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Posted on 01/11/2013 Tips & Recommendations

Polo in Buenos Aires

For those of you who love Polo, Argentina is where the action is. The Argentine Open Polo Championship (Campeonato Argentino Abierto) is the most famous interclub tournament in the world and takes place once a year. It was inaugurated in 1893 by The River Plate Polo Association. This explains why, at the beginning, its name was River Plate Polo Championship. At that time, polo was mainly concentrated in Buenos Aires and the south of Santa Fe.

Due to the long distances that players had to travel, and as a way of mitigating the high costs, the first tournament was played in two parts: Buenos Aires and Santa Fe. Polo in Buenos Aires was played at the Hurlingham Club and the second game in Cañada de Gómez –Santa Fe-. Although both tournaments were of equal importance, teams were obliged to win both of them to obtain the trophy. The first one that won this championship was The Hurlingham Club.

By 1921, and just for one year, the authority in charge of the tournament was the Argentina Polo Federation. Then in 1923 the Argentina Polo Association took control of the tournament. Since then, two significant changes occurred: the tournament’s name changed to Argentine Open Polo Championship (Campeonato Argentino Abierto) and it began to be played in the Argentina Polo Field, in Palermo, Buenos Aires.

It is important to note that the Argentine Open Polo Championship (Campeonato Argentino Abierto) together with Open Hurlingham and Open Tortugas –the tree most important in the world- form a well known tournament known as The Triple Corona. It was set up in 1971 when Los Indios and Tortugas Country Club organized a joint competition because intense rains damaged their own polo fields.

The only teams that won the three tournaments, the Triple Crown, are: Coronel Suárez (1972, 1974, 1975 y 1977), Santa Ana (1973), Ellerstina (1994 y 2010) y La Aguada (2003).

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