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When polo goes high!

27 Jul 2022

Gstaad is renowned for its prestigious sporting and cultural events. One of these events is particularly special: the Hublot Polo Gold Cup. Every year in August, sixteen of the world’s best polo players and their one hundred and twenty horses climb to the famous glamorous alpine resort to compete in this highly coveted tournament in a unique setting during their season. An enchanting event.

The Saanen airport was chosen as the venue for this event because of the flat space it offers in the middle of the mountains. For four days, the grassy area around the runway is transformed into a competition field, which the eyes of the polo world are focused on. But this sport is not only for the initiated: it is spectacular, easy to follow and fascinating. The horses’ beauty amazes, the skill of the players leaves one speechless. And the public quickly becomes passionate and takes up the cause of one of the four teams that battle it out on the field. Six games in all, two per day, on Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th and the final on Sunday 21st.

After the games, life doesn’t stop: you can visit the village with its magnificent stands, have something to eat, meet the players and a huge playground awaits the younger ones.

From 18 August onwards, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup will certainly be the Alpine event not to be missed.

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: 5 WEEKS TO GO

12 Jul 2022
 
 
The new magazine has arrived as we are nearing 5 weeks to the start of the Polo tournament 2022!
 
We hope you are as excited as we are to watch the teams HUBLOT, GSTAAD PALACE, CLINIQUE LA PRAIRIE and the newcomer KIELDER AGRO take on the polo field.
 
If you haven’t yet, head over here to get your tickets for Saturday lunch, the Gala night or Sunday lunch. At the side of the field there will be a variety of food trucks and stands to enjoy, while watching the captivating games!
 
See you there!

PORTRAIT OF A PROFESSIONAL PLAYER: DARIO MUSSO

28 Jun 2022

Winner of the HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP in 2018, Zurich businessman Cedric Schweri returns to Gstaad for the eighth time with the intention of reclaiming the title he lost in 2019, the year of the last edition of the tournament. While renewing his confidence in the Brazilian Joao Novaes, this year he has called on an Argentine ace, Dario Musso, 44 years old, winner of the Gold Cup in Deauville as well as three times winner of the French Open in Chantilly, he also has three consecutive victories in St. Moritz, St. Tropez and one in the prestigious Copa Remonta Veterinaria in Buenos Aires… to name a few.


Of course, Dario was born into polo, in General Levalle, in the province of Cordoba. There, together with his father Jorge and his younger brother Claudio, he trains young horses in polo, “a family passion“, he emphasizes. His talent was soon spotted by professional players, such as Francisco Braun, who put him on the circuit, especially in Europe where he was pushed by Patrick Guerrand-Hermés and really began his international career in 1995 at the Chantilly Polo Club after a first tournament in Colombia in 1994. From there, he travelled to tournaments in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain (where he started his 2022 season), Germany, India, China and played ten seasons in Thailand: “In fact, I only never went to the United States and England, but thanks to polo, I was able to make all these other great trips.
 
Playing all over the world requires an enormous amount of organization, especially when you need to have good horses: “It starts at home, in Levalle, with our breeding. Three people are in charge of breaking in the young horses, then we train them ourselves. We then select the horses for sale and those that are suitable for me to play. We have about 100 horses in Argentina. The best ones are sent to Europe: at the moment, we have sixteen here, so I always have at least six or eight very good ones to play with!
 
With Dario, Cedric Schweri is doing a “good deal”, because the Argentinean, who has been a 7 goaler*, is now a 5 goaler as he had not been able to play before Covid due to two big leg fractures: “But the pandemic has allowed me to recover and I think I am getting back to my best level of play.” Twenty-four years later, he will therefore be back in Gstaad for the second time in his career: “It’s a beautiful place, the tournament is always very competitive, there are always big teams.” The truth is that it was Joao Novaes who asked him to join Cedric Schweri’s GSTAAD PALACE team this year: “I already had the opportunity to play against them in St. Moritz and St. Tropez, I have a good feeling with them and I’m convinced that the team will perform well, everyone should find their position and Tomas Astelarra, the fourth man, is a very good player. So yes, we come to Gstaad with motivation and I hope we will have a good tournament. Winning? Yes, that’s our goal. We have to reach the final first and I hope that that is what will happen on Sunday.


The first game of the HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP will be played on Thursday, August 18th at 1:30 pm, the second at 3:00 pm. The second day will be dedicated to the parade of the teams through the streets of Gstaad, a magnificent meeting of polo and Swiss mountain traditions. Same schedule as Thursday for the semi-finals on Saturday while the final will be played on Sunday at 3:00 pm after the game for the third place. The village will open its doors each day at 11:00 am.

 
* The handicap corresponds to the level of the polo player (it varies between -2 and +10). The handicap evolves according to the performance of the player during the games and the progress recorded during the year. The highest handicap in Europe is 7 (England). The very rare handicap 10 is currently held by 9 Argentinians and one Uruguayan.

A unique world polo experience!

10 May 2022

At last! After a two-year hiatus due to the health crisis, polo is back in Gstaad, at the Saanen airport, from August 18 to 21 for four glamorous days dedicated to the oldest of team sports: the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad!

The magnificent resort town of Gstaad and its sublime mountain environment are indeed glamorous. But on the field, it’s all about sport and high-level equestrianism, as the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad demands it to be. The players are both horsemen and sportsmen who follow an extremely rigorous physical and technical training. But the real stars of this sport are the horses. They are the first polo athletes, bred and selected since the beginning of the last century (mainly in Argentina) to become the best partners, the “legs” of their riders even. Lively, intelligent, playful, fast, tough, brave, these four-legged rugby players are very endearing horses. As soon as the player has thought of an action, his horse responds and sometimes even anticipates because it knows the game and its rider so well. They are also sometimes called “ponies” and adapt to all conditions and therefore to the altitude of 1100 m, making this the highest summer tournament in the world.

