2016 Rocky Mountain Open Features World Class players

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By Alex Webbe

In polo’s earliest days in the Rockies, Foxhall Keene, the game’s first 10-goal player, was lured out to Colorado where he competed in tournaments in both Colorado Springs and Glenwood Springs. With the creation of the Aspen Valley Polo Club Marc and Melissa Ganzi have managed to up the ante.

Over the course of the last three years and between the Aspen Valley Polo Club’s summer and winter seasons (the Aspen Snow World Polo Championship) The Ganzi’s have attracted 10-goaler Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Miguel Novillo Astrada and Indoor 10-goaler Tommy Biddle.

This year the club has had the talents of Argentine 9-goalers Sebastian Merlos and his younger brother Agustin “Tincho” Merlos (both former 10-goal players); America’s highest-rated player in 8-goaler Nic Roldan; Argentine 7-goaler Julio Novillo Astrada and a slew of three, four and five-goalers as well.

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Whether they are playing on the broad grass covered fields, in either the indoor or outdoor arena or on the snow in the middle of downtown Aspen, the Aspen Valley Polo Club is responsible.

The Rocky Mountain Championship gets started on Friday morning (11am, MST) at Sopris Mt. Ranch with a 3pm (MST) three-team, round-robin match slated to be played at Jeff Hildebrand’s High Mesa Ranch with tournament final scheduled to be played at the Aspen Valley Polo club at 11am Sunday morning. A subsidiary game will take place at the club at 1:15pm, all times are local.

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