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Press release: Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2019: Tournament report

 

Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2019 –Tournament report

-Three firsts at the 35th Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz-

 

 

Dear PPLO Fans

 

The 35th Snow Polo World Cup, which was held from 25 to 27 January 2019, will go down in history as the tournament of firsts: It was the first-ever overall victory for the team «Badrutt's Palace».And, for the first time in the history of the tournament, a female player, namely Melissa Ganzi from the USA, bagged the coveted Cartier Trophy. The breathtaking performances of the «Sardhadchi» cavalry team were another novelty. These artists on horsebackfrom Azerbaijan, who appeared for the first time in Switzerland, delighted the audience with their fast-paced acrobatic show. The 2019 event on the frozen Lake St. Moritz saw a turnout of some 18,000 spectators, more than ever before. Sponsors and partnersshowed a firm commitment, and demand for VIP, Chukker Club and gala night tickets was unusually strong. With a tournament budget of CHF 2.5 million coupled with the favourable circumstances, the organisers estimate to have generated an economic benefit forthe region of some CHF 12 million, which is a significant year-on-year increase. Next year, the Snow Polo World Cup will take place from 24 to 26 January 2020. 

 

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Please read more about the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2019 –Tournament report – in the press releases attached. You’ll find the press releases in both languages, English and German.

 

If you need high-res images ofthe tournament 2019, please click on this link: http://bit.ly/SnowPoloWorldCup2019_Photos

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are available for any questions and further information for you at any time.

 

Kind regards,

 

Gian Testa and Katja Grauwiler

Media services Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

 

 

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SNOW POLO WORLD CUP ST. MORITZ

Gian Testa

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Press release/tournament report

Three firsts at the 35th Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

St. Moritz, 4. February 2019. The 35th Snow Polo World Cup, which was held from 25 to 27

January 2019, will go down in history as the tournament of firsts: It was the first-ever overall

victory for the team «Badrutt's Palace». And, for the first time in the history of the

tournament, a female player, namely Melissa Ganzi from the USA, bagged the coveted

Cartier Trophy. The breathtaking performances of the «Sardhadchi» cavalry team were

another novelty. These artists on horseback from Azerbaijan, who appeared for the first time

in Switzerland, delighted the audience with their fast-paced acrobatic show. The 2019 event

on the frozen Lake St. Moritz saw a turnout of some 18,000 spectators, more than ever

before. Sponsors and partners showed a firm commitment, and demand for VIP, Chukker

Club and gala night tickets was unusually strong. With a tournament budget of CHF 2.5

million coupled with the favourable circumstances, the organisers estimate to have

generated an economic benefit for the region of some CHF 12 million, which is a significant

year-on-year increase. Next year, the Snow Polo World Cup will take place from 24 to 26

January 2020.

This year's tournament was not only a first-rate event on the polo field – with some of the world's

best polo players, such as 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero, competing on the frozen Lake St. Moritz –

but also aside from the playing field. Over the three days, more than 18,000 spectators flocked to

the frozen lake to watch the teams play. M ore than 200 journalists, photographers and camera

teams from around the world attended. The demand for VIP and Chukker Club tickets was

unusually high on all three days. Saturday's tickets for both the VIP tent and the «Baku St. Moritz

Gala» at the Badrutt's Palace Hotel were sold out.

The «Sardadchi» cavalry team from Azerbaijan captivated the audience on each of the three days

of the tournament. The 12-strong troupe on their noble Karabakh horses have appeared regularly

at top-notch international events since their first show in 2012. Notably, they performed their

mesmerising «Land of Fire Azerbaijan» show at the birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth II.

Two thousand eight hundred sush i rolls were served in the VIP tent over the three days of the

tournament by the official caterer of the Snow Polo World Cup St Moritz, the Badrutt's Palace Hotel,

who also uncorked some 500 bottles of red wine and an equal amount of white wine. Zwyer Caviar

served 15 kilograms of first-rate caviar. Champagne flowed both in the VIP tent and the Polo Village

– with more than 2,000 bottles of Perrier-Jouët consumed – and some 115 litres of Royal Salute

whisky were poured.

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La Martina's founder Lando Simonetti won the «Baku Moritz Polo Award 2019.»

At the gala night at the Badrutt's Palace hotel on Saturday evening, the «Baku Moritz Polo Award»,

that recognises outstanding achievements in the field of polo sports, was awarded for the second

time. This year's award went to Lando Simonetti, founder and owner of the La Martina brand. Since

its creation in 1985, La Martina has been supporting the sport of polo and propagating its values.

