be on hand as official media partners, so stay tuned for more exciting updates.
Programme of the 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel:
Thursday 17 January
3.30pm: Captain’s Meeting at Hotel zur Tenne (by invitation only)
5pm: Team Presentations in front of the Hotel zur Tenne
7pm: Welcome Party at the Casino Kitzbühel (by invitation only for players, sponsors and officials)
Friday 18th January
11.30am: Corum vs Bendura Bank
12.45pm: Engel & Völkers vs Maserati
2pm: Bernd Gruber vs Cîroc
8pm: Team Captain Dinner at Kitzbühel Country Club (by invitation only)
11pm: Take 5 Polo Club Night
Saturday 19 January
11.30am: Cîroc vs Maserati
12.45pm: Corum vs Bernd Gruber
2pm: Bendura Bank vs Engel & Völkers
8pm: Polo Players Night in the VIP Tent (by invitation only/information via Lifestyle Events: info@kitzbuehelpolo.com)
Sunday 20 January
11.30am: Match for 5th and 6th place
12.45pm: Kitzbühel Country Club Cup Finals for 3rd and 4th place
2pm: Final of The 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel
3.30pm: Prize-giving ceremony, presentation of Most Valuable Player and Best Playing Pony Awards and photo shoot
The 17th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel Teams are as follows:
Bendura Bank (12): 
Melissa Ganzi (1/USA)
Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8/USA) 
Tito Gaudenzi (3/CH)
Engel & Völkers (12): 
Kutlay Yaprak (1/TUR)
Agustin Kronhaus (4/ARG)
Adrian Laplacette Jr. (7/ARG)
Cîroc (12): 
Sebastian Schneberger (2/GER),
Aki van Andel (3/NED) 
Valentin Novillo Astrada (7/ARG)
Bernd Gruber (10): 
Eduardo Greghi (0/BRA)
Grant Ganzi (3/USA) 
Pierre Henri Ngoumou (7/FR)
Corum (10): 
Eckhardt Juls (0/GER)
Patrick Maleitzke (4/GER)
Juan Ruiz-Guiñazú (6/ARG)
Maserati (10)
Marc Aberle (1/GER)
Caspar Crasemann (4/GER)
Thomas Winter (5/GER)
Commentator: Jan-Erik Franck
Umpire: Mark Holmes 
Photograph: Play begins in Kitzbühel on Friday 18 January. By Reinhardt & Sommer Photography

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