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Hi Alll, A different Art form. My grandson plays Polo, I am a fan. Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Gala Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Gala Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Outstanding New Hall of Fame Inductees
The polo community gathered together on the evening of Friday, Feb. 15, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner Gala. On this milestone occasion, six pillars of the sport of polo were recognized for their achievements: Daniel Gonzalez, Gerald Balding, Karlene Beal Garber, John. B Armstrong, and polo horses Mr. Polo and Conover.
Guests enjoyed a red carpet welcome, featuring a cocktail hour thanks to the incredible support from sponsors Lipman Brothers LLC, Robert Lipman, Margaret Lipman Orthwein, Brown-Forman, Bacardi USA, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Korbel Champagne, Line 39 Wine and Old Hickory Bourbon. Attendees mixed-and-mingled while enjoying the intriguing historical exhibits of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.
The night continued with guests seated for a full course dinner, sponsored by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC, and Grand Champions Polo Club. The induction ceremony was initiated by Master of Ceremonies and Museum Chairman Marty Cregg with Melissa Ganzi, Museum President, assisting with the presentation of awards. Each guest at the dinner was given a very special gift, PoloArt the 2018 Season, a collection of photos and artwork by Melinda Brewer. Published by the Museum, this project celebrates the great ponies of our sport each season, sponsored by Iconica Foundation and Central New York Community Foundation, with additional funding support from Karlene Beal Garber.
The first awards of the night went to two of polo's greatest equine heroes, Conover and Mr. Polo. Conover, owned by 10-goaler Harry Payne Whitney, was a horse that helped put American Hall of Fame players known as "the Big Four" on the international polo map in the early 1900's, serving as a favored mount for Whitney's great teammate Monty Waterbury. Accepting the award was Whitney's grandson, Leverett Miller. The distinction awarded to Memo Gracida's loyal war pony, Mr. Polo, was accepted by Mimi Gracida Boyle on behalf of Memo, who wrote a touching speech read aloud about the memorable Mr. Polo, an off-the-track Thoroughbred known for his timeless polo career which helped Gracida win an exceptional eight U.S. Open Polo Championship titles.
John B. Armstrong, a trailblazer of polo across south Texas and beyond, was honored with the Posthumous Iglehart Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to the sport. Armstrong, a 6-goal handicapper that played polo for 65 years, was best known for his long-standing influence and example of sportsmanship both on and off of the field. The award was accepted by John's son, Stewart Armstrong.
Karlene Beal Garber was the living recipient of the Philip Iglehart Award, surrounded by an entourage of family members supporting her in attendance. Garber, part of one of the most prominent polo families, has given back to the sport for many years through her charity work with the Polo Training Foundation, the Federation of International Polo, and for the good of the sport in general.
In addition, Garber had an exceptional career on the field, making history in 1999 with her all-women's BTA team of Caroline Anier, Susan Stovall, and Kristy Waters by defeating the entire field of 13 mixed teams in Eldorado Polo Club's January 4-goal league. "I'm humbled and thrilled to be in the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame," said Garber. "It is the honor of a lifetime."
Gerald Matthews Balding, a superstar of the Golden Age of polo in the 1930s, was chosen for the Posthumous Hall of Fame category. Balding was a 10-goal player from England that came to the United States to help teach the sport to Americans. Balding's successful career spanned the globe in England, the United States, India and Argentina, with highlights including winning the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 1935 and 1936, and the Monty Waterbury Cup in 1930 and 1935. The award was accepted by his daughter Gail Balding King.
Selected as the Living Hall of Fame Award recipient, Daniel Gonzalez accepted his award in style. The U.S. rated 9-goal player and the Argentine 10-goal player was there to receive the award with overwhelming support from the crowd. Gonzalez spoke candidly about winning the award, "For me, it is a great honor to be here because it is a part of something unbelievable. I am very happy to be inducted with all of the international polo legends. Not everyone has the chance to do that and I am very honored."
The glamorous night was packed with polo stars including Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier, in addition to many other former Hall of Fame Inductees such as Glen Holden, Tony Coppola, Mariano Aguerre, Jimmy Newman, Ruben Gracida, Julian Hipwood, Frederick P. Mannix, Leverett S. Miller, Gonzalo Pieres, Bill Sinclaire, Charles Smith and Paul T. von Gontard.
About the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame:
The Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the sport, its history, development and traditions by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting collections, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport. The Museum is a rich repository of documents and physical treasures which include works of art, historic trophies, artifacts, books, statistics, periodicals, films, videos, recordings and memorabilia.
The Hall of Fame honors the heroes of the sport, each year inducting icons of the past and eligible living heroes of polo. The Hall of Fame Induction Awards Dinner Gala takes place each year on the Friday of President's Day weekend in February.
For more information, visit their website here.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Gala Dinner Sponsors:
Wine and Spirits Sponsors:
Robert S. Lipman & Margaret Lipman Orthwein
Wayne & Pamela Garrison
PoloArt Gift Book Sponsor:
Horses to Remember Portraits:
Photography/Social Media & Press Support:
Jack Whitman - Junior Social Media Liaison
Traveling Outreach Program:
The Ganzi Family & the Potamkin Family
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Media Contact: Beth Kapp, Eden Rensing or Shannon McGraw
Travois is hosting a juried art exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous artists at our headquarters in the heart of metro Kansas City.
The Crossroads Arts District is the site of one of the country’s strongest First Friday eventsand attracts up to 10,000 people from across the heartland.
Our mission is to support and promote American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Indigenous Mexican artists through juried exhibition.
Our vision is to see Indigenous artists more prominently featured and powerfully supported in metropolitan Kansas City.
March 1, 2019
“Below The Surface” by Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee)
Contemporary multi-media artist Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee) has been exhibiting her intimate bronzes, photography, and encaustic relief paintings nationally and internationally since the early 1990s. Her figures serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities and our strengths. The stories are at one time both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Holly’s work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. She works in a variety of media including bronzes, encaustic, photography, glass and clay.
For Travois First Fridays, the exhibition will feature photography and sculptures. Read more about Holly on her website.
Join us Friday, March 1, from 6-8 p.m.
March 1, 2019 – Artist Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee) featured at First Friday opening
Contact Eva Schulte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-994-8970.