The company, having started in boots and saddles, soon expanded;; it created a lifestyle collection

and advanced its technological prowess. Today, La Martina warrants the quality required in this

demanding sport.

Reto Gaudenzi, founder of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz and president of World Polo PLC,

together with Elchin Guliyev, president of the Azerbaijani equestrian sports federation, Dr Piero

Dillier, vice-president of the Federation of International Polo FIP, Birgit Hügli-Hermann, publisher-

cum-owner of the Polo & Luxury magazine and the lady who initiated the award, as well as Richard

Leuenberger, managing director of the Badrutt's Palace hotel sit on the judging committee that

picks the award winner.

Excellent conditions for the tournament on all three days

The organisers of the tournament jointly with some 100 volunteers once again managed to prepare

an exceptionally well-groomed polo field. On the tournament weekend, the players and their ponies

could rely on a 250-strong team to cater for excellent conditions. Thus, they have contributed

significantly to turning the 35th edition of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz into a first-rate event

and the sporting and social highlight of the winter polo season once again.

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A note to the members of the press

Media accreditation for the 2020 tournament is due to open as of late summer at www.snowpolo-

stmoritz.com/media.

The results of the 35. Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz:

Friday, 25. January 2019

Cup

Teams

Results

The Royal Salute Trophy

Azerbaijan Land of Fire vs. Cartier

5,5 - 5

President’s Cup

Maserati vs. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

6 - 5

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Saturday, 26. January 2019

Cup

Teams

Results

Maserati Cup

Badrutt’s Palace vs. Azerbaijan LoF

7 - 3,5

Deutsche Bank Wealth

Maserati vs. Cartier

7,5 - 6

Management Challenge

Sunday, 27. January 2019

Cup

Teams

Results

La Martina Cup

Azerbaijan Land of Fire vs. Cartier

5 - 0

THE CARTIER TROPHY

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel vs. Maserati

7 - 3

Snow Polo and Evviva Polo St. Moritz Ltd

The year 1985 saw the first ever polo competition on snow – it took place in St. Moritz. The Snow Polo World

Cup has reigned over the last weekend in January in this mountain town ever since. In 2014, well-known

exponents of snow polo in Switzerland founded Evviva Polo St. Moritz Ltd and signed a long-term contract

with the city of St. Moritz, thus securing a sustained continuation of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz. The

Board of Directors consists of Dr Piero Dillier (President), Reto Gaudenzi (Vice-president and CEO), and

Arndt Küchel. Dr Thomas Rinderknecht and Peter A. C. Blum are on the Advisory Board;; Jürg Reinger is the

Managing Director. The tournament is organised in close collaboration with an experienced team of local

hotels, businesses and experts, the town of St. Moritz and their See Infra Ltd. For more information, visit

www.snowpolo-stmoritz.com.

Media Services Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

Katja Grauwiler

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Evviva Polo St. Moritz AG

Reto Gaudenzi

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Jürg Reinger

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Medienmitteilung/Turnierreport

Drei Premieren am 35. Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

St. Moritz, 4. Februar 2019. Der 35. Snow Polo World Cup, der vom 25. – 27. Januar 2019

stattfand, geht in die Geschichtsbücher ein: Zum ersten Mal seit dem Beginn des Turniers

gewann das Team «Badrutt’s Palace». Und ebenfalls zum ersten Mal überhaupt konnte mit

der Amerikanerin Melissa Ganzi eine Frau die begehrte Cartier Trophy mit nach Hause

nehmen. Ein weiteres Novum waren die atemberaubenden Darbietungen des «Sardhadchi»

Cavalry Teams. Diese Pferdeartisten aus Aserbaidschan waren zum ersten Mal überhaupt

in der Schweiz zu sehen und begeisterten das Publikum mit ihren rasanten akrobatischen

Shows. Dazu kommt, dass in diesem Jahr rekordverdächtige 18'000 Zuschauer den Weg auf

den gefrorenen St. Moritzersee fanden. Zusätzlich war das Interesse von Sponsoren und

Partnern sowie für VIP-, Chukker Club- und Gala-Tickets aussergewöhnlich hoch. Aufgrund

der äusserst positiven Rahmenbedingungen rechnen die Organisatoren bei einem

Turnierbudget von rund CHF 2.5 Millionen mit einem wirtschaftlichen Nutzen für das

Engadin von rund CHF 12 Millionen, was eine deutliche Steigerung zu den vergangenen

Austragungen bedeutet. Im nächsten Jahr findet der Snow Polo World Cup vom 24. bis 26.

