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Beach Polo World Cup 2013

The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup IXApril 25 – 28, Between 20th and 22nd Streets, Miami Beach

The Polo Life, hosted the 9th annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, from April 25th to April 28th between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach. The four-day, globally renowned sporting event, featured top polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. Each year, the Miami Beach Polo World Cup is produced by the event’s founding organization, ACT Productions, based in Miami Beach, owned by President and CEO, Bruce Orosz.

The La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup V took place on Thursday, April 25th featuring eight women’s teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. The Cheeki team came out on top with a record winning perfect score. Cheeki’s Tiffany Busch earned MVP honors for her efforts while The James Royal Palm Hotel/Jet Blue team’s Laura Willson’s horse “Dash” was named Best Playing Pony.

The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX – a three-day men’s tournament, started on Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th. Six teams included some of the world’s top-ranked players, including England’s Jamie Morrison, Holland’s Vincent Mesker, past Miami Beach and Chicago Beach Polo winner, Guille Usandizaga from Argentina, Costa Rica’s Luis Escobar, 2009 MVP John Gobin and last year’s MVP, 9-goaler Kris Kampsen.

The traditional post-event awards ceremony was held at the end of each tournament to commemorate both women’s and men’s competition winners, during which sponsor representatives presented trophies to the men’s and women’s World Cup finalists. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Irie Foundation are the tournament’s official partnering charity organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami will receive a portion of funds raised through ticket sales from the event.

As part of the daily experience at this year’s event, Aventura Mall waa the official retail partner for the design and creation of the retail village, allowing attendees to browse and purchase dozens of their favorite brands, including the latest from TAG Heuer, while taking a break from watching some of the world’s top polo players. Courtesy cocktails were provided by GREY GOOSE Vodka in the VIP tent throughout the four days.
Pictures by: photoActiva