31st Annual PACE Polo For Heart charity tournament June 25, 26, 27

"World-class polo for a cause"

RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - This "Summit" weekend, PACE Polo For Heart in Richmond Hill provides the perfect escape with a beautiful day in the country and exciting sport of polo! With plenty of action on and off the field the "polo experience" includes sipping champagne, picnicking, and mingling with some of the world's top polo players from as far away as Argentina.

Daily activities include two professional polo matches along with pre and half-time shows. Events kick-off at 11:30 a.m. with a bantam polo game, performing dog show and Polo Pony Parade. A "Polo 101" demonstration between chukkers of match one gives everyone the basics of the game. At half-time guests are invited onto the turf for the crowd-pleasing "Champagne Divot Stomp" as the magnificent Descenders Parachutists land on the field! A performance by the Canadian Cowgirls Precision riding team, and breathtaking "dressage quadrille to music" demonstration by some of Canada's top young dressage riders, rounds off the intermission. Following the second game everyone is invited back onto the field to meet up close and personal the polo players and their horses.

On-site activities include pony rides, a bouncy castle and free face painting for the kids, boutiques, an 'Art Walk' featuring works from local artists, silent auction and refreshment tents. Prizes are awarded daily for the "best hat" and "best picnic."

All proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Chase McEachern Tribute Fund, which helps put automatic external defibrillators in community centres and schools across Ontario, and the Regional Cardiac Care Centre at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the gate. Children under 12 enter free. Since 1979 Polo For Heart has raised over $5 million for heart and stroke-related charities. The Gormley Polo Centre is located at 13401 Leslie Street, just south of Bloomington Road in north Richmond Hill. For more information and directions visit www.poloforheart.org.

    
    GAME SCHEDULE

    Friday, June 25, 2010
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    1:00 p.m.                            3:00 p.m.
        PACE       vs Rogers                Brookfield  vs Willow

    Saul Benitez   0  David Wayne    1   Brandon           Pablo
                                          Phillips      5   Falabella     5
    Elizabeth
     Hearn         0  Keri Weir      0   Derek Sifton   2  Paul Knapp     2
    Steve Flowers  0  Scott Weir     2   King Ward      0  Mike Egan      0
    Fernandito
     Massalin      2  Annabel Begg   0   Justin Fogarty 1  Bobby Genovese 1
                   -                 -                  -                 -
                   2                 3                  8                 8


    Saturday, June 26, 2010
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    11:30 a.m. Bantam Game

    1:00 p.m.                            3:00 p.m.
        Rivkin     vs VRG Capital            PACE        vs Mercedes

    Tim Houlton    0  Les Johnson    1   Pablo              Brandon
                                          Falabella       5   Phillips      5
    Andrew Rivkin  0  Katie Johnson  0   Tommy Anton      4  Dave Offen     4
    Bev Brooks     0  Paul Knapp     2   Leo Carrion      2  Evan White     3
    Scott Weir     2  King Ward      0   F. Massalin Jr.  2  Derek Sifton   2
                   -                 -                    -                 -
                   2                 3                   13                14


    Sunday, June 27, 2010
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    11:30 a.m. Bantam Game

    1:00 p.m.                              3:00 p.m.
        PACE      vs Cadillac Fairview         AT & T     vs Highland

    Ryan Roy      1  Ryley Begg      1     Pablo Falabella 5  Brandon
                                                               Phillips     5
    Alix Begg     1  Nicole Offen    0     Tommy Anton     4  Martine
                                                               Jarguay      4
    Brendan
     Stenzel      2  Cody Offen      2     Evan White      3  Robby Egan    2
    Arthur Strahl 0  Alex Jenkins    1     Andrew Rivkin   0  Brian O'Leary 1
                  -                  -                     -                -
                  4                  4                    12               12


    Daily Activity Schedule:

    11:30 a.m. - Bantam polo game
    12:30 p.m. - K9 Performing Dogs
    12:50 p.m. - Polo Pony/Mercedes Benz Parade
    1:00 p.m. -  Polo Match No.1
    1:30 p.m. -  Polo 101 Demonstration (between chukkers)
    2:00 p.m. -  Champagne Divot Stomp
                 Canadian Cowgirls Precision Riders
                 Skydivers landing onto the field
    3:00 p.m. -  Polo Match No.2
    4:00 p.m. -  Mix and Mingle with the Riders and Horses
                 Entertainment
    

Up to date schedules available in the Media Area, second floor of the Announcer's Tower.

SOURCE PACE POLO FOR HEART

For further information: For further information: Jackie Cousins, 416-543-7700, jackiecousins@sympatico.ca, www.poloforheart.org

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