Empire Polo Club is hosting “Polo Under the Lights” on Thursday, Oct. 17th at 6:30 PM. Admission and parking are free. This polo event is open to the public. Spectators are welcome to bring a picnic and tailgate along the sidelines.
This is an exhibition polo match. It is being held as one of the activities for USPA Members who are in town for the USPA meetings. We have opened it up to the public, so come on out and enjoy a fun evening of polo. The players have not yet been announced for this game.
This is the only night game we have scheduled for the public until 2020.
The 2020 Empire Polo Season Schedule is now available online. You can download our Membership Brochure, which includesSunday Polo dates, Tournament Schedule, playing fees and stabling fees. Or you can view this information on our website using these links…
If you are planning to play polo at Empire this winter, please contact Vicky Owens and reserve your stalls.
Polo Office & Playing Memberships
Vicky Owens, Polo Manager
If you are interested in buying a VIP Table for the season, please contact Tony Schieffer. There are only a limited number of VIP Tables available. VIP Tables are guaranteed front row seating and seat 8 people. Each table is personalized with your name on it. VIP Table cost is $3000 for the season.
All of the VIP Cabanas are already sold out for the 202o season.
Sales, Social Memberships & Sunday Polo Reservations
Director of Sales
8-Goal USPA Champions Cup & 4-Goal USPA Lions Cup Finals
Empire Polo Club | March 31st, 2019
Two awesome, grand-finale matches wowed a huge crowd at the Empire polo grounds as teams battled for a chunk of the whopping $92,000 in prize money!
The four-goal match kicked-off an incredible day of polo with Hanalei Bay (Krista Bonaguidi -1, Joe Coors 0, Ignacio Saracco 2, Luis Saracco 3) facing Empire (Rob Scapa 0, Riley Jordan 0, Kyle Fargey 3, Jessica Bailey 0). Joe Coors initiated the scoring with a penalty two conversion. Ignacio followed with a goal, putting Hanalei Bay in the lead at the end of the intense first time-period, 2 to 0. Kyle Fargey fought back in the second chukker with two goals. Joe Coors answered with two points and the first half ended with a 4 to 2 score. Empire came back with Fargey scoring a safety penalty shot. Joe Coors ran one in for a goal and Luis added a penalty two shot, ending the third chukker with Hanalei Bay in the lead 6 to 3. Empire continued to be a fierce competitor in the final chukker. Riley Jordan carried the ball through the Saracco brothers for a goal for Empire. Joe Coors made a penalty two shot for his fifth goal of the day.
Hanalei Bay won the bronzes and $12,750 with a final score of 7 to 4. The runner-up Empire team was rewarded for a valiant effort with a $4,250 check. The best playing pony was Maggie, owned and played by Joe Coors. The MVP award went to Luis Saracco.
Spindrift (Omar Mangalji 0, John Bickford 1, Leandro Floccari 2, Juan Curbelo 5), took on Ridgway Hemp (Beau Staley -1, Quinn Evans 0, Carlos Hernandez 4, Memo Gracida 5). Both teams were out to win the 8-goal prize-money, and met at the line-up with intense determination.
John Bickford put the first score on the board for Spindrift. Memo answered with his first of seven goals and Carlos followed with two goals, putting Ridgway Hemp in the lead at the end of the first chukker, 3 to 1. Hernandez scored one in the second time period, but Juan Curbelo was on fire and racked up four goals, which ended chukker two with Spindrift stealing the lead, 5 to 4. The third chukker was Ridgway hemp’s turn to retake the lead, and the teams went to half time with a close score of 7 to 6. Ridgway Hemp managed to put three more points on the board to Spindrift’s one in the fourth chukker, increasing Ridgway Hemps’ lead to 10 to 7. The trend continued in the fifth chukker which wound up 12 to 8. The final chukker was full of wide-open runs, furious plays, and spectacular polo.
After scoring three un-answered goals, Ridgway Hemp was the team of Champions, winning the $56,250 and the bronzes with a 15 to 8 final score. Best playing pony went to Stripes, owned and played by Memo Gracida. The MVP was Carlos Hernandez.
This coming weekend is the final weekend of polo for the 2019 Season at Empire Polo Club. We are excited to see which teams take home the big checks in our two “money games.” The finals will be played on Sunday and the start times are a bit later than normal, so please note the game times below.
We would also like to take this time to thank our Members, Sponsors and Spectators for joining us this season and for supporting polo at Empire Polo Club.
Friday Night, March 19th …
This Friday we are hosting “Polo Under the Lights” on March 29th at 6:30 PM. Admission and parking are free. Enter gates on Ave. 50 for Friday night games.
Sunday, March 31st …
The finals of the 4-Goal USPA Lions Cup and 8-Goal USPA Champions Cup will be played at Empire Polo Club on Sunday, March 31st. The 4-Goal Final starts at 12:45 PM. The USPA will be live streaming the 8-Goal Final which will start at 2:30 PM.
If you want to watch the live stream visit the USPA Polo Network channel on YouTube. The USPA will also live stream the game on their Facebook page, Twitter and on their website on the Video page (uspolo.org). The live stream should start at 2:30 PM Pacific Time.