It was another exciting afternoon at San Diego Polo Club as crowds gathered for the annual Surf Cup.
In the first match, Kimo Huddleston (4) of Monteverde/Southwind had a stellar performance, surprising onlookers with a breakaway after a knock in, trapping an air ball and sailing it though the goal about 40-60 yards out. With just 10 seconds left in the 2nd chuckker, his resulting goal tied the game at 4 to 4.
Miguel Gutierrez of team Hanalei Bay/Adeptus broke a quiet streak, scoring 3 goals in the match. And Mariano Fassetta racked up 4 more goals in the second half to ultimately take his team to the trophy deck.
Alvaro Tadeo, at a diminutive 5’8” compensated for his stature with aggressive action on the field. He scored 2 goals for team Monteverde/Southwind but it wasn’t enough to win the match – the team was outscored by team Hanalei Bay/Adeptus who came out on top, 10 to 8.
In the feature match, Tritech/La Pasion thought they had it in the bag during the first half of the game, winning 8 to 1 over San Judas/San Fernando. But San Judas/San Fernando gave Tritech/La Pasion a run for their money in the final chukkers. Ramon Richard and Roberto Estudillo scored 3 goals each.
Guests mingled with the players during the Polo After Party and listened to the Bill Magee Blues Band.
Tailgating is one of the oldest and most traditional ways to view polo. Before grandstands and tents were set-up, fellow players and spectators often parked their cars on the sidelines to watch the match.
To this day, when we host matches at the San Diego Polo Club, whether it’s a practice game on Thursday or tournament game on Saturday morning, you can bet your life you’ll see fellow polo players parked in their golf carts, trucks and cars, watching the game.
We invite you to pack your favorite items (and friends) and join us on Sunday for an afternoon match. It’s only $10 per person and you do not need a reservation! Check the summer schedule here.
Check out some of our favorite tailgate items!
Spread out on the grass with a picnic blanket. This one has a waterproof backing!
It couldn’t get any easier with the Table in a Bag/Picnic Chair from Crate & Barrel. Roll it up and pack it in the car.
Bring yummy craft brew to share with your group. Try Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale!
The San Diego Polo Club celebrated Independence Day with two matches, golf cart polo, and live music by the Heat Showband. With festive decorations, noise-makers, temporary tattoos and plenty of spirit, the guests had a wonderful time.
We started the day with a 9 chukker round robin match. La Pasion/San Fernando came out on top over teams Tritech/Monteverde and Star Meadow/San Judas. Roberto Estudillo of La Pasion/San Fernando scored a whopping 5 goals in 4 chukkers, Diego Cossio scored 3 goals, Charly Cendoya scored 1 goal, and Tracee Brunetti scored 1 goal, totaling 10 goals for the team.
During the intermission exhibition, fans were encouraged to join our players in a game of golf cart polo. Inspired by her son’s win of the round robin match, Senora Estudillo had a fabulous time swinging the mallet on the golf cart.
The feature match between Adeptus/H2 and Southwind/Hanalei Bay was a fun one. Jesse Bray (3) of Adeptus/H2 had a few killer shots, scoring 4 goals for his team. Eyes are on Bray for the next few years, as he is only growing to be a stronger player. Miguel Gutierrez (4) had 2 goals, and Colleen Wilson (0) scored 2 as well, totaling 8 for the team.
Southwind/Hanalei Bay, with a handicap of 2 above Adeptus/H2, won the Pan-American Cup on Sunday. Star of the show, Mariano Fassetta (6) scored 10 goals alone. Chris Collins (1) scored 3 goals, and Krista Bonaguidi (-1) scored an additional goal, racking the points up to 14. The fourth member, Alvaro Tadeo (3), celebrated his win with his baby daughter, Valentina, on the trophy deck.
After the classic pretty woman divot stomp, children under 12 participated in a watermelon eating contest. Winner was Ian from San Diego and his sister came in second place! Ian won a gift certificate to Geppetto’s Toy Store.
Music, drinks and dancing with the band Heat proved to be exciting, as the red, white and blue dressed members floated around the crowd and encouraged participation.
Half Peruvian and half Chinese, Guillermo Li shares his polo inspiration and aspirations with the SD Polo Club. Handicap 5.
Tell us about yourself. How did you start playing polo?
I grew up in Peru and my dad played polo. Initially, I didn’t like horses, but after being around them so much, I grew to love them. I started playing at 13. In 2002, I started traveling internationally. Both of my brothers play polo, too.
Where have you played?
Everywhere. Colombia, Equador, Chile, Brazil, Australia, North America, South America… do you want me to keep going?
Sounds like you’re well traveled. When did you come to San Diego?
Two years ago. A friend recommended me to Ramon Richard.
What or who inspired you to play polo?
At one point in my life, Aldolfo Cambiaso. He’s the best player in the world, no?
Yes, he is. And what is your favorite thing about polo?
Adrenaline and being on a team.
Have you ever had a bad injury?
Oh, yes, a couple. I was playing in Colombia in 2004 and I was hit with a mallet in the eye. I’m half blind in my right eye.
Wow! That’s something that could change your career. Have you ever thought of doing something else? What’s in store for the future?
I hope to continue to develop as a player and continue teaching polo in Peru and Mexico.
Believe it or not, one of the most common questions we get asked at the San Diego Polo Club is – “What do I wear to the matches?!” For anyone new to Sunday Polo choosing an outfit can be quite a daunting task. No one wants to show up completely overdressed and by the same token you don’t want to come looking like a complete schlub!
