The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower
The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower brings polo––and much more––to the Valley.
By Sondra Barr
Prepare to behold all of the beauty and power of horses, automobiles, and polo players your eyes can handle.
On Sat., Nov. 5, the sixth annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower takes to WestWorld for a day of posh decadence. Equal parts pageantry and panache, the event offers high revelry for a modern age complete with luxury vehicles, fashion, art, music, cocktails, dancing, fireworks, and, yes, beautiful women (and men) competing astride powerful beasts traveling upwards of 30 mph.
This year the event is even bigger and better than ever with four premier polo matches featuring some of the best players in the world including America’s top polo player and GQ model Nic Roldan. He’ll be playing in the featured match at The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships for the third time as a member of the Aspen Valley Polo Club, which will be defending its title.
According to event founder Jason Rose, “It’s the world’s most interesting polo party.” You’d be hard pressed not to agree if you’ve attended in years past. Akin to the vibrant atmosphere at the 16th Hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but with polo––not golf––in the starring role, it draws a diverse crowd who come to experience the events within events. With general admission starting at just $20 and a special $10 twilight-only pass good after 3 p.m., all the way to a front-row table in the Molina Fine Jewelers’ tent for $3,500, with numerous options in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at multiple price points.
But there’s more than just polo. As one of Scottsdale’s must-attend events of the year, more than 11,000 people annually turn out for what has transformed into the country’s most attended polo event. Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to at the 2016 polo party.
Stella Artois Pavilion
Get your groove on in The Stella Artois Pavilion. An elite experience with DJs, dancing, drinks, and more, it’s pomp and party all the way for guests looking to see and be seen among the well heeled.
The World’s “Longest” Catwalk Fashion Show
A fashion show like you’ve never seen before, more than 100 models will take to the world’s longest catwalk in the middle of the polo field. Produced by Phoenix Fashion Week, it’ll showcase emerging Phoenix Fashion Week designers and boutiques on a catwalk that stretches nearly 200 yards from west to east across the field.
Barrett-Jackson Preview & Horsepower Showcase
See some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2017 Collector Car Auction, along with local Ferrari and Lamborghini car clubs lining the field. As the event’s title sponsor, you can also expect to see the most luxurious, top-of-the-line vehicles from Bentley Scottsdale.
The World’s Most Beautiful Art & Luxury Auction by J. Levine
Nothing goes better with fast-paced polo than beautiful art. This year’s auction promises to be a spectacular show of rare antiques and breathtaking works of art.
The Canine Couture
A dog and fashion show like no other, see the Valley’s most stylish pooches and pups strut their stuff on stage in stylist attire.
The Phoenician Afternoon Tea & High Society Tent
Experience afternoon tea like never before. Put on by The Phoenician Resort, enjoy traditional tea service with beautiful views of the McDowell Mountains and the rousing polo matches while being serviced by The Phoenician High Tea Hostesses on the resort’s traditional fine china.
The Polo Matches
This year’s lineup features Polo Azteca vs. La Jolla Polo Team, the Palm Springs Polo Team vs. Arizona Polo Club, and the reigning champions, the Aspen Valley Polo Club vs. Palm Beach Polo Team, followed by The Women’s Sunset Polo Match, featuring the most beautiful women in American polo, including Arizona’s highest ranked (and this month’s cover girl) Natalie Camacho and Miami Beach polo star and model, Pamela Flanagan.
Cultural Concert & Fireworks
It wouldn’t be a party without music. During The Women’s Sunset Polo Match, The Cultural Concert will play instead of the announcer. This unique concert combines the musical stylings of a hip-hop artist, the Arizona Opera, Scottsdale Philharmonic, and Grammy performer DJ Maestro Hughes. The day tops off with a bang, as a fireworks finale lights up the evening sky.
Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower
Saturday, November 5, 2016
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Opens at 10 a.m.
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