Polo Revelers put on their finest spring beach attire and headed to the La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup 10 during April 24-27, more than 10,000 people including various media from Where Magazine, Haute Living, Miami Fashion Network and TV crew from Eye on South Florida Channel 16 all enjoyed the day, watching the ladies teams’ play up and down the beach. Created and managed by The Polo Life, LLC, the Polo World Cup 10 features a stellar lineup of competitive polo matches, trendy spectators, moderate spring temperatures, and a social crowd.
Thursday, the matches opened with a series of eight female teams, consisting of players from all over the world, competed in two divisions of play for the sixth consecutive year with the team from La Martina (Scarlet Davenport, Maggie McNamara and Laura Willson) taking top honors in Division One with a 2-1 win over the Eden Roc/Cheeki team (Kaila Doud, Slaney O’Hanlon and Lynn O’Connor). Doud was named MVP while Laura Willson’s “Little Joe” received Best Playing Pony honors.
Fashion statements were everywhere, the usual oversized brim hats, breezy dresses and sleek white pants were seen, this year the vibe was very relaxed. DJ Arlette, spun upbeat sets while attendees sampled food from Baoli and saddled up to the SLS Bar for chilled drinks. Local Artist, Stephen Gamson was hired to create a special series of art that embraces the polo lifestyle, and was displayed throughout the main tent. La Martina showcased its latest designs of contemporary sportswear during a stylishly produced fashion show under the VIP tent on Saturday. Meanwhile, the step & repeat attracted revelers dressed for polo SOBE style keeping with the vibe of the “we-don’t-take-ourselves-too-seriously” crowd, we noticed the event mascot, a bulldog keeping an eye on the referees.
One should not be fooled by the attendees’ frivolity, on the beach, between the lines, the competition was serious and skilled. The cup attracts global players, ranging from Russia to Argentina. Fifty-two chukkers of polo on the beach ended with a flourish on Sunday afternoon as the Yellow Cab team representing Russia (Tyler Garber, Tavi Usandizaga and Sebastian Merlos) scooped an impressive 12-5 win over The Raleigh team representing Pakistan (Bash Kazi, Juan Monteverde and Brandon Phillips) in the final of the 2014 La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup.