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Polo on top

06 Jun 2017

It is without a doubt one of the most original tournaments of the summer season. It is at least one of the « highest » as it is played at an altitude of 1000 meters. This year, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad will once again welcome four teams for four days of sport, conviviality and festivities.

The famous Swiss resort of Gstaad loves horses, especially polo ponies. The Hublot Polo Gold Cup is a well-established tournament as it celebrates its 22nd edition, the 12th under the presidency of Pierre Genecand. The event has welcomed some of the most famous polo players like Marcos Heguy, winner of the mythical Argentine Open and a true legend of this sport.

This year, four 14-goal teams (this is the highest level played on grass in Switzerland) will fight for the coveted trophy on the airfield of Saanen-Gstaad surrounded by picturesque alpine scenery. The teams include eight professional Argentine players with a handicap of 5 and 6 like Pablo Jauretche (Riva), once a handicap 8 and who played the world’s biggest tournaments like Deauville, Sotogrande and of course the Argentine Copa Càmara de Disputados. Brothers Eduardo and Francisco Menendez who won the tournament in 2005 as well as Brazil’s Olavo Novaez, handicap 7 and last year’s finalist, will demonstrate their talents.

« The sport is of course the main focus of the event, explains Pierre Genecand, but in Gstaad, polo takes a whole new dimensions thanks to our prestigious sponsors who trust us since many years. Hublot, of course, who supports us since 9 years, but also Banque Eric Sturdza and Gstaad Palace who are faithful partners and Ferrari who joined us last year thanks to Garage Zénith SA. Thanks to this prestigious carmaker I was able to share from the inside their recent double success in Monaco. This year, RIVA Motorboats will also sponsor a team. The Hublot Gold Cup is a place where relationships are made and has become a major event where the pleasant and friendly atmosphere is a priority. I personally make sure of that. This year will certainly be another great moment to remember! »

Each year, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup welcomes more than 6000 guests for three days of games and festivities and the famous players parade that takes places in the streets of Gstaad on Friday.

The Hublot Gold Cup is the main event of the Swiss summer season offering sport, gastronomy (served by the team of Gstaad Palace) and lifestyle. A not-to-be-missed event from 17th to 20th of August.

 

Press release, Tuesday 6th of June 2017

22nd edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad – 17th to 20th of August 2017

Team Hublot wins the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad in style

21 Aug 2016

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The sun was shining down on the Gstaad-Saanen airfield this Sunday, in time to celebrate the Final day of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2016.

After a thrilling match, it was Team Gstaad Palace who claimed 3rd place, winning their place on the podium against a very determined Polo Friends Team who proved a solid contestant.

Many spectators had descended to the polo fields for the great Final between Team Banque Eric Sturdza and Team Hublot. After a match full of unexpected twists and turns, the victory went to Team Hublot and his Chinese Captain Shilai Liu.

Sunny Gstaad eagerly awaits the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Final

21 Aug 2016

As crowds are slowly descending upon the Gstaad-Saanen airfield to witness what is promised to be a thrilling day of Polo, Teams are getting ready for the highly anticipated final.

Programme of the day:

The subsidiary Final between Team Gstaad Palace and Team Polo Friends will start at 13:30

The Final between Team Banque Eric Sturdza and Team Hublot will begin at 15:00

Team Hublot and Team Banque Eric Sturdza will battle for the Cup

20 Aug 2016

Tense semi-finals day sees Team Hublot and Team Banque Eric Sturdza through to tomorrow’s final following stunning victories

Polo President, Pierre Genecand presented the match ball for the first semi-final. Team Banque Eric Sturdza went toe-to-toe with Team Gstaad Palace and won the match 7-4 thanks to Olavo Novaes who engineered his side into an early lead with spectacular aerial in front of the posts.

Team Hublot and Team Polo Friends competed against each other in the second semi-final. Despite the fact that the score was very tight, Team Hublot won its place to the tournament’s final thanks to the golden goal in the 5th chukker.

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The traditional Polo Players Parade is a popular as ever

19 Aug 2016

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No match was played today at the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad.

