Wellington resident Melissa Hornung will make her Southwest polo debut and play at the third annual Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships Nov. 1-2 in Arizona.
Hornung was invited to play at the event, where she will also be selling items from her new clothing line at Mallet Couture (www.malletcouture.com).
Hornung and her husband Mauricio have played polo with the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Nacho Figueras and rubbed elbows with Christie Brinkley and other polo-loving celebrities.
The event is only in its third year but has grown from a couple of thousand attendees to an expected 15,000 this year, rivaling polo crowds in the Hamptons, Palm Beach and Santa Barbara.
Jeff Hall, another local polo great, will also play in the event. Hall, who is one of the best polo players in the world and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will captain the U.S. Military team.
Hornung will play for the U.S. Women’s All-Star team alongside Sunny Hale. Currently the No. 1 female polo player in the United States, Hale was the first woman in U.S. history to win the U.S. Open Polo Championships. She attained the highest rating ever given to a woman after winning the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2000.
“The Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses+Horsepower is becoming a signature fall event for Scottsdale,” said Rachel Sacco, president and CEO of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Each year, the event is driving more out-of-town visitors and attracting national attention. Polo is an exciting sport and a great fit for our community.”
For more information, visit www.thepoloparty.com.
ABOVE: Melissa Hornung and Christie Brinkley.