PHOTOGRAPHS BY RONY SHRAM | April 1, 2010 | Style & Beauty
FROM LEFT, ON JULIO: V-neck sweater ($145), parka ($295), Façonnable. Village of Merrick Park. Khaki pants, Idol Radec ($225).Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Classic Chronograph watch with alligator strap, David Yurman ($4,500). Bal Harbour Shops. Riding boots, Julio’s own. On Jeff: Suit ($895), shirt ($145), gold tie ($95), Boss Black. Aventura Mall. Armagnac leather shoes, A. Testoni ($485). testoni.com. On Luis: Suit ($895), shirt ($125), Boss Black. Aventura Mall. Silk tie, Zegna ($170). zegna.com. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs ($275). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Loafers, Tod’s ($395). Bal Harbour Shops.
Cuban-born Arellano, 37, has consistently been ranked as one of America’s top-rated players. Now he occupies either the second or third positions on the teams of Faraway Polo, Crab Orchard and Villa del Lago.
Favorite quality about the horses: They are tremendous athletes. They combine the best qualities of a racehorse and a cutting horse.
Life after polo: I will be a park ranger in Yellowstone with my wife and travel in our RV.
On Kris: Suit, Boss Black ($895). Aventura Mall. Striped shirt, Brooks Brothers ($148). Bal Harbour Shops. Patterned silk tie, Louis Vuitton ($325). louisvuitton.com. Shoes,Veronique Branquinho for Camper ($425). camper.com. On Brandon: Blazer, ($510), trousers ($110), poplin shirt ($110), DKNY. dkny.com. Tie, Giorgio Armani ($140). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Ring, David Yurman ($3,500). Bal Harbour Shops. DeVille Four Counters Chrono Co-Axial watch, Omega ($19,500). Tourneau, Bal Harbour Shops. Belt, Gucci ($295). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Loafers, Tod’s ($395). Bal Harbour Shops. On Nicolas: Jacket, Burberry ($850). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Crewneck sweater, Pure DKNY ($110). dkny.com. Pants, Etro ($375). Village of Merrick Park. Old Calf shoes, A. Testoni ($355). testoni.com
At 6-foot-5, 28-year-old Kampsen literally towers over the competition. This six goal, first-position player for Wanderers/Isla Carroll began his career at the Tampa Bay Polo Club and is now among the top one percent of Americans in the game.
Favorite restaurants: Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and Café Sapori
Greatest indulgence: Buying horses
This 32-year-old Ontario native, currently playing for Willow Farm in position two with a five-goal handicap, started his career at the Toronto Polo Club at age 12.
What special qualities define polo in Florida? Nowhere else in the world has the same quality and quantity of players and horses.
If you were not in polo, what would be your career? A professional hockey player in the NHL
On Nicolas: Checkered shirt, Louis Vuitton ($545). louisvuitton.com. Khaki pants, Idol Radec ($225). Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Belt,Salvatore Ferragamo ($270). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Aqva sunglasses, Bulgari ($330). Bal Harbour Shops. Riding boots, Nicolas’ own
At 14, Roldan was the youngest player to compete on a victorious US Open team. Now 27, this nine-goal-handicap Floridian is regarded as one of polo’s rising stars, with an ambassadorship for Piaget. He plays position two for Piaget and three for Bendabout and has scored additional triumphs in the C.V. Whitney and Joe Barry Memorial matches, among others.
What special qualities defi ne polo in Florida? This is the mecca of polo in the United States and number two in the world. All the top players are here trying to take home some of the big cups held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Greatest thing about being a polo player: Truly doing what I love and being surrounded by unbelievable animals
On Jeff: Suit ($895), shirt ($145), gold tie ($95), Boss Black.Aventura Mall. Armagnac leather shoes, A. Testoni ($485). testoni.com. On Nicolas: Jacket, Burberry ($850). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Crewneck sweater, Pure DKNY ($110). dkny.com. Pants, Etro ($375). Village of Merrick Park. Old Calf shoes, A. Testoni ($355). testoni.com
Arizona native Hall, 30, who learned the game of polo from his father, turned professional at age 13. Now a position-three player for Zacara with a seven-goal handicap, he has scored victories in such matches as the US Open, America’s Cup, East Coast Open and a number of USPA Silver Cups.
Greatest thing about being a polo player: Being outdoors and traveling to all the great places chasing the sun
If you were not in polo, what would be your other career? A professional pilot. I probably would have gone into the military to fly jets.
What’s on your iPod right now? Black Eyed Peas, lots of house and tons of reggae
Costa Rican Escobar has lived in Florida for the past 20 years, attaining an impressive eight-goal handicap in a career that has seen innumerable victories. He currently occupies position four (defensive back) for the EFG and Lucchese teams, but can easily mount an offensive with a decisive stroke of the mallet.
Favorite restaurants: Morton’s, Charley’s Crab, Cucina Dell’Arte
Greatest indulgence: Dulce de leche or white-chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory
Training regimen: Kickboxing, weights and some biking
Favorite quality about the horses: They are noble animals and if you respect them they will learn to do anything you teach them.
If you were not in polo, what would be your career? Maybe a singer in a rock band
What song sums up your career so far? “Eye of the Tiger”
Wellington’s acclaimed International Polo Club Palm Beach is one of the world’s foremost polo grounds, a blue-chip winter stop on an annual schedule that also encompasses Argentina and the Hamptons. Founded in 2002, the facility boasts eight manicured polo fi elds, the Nespresso Grande Pavilion, private boxes and viewing stands and the Piaget Championship Field, where such competitions as the Joe Barry Memorial Cup, the C.V. Whitney Cup and the season’s culmination—the US Open Polo Championship—are played.
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