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  • Interview with Nic Roldán

Interview with Nic Roldán
Interview with Nic RoldánInterview with Nic Roldán

Interview with Nic Roldán

"I'm very happy that the HPA and the Home Office came to an agreement"

March 24, 2017
March 24, 2017
On the upcoming UK Season: "A couple of weeks ago we were sort of undefended, it was a little scary, a little nerve-wracking, we didn't know what was going to happen with the visas, immigration, with the Home Office. And it was tough. I think everyone is very worried and I'm glad that the HPA and the Home Office came to an agreement. Historically, England has some of the most important tournaments in the world, they attract a lot of media and polo needs to be played. Those tournaments need to be played in England."

On the current Season in the USA: "It turns out that it has become a really good season where we have 8 teams in the Joe Barry and 14 in the Ylvisaker. There's a lot of polo being played everywhere and I think with Grand Champions that’s a lot of polo at either Medium-Goal or Low-Goal. And the High-Goal Polo at 26 has picked up a little bit slow. Three teams in the CV Whitney, 4 in the Gold and maybe 5 or 6 in the US Open. I played the 20-Goal in Grand Champions with Mark (Ganzi), the Sterling Cup, and then we're going to play the World Cup which is a tournament at Grand Champions, then Mark is playing the Gold Cup. We’re playing the Butler with Melissa (Ganzi), Gonzalito (Pieres) and Rodrigo (Andrade). And then I’m playing the Open with Marc, and Melissa is playing with Rodrigo and the two Pieres."

On the 20 & 26-Goal: "You drive down the road and every field is being used. There has been a lot of controversy, a lot of discussion about the opportunities to lower it to 22 goals and maybe starting the season a little later instead of starting at the end of December, beginning of January. I think all in all we want more teams, more polo, so if lowering the limit to 22 is the solution, that might have to be an option. I've always loved playing 26-Goal polo and I think all the other High-Goal players and some of the sponsors love the 26-Goal, they enjoy the 26-Goal. I still enjoy playing 26 because it's so prestigious and I know it's something that is different, that England doesn't have, nowhere else in the world has it but the United States."

On his career in the United States: "Luckily, I grew up here in the United States and run up in the ranks and then became one of the top players in the country. I've been very lucky to have Marc and Melissa Ganzi over the past 3 or 4 years which is giving me a great job all year-round. I think working with the USPA is tough because I feel like we’ve been trying to do all the right things and there’s been some hiccups in the road and I think sometimes we need to focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about a lot of other things that the USPA maybe worries a little too much about. We need to promote polo, we gotta promote our young players and we have to create our future, and I think that’s been very important for us, for polo, for the United States. I think that everyone wants to do their own thing and I think polo is at a stage where we all need to collaborate together, we need to all get together and unify and try to head in one direction."

On La Indiana 2017: "After the US Open I’m going to England with La Indiana again. Last year we had a great year and we came up short in some tournaments but all-in-all to be able to get to as many finals as La Indiana did was pretty remarkable. It's a fun organization, they really are doing the right things, they’re spending a lot of money on horses, they're doing all the right things to become one of the best teams in the world. So, we're going back with Tincho (Merlos), Luke Tomlinson and Michael (Bickford), and we are going to play England and then I'm not sure if I’m staying in Europe and playing in Sotogrande in August with La Indiana as well; I don't know. There was talk about lowering it to 20 goals. That's the plan so I'm excited. I think Michael is a great guy and he's a lot of fun to play with and there's a great organisation there and we're building a string of horses for myself and for the rest of the team so I think it'll be a good year. I think we have a good team, horse-wise we’re going to be better than we were last year which is going to be important, but at the same time there are a lot of competitive teams in England, even though I think this year they're down a couple of teams from last year. It'll pick up and it's a competitive season that I love it, I love being there."

On his activities in Argentina: "I was in Argentina last year. I went just after Grand Champions; I went and played some practices, tried some horses and watched the polo. It’s the best season in the world and it's still amazing how superior La Dolfina and Ellerstina are to everyone else. And especially I guess La Dolfina has done extremely well over the past 4 or 5 years, those two organizations are top top but it was also really exciting to see a new generation. What Cría Yatay did this year was great and I think that gives everybody that little bit of motivation because there are the two top teams that I think will continue to be superior to everyone else for a couple of more years until maybe they split, but I think the other tier of four or maybe other six teams are all very competitive and very even. I think it could be anyone's day in a game against Alegría, La Aguada or any of those guys. I think it's great for polo in a way it’s going to give other players inspiration and motivation to maybe play the Open. It definitely did for me. And I'm already thinking about it, I'm going to play and try and I’m going there this year for the whole season. I was trying to work on some qualification teams but I don't know exactly what's going to happen right now for this year. I think maybe this time I might not push it and just try to go there."

On Unión del Polo: "I’ve only heard what’s been going on in Argentina but I haven't been too involved, especially in the past couple of years because I've been here, but to be honest I think it's great. I mean, specially if you've got Facundo and Cambiaso and all of those guys embracing it, having a guy like Eduardo Novillo who has been one of the top polo players in the world and now he's a legend in Argentina and the family, and he is a very well respected guy. He knows polo and I think that it is important and special to get in the Association. And I think that's maybe what we lack here in the United States and maybe in all the Associations. We don't have one guy that lived it who that lives polo like Eduardo Novillo did but there are plenty of options in the United States of people that could do it as well, and I think it's important to have a guy like that in an Association. I think it's great and I think for the most part all the players are supporting it as well, so I think I'll probably bring some change and bring a lot of good out of it."

On the Brooke USA upcoming event: "On March 24th I'm doing the Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo event to benefit the Brooke USA which is a Charity that I work for here in the United States. It’s one of the largest equal welfare organisations and we had our first event last year which was a huge success and we're doing our second one this year on a Friday night. We’re going to have a polo match before and a party and a barbecue, and it's a lot of fun and it's a great organisation. They do a lot of great good for animals in some of the poorest countries in the world, I'm a huge supporter, Wellington is the Equestrian Haven in the United States, so it's great and we're really excited about it."