Arizona’s own saddles up for Scottsdale polo championships

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

Andrés Camacho eats, breathes, and lives polo, “the sport of kings.”

There is no doubt that Camacho is beyond excited for the 5th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the WestWorld of Scottsdale.

His team, the Arizona Polo Club, will take on the San Diego Polo Club at 1 p.m. in the second of three high-octane polo matches.

32-year-old Camacho is also a fifth generation polo player and the sport has been part of his family for more than 100 years, according to a press release. As a young child in Colombia, he and his brother would accompany his father to polo matches at the Polo Club of Bogota on weekends.

He continued playing the sport after moving to Arizona in 2010 to pursue his MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Camacho even met his wife, Natalie, on the polo field.

Camacho is one of the best polo players in Arizona’s history and is currently the highest rated player in Arizona, and plays for the Arizona Polo Club. Players have handicaps from -2 goals to 10 goals, with 10 being the highest. At any given time, there are perhaps only 10 to 15 players in the world with a perfect handicap of 10-goal.

“Even though I have a great deal of personal accomplishments in polo, you play polo as a team and win as a team,” stated Camacho in the release. “Individually, both you and your horse both need to be in good shape physically and mentally.”

The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships expects to draw over 15,000 attendees to take part in “America’s Most Interesting Polo Event,” the release stated. Along with all the unique happenings that make this event truly spectacular, the on-field polo competition is the fiercest in the nation and Camacho will showcase his talents with his Arizona Polo Club teammates against the San Diego Polo Club.

“Polo is so unique in that you are on a horse, racing over 30 MPH, at times with your team trying to score,” stated Camacho in the release. “It’s like any other game where you are thinking strategy, offense, and defense, but all decisions with polo are made i n a split second, leading to high adrenaline and excitement.”

For more information or to buy tickets visit http://thepoloparty.com/site.

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