The action took place in the village with all 4 teams and their horses, official, horse-carriages and sponsors parading in front of the many public.

matches will resume tomorrow at 13:30 and the Polo Village will open at 11:00.

See you tomorrow!

Victories for Team Gstaad Palace and Team Polo Friends

18 Aug 2016

The first day of Polo saw some incredible actions with Team Polo Friends winning by an extraordinary 11-4 score against Team Banque Eric Sturdza.

The second match displayed more levelled teams with the victory of Team Gstaad Palace 6-4 1/2 against Team Hublot.

Gstaad Palace Captain Juan Pepa said ” Today we played very well but my brother Jorge deserves the “Most Valuable Player” title!

The first matches start today in Gstaad

18 Aug 2016

The draw to determine which Team will face each other was organised yesterday at the Gstaad Palace by Polo President Pierre Genecand.

The first match will be: Team Polo Friends vs. Team Banque Eric Sturdza at 13:30

The second match will be: Team Hublot vs. Team Gstaad Palace at 15:00

We hope to see you there!

Gstaad welcomes China 18-21 August 2016

15 Apr 2016

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For the first time in over 20 years of history, a Chinese team will take part in Switzerland’s only High-Level Goal polo summer tournament. The players led by their Captain Shilai Liu, owner of the Tang Polo Club in Beijing, will play for Team Hublot.

Hublot’s team, led by Shilai Liu, will be opposed by one Argentinian team, led by Juan Pepa, and two Swiss teams led by Piero Dillier and Cédric Schweri, a regular team captain in Gstaad.

Taking place on the Gstaad-Saanen airport field the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad has firmly established itself as one of the most important European summer tournaments welcoming, each year, some of the best players in the world.

Pierre Genecand, President of the Polo Club Gstaad is very much looking forward to this year’s edition:

“This year is going to be very special! Following Hublot’s initiative, I am thrilled to welcome a Chinese Team. Mr Shilai Liu has a fantastic Polo Club in Beijing. I was very impressed by the quality of the polo club and by his fantastic hospitality! I am honoured that he has accepted to come to play in Gstaad for Team Hublot. We will make sure to show him and his players what the Swiss hospitality is! This year’s event will definitively have a Chinese feel!”

 Hublot, Title Sponsor since 2008 will become again a Team sponsor in 2016. Banque Eric Sturdza SA and Gstaad Palace will also sponsor a team this year. The 4th team “Polo Friends” is being sponsored by private people or companies who wanted to support the event in an innovative way.

Pierre Genecand is proud to announce that the tournament’s reputation has attracted one of the world’s most prestigious brands, Garage Zénith SA an official dealership of Ferrari. Zénith will join forces on the event as one of the main sponsors. “Ferrari is such a powerful brand. The quality of their cars is very impressive and we are honoured that they have decided to support our event.”

Each year, over 6000 spectators attend the 3 days of competitions as well as the traditional Players’ parade through Gstaad on Friday afternoon. The famous Gala night on Saturday August 20th shall again be the weekend’s highlight. In the VIP tent, the team of Gstaad Palace will make sure guests have a fantastic time. The party will once again last well into the small hours.

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup always displays great sport with fiercely contested matches, every team vying for the much coveted trophy. What shall this year’s outcome be? All will become clear on August 21st 2016 in Gstaad.

Programme :

Thursday 18th August 11:00 Official Village opens; 13:30-16:30 qualifiers matches

Friday 19th August 16:00 Polo Players’ Parade through Gstaad

Saturday 20thAugust 11:00 Official village opens; 13:30-16:30 semi-final matches 20:00 Gala Night

Sunday 21st August 11:00 Official Village opens; 13:30 – 16:30 final & prize giving ceremony

TEAMS 2016

Team Hublot Captain Shilai Liu (CHN),

Team Banque Eric Sturdza Captain Cédric Schweri (SUI)

Team Gstaad Palace Captain Juan Pepa (ARG)

Team Polo Friends Captain Piero Dillier (SUI)

5 and a half months to go!

26 Feb 2016

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Hello Polo friends!

Winter is still there and the snow is still covering our beautiful Gstaad village but the Polo Club Gstaad team is already hard at work to make sure everything is ready for the upcoming edition taking place from the 18th to the 21st August 2016.

