5 reasons to go to the Scottsdale Polo Championships

The organizers of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses Horsepower concede that fit athletes swinging mallets atop powerful horses might not be your thing. Yet.

But they invite the public to WestWorld of Scottsdale on Oct. 25 and 26 to take in a carnival of silly to serious events running in conjunction with the polo matches.

Now in its fourth year, the polo championships are expanding to two days and building in more events that bring decorated polo players from around the world to compete in four exhibition matches.

Even if polo doesn’t seem like your thing, organizers are offering fives reasons to go when you don’t know polo.

World Food Championships

Hailing itself the Olympics of food challenges, the World Food Championships consists of regional competition in which 10 winners will advance to the Las Vegas finals on Nov. 12-18. For the regional competitions, culinary professionals to kitchen cooks compete in categories of sandwiches, cheese and seafood.

Spectators can watch cooking demonstrations, competitions and judging with a ticket to the polo championships from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

“In essence, they’re going to see the Food Network come alive,” said Mike McCloud, president of the World Food Championships. “Your market likes food. We’ve done our research. WestWorld was the ideal spot, and the polo championships make it an ideal weekend. We hope to make this an annual event and grow it bigger each year.”

Larsen Art Auction

Larsen Gallery, a longtime Scottsdale gallery, takes its second annual auction to the polo field this year, hoping the charged but relaxed atmosphere expands its client list.

A field-side gallery will be erected for more than 200 works and auctioned by celebrity auctioneer Jason Brooks of Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings.”

One piece serious collectors will likely bid on is E.I. Couse’s “The Evening Camp.” Couse is a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, and the piece could sell for as much as $200,000.

Other recognizable names in art with pieces up for auction include graffiti-inspired artist Keith Haring, Scottsdale artist Fritz Scholder and founder of what would become the Phoenix Art Museum, Philip Campbell Curtis.

The gallery also features more than 80 pieces that will sell for $1,000 or less.

To see the complete listing of works and gain entry, interested bidders must register at www.LarsenArtAuction.com.

Applewood Pet Resort’s Canine Couture

Pet-event coordinator Ivan Lugo says if you have a cute pooch in a fashionable collar, the catwalk awaits. Some of Applewood Pet Resort’s clients have employed their own doggy designers for the runway show down the polo field, he said.

“Honestly, I’m expecting anything. The judges are looking for creativity. That is the most important thing. We just want people to have fun,” Lugo said.

Up to 100 dogs will strut their stuff at 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 25. Trophies will be awarded to the top five favorites, with $1,000 awarded to first place, $500 awarded to second place and $250 awarded to third place.

The judges are “Million Dollar Listing’s” Chad Rogers, New York Times best-selling author Kelly E. Carter and two-time winner of a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s best in show competitor Gabriel Rangel.

Register for the canine fashion show at thepoloparty.com /site/the-canine-couture-registration.

Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance

The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses Horsepower title comes from the luxury-car dealership Bentley Scottsdale.

Bentley cars will be on display, joining hundreds of private collectors’ Ferraris and Lamborghinis and a preview of what’s to come at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in January.

The Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance has judges selecting Porsches in the most perfect condition. Each car starts as perfect, but once judges find something amiss points are deducted.

“What we’ve learned from past years is that we have a huge car component. It’s not Barrett-Jackson, but it’s pretty impressive, and we think that it is only going to evolve,” said Jason Rose, organizer and publicist.

Horse-chip bingo

Place your bet on a random square of field and wait for a horse to do what it does naturally. If the horse does its business in that square, you’re a winner.

Participants choose one of 2,644 squares with a $10 donation. The winner could cash out with $2,500. The remaining proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital Hope Fund.

The squares, or deeds, can be purchased before the horse-chip bingo by calling 602-933-2621, or going to phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/events/horse-chip-bingo. They also are available for purchase before noon on Oct. 25 when horse-chip bingo begins.

Owner of the winning deed need not be present to win. Smaller prizes also are available for participants.

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses Horsepower

What: Four matches with teams including the Gay Polo League vs. the Arizona Polo Club, a “battle of the sexes” match between the Women’s World All Star Team against the defending champions, the Clogau Wales Polo Team on Oct. 25. Two matches among four all-star teams occur Oct. 26.

Additional events include the Larsen Gallery art auction, a canine couture fashion show, the World Food Championships and the Arizona Porsche Concours d’ Elegance.

When: Gates open at 10:30 a.m.Oct. 25, and 10 a.m. Oct. 26.

Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road.

Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at the gate.

Details: thepoloparty.com.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2014/10/17/scottsdale-polo-championships/17432709/