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Snow polo returns to Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Rio Grande Park will again be home to some of the globe’s top polo players when the World Snow Polo Championships return to Aspen on Saturday and Sunday.

Expected to compete this weekend are Gonzalito Pieres ” one of the most talent­ed players in the world ” and Jeff Hall (eight goals) and Kris Kampsen (seven goals).

Polo uses a 10-goal system to rate play­ers and Pieres boasts the highest rating.

Aspen’s own Melissa and Marc Ganzi will also be back on the field. Last December, Melissa Ganzi’s Team Audi won the championship match.

St. Moritz, Switzerland, made snow polo a glamorous event, beginning in 1985, playing on the snow-covered frozen lakes of the Swiss ski resort.

Unlike the Swiss games, Aspen snow polo is played on a packed-snow field with horses fitted with special rubber tubing inside their horseshoes to give them trac­tion in the snow.

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International pros and patrons from Florida, California, Texas, Costa Rica, and Argentina and the Roaring Fork valley will be on hand beginning Friday night at the Hotel Jerome J bar and lobby for an open­ing reception.

Matches take place at noon and 2 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday. Five three-player teams will be competing this year ” WJB Capital, Wright Group, Audi, L’Hostaria and Roaring Fork Villages.

Food from L’Hostaria restaurant will be served on the sidelines in the VIP tent, where spectators can warm up under heaters as they watch the action on the field.

The championship is at noon Sunday, Dec. 16, followed by the consolation game at 2 p.m.

General admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. For more informa­tion, go to http://www.worldsnowpolo.com.

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