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Beach Buzz: Polo competition returning to South Beach – Miami Beach – MiamiHerald.com

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Polo returns to the sands of South Beach (between 20th and 22nd Streets) April 25-28.

The competition begins April 25 with the South Beach Women’s Polo Cup. The day-long series of round-robin matches features eight teams, including 2012 champs Cecilia Cochran and Alicia Harden, and SMU’s Pamela Flanagan and Tiffany Busch (of the Anheuser-Busch family).

Friday through Sunday (April 26-28), six men’s teams will vie for the ninth annual Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Players include the legendary Carlos Gracida of Mexico, Kris Kampsen of the United States (last year’s MVP), and Luis Escobar of Costa Rica.

Riding alongside Escobar is his teammate and “patron” (team owner): Tommy Kato of Miami Beach. Kato, 40, owns Merchant Hub, a Beach-based credit-card processing company. He attended the event six years ago — and was hooked.

“I’d never ridden a horse before, and when I saw that game, I decided I needed to play in that tournament,” Kato said.

He took polo lessons from Escobar’s Santa Clarita ranch/school in Wellington — and later bought thoroughbreds from Escobar, including two (Julio and Sanyo) that will participate in this year’s competition. Continue reading

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Merchant Hub Sponsors Miami Beach Polo 2013

  The world’s largest and most prestigious polo tournament on the beach is back – the Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2013! On April 25, beginning with the South Beach Women’s Polo Cup V, join avid fans, renowned players, celebrities and more as they enjoy the sun and the “sport of kings” on the pristine beaches of Miami Beach. Among the men team players are Thomas Kato, CEO of Merchant Hub. For it’s 9th year in a row Merchant Hub is proud to be a sponsor of Miami Beach Polo. For tickets or more info. visit  http://www.miamipolo.com.

Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2013
April 25 – 28, 201
Between 21st and 22nd Streets
Miami Beach

Schedule:

Thursday, April 25 – South Beach Women’s Polo Cup V, Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX Kick-Off Party
Friday, April 26 – Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX
Saturday, April 27 – Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX & Fashion Show by La Martina
Sunday, April 28 – Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX Final Play-Offs, Finals & Farewell Party