Honors Stanford Financial Group - U.S. Open Polo Teams At International
Polo Club Palm Beach
FL More than 250 guests attended a fun-filled, surprise-packed
invitation-only cocktail reception honoring the high-goal polo teams
entered in the historic 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at the
new International Polo Club Palm Beach
Thirteen teams, the second most in the history of the tournament,
will attempt to have their names engraved on the most prestigious
polo trophy in North America.
Polo Club Palm Beach General Manager Michael Brown engineered the
first surprise when he announced the tournaments new title
sponsor the Stanford Financial Group.
Comeaux, President of the Stanford Group Company and an avid polo
player, briefly addressed the guests.
family of companies provides international private banking, investment
banking, trust and brokerage services, investment advisory services
and real estate development. Currently, the Stanford organization
manages in excess of $17 billion in assets, serving clients on six
continents. The success of the group is the result of entrepreneurial
spirit and drive spearheaded by third generation Chairman and CEO
R. Allen Stanford.
Brown announced a new spectacular trophy, designed by the world-renowned
studios of Mitchell Peck that will be awarded during A Salute
to The Champions match on Sunday, April 4 at International
Polo Club Palm Beach. Inspired by the trophies created in the 19th
century, the hand-crafted trophy stands 24 inches tall and boast
a full team of polo players with heads bowed reverentially, busts
of horses in full tack, decorated plinths and a hand-raised bowl
14 inches in diameter.
Mitchell Peck trophy and the U.S. Open trophy were displayed in
the middle of the room along with vertical banners honoring some
the worlds most famous players past and present.
whos who of the worlds best polo players and patrons
attended the reception, including 10-goalers Mariano Aguerre, Mike
Azzaro, Javier and Miguel Novillo Astrada, Eduardo Heguy, Pite and
Sebastian Merlos and Adam Snow. Memo Gracida, who has won the U.S.
Open title a record 15 times, and his younger brother, Carlos, who
has captured the crown nine times, also attended. John Goodman,
owner of the International Polo Club Palm Beach and high-goal patrons
Camilo Bautista, Michael Price, Gillian Johnston, Skeeter Johnston,
John Hall, Bob Daniels, Steve Van Andel and Scott Devon also attended
Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open Polo Championship begins
March 23 with the final scheduled for Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m.
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach stadium field.
polo action continues every Sunday at 3 p.m. The polo game is open
to the public. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (561)
204-5687 or visiting the clubs website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of the game.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between
Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road, in Wellington.