St Regis team wins 2013 Piaget World Snow Polo Championship Aspen
Held on the snow packed field of Wagner Park, earlier this week, the 2013 edition of the Piaget World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen, gathered world calibre Argentine polo players Facundo Pieres and Gonzalito Pieres of the Piaget Ellerstina Polo team, polo’s most famous face, Nacho Figueras and America’s top-ranked player, Nic Roldan, along with hosts and co-founders of the Aspen Valley Polo Club.
At the foot of Aspen Mountain with the snow falling, the Piaget team, featuring Gonazlito Pieres, Marc Ganzi and Kris Kampsen, took to Wagner Park to compete against the St. Regis team featuring Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, and Brandon Phillips. Excitement was in the air, as the two teams battled it out, with Phillips and Figueras each scoring a goal to deliver a 2-0 win for St. Regis.
Following their defeat, Piaget re-entered the field determined to beat the Audi team consisting of Facundo Pieres, Melissa Ganzi and Juan Bollini. Melissa Ganzi bolted into action, quickly scoring for Audi in the first thirty seconds putting the team ahead 1-0 in the first chukker. In the second chukker, Marc Ganzi scored for Piaget to even the score at 1-1. The crowd was silent as they watched brother vs. brother and husband vs. wife. Ultimately, Melissa Ganzi brought Audi to a 2-1 victory, as she scored the final goal through a penalty shot in the end of the second chukker.
The final match saw St. Regis and Audi teams locked in a stalemate with neither team scoring in the first chukker. Facundo Pieres took a penalty shot in the second chukker that was blocked by a confident Figueras, standing in the saddle, as the crowd cheered. Figueras then went on to score the final goal, bringing the black St. Regis team to victory.
The tournament was presented by luxury watch-maker and jeweller Piaget and sponsored by St Regis Hotels & Resorts and Audi.