Januar 2020 statt.

Ein Event der Extraklasse war das Turnier in diesem Jahr nicht nur auf dem Polofeld, wo sich einige

der besten Polospieler der Welt – darunter auch der 10-Goaler Juan Martin Nero – massen,

sondern auch daneben . An den drei Tagen strömten mehr als 18'000 Zuschauer auf den

gefrorenen St. Moritzersee. Zusätzlich waren über 200 Journalisten, Fotografen und Kamerateams

aus der ganzen Welt vor Ort. Ferner war die Nachfrage nach VIP- und Chukker Club-Tickets an

allen Tagen aussergewöhnlich hoch. Am Samstag waren sowohl die «Baku St. Moritz Gala» im

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel wie auch die VIP Plätze ausgebucht.

Für Begeisterung sorgte an allen drei Turniertagen auch das «Sarhadchi» Cavalry Team aus

Aserbaidschan. Die aus zwölf Reiterinnen und Reitern bestehen de Gruppe mit ihren edlen

Karabach-Pferden trat seit der Gründung im Jahr 2012 regelmässig an hochklassigen

internationalen Events auf. So zum Beispiel an der Geburtstagsfeier von Queen Elizabeth II, wo

sie ihre fesselnde «Land of Fire Azerbaijan»-Performance präsentierten.

Das Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, offizieller Catering Partner des Snow Polo World Cup, rollte an den

drei Tagen des Turniers im VIP-Zelt 2'800 Stück Sushi und kredenzte je 500 Flaschen Rot- und

Weisswein. Zwyer Caviar servierte ausserdem 15kg feinsten Kaviar. Zusätzlich wurden im VIP-Zelt

und im Polo Village über 2'000 Flaschen Perrier -Jouët Champagner und rund 115 Liter Royal

Salute Whisky ausgeschenkt.

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«Baku Moritz Polo Award 2019» für Lando Simonetti, Gründer von La Martina

Zum zweiten Mal wurde am Galaabend am Samstagabend im Badrutt’s Palace Hotel der «Baku

Moritz Polo Award» verliehen, welcher jährlich ausserordentliche Leistungen zugunsten des

Polosports würdigt. Preisträger 2019 ist Lando Simonetti, Gründer und Inhaber der Marke La

Martina. Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 1985 unterstützt La Martina das Polospiel und verbreitet seine

Werte. Nachdem zuerst Stiefel und Sättel gefertigt wurden, hat das Unternehmen expandiert, eine

Lifestyle-Kollektion ins Leben gerufen und sich in technologischer Hinsicht weiterentwickelt. Heute

hat La Martina das Niveau erreicht, das in diesem anspruchsvollen Sport gefordert wird.

Dem Komitee, welches die Preisträger bestimmt, gehören neben Reto Gaudenzi, Gründer Snow

Polo World Cup St. Moritz und Präsident der World Polo GmbH, Elchin Guliyev, Präsident der

Pferdesportvereinigung von Aserbaidschan, Dr. Piero Dillier, Vizepräsident Federation of

International Polo (FIP), Birgit Hügli-Hermann, Eigentümerin und Publisher des Magazins Polo &

Luxury und Initiantin des Awards, und Richard Leuenberger, Managing Director Badrutt’s Palace

Hotel, an.

Sehr gute äussere Bedingungen an allen drei Turniertagen

Den Organisatoren und ihren rund 100 Helfern war es im Vorfeld gelungen, auch in diesem Jahr

einen hervorragend präparierten Platz zu erstellen. Am Turnierwochenende standen rund 250

Personen im Einsatz, die mit grossem Einsatz dafür sorgten, den Spielern und ihren Ponys die

perfekten Bedingungen zu ermöglichen. So haben sie wesentlich dazu beigetragen, dass der 35.

Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz wiederum zu einem Event der absoluten Extraklasse und zum

sportlichen und gesellschaftlichen Höhepunkt der Polo-Wintersaison werden konnte.

