Polo is Haute : USPA America Polo Cup in Santa Barbara

Capella Residences Bahia Maroma and Haute Living team-up to present the USPA America Polo Cup in Santa Barbara.


Capella Residences Bahia Maroma, a stunning new resort and residential community slated to open March 2009 on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, teamed-up with Haute Living to present the finals of the America Polo Cup. The storied tournament, which began in 1964 and is sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, was held at the beautiful Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Sunday, August 17, 2008.

More than 75 guests attended the invitation-only event and enjoyed a lovely buffet brunch, wine tasting of Alma Rosa wines, and two action-packed polo games, which included both the consolation and the finals of the USPA America Cup.

The casually chic crowd included Elizabeth Skene; Ambassador Glen Holden with his wife Gloria; Dr. and Mrs. Allan Wilson and daughter Reba; HUB International’s Grace Neuman and James Merriman; Karina and Bob Wooley; Julie Greener; Clarisa and Wesley Ru; Los Angeles brokers Joyce Rey, Mo Abourched and Tamiko Mosley; and Mark Scoggins of Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Hosts included Capella Hotels & Resorts’ John Drake and Haute Living’s Angela Santopinto along with developers of Capella Residences Bahia Maroma including Carlos Tommasi of Mexico City, Sergio Peschard, and Kent Gaydos with ING Clarion Partners.

The America Cup finals action featured Teams Audi against Zacara. Audi won the final with 12 goals over Zacara’s 10 goals. The awards presentation was presided over by Capella Residences Bahia Maroma and ING Clarion Partners as awards were presented to both teams. Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Winery presented special wines to the players and Haute Living presented the Most Valuable Player sponsor Marc Ganzi with a striking Catena USA watch.