In its 8 years since its inception The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower is known for bringing some of the biggest names in the sport of polo each year to Scottsdale and 2018 will be no exception. For the 8th annual event, headliners Nacho Figueras, Ashley Busch, Pete Webb and Kareem Rosser will take to the polo field at WestWorld of Scottsdale on November 10th and 11th hoping to reclaim victory for their respected teams.
First up making his Scottsdale debut will be Ralph Lauren model and world-famous polo player, Nacho Figueras. The Argentina born polo player, often called the “David Beckham of polo” will make his debut at the event representing the three-time defending champions, Aspen Valley Polo Club, in the signature match of the day on Saturday starting at 2:15 p.m.
Figueras said he is excited to finally play Scottsdale. “I’ve wanted to be a part of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships since it started, but the timing just never worked out until this year,” Figueras said. “Aspen Valley is the event’s three-time defending champion, and I want to help them fight toward a fourth victory.”
Marking her second time playing at the Scottsdale Polo Party is USPA model and polo star Ashley Busch. Married to NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch, the polo star will go head to head with Figueras and represent Centtrip Wales Polo Team in Saturday’s signature match on November 10th.
On the Wales team she will be joined by fan favorite and team captain Ricky Cooper along with one of Europe’s best players, Pete Webb.
Look for Busch’s husband, Kurt to be rooting her on Saturday as her team attempts to break Aspen’s winning streak.
"I’m thrilled to be playing in the 8th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships again this year. This is one of my favorite polo events to participate in as it draws in a dynamic crowd from around the world and I am able to represent the U.S. Polo Association as their Global Brand Ambassador. It is amazing to see this event grow bigger and better each year," said Busch.
Following the signature match of the day and making his third appearance at the Scottsdale Polo Party will be Kareem Rosser, who is considered the best African-American polo player of all time. Rosser will represent Work to Ride, the country’s first all African-American polo team in history to become high school national champions and to beat collegiate teams. The team has also been featured on HBO, 60 Minutes and ESPN.
"This will be my fourth time playing. I'm looking forward to returning to one of the biggest polo events in the U.S. It's such an amazing atmosphere," said Rosser.
The summation of the event will be The International on Sunday afternoon, the highest goal match played during the weekend featuring the best players throughout the weekend. These will include Nacho Figueras, Juan Bollini, Pete Webb, and Carlitos Gracida, as well as America’s polo royalty Marc and Melissa Ganzi.
During the two day event enjoy six polo matches, plus several events within the event like a preview of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction (for 2019 bidder and consigner information click here), special performances by the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, The World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show, a Canine Couture and much more happening Saturday and Sunday. See a full list of the events and seating options at the www.ThePoloParty.com where all tickets, tables and tailgating for the 2018 event are now on sale or call 480.423.1414.