It was another thrilling Sunday
afternoon watching high-goal polo at the Greenwich Polo
Club located in gorgeous backcountry Greenwich, Connecticut. The East Coast Gold Cup 2021
pitted the team Ellipse (comprised of Lucas Diaz Alberdi,
Tolsi Ulloa, Roberto "Robi" Bilbao, and Louis
Devaleix) against Altaris (comprised of Jamal
Nusselbeh, Milo Dorignac, Lerin Zubiaurre,
and Joaquin Panelo) with Altaris ultimately winning
the match in a Sudden Death chukker with a score of 12-11 and walking away with
the trophy for the East Coast Gold Cup 2021.
The Teams - Ellipse vs
Alberdi - position 1, rank; 6-goal
Tolsi Ulloa -
position 2, rank: 5-goal
Bilbao - position 3, rank: 5-goal
Louis Devaleix -
position 4, rank: 0
Let the Game Begin
Jamal Nusselbeh - position 1, rank: 0
Milo Dorignac -
position 2, rank: 2-goal
position 3, rank: 8-goal
Joaquin Panelo -
position 4, rank: 6-goal
The Polo Action
on Sunday, July 25, 2021
Sunday, July 25,
2021, began with cloudy, grey skies that threatened to rain interspersed with
periods of sun amidst the clouds. The weather competed at the same level as the
two teams, Ellipse v. Altaris, who volleyed goals back and forth throughout the
day as well for a fast-paced match.
Chukker 1 was off
to a quick start as Roberto "Robi" Bilbao scored the first goal for Ellipse
bringing the score 1 - 0 over Altaris. Ready for the challenge, Milo Dorignac
made a goal with 1:06 minutes remaining, closing out the first chukker dead
Chukker 2 had
lots of action and excitement on the field. Bilbao scored for Ellipse bringing
the score 2-1 over Altaris. Louis Devaleix took a hit and was injured with both
teams taking a break with 4:29 minutes remaining for him to receive medical
attention. Cleared, Louis returned to play, with Joaquin Panelo scoring for
Altaris from 99 yards bringing the score to 2-2. Jamal Nusselbeh took a tumble
off his horse however he was able to get back on quickly. Joaquim Panelo made
another goal bringing the score to 3-2 with Altaris leading for the first time.
The lead did not last for long, as the Ellipse team scored tying up the match
Chukker 3, Lucas
Diaz Alberdi for the Ellipse team scored a goal, followed by an Altaris goal
bringing the score to 4-4 with 4:46 minutes remaining. With 2:28 minutes
remaining, Robi Bilbao scored for Ellipse brining the score to 5-4. The teams took
a break with 2:10 minutes remaining, with Lerin Zubiaurre scoring a goal with
1:10 minutes remaining, to even the score 5-5.
The Divot Stomp
between Chukker 3 and 4 brought the fans out onto field to do the time-honored
divot stomp to tidy up the grass torn by the horses' hooves, stretch their
legs, and mingle. Karl Josef and brand Ambassador Molly from The Macallan, were
on the field as well.
Brand Ambassador Molly Melville, Debra C. Argen and Karl Josef
Chukker 4 was off
to a quick scoring start as Ellipse scored, followed by Altaris, bringing the
score 6-6 with 1:27 minutes remaining, followed by another Ellipse goal, with
Ellipse leading with a score of 7-6. Chukker 5 brought more action on the field
with 38 seconds into the chukker when Lerin Zubiaurre fell off his horse and
the horse took off galloping down the field on his own towards his trailer. Panelo
approached and scored for Altaris, followed by another Panelo goal bringing the
score 8-7 with Altaris leading. With 4 minutes remaining, Devaleix scored a
goal bringing the score to 8-8. There was a pony change with 3:18 minutes
remaining. Zubiaurre scored for Altaris, making the score 9-8 Altaris. Tolli
Ulloa scored for Ellipse bringing the score 9-9, followed by an Altaris goal,
closing out the fifth chukker 10-9 in favor of Altaris.
Chukker 6 was off
to a slow start with no goals scored with 3:36 minutes remaining. Action picked
up as Tolli Ulloa took a penalty shot and scored, bringing the score 10-10 with
2:58 minutes remaining. Robi Balboa was off his horse, then got back on. Ulloa
scored again for Ellipse bringing the score to 11-10 at 1:55 minutes remaining. With 1:15 minutes
remaining, Milo Dorignac scored for Altaris to even the score to 11-11, which
caused a Sudden Death overtime chukker. Panelo scored with a free shot for
Altaris just 26 seconds in to overtime closing out game with a score of 12-11
over Ellipse, earning Altaris the East Coast Gold Cup 2021.
