Ralph Lauren Polo Model & Professional Polo Player Nacho Figueras
to Compete in Charity Polo Match at Empire Polo Club
Charity polo match to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley
Internationally recognized professional polo player and Ralph Lauren Polo model Nacho Figueras will be playing polo at Empire Polo Club on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 in the Polo d’Elegance Charity Match. The theme of the event will revolve around horsepower, combining a blend of the elegant sport of polo with modern and vintage luxury automobiles. This one-day event will offer spectators the chance to watch Nacho compete in a high-goal polo match while supporting a good cause, the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley.
In addition to the horsepower on the playing field, The Thermal Club, a private motorsports facility, and Land Rover of Rancho Mirage will host a display of rare high performance cars during the event. A select number of private car collections will also be on site, giving spectators a rare view of some unique automobiles.
Nacho Figueras may be best known internationally as the face of Ralph Lauren’s Black Watch collection and World of Polo fragrances. According to Conan O’Brien, “he’s one of the ‘greatest polo players in the world.” Oprah Winfrey calls him “one of the most handsome men in the world” while Lara Logan of 60 Minutes describes him as “the game’s greatest ambassador.”
“The success I have had with Ralph Lauren has given me more fame and publicity than polo has,” Figueras confesses. “So I am trying to use that publicity as a platform from which to promote the game I love so much, to make it more accessible to the general public,” he says, smiling.
Nacho’s participation in the Polo d’Elegance event supports his efforts to spread and popularize the game of polo and combines with his ongoing donation of time in support of charitable causes — two great reasons to show up at the Empire Polo Club on March 23rd.
The Polo d’Elegance Charity Event is the coordinated effort of Empire Polo Club and Nacho Figueras. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley.
Event: Polo d’Elegance Charity Polo Match
Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM ; Gates open at 3:00 PM
Cost: General Admission $20 per car; VIP Silver Admission $25 per person; $75 VIP Gold Admission + VIP Lounge
Location: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Ave. 50, Indio, CA 92201
Charity: Boys and Girls Club
3:00 PM Gates Open
4:00 – 6:15 PM Polo Match
6:30 PM Trophy Presentation in VIP area
6:30 – 8:30 – VIP Gold Lounge After Party
For more information about the event or to buy tickets visit www.PoloDelegance.com.
The Teams …
High-goal polo has returned to the desert. Two teams handicapped at 18-Goals will take the field to compete in the Polo d’Elegance Charity Polo Game. This game is the highest level of polo played in the Greater Palm Springs area in many years. A match handicapped at this level is a rare opportunity and will draw a large number of spectators. Be sure and get your tickets early at www.PolodElegance.com.
Beverly Hills Polo Team
Bash Kazi – Handicap 0
Nacho Figueras – Handicap 6
Kris Kampsen – Handicap 6
Mariano Fassetta – Handicap 6
Trinity Polo Team
Dr. Rick Paicius – Handicap 0
Jose Donoso – Handicap 7
Juan Jaramillo – Handicap 6
Marcelo Abbiatti – Handicap 5
Directions To Empire Polo Club
From I-10 take the Monroe St. exit and head south on Monroe St. Turn right on Avenue 50. The entrance for Polo d’Elegance will be the Empire Polo Club middle gate on Avenue 50. Follow the parking signs.
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51
Indio, CA 92201
About Nacho Figueras
An Argentine native, Nacho grew up on a small farm outside of Buenos Aires. He began playing polo at the age of 9 and turned professional at the age of 17. He played in Europe before coming to the United States in 1999 where his innate talent elevated him to a 7-goal handicap (90% of the players in the country are rated at 2-goals or less) and found himself playing the prestigious Palm Beach-Greenwich-Bridgehampton circuit. Nacho currently carries a 6-goal handicap.
Nacho is married to photographer and former top model Delfina Blaquier. Together they have four children: Hilario, Aurora, Artemio and Alba.
Over a dozen years ago, he was approached by photographer Bruce Weber at a dinner party in the Hamptons. Weber thought he had the right look for a variety of products. Nacho never thought about it but decided that with additional revenue he could continue to feed his polo addiction by investing in more horses. Within a year he started modeling for Ralph Lauren and has been under contract ever since.
About The Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley
About Empire Polo Club
Empire Polo Club is a world-class, international polo club. Established in 1987, Empire Polo Club is one of the largest polo clubs on the west coast with 12 polo fields and an indoor arena and polo school. The winter polo season at Empire Polo Club runs from December – March 31st, 2013. Polo games are open to the public with featured matches on Friday nights at 6 PM and Sunday’s at 12 & 2 PM. For more information about Empire Polo Club visit www.EmpirePolo.com.