With its beautiful scenery and excellent conditioning, the San Martin polo field hosted most of the tournaments, while the Junín field was well used this season for the more informal matches and practices. We were pleased to see more and more players from Spring to Fall on their horses for practice and pick up matches. Friendly, ranch polo is what El Desafío is all about.
The main tournaments were well attended, with excellent play and a diverse group of winners:
Third edition of the “Polo de los Andes Cup”: Winning Team El Desafío (Marcelo Arredondo, Ariel Cabaleira, Raúl Mohr and Andrés Sorzana)
- Sociedad Rural de Nequen Cup – 2015: Winning Team Collón-Cura/BPN with Federico Bergter, Francisco del Campo, Gaston Moore and Enrique del Campo.
- El Desafío Cup – 5th Edition: Winning Team El Desafío Blanco with: Fernando Vicentini, Cruz Zimmermann, Francisco Atarazo, and Mito Goti.
- 1st edition End of Summer Tournament: Winning Team El Desafío/Alegría with: Pascual Payalafquen, Lucas Gómez, Andrés Sorzana and Marcelo Arredondo.
As in 2014, the El Desafío Cup ended with a benefit party for Fundación Puentes de Luz, benefitting kids with special needs and their families, with hundreds of people attending under a beautiful Patagonia starred sky.
The winning team sponsored by Law Firm Blousson and the runner up El Desafio – Stella Artois received their prizes just before local band Toma Dos took stage with covers of local and international bands. Catering was provided by Pepicche and local Neuquen Chef Tomás Campbell served dishes with vegatables grown by Puentes de Luz in their own vegetable garden.
This new edition of the El Desafío Cup is now a staple event of the San Martin de los Andes summer calendar, offering not only a great sport event but backing such noble cause carried out by Puentes de Luz to benefit so many kids in need and their families.