There will be about one hundred and twenty of these little horses setting up camp for a week on the grounds of the Saanen airport to accompany the sixteen players of the four teams who are dreaming of winning this coveted trophy of the international circuit. Three teams, GSTAAD PALACE, HUBLOT and newcomer KIELDER AGRO, will try to topple title holders CLINIQUE LA PRAIRIE, which will be led this year by the Frenchman from Zurich, Sébastien Le Page. The “boss” of Polo Park Zurich has built a very competitive team around the Argentinean handicap* 6, Raul Laplacette, winner of last year’s Pakistan Open. KIELDER AGRO is a new team and will be led by the Swiss Fabio Meier who has entered a 7-goal player, the Argentine Ezequiel Martinez-Ferrario, who is used to playing the high-goal season in Palm Beach where he won the famous Whitney Cup and who also won the Silver Cup in Dubai.

Dario Musso has spent most of his career in France, where he has won the Silver and Gold Cups in Deauville and the French Open in Chantilly, among others. Together with the Brazilian Joao Novaes – a Gstaad devotee and former winner of the French Open – they will be a strong support for the Swiss Cedric Schweriwearing the colors of the GSTAAD PALACE. This captain, loyal to Gstaad, will be more than motivated to renew the victory he celebrated in 2018.

Finally, the HUBLOT team, led by the American Marco Elser, finalist of the last edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, will be able to count on the Argentinean handicaps 5 Teo von Neufforge and Pedro Fernandez Llorente.

Beyond this absolutely exciting sport – and all the more spectacular in Gstaad because the public can watch the games right from the border of the field – the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad is a unique experience in Switzerland. It goes beyond the simple sporting competition: an incredible green setting, on an airport surrounded by majestic Alpine peaks, transformed into a polo club for the duration of four days, on a quality ground that has been “worked” and maintained for many months before the tournament. This polofield allows a rare proximity with the players and the horses, and is surrounded by a VIP village and exhibitors with original luxury products to discover, a resolutely friendly atmosphere, a catering area for the public and a playground for children. Another tradition of this unique tournament is the parade of the teams on Friday, a picturesque event in the streets of Gstaad. A different way of experiencing high-level polo, unique to the Hublot Polo Gold Cup!

* The handicap corresponds to the level of the polo player (it varies between -2 and +10). The handicap evolves according to the player’s performance in games and the progress made during the year. The highest handicap in Europe is 7 (England). The very rare handicap 10 is currently held by 9 Argentinians and one Uruguayan.

Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2022

18 Oct 2021

Toute l’équipe du Polo Club de Gstaad est en pleine préparation de notre prochain tournoi.
 
Nous venons de terminer la réfection totale de notre terrain afin de l’aplanir et d’avoir une herbe résistante prête pour l’année prochaine.

Les quatre teams qui joueront à Gstaad l’été prochain sont déjà confirmés! Cédric SCHWERI – Marco ELSER – Sebastien LEPAGE – Fabio & Luca MEIER

Nous nous réjouissons de vous accueillir du 18 au 21 aout 2022.



The entire Gstaad Polo Club team is in full preparation for our next tournament.
 
We have just finished the total renovation of our field in order to smooth it out and to have a resistant grass ready for next year.

The four teams that will play in Gstaad next summer are already confirmed! Cédric SCHWERI – Marco ELSER – Sebastien LEPAGE – Fabio & Luca MEIER

We are looking forward to welcoming you from August 18th to 21st, 2022.

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2021 is cancelled

10 May 2021
With great regret we had to make the decision to cancel the Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2021 again due to the Covid 19 virus.
Please find below the official announcement.
We hope to see you next summer for the 25th edition from August 18-21, 2022.

Polo Gstaad_Press release 11.5.2021_EN

August 19th to 22nd 2021

17 Dec 2020

Dear Friends,

It has been a few months now since our last communication, but please rest assured that we have not forgotten you.

As for many of you, 2020 has also been a challenging year for us, but we are working hard on the 25th edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup which will take place from August 19th to 22nd 2021.

We are currently crafting a new infrastructural concept in anticipation of the Covid-19 standards, but first and foremost, in order to keep innovating and offering you a first-class event.

As a teaser, you will find below a preview of the new settings for the VIP area, allowing each sponsor to have its own private tent and terrasse with direct view over the field.

For sure, we will continue to keep informing you on the evolution of the project and will provide you with additional information in due time.

For now, we wish you a pleasant end of the year despite all the sanitary constraints, good health and a much better year 2021!

Pierre E.  Genecand

President

The health of our athletes, visitors and partners comes first

30 Mar 2020

Please find attached the official announcement of the cancellation of the 2020 tournament due to the Covid-19 virus. We are looking forward to seeing you again for the 25th edition from 19 to 22 August 2021 in Gstaad, and thank you for your understanding.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint l’annonce officielle de l’annulation du tournoi 2020 dûe au virus Covid-19. Nous nous réjouissons de vous retrouver pour la 25ème édition du 19 au 22 aout 2021 à Gstaad, et vous remercions de votre compréhension.

In der Anlage finden Sie die offizielle Ankündigung der Absage des Turniers 2020 aufgrund des Covid-19-Virus. Wir freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen bei der 25. Ausgabe vom 19. bis 22. August 2021 in Gstaad und danken Ihnen für Ihr Verständnis.

Save the date

29 Aug 2019

The 25th Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad will take place from August 20th to 23rd 2020

 

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