By Etta Meyer | Photos by Ethan Harrison | December 18, 2018 | Parties
The AVPC tahnks the Carbondale FD for their brave and tireless work in the Lake Christine Fire
Woody Creek Distillers kept everyone going strong in the chilly arena
Jamie Van Leeuwen from the Governor's Office and Editor-in-Chief Etta Meyer
Each year before the World Snow Polo Championships takes to the snow at Rio Grande Park, a round of seeding games are played in the arena at the Aspen Valley Polo Club. The barn is full of anticipation as the players and horses get ready for the week. Horses are shod with cleated shoes that help them grip on the snow, and the players check out the competing teams in a series of games to determine the next two days' match-ups.
This year, the official timekeeper of the events, Richard Mille, hosted a VIP luncheon in a viewing box above the games. Guests received a behind-the-scenes tour of the barn and discussed elements of the sport with the players in between rounds.
Viewers were kept fired up and cozy with cocktails mixed up by nearby Woody Creek Distillers.
It was an especially momentous day as an emissary from the governor’s office was on hand to proclaim December 17 to 20 “World Snow Polo Championship Days,” honoring the charitable contributions brought to Colorado by the sport of polo and the AVPC.
Here, here! It was only minutes before that Melissa Ganzi had handed the Carbondale Fire Department a check for $5,000 in gratitude for their brave and tireless work during last summer’s nearby Lake Christine Fire.