We hope to surprise you with some news in the very near future!

Stay tuned!

Sunny wishes from Gstaad

TEAM E.I. STURDZA INVESTMENTS FUNDS AND TEAM SIR ARE CROWNED WINNERS OF THE 2015 HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP, GSTAAD

16 Aug 2015

 

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In unique circumstances Team E.I. Sturdza Investments Funds and Team SIR, new to the tournament this year, have tied in first place and will share the 2015 Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad Trophy.

Following much deliberation from the tournament officials the decision was made to change the format of the final of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad. Taking into consideration the safety of the players and ponies, the waterlogged pitch was deemed too dangerous to play a competitive match.

The crowds were not left unsatisfied, the announcement was made the final would be replaced by a 4-chukka exhibition match. The four team-patrons and the four best players of the tournament were split into two teams to play in a non-competitive manner.

One of tournament’s referees, Tony Keyte commented, “The pitch was too waterlogged to play a safe match and our top priority is the safety of the horses and the safety of the players. The decision was discussed at length with the players and the committee and everyone agreed an exhibition match would be the best option to replace the final.”

Pierre Genecand, President of the event, kicked off the exhibition match in true glamourous style, flying in on a Swift Copters helicopter to present the match ball. The unusual conclusion for the 20th edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad left spectators thoroughly entertained, as they witnessed some of world’s top polo players exhibiting their intricate skills.

The teams remained head-to-head throughout each chukka until the final whistle blew with a finishing score of 7 – 7. The best play of the match was undoubtedly the impressive teamwork between Hublot Polo Gold Cup favourite, Eduardo Menendez (ARG) – who is competing in the tournament for the 16th time – and home favourite Michael Brüggler (SUI); an aerial shot from Menendez opened up the field for Brüggler to accelerate down the pitch, and strike a powerful shot cleanly through the posts. Gasps echoed among the crowds at the unbelievable display of talent from both players.

The third place play-off was decided by penalties. Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA beat Team Gstaad Palace 5 – 4 to take third place position at the 20th edition of the tournament.

Team Gstaad Palace patron, Cedric Schweri (SUI), stepped up to take the first penalty, a smooth strike guided the ball cleanly through the posts, putting the first point on the score board. Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA had a chance to take the lead as Chris Falk (USA) approached the penalty spot, despite an accurate placement he was denied a goal due to his ball falling just short of the line. The highest handicapped player of the tournament, 8 goal, Olavo Novaes (BRA), asked the umpire to use his personally chosen ball and took his time arranging its position before the strike. With a high flick shot the ball soared through the centre of the posts, securing the lead for Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA. A wide shot form six goal player, Marcelo Pascual (ARG), meant it was all over for Team Gstaad Palace who finish the tournament in 4th place.

Off the field the 20th anniversary of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup celebrations continued. Spectators were wowed by the magnificent air display from Fly 7 Executive Aviation. It featured the Buecker Jungmann 131, designed and built in Germany in 1936, this Buecker is especially important to Switzerland as it was the first one to join the Swiss Army’s Air Force. To conclude the tournament a traditional Swiss-themed parade took place to mark the heritage of the tournaments home country.

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Notes to editors:

  • The Polo Club Gstaad sincerely thanks the co-sponsors of the event: McLAREN GENEVA, FLY 7, NESPRESSO, RUGENBRÄU, GSTAAD-SAANENLAND TOURISMUS, EQUESTRIO, PERRIER-JOUET and VICOMTE-A.
  • The Polo Club Gstaad was founded in 1995 and the first polo tournament was held in 1996
  • In polo, handicaps vary from -2 to +10 (+10 being the best level). Only a few players, all Argentinians, have a +10 handicap
  • The Polo Village will be open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am onwards

French and German copy available on request.

For all further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

ComPeaR Sports Management
Mrs Magali Dubois Vaucher,  press@pologstaad.ch | Tel: +41 78  608 03 23

Polo Club Gstaad
Mrs Marianna Nagyova, info@pologstaad.ch  | Tel: +41 33 744 07 40

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