Die Resultate des 35. Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz:

Freitag, 25. Januar 2019

Cup

Teams

Resultat

The Royal Salute Trophy

Azerbaijan Land of Fire vs. Cartier

5,5 - 5

President’s Cup

Maserati vs. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

6 - 5

Samstag, 26. Januar 2019

Cup

Teams

Resultat

Maserati Cup

Badrutt’s Palace vs. Azerbaijan LoF

7 - 3,5

Deutsche Bank Wealth

Maserati vs. Cartier

7,5 - 6

Management Challenge

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Sonntag, 27. Januar 2019

Cup

Teams

Resultat

La Martina Cup

Azerbaijan Land of Fire vs. Cartier

5 - 0

THE CARTIER TROPHY

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel vs. Maserati

7 - 3

Bilder zum Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2019 können kostenfrei heruntergeladen

werden (nur für redaktionelle Verwendung): http://bit.ly/SnowPoloWorldCup2019_Photos

Snow Polo und die Evviva Polo St. Moritz AG

Polo auf Schnee wurde als Weltpremiere erstmals 1985 in St. Moritz gespielt. Seither steht St. Moritz am

letzten Januarwochenende immer im Zeichen des Snow Polo World Cups. 2014 haben bekannte Exponenten

der Schweizer Polo Szene die Evviva Polo St. Moritz AG gegründet und mit der Gemeinde St. Moritz einen

langjährigen Vertrag geschlossen, um so die Fortführung des Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz nachhaltig zu

sichern. Der Verwaltungsrat setzt sich zusammen aus Dr. Piero Dillier (Präsident), Reto Gaudenzi

(Vizepräsident und CEO) und Arndt Küchel. Mitglieder des Advisory Board sind Dr. Thomas Rinderknecht

und Peter A. C. Blum, Managing Director ist Jürg Reinger. Durchgeführt wird das Turnier in enger

Zusammenarbeit mit einem eingespielten Team aus lokalen Hotels, Unternehmen und Fachspezialisten, der

Gemeinde und ihrer See Infra AG. Weitere Infos unter www.snowpolo-stmoritz.com

Hinweis an die Medienschaffenden

Medienschaffende können sich für das Turnier 2020 ab Spätsommer online unter www.snowpolo-

stmoritz.com/media akkreditieren.

Media Services Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

Katja Grauwiler

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Evviva Polo St. Moritz AG

Reto Gaudenzi

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Jürg Reinger

+41 79 402 92 75

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Sponsoren und Partner Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2019

Team Sponsors Cartier, Maserati, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel und Azerbaijan Land of Fire

Global Lead Partner Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Official Outfitter La Martina

Trophy Sponsors Cartier, La Martina, Maserati, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, Royal Salute

Helmet Sponsor NETJETS

Official Hotels Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hôtel des Bains, Carlton

Hotel, Suvretta House, Crystal Hotel, Steffani Hotel, Hotel Corvatsch, Hotel Laudinella, Hotel

Sonne

Official Partner Hotel Schweizerhof

Hotel Zurich

Official Restaurants Chesa Veglia/Polo Bar, CHE CHA

Sponsors Maura Wasescha, NETJETS, Pernod Ricard Swiss, Slupinski-Furs, UBV Lanz AG, Sprüngli,

Azerbaijan Land of Fire, Heineken, Trois Pommes

VIP Catering Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Official Suppliers Perrier-Jouët, Zwyer, Cecchetto, Sprüngli, Heineken, Cigar Must

Official Travel Finass, Castle Premier Services, ASC

Agencies & Forwarding

Partners

Official Airline Etihad Airways

Guest Resort Mauritius

Exhibitors Maura Wasescha , Azerbaijan Land of Fire, La Martina, Casino St. Moritz, NETJETS, Ender

Sport St. Moritz, Alps & Meters, Royal Salute, cellcosmet

Public Catering Badrutt’s Palace Hotel & local partners

Official Medical Klinik Gut St. Moritz

Partner

Supporter Engadin St. Moritz, Klinik Gut, Gemeinde St. Moritz, Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz,

St. Moritz Tourismus, Ski Service Corvatsch, O. Christoffel AG, Blasto

Official Affiliated Polo Park & Country Club Zürich

Club

TV Partner ENJY.TV

Official Snow Polo The Polo Magazine, Polo Times

Magazine Publisher

Media Partners The Polo Magazine, Good Style Magazine, Prestige Magazine, The Luxury Report,

Connoisseur, Hola!, Polo Times, Polo & Luxury Country Life Magazine, Polo International,

Swisshealth Magazine, Class Horse TV, Blush, Le Grand Mag, L’Officiel, La Bocha’, Polo

Quarterly, H Fusion Media Group, SMAC

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