Meet Miguel Gutierrez

Our player profile this week features the somewhat shy Miguel Gutierrez of Buenos Aires, Argentina. If you are saying to yourself, that handsome face looks familiar, it’s because it graces our general admission ticket for the 2011 season. Miguel jokes it’s the first step in his eventual rise to fame. He hopes to someday upstage his cousin and fellow polo player Mariano Gutierrez, who was featured in the music video for Britney Spear’s Radar. Miguel wants to let Britney know if she ever wants to remake her Oops!… I Did It Again video, he’s available!

Miguel is a seasoned player who has professionally competed around the world and he comes to The San Diego Polo Club after finishing  a season at the North Church Farm Polo Club in London. Separate of Argentina, his favorite location to compete is Indio, California. Miguel says with a quiet voice, “I don’t know, I just love the mountains and the landscape of the desert and after playing there for so many years, it has become like a home away from home for me.”

There is no questioning his passion for the sport and when asked what he do would do if ever won the lottery, he softly remarks, “I’d still keep playing polo, I can’t really imagine doing anything else.” It’s a fitting answer, as polo is a tradition that is deeply rooted in his family. He learned the sport from his grandfather and he someday hopes to pass along the game to his own children.

When he’s not playing polo or dreaming of fame, he is usually listening to music or fawning over Rita, his fierce pittbull and in many ways the love of his life! Sadly, Rita was unable to accompany Miguel on this trip to San Diego and with a sad look on his face he tells us, “I really miss her….” It’s the first time the two have been apart since he rescued her from a gas station 10 years ago.

Opening Day Recap

On June 12, SPCD kicked off its 25th season in style with a fabulous day sponsored by Riviera Magazine, Ferrari & Maserati San Diego, and FLUXX nightclub.

We started out with two rousting matches.  In the first match, Tritech/Princeps triumphed over two other teams in the round robin match.  In the second match, Southwind/SanJudas came out on top with victory over Starmeadow/Adeptus.  Alvaro Tadeo scored 3 points in one chukker to take the win, scoring 4 points in total.  Other goals were scored by Guillermo Li (2) and Chris Collins (1).

Between matches, spectators enjoyed a fashion show produced by Ruth Melero of Melero Boutique, Ferrari parade showcasing the California, and Champagne Divot Stomp sponsored by Korbel.

A fan favorite, the divot stomp allowed guests to stretch their legs, take in the bi-planes loned up along the east side of the field, and drink complimentary Korbel California champagne.  The divot stomp is not only a fun social activitiy, but it helps replace the grass on the field.

During the matches, there was no death of food, from ChileCo’s ahi tacos to cake samples courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes.

The exciting day culminated with the 7th Chukker After Party sponsored by FLUXX with DJ and live trombone music.

Thank you everyone who made this day a success!  Join us this Sunday for a wonderful Father’s Day event.  The Rancho Santa Fe Cup Finals presented by Lincoln will feature “cigars and antique cars.”

What to Wear to Polo

As the creator of fashion blog, Nacole Gray shares which major runway trends to incorporate into your polo seasonal best.San Diego Polomatch-goers are a veritable who’s who of the San Diego elite, exuding an effortlessly chic and sophisticated style. Not sure what to wear Opening Day? Don’t fret, Gray will have you putting your best foot forward for the fashion-studded fete, preferably head to toe in designer duds.

Lovely in Lace

Make a romantic statement with lace. With an effortless mix of feminine and allure you will look both charming and idyllic. Compliment the innocent yet sensual look with a long strand of pearls and voilà.

Alberta Ferretti Spring RTW 2011

Bright n’ Bold

Bubble-gum brights and jewel tones were all over the runways this season. Aren’t afraid of color? Turn heads with a vibrant tunic and pair with neutral wedges to show off those gams. 

Gucci Spring RTW 2011

Flirty in Prints

If you desire to be the center of attention then have fun with a little pattern play. This flirty little number by Diane von Furstenberg is for those of you eager to draw eyes. Just think fresh, sophisticated and soft silhouettes to create a light and airy look for summer.