However, at the San Diego Polo Club, anything goes! We want you to be comfortable, we want you to be yourself, we want you to select an outfit that reflects who you are, whether that be a dainty sundress, an over-sized hat, some strappy sandals, a searsucker suit, a casual polo shirt or linen pants. Really, anything goes! Consult our Fashion Section in the San Diego Polo Magazine to get more ideas on what to wear and to find local stores where you can purchase some great items for Sunday Polo!
And as an added incentive to dress to the nines this summer, we’ll be selecting a “Best Dressed Attendee” every Sunday who will receive 2 Free VIP passes for Sunday Polo and 2 tickets to the Del Mar Racetrack. Our staff is going to be on the look out for fashion trend setters, so dress to impress!
Our winner from Antique Cars and Cigars / Father’s Day Sunday was Dr. Steven Bernick. He definitely turned eyes with this hip summer suit and tan fedora.
So remember, anything goes for Sunday Polo but remember ladies – don’t wear heels!
He has 30 horses, 3 kids, 1 wife and a whole lot of love for polo. In our opinion, Ashton has grown into a great team player, and often times you will hear him communicating with his team during play. Having Ashton on your team may be your greatest asset.
How did you start playing polo?
I started grooming for Casablanca (an American team in San Diego) and took lessons with the White Family. I picked it up quickly and soon became pro.
Have you ever had a bad injury?
(laughs) You name the bone, I’ve broken it. Hand, wrist, cheek, nose, foot…
How did they happen?
Mostly from being bucked off. But I played through the game. You have to.
Is there any technique to falling off a horse?
Yea, don’t fall off.
What about finding a groom? Do you have any advice?
Trial and error. Everyone likes things a little different, so a good groom is taught by the horse’s owner or pro.
How many horses do you have?
30. A lot of them are young and not ready to play polo yet.
Wow. That must take up a lot of time. What is your daily routine?
Wake up early, check on the horses, ride a few sets, chill and either play in the afternoon, stick and ball or ride again.
Where are you from?
My father is from Austria, but I’m from here (USA). I’ve done a lot of traveling in Europe, Asia, etc. My wife, Marisa, is from Guatemala, so we’ve traveled in Central America quite a bit.
Didn’t you just take a vacation?
Yea, to Thailand with my wife and kids. It was gorgeous. We went to the Philippines and Singapore too.
Ashton & Marisa
Ashton & Matias
Tell us about your kids.
Ana Sophia is 5, Matias will be 3 in a couple weeks and Isabella will be 1 in September. Isabella is running the show. They like to help me with the horses- feed, ride, or wrap their legs (mainly just Soph). We are like any normal family- go to the beach, play outside, ride bikes, anything really.
You and Marisa seem pretty laid back. It’s hard to imagine you have 3 kids and 30 horses!
My wife is amazing! Plus, we have tons of family and friends that love the kids as much as we do. Everyone contributes to their lives.
Matias, Erika (soon to be Auntie), Sophia, Isabella, Uncle Coco (Marisa’s brother), Marisa. Supporting Papa Ashton at Empire Polo Club.
Father’s Day saw beautiful weather and an exciting feature match to wrap up the Rancho Santa Fe Cup Finals presented by Lincoln. Tritech/Princeps in the blue jerseys held onto their 1-point lead over Hanalei Bay/San Fernando in the white jerseys to eek out a 10-to-9 win. The intense back and forth match saw highlights as Roberto Estudillo barely missed a goal in the 6th chukker, giving up the opportunity to tie up the score and take the game into overtime.
Dirk Wray, Ashton Wolf, Gaston VonWernich, Chris Maloney
Spectators and social members enjoyed ahi tacos and other treats from ChiliCo Catering and ambled across the field for the Korbel Champagne Divot Stomp.
Fans also visited the Lincoln technology display and took a chance to test drive the technologically advanced line of Lincoln vehicles including the MKX, MKZ Hybrid, MKT, and Navigator.
For more info, visit Witt Lincoln in San Diego.
The “Cigars & Cars” event of course included the Liberty Tobacco cigar lounge. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.
We sat down with the shy and very humble Diego Cossio and learned a few surprises about this polo star.
How did you get your start?
I started playing in 1996 in the US. I played for 10 years under the famous Steve Crowder. He’s a good man and I owe him a lot.
Where do you play now?
San Diego of course, but I love playing in Calgary and Florida.
Don’t put that.
What is your favorite sport to watch?
Ice hockey because it’s similar to polo in that the key is following the ball and pushing players out of the way. Soccer too.
What about when you want to veg out?
Veg out? Family Guy. It’s light hearted and easy to watch. The stuff they get away with is crazy.
Horror definitely. The Exorcist.
Wow. It’s been a while. The Alchemist – it’s simple but the ending is very good.
Can you play any instruments?
I’m actually an accomplished musician, you didn’t know that? I’ve been playing guitar for a few years, self taught.
So, what’s on your iPod?
Slayer, Rob Zombie, Alice in Chains, Pantera.
Anything in spanish?
Oh yea, Hermetica! They are a really good heavy metal band in Argentina.
What’s a typical meal?
Meat. If I can eat steak 3-4 times a week, I’m happy.
Any exciting news?
I’m taking a trip to Europe with my girlfriend, just for fun. We are leaving Colton behind for a couple of days. We don’t have plans, just a wedding to attend in Scotland, then backpack around for a bit.
Stacy and Colton, Diego’s family.
Sounds fun. What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to continue playing polo for a few years. Eventually, I would want to go back to farming sugar cane – I grew up doing it. I just really love the whole process.
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Home – Tucumán Province, Argentina (known internationally for its sugarcane).