THE SUPERBOWL OF POLO
B Y T A R E Q S A L A H I
When my wife Michaele and I began planning the America’s Cup of Polo three years ago, we set out to plan the Superbowl of Polo. It was huge undertaking, but given our penchant for party planning, we were up to it. We eventually found a home for the cup in fall 2006 at Morven Park – but the greater challenge was that the berms and the polo fi eld weren’t complete. Through the greatest team work imaginable – and 20,000 truck loads of dirt – the Americas Polo Cup fi eld and viewing berms came to be thanks to great partners and friends at Morven Park, Charlie Muldoon and Mike Skinner at Shiffl et & Associates. It took roughly six months to create the berms, but the behind-the-scenes planning took nearly three years. At the same time, we were busy securing a number of ninegoal Polo players – which is one the highest rankings a polo player can have. I captained the U.S. team, which eventually lost in a hard fought and entertaining match. However, I’m sure if I had been spending more time in the saddle practicing instead of on the phone organizing, the score would have favored the U.S. team. I’m sure the British captian, Debbie Nash would agree, right Debbie? The day wasn’t about competition. It was about celebrating America’s diversity, and giving polo fans, fashion lovers and top polo supporters from around the world a chance to enjoy a perfect day in the Virginia countryside while supporting the Journey for the Cure Foundation. Italian Ambassador Castellaneta Giovanni has already told me to prepare for a tough Italian team to challenge the U.S. next May. We’ll be ready!.