The 6th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships will go down in the history books as the best polo event Arizona has ever hosted and with record-breaking food and beverage sales and sponsorships.
Scottsdale, Arizona is in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, with Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains to the east. It is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents alike to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions, and an extraordinary nightlife.
For the second year in a row, the Bentley’s Aspen Valley Polo Club won the coveted Molina Cup against Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach team 7 to 5. Team owner Melissa Ganzi scored an impressive 4 goals with the other goals scored by America’s top Polo player Nic Roldan and teammate Juancito Bollini, and in front of more than 11,000 people!
“I am thrilled to have won the Molina Cup again this year. Our team executed our game plan and it paid off in a win. I am honored to have the opportunity to come back to Scottsdale again next year to play in the most attended Polo event in the country,” said Melissa. “The whole day with everything going on is sensory overload.”
Other match-ups include Molina’s Scottsdale All-Stars fell to Northwestern Mutual’s Palm Springs Polo Team 9 to 7 and Purely Sedona’s Polo Azteca win against Nationwide’s La Jolla’s Polo team 11 to 5.
In the inaugural Women’s Sunset Match, Stick and Ball’s Chloe Carabasi stole the show, scoring 7 of her team’s 13 goals against SOHO Scottsdale’s 3 goals.
“I am so honored to have been a part of this year’s polo party. I’ve never seen anything quite like it—the crowd was electric and made the Women’s Sunset Match an absolute rush to play in,” said Chloe.
Pamela Flanagan, Chloe Carabasi, and Elizabeth Welborn made up the Team Stick & Ball.
Pamela Flanagan, Miami Beach Polo star and model, came to the field as an American favorite. Beyond her polo skills, she has graced Times Square in billboard advertisements for U.S. Polo Association, for whom she is a brand ambassador. Pamela currently works as an attorney.
Chloe Carabasi is the former team captain for Southern Methodist University’s college team, where she played polo alongside Pamela. A Miami Beach Polo star, Chloe also works as an actress and model living in Los Angeles.
From a high goal count to a 28% increase in food and beverage sales, organizers attribute the big sales to the extended day, which lasted eight hours (from 10am to 6pm) and offered fans a cultural concert during the Women’s Sunset Match, a Grammy performer and members of the Arizona Opera, among other acts, performed.
Backed by some of Arizona’s best brands including Bentley Scottsdale, Stella Artois, Dignity Health, Nationwide Insurance, Barrett-Jackson, Realty Executives, Purely Sedona, Triyar Entertainment, Molina Fine Jewelers, Cullum Homes, The Phoenician, Highline Autos, Dignity Health, Sanderson Lincoln, and Mark Taylor, along with sponsors that have been involved since the inaugural year like Neiman Marcus, Phoenix International Raceway, and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the 2016 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships also grew in its number of sponsorships which soared to more than 30 this year.
On Saturday, polo goers were also treated to a preview of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and halftime performances by the Scottsdale Arabian Horseshow. The crowd got to witness the World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show produced by Phoenix Fashion Week as well, and even a Canine Couture, a dog fashion show like no other.