Altaris - Champions - East Coast Gold Cup 2021
MVP Player went to Milo
Dorignac (Altaris team), MVP Amateur went to Louis Devaleix,
and Best Pony went to Picassa owned by Michel and Milo Dorignac.
Speaking with Milo Dorignac after the awards ceremony we learned that Picassa,
whose real name is Leona, (she is nicknamed for the white stripe on her face)
is the horse that he feels the most confident riding. Highly accomplished at a
very young age, Milo started riding at age 5, started playing polo at age 7,
and is ranked as a 2-goal player.
Milo Dorignac, MVP and Best Pony - Picassa
Interview with Milo Dorignac of
Altaris - https://youtu.be/gIZ1yWWqC0k
Debra C. Argen and Milo Dorignac
We enjoyed listening to the music
by the band MOJO in the CTC&G Players' Lounge VIP Tent before the
match and during halftime, where the cocktails and wine flowed all afternoon at
The Pony Bar by The Cup Bearer.
Outside the VIP Tent, The
Macallan brand ambassador and other representatives conducted select
tastings of The Macallan Double Cask 12, The Macallan Double Cask 15, and The
Macallan Rare Cask.
After the awards ceremony there was
music, Argentine Asado (barbecue), and drinks at The Pony Bar which kept
the party going and was the perfect culmination of a day of exciting high-goal
polo in Greenwich.
Until next time, keep enjoying
adventures with Luxury Experience!
Debra C. Argen and Joaquin Panelo
on the Sport of Polo
Greenwich Polo Club matches are
high-goal matches (16-handicap ranking). Each match consists of 2 teams with 4
players each, 1 of the players on each team will hold amateur status
(non-ranked), with the remaining 3 carrying the balance of the ranking for a
total of 16. The higher the rank, the better and more experienced the player.
Interesting to note is that "players are ranked yearly by their peers and the
USPA on a scale of 2 to 10 goals. Team play is handicapped on the basis of
Play is conducted on a field
measuring 300 yards x 160 yards, with horses racing on the field towards the
goal at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, making the action fast and enthralling.
There are 6 chukkers (periods), played for 7.5 minutes each with an
intermission halfway through for the traditional stomping of the divots" to
repair the playing field marked from the horses' hooves on the field. If there
is a tie at the end of the 6th chukker, play will continue for an
additional chukker with the first team to score determining the winner.
Interesting to note is that players must hold the mallet in the right hand
only, and players will swap out their horses throughout chukkers to keep their
horses fresh and achieve optimal play, as the horse can account for up to 75%
of a player's handicap.
Remaining Greenwich Polo Club
2021 Sunday Matches - Gates open at 1pm, matches begin at 3 pm
Seating Packages: East
Lawn - picnic seating, $40 per car, general admission, East Lawn
Reserved - reserved lawn seating, $75 per car, Grandstand Bleachers,
reserved seating, $60 per car, West Lawn Club in front of Grandstand,
$350 per car for table with 4 seats, Grandstand Box, $300 with 2 car
passes for a box with 4 seats, CTC&G Players' Lounge VIP, VIP Tent,
with music and bar, $150 for 2 guests, $250 for 4 guests, in same car, West
Cabana, reserved space, field side, $600 for 4 cabana car passes for 4 cars
of guests, 10'x 10' tent and private 25'x10' lawn in front, includes 8 chairs,
cocktail table, can accommodate up to 20 guests, access to VIP bathrooms, East
Lawn Cabana, reserved space, field side, $400 for 4 east lawn cabana car
passes, 10'x 10' tent and private 20'x10' lawn in front, includes 8 chairs, can
accommodate up to 20 guests, additional car passes can be purchased, Executive
Hosting Cabanas, VIP Hosting, $3000, contact Greenwich Polo for complete
For information on the
Greenwich Polo Club and attending an upcoming match, please visit their
Greenwich Polo Club
Address (location of public matches)
Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich CT 06831
Address (office, not the Polo Field)
Point Rd #3,
United States Polo Association®
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