Final of the 81st Argentine Pato (Horseball) Championship

Photo: Stefanie Lis Photography

The Final of the 81st Argentine Pato (Horseball) Championship (Abierto Argentino de Pato), the most important tournament of this sport in Argentina, will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo, at 4.00 PM, with the participation of the two best teams of our National Sport.

Pato (Horseball) is a traditional Argentine equestrian sport, practiced since the beginning of the XVII century, and declared as Argentina's National Sport in 1953. "Pato" is an exciting game that combines polo and basketball, and in which two teams made up of 4 players each, by a series of passes and combinations to elude their adversaries, try to introduce the "Pato" (Duck) through a vertical ring. The rings, located at the center of each end of the field, are 1 meter (3.3 ft) diameter, and are located on 2.4 m (7.9 ft) high poles. The "Pato" is a ball with six handles. The player that is in possession of the "Pato" must hold it and ride with his right arm extended, offering the rivals the opportunity to steal it.

Pato is a similar, but earlier version, of the game of Horseball played in France, Portugal, and other countries.

The Campo Argentino de Polo is located on Av. del Libertador & Dorrego, Palermo
Tickets on sale at the stadium on the same day, from 2 pm.

November in Buenos Aires, Jacaranda trees in bloom

Every November is the time of jacaranda trees in bloom, and Buenos Aires gets painted in lavender blue. Jacaranda trees are scattered all around the city, making this the most beautiful time of the year to visit Buenos Aires, for the unique chance to admire these beautiful trees in full bloom.

The first specimen of Jacaranda, a tree original from the North-west of Argentina, was planted in Buenos Aires in 1875 on the inauguration of the 3 de Febrero Park, and since then it has been spread all over the city for its ornamental value in the different plantation programs. 

Some of the most beautiful specimens of Jacaranda trees can be admired in Plaza San Martin; along Avenida Figueroa Alcorta; Avenida Sarmiento; Avenida 9 de Julio; Avenida Libertador near Plaza Francia (Recoleta); Plaza Italia; Plaza Alemania; Plaza de Mayo; Plaza Congreso; Palermo Parks; the Rose Garden, and many streets all across the city.

Polo: Official 2023 Spring Season

The Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has announced the complete Schedule of tournaments in the Official 2023 Spring Polo Season. The program includes the three most important Polo tournaments worldwide, which make up the prestigious Triple Crown of Polo: Hurlingham Club Open - the oldest Polo tournament in the world; Tortugas Country Club Open; and the world-class Argentine Open Championship, played every year at the Cathedral of Polo in Palermo.

Don't miss the opportunity of attending one of these world class events. Contact me through this Contact Form, or by email to: to inquire about VIP Hospitality Packages, or if you need help getting tickets or arranging for private transportation to the Clubs.

The teams participating in the Triple Crown are:

La Dolfina Saudi: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, David Stirling Jr 10, Poroto Cambiaso 10, Juan M. Nero 10. Total: 40.
La Natividad: Camilo Castagnola 10, Facundo Pieres 9, Bartolomé Castagnola Jr 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10. Total: 39.
La Hache La Roca: Pablo Pieres, 9; Hilario Ulloa, 9; Guillermo Caset, 9, Francisco Elizalde, 9. Total 36.
Ellerstina: Nicolás Pieres 9, Gonzalo Pieres Jr 9, Bautista Bayugar 8, Ignatius du Plessis 9. Total: 35.
La Ensenada: Juan Britos Jr 9, Alfredo Bigatti 9, Juan M. Zubía 9, Jerónimo del Carril 8. Total: 35.
Cría La Dolfina: Guillermo Terrera Jr 9, Tomás Panelo 9, Diego Cavanagh 8, Alejo Taranco 9. Total: 35.
La Irenita Clinova: Facundo Fernández Llorente 8, Tomás Fernández Llorente Jr 8, Matías Torres Zavaleta 8 e Isidro Strada 8. Total: 32.
La Hache Cría & Polo: Juan Ruiz Guiñazú Jr 8, Carlos M. Ulloa 7, Facundo Sola 8 y Joaquín Pittaluga 8. Total: 31.
La Esquina: Pascual Sáinz de Vicuña 6, Cristian Laprida Jr 8, Lucas James 7, Ignacio Laprida 8. Total: 29.
El Overo Z7 UAE: Lucas Monteverde 7, Victorino Ruiz Jorba 7, Teodoro Lacau 7, Cruz Heguy 7. Total: 28.

SCHEDULES (updates and results in red):

Organized by Argentine Polo Association

Date 1: Tuesday, October 31
2;00 pm: La Hache La Roca 18 vs La Esquina 7
4:30 pm: Cría La Dolfina 15 vs La Hache Cría & Polo 13

Date 2: Wednesday, November 1
2:00 pm: Ellerstina Yellow Rose 15 vs. El Overo Z7 UAE 11
4:30 pm: La Ensenada Brubank 21 vs. La Irenita Clinova 8

Date 3: Saturday, November 4 - Suspended for rain

Date 4: Sunday, November 5
2:00 pm: La Ensenada Brubank 18 vs. El Overo Z7 UAE 13
4:30 pm: La Natividad 22 vs La Irenita Clinova 7

Date 3: Monday, November 6
2:00 pm: Cria La Dolfina vs. La Esquina
4:30 pm: La Dolfina Saudi vs. La Hache Cria & Polo

Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 12 - Suspended for rain. 

New dates: 

Date 5: Monday, November 13
2:00 pm: La Dolfina Saudi 22 vs. La Esquina 7
4:30 pm: La Hache La Roca 15 vs. Cria La Dolfina 9

Date 6: Tuesday, November 14
2:00 pm: La Natividad 25 vs. El Overo Z7 UAE 10
4:30 pm: Ellerstina Yellow Rose 15 vs La Ensenada 16

Dates 7 & 8: Reprogrammed

Date 7: Saturday, November 18
2:00 pm: La Hache La Roca 23 vs La Hache Cría & Polo 13
4:30 pm: La Dolfina Saudi 13 vs Cría La Dolfina 4

Date 8: Sunday, November 19
2:00 pm: La Irenita Clinova 9 vs. El Overo Z7 UAE 12
4:30 pm: La Natividad 17 vs Ellerstina Yellow Rose 7

Date 9: Saturday, November 25
2:00 pm: La Hache Cria 22 & Polo vs La Esquina 13
4:30 pm: La Dolfina Saudi 16 vs La Hache La Roca 12

Date 10: Sunday, November 26
2:00 pm: Ellerstina Yellow Rose 13 vs La Irenita Clinova 7
4:30 pm: La Natividad 17 vs La Ensenada 14

Saturday, December 2 - Reprogrammed for bad weather conditions
New date: Sunday, December 3rd
2:00 pm: Final Ladies Open
4:30 pm: La Dolfina Saudi 10 vs La Natividad 13


October 10 - 28
Emilio de Anchorena Cup
Organized by Tortugas Country Club. 
*All games played at Tortugas Country Club. Tortuguitas (Province of Buenos Aires).

FINAL: Saturday, October 28
4:00 pm: La Hache La Roca vs La Natividad

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September 26 - October 7
The Ayrshire Cup
Organized by Hurlingham Club. Hurlingham. 

FINAL: Saturday, October 7
4:00 pm: La Dolfina 18 vs La Hache 13

Schedule subject to change. Please check periodically on this post online for updates on exact dates or additional matches.