L’année 2015 marque le 350e anniversaire de l’arrivée des premiers chevaux en Nouvelle-France. Quoi de mieux qu'un bel événement de Polo sur Neige pour célébrer cet animal majestueux?
Merci à tous nos invités, commanditaires, organisateurs, bénévoles sans oublier les gens de Tremblant qui ont contribué à faire de cette première édition du Snow Polo Tremblant un gros succès.
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World-class inaugural snow polo event in Tremblant
“Polo on the snow, Tremblant style”
Over 2500 spectators attended the very first international snow polo event on a Canadian frozen lake last Saturday in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. The perfect backdrop set the tone, beautiful polo horses and dignitaries on the frozen lake Tremblant, with the mountain in the background, the warm sun in the picture-perfect blue bird sky, the jet-setters, sports celebrities and the who’s who sipping Champagne dressed to the nines, everyone feeling the magic of what was about to unfold.
This age-old sport of kings best known worldwide with players like Princes William and Harry is now reaching a much wider audience of ski resorts goers and horse lovers alike. The very first official polo tournament on snow was in 1985 on the frozen lake of St-Moritz, the much-acclaimed reference 30 years later in the sport to this day.
Interviewed on-site, organizer Herbert Ratsch of Sotheby’s international realty in Mont-Tremblant, is truly ecstatic from the resounding success of this venture. “Four years ago, I had a far-fetched discussion in a Tremblant bar with people from Switzerland that led to bringing this kind of high-end event to Tremblant. I later met Justin Fogarty president of Polo Canada and Lawyers Polo, as well as Marc Perreault of Landco Construction, both high caliber polo players who came on board and helped me pull it all off.” Key sponsors included Bell Media, Sun Life Financials and MSA Financial, as well as many other supporters and service providers who made it all possible on such short notice.
The much-anticipated match was preceded by a parade for all on Place St-Bernard at the foot of the Tremblant ski resort, followed by a glorious opening ceremony with the RCMP. The match in itself was as exciting as any type of world cup, the Canadian red team defeating the International blue team 4 to 2. Rules for snow polo are quite easy to follow; teams of three players on harnessed horses try to score goals with a wooden mallet and a red ball in the opposing team’s goals, over four “chukkers” or periods of around 7 minutes each. The closing ceremonies featured an authentic Argentinean BBQ and buffet spread prepared by Christine Bernier Catering, with contributions from Veuve Cliquot and Stella Artois. Pre and post-match cocktails were served at Hotel Quintessence with a musical trio.
The organizers’ vision going forward is to bring 6 to 8 international teams for the 2016 edition over three full days, with interest from Argentina, Britain, USA, even Jamaica and Ghana. Over 50 international players were in attendance this time around all eager to join the player ranks in the future. There will also be a charitable involvement and numerous lifestyle events bringing the true snow polo experience to life.