The 2014 La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup X culminated on Sunday, April 27th with an exciting men’s final that marked the tournament’s Ten Year Anniversary of world class cavalry and social fun in the sun.
Thursday, April 24th opened with a series of hard fought matches during the competition’s first day of the La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI, as female teams battled it out to claim the prestigious title.
The eight teams of women, consisting of players from all over the world, competed in two divisions of play for the sixth consecutive year with the team from La Martina taking top honors in Division One with a 2-1 win over the Eden Roc/Cheeki team. Kaila Doud was named MVP while Laura Willson’s “Little Joe” received Best Playing Pony honors.
FontaineBleau Aviation won Division Two in convincing fashion, in a 7-1 defeat of the Jet Blue team. Kerstie Allen scored all seven goals for FontaineBleau Aviation to earn MVP honors in her division, with her horse “Kai” taking Best Playing Pony honors.
The opening match of the tenth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup men’s competition on Friday, April 26th saw a parity in the 2:00pm match with The Raleigh team, representing Pakistan, beating the La Martina team, representing Argentina, in the final seconds, 11-10.
Heightening the excitement on the day, the 3:00pm match up had the Yellow Cab team, representing Russia, defeating the talented Metropolitan by COMO team, representing USA, in a triple overtime shoot out, resulting in a 7-6 score. In the final game of the day, the Merchant Hub team, representing Brazil, saw Luis Escobar scoring nine goals, including a pair of 2-pointers, for a 10-8 victory over the Eden Roc/La Herradura team, representing Mexico.
Fifty-two chukkers of Polo on the beach ended with a flourish on Sunday afternoon as the Yellow Cab team scooped an impressive 12-5 win over The Raleigh team in the final of the 2014 La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup. MVP Sebastian Merlos set the pace for Russia’s Yellow Cab with nine goals, including a two-pointer from one end of the arena, to lead all scoring.
“This year’s La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup was a spectacular success,” said Bruce Orosz, president and co-founder of The Polo Life, LLC. “We wanted to make our Ten Year Anniversary extremely special and our largest attendance to-date made the occasion the most memorable celebration and truly shows how the competition has become one of the most popular annual events in South Florida. The Miami Beach Polo World Cup sets the international stage for our first overseas tournament in China this July. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, patrons and supporters for helping us reach this year’s wonderful milestone.”
Attendees at this year’s La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup experienced the annual series of VIP events that took place each night and in to the early hours. Specialty cocktails courtesy of Perfect Vodka were served as players, patrons and sponsor representatives mingled at the Metropolitan by COMO, Baoli, Adore nightclub and SLS Hotel South Beach, as part of a very active after-hours social schedule. During the day on Saturday, La Martina showcased its latest lines of contemporary styles during an elegantly produced fashion show in the VIP tent. On Sunday, Lou La Vie presented Auto Art Miami, a curated installation of 50 of the world’s most significant automobiles, valued at over $100 million and installed throughout Collins Park for art lovers, enthusiasts and design aficionados to enjoy before, during and after the tournament’s match play.
This year’s La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI and La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup X was sponsored by La Martina, Lou La Vie (Auto Art Miami), Mecum Yacht Auctions, Perfect Vodka and A&E, with support from the GMCVB and Miami Beach VCA.
Each year, the Miami Beach Polo World Cup is produced by the event’s founding organizations, The Polo Life, LLC and ACT Productions, based in Miami Beach, owned by President and CEO, Bruce Orosz.