Diane von Furstenberg Spring RTW 2011 

Classic Sophistication

The familiar A-line is a timeless silhouette which remains relevant season after season. Reminiscent of 1960’s glamour, the conservative yet delicate style continues to be a polo wear staple.
Chloe Spring RTW 2011

The sartorial set can’t go wrong with tailored, classic style. Masculine detail done right can be surprisingly seductive. Make a powerhouse statement with an androgynous take on polo wear and go for an inspired ‘70s sophisticated yet understated romper. Deliver a dramatic finish with a red sultry pout.

Alberta Ferretti Spring RTW 2011

Sheer Bliss
The ever popular sheer trend takes a refined, clean and minimalist approach yet with an ultra femme detail. Layer transparent separates to keep your look interesting. Even add an androgynous twist and tuck a sheer tank or blouse into a pair of wide leg trousers. Or try pairing with a pencil skirt in an unpredictable color for a powerhouse statement. Complete the look with oversized shades to add a hint of glamour.

Vera Wang RTW Spring 2011 

Thakoon RTW Spring 2011 

Preppy Charm
Don’t worry gentlemen, we haven’t forgotten about you. The sartorial set can’t go wrong with a tailored, fresh and classic style. Keep your palette light or neutral and opt for a streamlined pair of slacks, polo and a crisp summer blazer. Take a cue from Lacoste RTW Spring 2011 and keep your overall look polished yet casual.

Lacoste RTW Spring 2011 

See you at the Polo Fields wearing the must-haves of the season.

For more about Nacole and the season’s best fashion, visit her blog at

Mariano Fassetta

Meet Mariano Fassetta.

Mariano has played for team Hanalei Bay at the San Diego Polo Club for 3 years.  Originally from Adrogue, Argentina, Mariano grew up riding horses and playing polo.

He has an impressive career, winning the USPA Spreckels Cup 6 times and playing polo all over the world.  He was on the cover of San Diego Polo Club Magazine in 2010 demonstrating a great offside neck shot.

Last year, one of his best horses, Paris, won Best Playing Pony in the USPA Spreckels Cup.  Out of the 48 horses we saw play in the Spreckels Cup Finals last October 3, Paris was the best horse on the field.  And you know what they say… “a polo player is only as good as his horse.”

As a player who leans on rituals to calm his nerves and bring him luck before matches, Mariano has abandoned his previous habit of wearing only red socks and the same underwear each game for a “left boot on first, left kneepad on first” regime.  (Thank goodness!)

Mariano, or known to us as “Fassetta,” loves to play music in his spare time, attend concerts, and spend time with his wife and friends.

SDPC Summer Season Kicks Off!

The San Diego Polo Club hosted a party for their polo community last Saturday.  Teams Starmeadow and Hanalei Bay battled for the win during a polo match, while the crowd tasted Fortaleza Tequila, the new Sweet Rose by Korbel, and Palm Beer.

Guests also enjoyed snapping photos in the Photobooth.

The real fun came with golf cart polo.  Event planners and polo fanatics alike loved the thrill of golf cart polo.  Check out our Corporate Events page for more info about booking Golf Cart Polo for your next event!

Polo instructor, Kimo Huddleston, teaches member, Glenn Cunningham how to hold the mallet.

Jesse Bray and guest are all smiles.

Graham Bray in the Disco Cart takes off, setting up his buddy for a great shot!Kimo is quite the crazy driver!  Watch out.

Too cute to leave out!

San Diego Polo’s creative director, Lindsey Chronert and polo friend, Chato Hinojosa.

All photos courtesy of Siegel Thurston Photography.

Thursday is the new Friday.

This Thursday, many of our friends in the Polo Community are having events that may be worth your while.  See below for more details!

Tip for Tots: Paradise Grille, Flowerhill Shopping Center, Del Mar 6pm

It’s a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, meet new ones and learn about Hospital Infantil De Las Californias….and the best part, 100% of your cash tips will benefit the children in need at the Hospital.  Hospital Infantil, is a pediatric hospital in the border region that provides care to kids regardless of their ability to pay.

Taste of Linda Vista: Bayside Community Center, Linda Vista- $20

Purchase Tickets here!

5:30-6:30: savory bites and tasting of local beer and wine
6:30-7:30: awards for honorees, opportunity drawings & raffles, art show & sale
7:30-9:30 Professional Tango dancing and a Big Band Orchestra

Deck the Halls: Fairbanks Interior, Solana Beach- 5:30pm

Every Thursday: Club M at the Grand Del Mar DJ, drinks & dancing until 1:30am

loveart& POLO

…. You fill in the blank.  For us, it’s polo.   is a collection of artists and designers selling their work to raise money to fund collaborative projects with under-served populations.

recently teamed up with Patagonia Outdoor Clothing and 1% for the Planet for a two-week campaign to raise money to fund creative projects with .  They hosted a closing party at Seed in Newport Beach, CA last week and we were there (in spirit)!

The Polo Club donated a VIP table to help raise money for .  Check out all the cool projects they are working on, HERE.

What we like best about donating to smaller organizations is that you see, hear and FEEL the change.

Tees and earrings made by Sasha Ritter.

Creators of , Sasha Ritter, Shannon Lindsey Frugris & Jennifer Smucks with friend.

New Friends

Raffle and goody table.

Cool art.

Video demonstration.

The shop!

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House of Pink!

You must have seen the photos all over Facebook.  Pink everywhere!  And all of it supporting breast cancer awareness!  The Pink Party is about celebrating life, creating awareness in hopes to prevent it, and education about breast cancer!

Hosted by the House of Blues in San Diego, the venue was turned pink!  This fun event was filled with pink costumes, glowing hula-hoops, talented dancers, realistic body paint, a chaitable opportunity drawing, local fashion and jewelry designers, and a whole lot of funk!

The Polo Club graciously donated to the Opportunity Drawing!

It was quite a surprise to see Debi at the Pink Party!  Debi does facepaint at the Polo Club!

Friends of the Polo Club, Rosanne and David Indermill.

Creative Director, Lindsey Chronert and Advertising Coordinator, Vanessa Shapiro show off Polo for Peace tees!

Our gorgeous friends and talented designers, Francisco Medavog & Anjela Piccard!

Another wonderful surprise, our old hostess, Shayda came on stage to present her funky fashion line!  We love Shayda!

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Marshall Marshall Marshall!

We are busy with all types of events, but we’re hardly complaining!  We shot down to San Diego State University  on Friday night to attend the 3rd Annual Aztec For Life Homecoming Celebration presented by the Marshall Faulk Foundation.

We were introduced to the event by one of our arena polo members and retired SDSU mascot, Carlos Gutierrez.  Here is Carlos making an appearance at the Homecoming Game in 2010.

We tasted appetizers from some of San Diego’s best restaurants, including our neighbors Pamplemousse and Tommy V’s!  Our favorite was JSix’s yellowtail sashimi tartar with tastes of currant, olive tapenade, and pine nuts coated in a citrus vinaigrette.  It was heavenly!  You can order it off their dinner/ happy hour menu!

The silent auction ended and Marshall Faulk spoke on stage about the importance of the event and how lucky he’s been to be a part of SDSU’s Alumni.  The event raised over $50,000 for YMCA and SDSU Scholarships for young athletes.

Here is our Creative Director, Lindsey Chronert, her boyfriend and Marshall Faulk.

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Veuve Polo Classic in LA

The SDPC Team recently covered the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Los Angeles at the Will Rogers State Historic Park.  Led by team capitans, Nacho Figueras (Ralph Lauren’s famous model and professional polo player) and Rico Mansur, the high-goal polo match was the first annual Polo Classic held in LA.

Everything white and gold to match Veuve’s Colors.

Buffet included in VIP Admission; seafood, roasted veggies, soup

Main Bar with Choice of Veuve Clicquot Champagne or non-alcoholic drinks

Public Admission

Selling Veuve and keepsakes.

Nacho Figueras, Ralph Lauren Polo Model, Handicap 6

20s & 30s Staff; also had dancers, candy cigarettes, fake mustaches

Black Watch claims victory over Veuve Clicquot.