HOOFING IN CENTRAL PARK: The U.S. Polo Assn. brand and the United States Polo Association are lined up to sponsor the Central Park Polo Challenge, which takes place Sunday in the Trump Wollman Rink. The rink will be transformed into an arena polo venue as the finale of the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex.
Arena polo is a version of polo played with a three-person team on a much smaller field than traditional polo.
The U.S. Polo Assn. team will consist of three American polo players: Grant Ganzi, age 16, Juan Bollini, age 18, and Nic Roldan, age 31. Their opposing teams highlight polo’s rich multigenerational heritage through players Melissa Ganzi, who is Grant’s mother and Juan Bollini Sr., who is Juan’s father.
The match will be telecast on the NBC Sports Network on Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. It will be the first nationwide telecast of an arena polo match and will feature six U.S. Polo Assn. commercial spots.
In addition to providing uniforms for the team, U.S. Polo Assn. limited-edition merchandise will be available for sale at the site. Revenue generated from the sales support the sport of polo through United States Polo Association initiatives such as the Team USPA professional player development program, nationwide interscholastic and intercollegiate polo programs, as well as player safety and equine welfare programs.