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Horse Play

| October 4, 2016 | Parties National

Hotel del Coronado set the stage for Polo America’s historic Beach Polo Cup.

THE PARTY Hotel del Coronado was the “it” destination during Labor Day weekend thanks to Polo America’s Beach Polo Cup—the first-ever beach polo tournament on the West Coast. Four top teams—Aspen Valley Polo Club, Flexjet, Hoffman International Properties and Porsche San Diego—contended in the event that benefited Rady Children’s Hospital.

San Diego’s equestrian set, including Saya Yabandeh and Pat Hoffmister, enjoyed the magnificent three-terrace, 10,000-square-foot VIP tent where they noshed on tapas and perused the Ermenegildo Zegna and Joseph Goott Fine Jewelry pop-up boutiques.

Naturally, the 50 ponies on and off the sandy field stole the show, but eyes were also on Agustin Merlos, who nabbed the cup’s MVP award after scoring a staggering nine goals during the tournament. To cap off the day, guests were able to try their hand at the internationally beloved sport by signing up for private lessons with pro instructors. Saddle up! –Kalah Siegel; photos by Tim Hardy


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