About the club

La Sofia is a colonial-style estancia (= ranch) with six spacious, comfortable and welcoming en-suite rooms that invite the guests to relax. The trademark of the boutique hotel is the passionate attention to detail and outstanding customer service. La Sofia offers its guests two irrigated polo fields as well as a polo school for beginners and experienced players. All the horses of La Sofia are of its own private breeding.

La Sofia is an active member of the Argentine Polo Association and its polo fields have been officially approved. Marcos Antin Guiraldes (a professional player) manages the club, teaches polo, oversees the training and breeding of the horses and every once in a while he plays official tournaments in Argentina and abroad.

Tournaments

At La Sofia two important polo cups are organized every year, the Copa de la Tradicion in November and the Pepe Gonzalez Guerrico Cup in March.

The Copa de La Tradicion takes place at the beginning of November, at the same time as the DIA DE LA TRADICION FESTIVAL in San Antonio de Areco, and is supported by the town of San Antonio de Areco, the Argentine Polo Association and by private sponsors. The handicap for this cup is eight and it is possible to sign up as individual player or as entire team.

The COPA PEPE GONZALEZ GUERICO of handicap four to six is played in March. This cup is also open to individual players and entire teams.

During the season, La Sofia participates at several official polo tournaments organized by the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) or private tournaments in the área. For advanced players La Sofía offer stays with representing La Sofia Polo Team in one of the above tournaments.

Services

Polo Lessons
La Sofia offers polo practice and theory lessons for those who want to learn how to play or improve their game. In order to practice and improve the different strokes La Sofía uses the wooden horse. The instructor, Marcos Antin Güiraldes is a professional player with a wealth of experience in national and international polo teaching and playing. He is also a referee and co-founder of the Argentina Association of referees.

There is also a riding school for guests who want to learn how to ride or improve their style. La Sofía has horses and teams for all age groups and levels. Games of four or six chukkers can be organized.

La Sofia offers tailormade polo programmes for beginners and advanced players of any duration between 1 day and up to various weeks.

These programmes are: Riding & Polo for beginners
Polo Intensive for Beginners
Polo Intensive for advanced players
Polo Intensive Premium


Accommodation
La Sofia offers 6 comfortable suites:

  • 2 Grand Suites – The Gran PATRON’S SUITE & La Grand Suite PAMPA
  • 2 Superior Suites – The OLD ROOM & La Suite POLO
  • 2 Junior Suites – The FLOWER Suite & the BIRDS Suite

Most of the rooms combine wooden floors with tasteful colonial-style decoration. On top of that, the rooms are equipped with comfortable modern beds, exclusive Egyptian cotton bedlinen and a safe. The spacious bathrooms are decorated with hand crafted tiles of traditional design.


Ladies polo
Thanks to Silke, La Sofia Polo Club participates in women´s games and tournaments. The women´s team of La Sofia was the handicap champion of the first official ladies cup of the Argentine Polo Association in 2010. Mixed practice sessions are also organized on a regular basis. La Sofia is an ideal place for women who wish to start playing polo or take riding and polo lessons with Marcos. We offer tailor-made programs which include lessons and practice games according to the level of each player.


Family polo
La Sofia is a “family friendly” polo club, which means that the club organises your polo training according to your needs and desires. If you don’t feel like playing polo or you are just too tired for it and you prefer to practise horseback riding or going on a trip to Areco, the club organises it for you. You have unlimited options to enjoy your holidays with your family in the best possible and unique way.


Breeding and breaking-in
All horses at La Sofía belong to its own private breeding. Marcos Antin Güiraldes, together with his partner Eduardo Blousson, has been breeding horses since 1992. The Argentine Association of Polo Pony Breeders has recognized 19 of La Sofia’s brood mares and stallions so far. In addition to the 19 mothers for natural breeding, the club also has several mares to produce embryos. Since 2006 La Sofía has been investing in the best services of artificial insemination in Argentina, that is the case of, for example, DOLFINA MARADONA, son of CUARTETERA (best mare of Adolfo Cambiaso) with DURAZNO. Nowadays, the club has about 280 horses in total, which can be visited, as well as the breaking-in sessions, within one hour distance from La Sofia. The breaking-in started two and a half years ago at La Sofia and it is Marcos himself who trains the ponies for Polo during, at least, two seasons. After that, the ponies are ready for polo games or for sale.

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Location

La Sofìa Polo Club is located in the middle of the Argentine countryside, but only 100 km (60 miles) from Buenos Aires.


Contact
www.lasofiapolo.com
silke@lasofiapolo.info
marcos@lasofiapolo.info
+54 9 2325 15 415980


Facilities

  • 2 irrigated polo fields
  • 6 comfortable suites
  • outdoor pool


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