In the past polo season, some dreams of passionate players came true – among others in Zurich, Berlin, Cortina or Aspen, while others were shattered.
During the final editorial touches for the current issue of POLO+10, which you are holding in your hands right now, one quote in particular stuck in my mind. It’s from the Italian ex-banker, artist and visionary Gian Franco Brignone, who died in January and whose work we commemorate from page 78 onwards: “I have given my life for my dreams and my dreams have given me life.”
Isn‘t it a wonderful thing to have dreams in life? To hold on to previously unfulfilled dreams and goals even as we grow older – and to try to make them come true with passion and dedication? And even if we still don‘t succeed: At the end of life, we regret above all what we have NOT done; what we have NOT tried …
In this context, I find the tips from mental coach trainer Kristin Grube very inspiring: She advises us from page 44 onwards, for example, that we should internalise our goals and write them down in a kind of diary. Claire Tomlinson has definitely fulfilled many of her big dreams and goals: from page 70 we remember the icon of international polo and the first woman in the world to achieve a handicap of +5.
I hope you enjoy looking back at wonderful highlights of the past season – such as the Patrons Cup 2021 from Polo Park Zurich or the Italia Polo Challenge in Cortina – and I wish you with all my heart that you will succeed in making one of your still unfulfilled dreams come true in the coming season.
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+++ Polo Park & Country Club Zürich: Polo Park & Country Club Zürich is the perfect place to make a halt for a couple of weeks and play some tournaments before continuing your journey towards the South or North of Europe. Two full-size playing fields and one smaller training field are used for polo every year from May until the end of September. With a wide range of tournaments and polo games played almost daily during the season, PPZ offers you many possibilities to improve your polo in a friendly and familial atmosphere. Don’t get fooled by the coziness of the clubhouse, competition is roaring on the polo fields. +++Polo Park & Country Club Zürich Cup 2021: With three tournaments scheduled in July 2021, the Polopark Zürich was highly frequented. They closed the Ladies Cup with a welcomed summer storm and got ready for the two eight goals tournaments. +++Polo Park Zürich: Patrons Cup 2021: The time had finally come to let the Patrons only take over the polo fields! The last tournament of the season, a cherished moment to share and celebrate with all the players and partners. +++ IceGuerilla Polo Challenge Berlin 2022: The premiere of the beach polo event at Berlin’s Grünau lido was a complete success in every respect. +++ Interview: Wendy Falourd: “Photography has always been one of the most powerful means of expression and transmission, and I feel proud to be able to use it in my own way to tell my life experiences.” +++ Kristin Grube: Mental Coaching: Kristin Grube accompanies athletes in the field of mental coaching. She is an enthusiastic polo player and can always be found in Argentina during the winter months. +++ Italia Polo Challenge Cortina 2022: U.S. POLO ASSN. wins “Italia Polo Challenge Cortina 2022”. The U.S. Polo Assn. Team dominated the final of the “Italia Polo Challenge Cortina 2022”, played on Saturday, January 8th, against the Goldspan Polo Team (14-11.5) in a floodlit arena with footing unanimously judged as perfect. +++ Cortina History: “Polo on snow” made its debut in Cortina d‘Ampezzo in 1989, following the example set by a similar event organised in St. Moritz in 1985. +++ St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship: Richard Mille made history at the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship Sunday at Rio Grande Park. +++ In memory: Claire Tomlinson: She was the first woman in the world to achieve a handicap of +5 and has helped to establish one of the most important polo locations in the world: the Beaufort Polo Club. In an interview with POLO+10, Claire Tomlinson explained why she spent a lot of her time training young horses and why she felt that umpiring could be improved in many respects. +++ Santorini: Admittedly, Santorini is one of those travel destinations that is the opposite of an insider tip. +++ 150 years of Villa d’Este: Bravo bellezza! The legend at Lake Como celebrates its birthday. Glamorous personalities, influential politicians and illustrious people – the guest list of Villa d’Este is long and 2022 will be a birthday season full of surprises. +++ In memoriam of Gian Franco Brignone: It is with profound sadness that the Brignone family announces the passing of Gian Franco Brignone, founder of Careyes, at the age of 95 years surrounded by his loving family. +++ Polo Rules: The number one rule in polo is the “Line of the Ball” – the right of way. +++