The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz has announced the teams that will be competing for the Cartier Trophy in 2016. Teams from England, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland have signed up for the only high-goal tournament on snow. Chris Hyde, currently the world’s best snow polo player, will be playing once again. The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz will take place from 29 to 31 January 2016.

16418165881_0fa3a2c849_bThere were a number of well-known applicants from Europe and overseas for one of the four team slots available at the Snow Polo World Cup 2016. In the end, the tournament management, headed by founder Reto Gaudenzi, invited Spencer Mccarthy (England), Rommy Gianni (Italy), Richard Fagan (Ireland), and Cedric Schweri (Switzerland) to the tournament. The four captains will now set about to put together a high-goal team each. The four-times St. Moritz winners Nacho Gonzalez (GBR) and Chris Hyde (GBR) have already been announced as part of the English team. Hyde has previously won the St. Moritz tournament five times; he is currently regarded as the world’s best snow polo player.

World-class polo against the magnificent mountain backdrop of the Engadin is set on the agenda for the last weekend in January. St. Moritz is the birthplace of snow polo: the world’s first ever polo tournament on snow took place on the frozen lake here 32 years ago. The three tournament days will see excellent polo being played and a series of social events taking place on the lake as well as in St. Moritz’s first-class hotels. Once again, well over 20’000 spectators are expected.

«Year and again, our guests delight in the special ambience on the frozen lake set amidst one of the most beautiful mountain sceneries in the world,» Reto Gaudenzi, founder and CEO of Evviva Polo St. Moritz Ltd, enthuses. «No place in the world better encapsulates the combination of true hospitality, luxury, and authentic, Alpine lifestyle. It is a meeting place for locals and visitors, polo fans, winter sports enthusiasts and those who just came to enjoy life.»

Sportsmen will agree on the singular standing of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz: polo on snow is not played at such a high level anywhere else in the world. As such, St. Moritz has become a fixture in the calendar for many world-class players and polo fans from all corners of the world. Some 100 polo ponies are brought to St. Moritz ahead of the tournament so that they can get accustomed to the snow and the climate.

As always, entry to the St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup is free—including access to the stands. Local chefs superintended by Badrutt’s Palace Hotel will present a vast array of culinary specialties to the public. The guests in the VIP area will enjoy the treats of star chef Reto Mathis.


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