Swiss team Marquard Media, including Tommy Rinderknecht (0), Jota Chavanne (5), Martin Aguerre Jr (7) and Martin Joaquin (4), won its second and consecutive title at the 16th edition of the Open de France Paprec at the Polo Club de Chantilly, after an epic game, where the team never seemed to worry, despite the prognostics.
Its opponent, the French Mochi Chic Polo Team, consisting of Nacho Kennedy (3), Pierre-Henri N’Goumou (5), Dario Musso (7) and Alexandre Sztarkman (1), dominated all its games during the qualification phase. In the final of the 2016 Open de France Paprec, Alexandre Sztarkman’s men took advantage at the beginning of the encounter, but only held on during two chukkas and quickly ceded further ground against Martin Aguerre Jr’s determination
Martin Aguerre Jr, team Marquard Media: “The Open de France is one of my main goals of the season, I would likely say my main goal.” Martin Aguerre Jr is Mariano Aguerre’s nephew, who has won the Argentine Open in Palermo 8 times with three different teams. Besides, Martin works with his uncle, valuing horses from his breeding stables and importing some to France occasionally. These last ones made the difference on Sunday at Apremont-Chantilly. “This victory is the result of the investment of my team in these horses, in number and quality, and never ever we had to double them.”
During the third chukka, Martin Aguerre delivered a true feast, scoring four goals in 7 minutes, which one “long distance” and a 40-yards penalty. The gap widened to a 7-4, but this was not conclusive because in the fourth period, French Pierre-Henri Ngoumou scored three goals on penalties and brought both teams to a tie.
In the last period, Martin Aguerre closed the deal by passing a long-distance ball to his captain, who just needed to push it between the goal, and thus scored the 10th and ultimate goal of its team to nail the game. Obviously, with 7 goals and a decisive pass, the Argentinian player was named best man of the game and his mare Machito Garganta (8), bred by his famous uncle, was named best pony of the game.
Team Huntington/Apes Hill from Barbados, led by brilliant Tamara Fox, won the Ladies Open de France against France Maryland, despite a huge work of Caroline Anier (4-2). The Trophée Castel, opposing two German teams, was dominated by the Schröder sisters’ Las Hermanitas supported by solids Santo Anca and Ignacio Tejerina (8-7).
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