Teams Spiculus and Crixus to Battle It Out in $250,000 Gladiator Polo™ presented by U.S. Polo Assn. on Thursday, March 16

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:51 PM
Free Admission or Choose the $40 dollars VIP Tent With an All American 
Barbecue Feast
For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – March 15, 2017- Teams Crixus and Spiculus are revving up for Round Five of $250,000 Gladiator Polo™ presented by U.S. Polo Assn. on Thursday, March 16. The event takes place at Equestrian Village of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), also known as “The Coliseum.” Last week Team Priscus clinched an exciting 13-12 win over Team Crixus in the final moments of play.

The event pits top high-goal U.S. and international polo players against each other in the $33,000 match. The victors take home $24,000 and the opposing team receives $9,000.

Team Crixus returns this Thursday for Round Five of Gladiator Polo™ League presented by U.S. Polo Assn.
While general admission is free, an optional dining experience, spectators can watch the game while enjoying a new menu this week: The All-American Barbecue. The view of the competition doesn’t get any better than from the dining tent, where spectators get an up-close-and-personal view of the action. The All-American Barbecue tickets are $40 apiece, and reserved tables for six with premium VIP seating are available for $500 per table. To purchase tickets for the American Barbecue please click here.

To boost the excitement and make the action easier for spectators to follow, each team wears a distinctive color from head to toe (from the players’ helmets all the way down to the horses’ leg wraps).

In the Roman-themed event, Team Crixus will wear black and is sponsored by U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Team Crixus will feature players Santi Torres (7), Mike Azzaro (9) and Matias Magrini (9), the same group of players who competed in the inaugural Gladiator Polo™ game.

Spiculus will wear the color purple. The players competing for Team Spiculus will be Pelon Escapite (7), Mariano Obregon (7), and Sebastian Merlos (9). The team is sponsored by Don Graves and Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Equisport Division.

Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner of International Equestrian Group (IEG), who organized and hosts the series, welcomed the participation of Teams Crixus and Spiculus. He commented, “These are amazing teams who add to the excitement created by the previous rounds. The four teams exemplify why the public has quickly embraced Gladiator Polo™. All teams are still in contention for the Gladiator Polo™ League Finals on April 8, 2017. ”

TEAM CRIXUS sponsored by U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Supporting sponsors: Braman Motors Mini Cooper, Malibu Rum, Shock Top Beer, Connelly’s Red Mills, Pegasus Builders, The Maya Group, Gonzalez Shenkman & Buckstein, VIP Medical Weight Loss, Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, DePaula Auto Group.

TEAM PRISCUS sponsored by Richard Schechter and Bainbridge Companies
Supporting sponsors: Braman Motors BMW, Absolut Vodka, Raymond James, Bud Light, Dutta Corporation, Five Star Builders, Rosenbaum PLLC, Maria Mendelsohn/Douglas Elliman, Discover the Palm Beaches, and Palm Beach Riding Academy.

TEAM SPARTACUS sponsored by Carol A. Sollak, P.A. and Engel & Völkers
Supporting sponsors: Braman Motors Porsche, Avion Tequila, Bank of America, Goose Island Beer, Cavalleria Toscana, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, W Development Group, Galle Law Group, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and The Wanderers Club.

TEAM SPICULUS sponsored by Don Graves and Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Equisport Division
Supporting sponsors: Braman Motors Bentley, Jamison Irish Whiskey, Stella Artois Beer, Florida Community Bank, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hedrick Brothers Construction, the Fite Group Luxury Homes, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, VISIT FLORIDA, Gold Coast Feed, Gladiator Sporting Goods Factory.

Gladiator Polo™, which has become the go-to nightspot of the weekend, wraps up with a lively after-party open to all. The party with DJ Maximus at the “Lions’ Den” features later happy hours, dancing, and opportunities to mix and mingle with the world’s top polo players.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the game starts at 7:00 p.m. General admission is free. The Equestrian Village at PBIEC is located at 13500 South Shore Boulevard, Wellington, FL. For more information please visit www.gladiatorpolo.comPlease click here to purchase VIP Pavilion tickets!

The next games will take place Friday, March 31, followed by the $50,000 Gladiator Polo™ Final on Saturday, April 8.

For sponsorship requests please contact Tannis Marley at For information on teams and training please contact Gates Gridley at

Photo Credit ©DianaDeRosaPhotography. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release.

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Darlene Ricker
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International Polo Club Palm Beach
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