The 2015 Summer Season is formed by four championships and it introduces two changes this year: the low goal Royal Omán Tournament and the Women's Spanish Championship.

July serves as the preview of the 44th International Polo Tournament and it is a month full of competition. In fact, this month is the prelude to a big celebration which takes place at Santa María Polo Club every year: the Land Rover International Polo Tournament, which welcomes the best teams and polo players in the world and which celebrates its 44th edition this year.

The Royal Omán Tournament, which is played at Río Sotogrande’s polo fields, emerged from a common idea between Santa María Polo Club and Royal Omán Polo Team, which visits the club every season and always participates in official tournaments at the club. After this low-goal tournament, the traditional medium-goal tournaments take place: the Memorial Founder E. Zobel Memorial Tournament and the M. P. Colón de Carvajal Memorial. These tournaments are an excellent training for the medium-goal teams – both for the players and the horses – and it marks the beginning of the biggest tournaments at the club: the Gold Cup and Silver Cup that comprise the Land Rover International Polo Tournament.

The Founder E. Zobel Memorial Tournament is a 12 goal tournament and was played at Puente de Hierro and Ayala Polo Club’s fields. It ended wit the victory of the team Sevens Seven. This event pays tribute to Enrique Zobel Olgado (7th January 1927 – 17th May 2004) who, together with Joseph McMicking, created and promoted Sotogrande. With his visions and his enormous business capacities, he managed to place Sotogrande among the best and most prestigious developments in Europe. He was an excellent businessman and a good person, who will always be remembered.

The M. P. Colón de Carvajal Memorial takes place a weekend later, from 17-19 July 2015, at the polo fields located at Puente de Hierro. This year, the handicap of this tournament has been increased up to 16 goals. It is a high level tournament that assures very competitive polo matches.

With this tournament, Santa María Polo Club pays tribute to Manuel Prado y Colón de Carvajal’s enormous contribution to the development of polo in Sotogrande and to his support and collaboration to promote this sport in the south of Spain. Don Manuel Prado y Colón de Carvajal was born in 17th November 1931 in Quito (Ecuador) and he died in 5th December 2009, in Sevilla (Spain).

The Women’s Spanish Championship closes the summer season this year at the club. With the organizing committee of Santa María Polo Club and with the support of the Royal Spanish Polo Federation, this tournament returns to Sotogrande with many participating teams.

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