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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

 

Pictures of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2019

26 Aug 2019

Clinique La Prairie : victory of an open game

25 Aug 2019

Sunday afternoon at the Saanen airfield the audience was treated to all the spoils of international polo. With perfect weather and breathtaking alpine views it was only fitting the Final be equally spectacular, and as expected, the teams boasting some of the world’s best didn’t disappoint. Today, rising to the occasion of the 24th Hublot Gold Cup Gstaad was none other than Team Clinique La Prairie.

True to the spirit of polo, the other teams joined in the celebration this afternoon. The best amateur player of the tournament, American Marco Elser, wore his trademarked grin while explaining that despite the clear defeat (10 – 5) there was no place for disappointment at the awards ceremony: “Being a finalist is already a great success in and of itself, and the winner was a beautiful team which produced a beautiful game with effective team organization and very good horses.” 
Lucas Labat, handicap 6 and Clinique La Prairie’s backbone, admitted it wasn’t that difficult to win with a team which has both talent and chemistry, “I think this team is one of the best I’ve played with here in Europe, where I’ve been playing since 1998. The team worked together perfectly, the conditions were ideal, and the organization a well-oiled machine. For me, Gstaad is one of the best tournaments in Europe. This win wasn’t complicated because we decided to return the ball from the first shot and we didn’t waste time dribbling. As I have a strong enough swing, my job was to send the ball to my forwards who could then chain the goals. This is the type of polo I believe in, and I am convinced that in the future we must return to this kind of open game.” 
It is also one of Lucas’ “forwards”, Juan Manuel Gonzales who was the best scorer of the tournament with 10 goals including 4 in this single final.
In the match for 3rd and 4th, Banque Eric Sturdza made good on their promise to try for the best result despite being dethroned of their title by Clinique La Prairie. In a much tighter game, they beat Gstaad Palace, where the highlight was when the extraordinary “golaso” Brazilian Joao Novaes registered a goal with a shot longer than 153 yards (beyond the middle of the field) and from the left side–an exceptional feat in polo! It was a rare moment that for most was never before seen, even in Argentina!
Rare like this incredible tournament in a mythic setting at more than 1,000 meters of elevation, 2020 is sure to be an even more beautiful edition as it will be its 25th anniversary. With Pierre Genecand and his teams at the helm, the quarter century celebration is sure to amaze all who gather in Gstaad from August 20th to the 23rd.  

 

Progression Clinique la Prairie : 2 – 2  /  4- 3  / 7- 4 & 10 – 5
 
Clinique la Prairie : Piero Dillier (SUI,  h0), Andreas Bihrer (SUI,h0), Bautista Beguerie (ARG, h4, 3 goals), Juan Manuel Gonzales (ARG, h4, 4 goals) and Lucas Labat (ARG, h6, 3 goals)
 
Hublot : Marco Elser (USA-ITA, h0, 1 goal), Marcos Antinori (ITA, h3, 2 goal), Nicola Antinori (ITA, h4) and Julio Novillo Astrada (ARG, h7, 2 goals)
 
 
BPP : Ceron played by Julio Novillo Astrada (Hublot)
Best amateur player : Marco Maximilian Elser (USA-ITA, h0)
Best scorer of the tournament: Juan Manuel Gonzales (ARG, h4, 10 goals)

The final will be Hublot against Clinique La Prairie!

24 Aug 2019

It was a fierce battle of four teams today in Gstaad, and while Hublot and Clinique La Prairie came out on top in the semi-finals, the war is not yet won. Tomorrow’s final will determine the ultimate champions, and with both teams boasting world class athletes of horses and players alike the outcome is not easily predicted. One thing that is for sure is it will be a thrilling game.   

The two teams that were victorious in Thursday’s qualifying matches affirmed their winning status today in front of almost 2,000 spectators who were gathered at the edge of the Gstaad Airfield. With ideal footing today, players (and especially their horses) were able to make bolder efforts on the field. 

In the 1st semi-final, the Argentinian handicap 7, Julio Novillo Astrada, was the standout player, scoring 4 of the team’s 6 goals to the satisfaction of his American captain, Marco Elser. However, Gstaad Palace didn’t make things easy for Hublot especially in the second period, where they scored three consecutive goals and took the lead with 3-2. But Novillo Astrid, true to his handicap rank, took the game back for Hublot in the following period with long passes down the field and securing two more goals. He kept control of the match until the final shot (6-3). 

The 2nd semi-final saw Clinique La Prairie determined to eliminate the two-time title winner, Banque Eric Sturdza. With strong organization from handicap 6 Lucas Labat, Clinique La Prairie dominated the game from start to finish.

Clinique La Prairie – Hublot, this will be the poster of the 24th final, with Sunday promising a crowd worthy of the match.

 

Progression Hublot : 2-0 /  2-3  / 5-3  &  6/3
 
Hublot : Marco Elser (ITA, h0), Marcos Antinori (ITA, h3, 1 goal), Nicola Antinori (ITA, h4, 1 goal) and Julio Novillo Astrada (ARG, h7, 4 goals)
 
Gstaad Palace : Gerardo Cosentino (LIE, h0), Ismael Iraizoz (ARG, h3), Santiago Schweizer (ARG, h5, 1 goal) and Franco Gai (ARG, h6, 2 goals)

 

Progression Clinique la Prairie : 2-1 ½  /  4-1 ½  / 5-2 ½ &  8-4 ½
 
Clinique la Prairie : Piero Dillier (SUI,  h0), Andreas Bihrer (SUI, h0) Bautista Beguerie (ARG, h4, 3 goals), Juan Manuel Gonzales (ARG, h4, 3 goals) and Lucas Labat (ARG, h6, 2 goals)
 
Banque Eric Sturdza : Cedric Schweri (SUI, h0), Bautista Riglos (ARG, h3, 1 goal), Marcelo Pascual (ARG, h5, 1 goal) and Joan Novaes (BRE, h5, 2 goals)

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