December 16, 2017

Yellow Cab claims 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Yellow Cab wins 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup

By Alex Webbe

For the first time in history the Miami Beach Polo World Cup ended in a whimper rather than a bang—at least on the playing surface.  After three days of beach polo competition in the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the finals were rained out with 30+ mile-per-hour winds whipping torrents of rain into the event’s massive VIP tent and soaking the playing surface to a point that made it unplayable.

With no options left for the final play-off on the beach, it was proposed that the Yellow Cab Polo Team and The Raleigh polo team faceoff in dryer climes, at the arena facility at Palm Beach Polo in Wellington, to the north.

With only one team able to assemble, a forfeit was reluctantly agreed upon and Simon Garber’s Yellow Cab Polo Team (2-0) was declared the winner of the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

“This certainly isn’t the way we wanted this to be decided,” said Garber, “but we fought hard and were confident about our chances going into the finals.”

“It’s always difficult to reset playoffs when players, horses and personnel have tournament schedules to keep,” said Alex Webbe, Director of Polo.  The Raleigh team captain, Bash Kazi, had business appointments to keep and teammate John Gobin had already shipped his horses north to compete in tournaments in Aiken, South Carolina.”

The sport of polo is a transient one as it moves from club to club, country to country following one tournament after another.  The Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup has traditionally been the culmination of the highest level of polo played in North America, putting an exclamation on the high-goal season of the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida and sending many of these players in different directions as they become part of new teams in new competitions while the Florida polo season take a respite for the summer.

An annual favorite that attracts fourteen teams in two tournaments, this year’s finals ended up being a celebration of the previous four days of play in a hurricane-like party at The Raleigh hotel, the assigned “clubhouse for this year’s tournament.

“We were prepared to play on,” offered Bruce Orosz, President and CEO of The Polo Life, the producer of the event, “but sometimes Mother Nature wins out.  We’ll be back stronger than ever next year, and the tradition will continue.”

MASERATI Miami Beach Polo World Cup Kicks-off Men’s Tournament

The Maserati team (Lance Vetter, Wesley Finlayson, Guille Usandizaga and Facundo Obregon); Raleigh team (Bash Kazi, John Gobin and Gringo Colombres) and the team from Yellow Cab (Simon Garber, Juan Monteverde and Kris Kampsen) all scored opening wins in the first day of the men’s competition on Friday, April 27th at the Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, set against the ocean between 20th and 22nd Streets on Miami Beach.

Facundo Obregon and Guille Usandizaga scored six goals apiece as Maserati defeated a talented HEYS Luggage / SLS Jets trio in the closing match of the day. Kris Kampsen led the Yellow Cab attack with 13 of the team’s goals in their 15-11 victory over a game Gascon team.

The Raleigh scored a 9-6 win over Lufthansa Private Jet in defense of its 2011 World Cup title. Gringo Colombres led the offense with six goals. The competition will continue on Saturday with Maserati (1-0) playing Gascon (0-1) at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm, Yellow Cab (1-0) will meet Lufthansa (0-1). The Raleigh (1-0) will close out the day with a 3:00pm match against HEYS Luggage / SLS Jets.

Day three of the MASERATI Miami Beach Polo World Cup starts with its annual Horse Parade and culminates with the “Blank Silk by Meghan Walsh” Fashion Show at The Perry Hotel

The third day of the Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup starts on Saturdy, April 28th, with the annual Horse Parade of all the colorful participating Polo teams, together with a fleet of Maserati vehicles, along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. A Police escort will accompany the trotting hoofs as the Polo Ponies walk from 20th Street and Collins Avenue up to 22nd Street and back on to the sand-filled arena.

The competition continues with Maserati (1-0) playing Gascon (0-1) at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm, Yellow Cab (1-0) will meet Lufthansa (0-1). The Raleigh (1-0) will close out the day with a 3:00pm match against HEYS Luggage / SLS Jets.

After the daytime match-play has finished, a red carpet arrivals ceremony will commence at 8:30pm on the rooftop of The Perry Hotel, located at 2377 Collins Avenue, when Meghan Walsh, daughter of TV personality John Walsh (host of America’s Most Wanted), will showcase her “Blank Silk” line of Indian-inspired evening wear, in front of Miami’s discerning audience of fashion aficionados and media.