Best Polo in the world just steps from Home Hotel
Argentina’s Polo Open 2016
With blooming jacaranda trees and clear blue skies setting the scene for spring, one of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar also takes place in Buenos Aires’ best season: Argentina’s Polo Open. Now in its 123rd year, the Abierto showcases the world’s best players across 10 captivating dates, 10-goal professionals at one with their steed effortlessly proving why Argentina dominates the sport of kings. And almost as magical is just how accessible it is to catch a match: tickets cost from 130 pesos (US$10).
Buenos Aires is the only city in the world to house its own polo stadium within the city limits – and our very own Palermo is home to La Catedral (the cathedral) grounds. Top teams to watch out for include Ellerstina, La Dolfina, La Aguada Las Monjitas and Washington, but the former two are the sport’s true big guns.
A family affair formed of 10-handicapped Pieres brothers and cousins, Ellerstina is young, feisty and well-organised with a string of titles to their name. Their toughest rival, however, is La Dolfina, headed by the man widely regarded as the world’s best player, Adolfo Cambiaso, who tends to leave other riders eating dust. It’s these two teams that have dominated the local polo scene for years that will likely come head to head on 10 December in the eagerly anticipated final.
Weekends until December 10th