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Female Polo Star Sunny Hale to Participate in Scottsdale Polo Championships

She is undoubtedly the best female polo player in the United States. Sunny Hale is the first woman in the country to be on the winning U.S. Open Polo Championship team and on November 1 and 2, Hale will bring her elite brand of polo and unparalleled skills to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower.

Hale, from Palm Beach, Florida, will captain a Women’s All-Star Team which will take on men from the Arizona Polo Club in a Battle of the Sexes match on Saturday, November 2 at WestWorld of Scottsdale Polo Field.

“I am really looking forward to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships and what should be a really fun and entertaining game against the men’s team,” said Sunny Hale. “For those people who have never seen a polo match, this match will be a lot of fun to watch. The event will be a great way to come out and enjoy their first polo match and a great day with lots to do.”

Polo fans who purchase an advance ticket to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships will have a chance to meet Hale and her biggest competition on the men’s side – U.S. Polo Champion Jeff Hall – at a meet and greet Polo Preview Party on Thursday, September 5 at Dominick’s Steakhouse from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP at SJones@ThePoloParty.com.

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Hale attained the highest rating ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. Her mother, the late Sue Sally Hale, was also a sports trailblazer, breaking American polo’s sex barrier in 1972 when she gained membership in its national governing body after playing matches disguised as a man (hair tucked under helmet and mascara-drawn simulated mustache) for two decades.

More women are discovering polo, known as the Sport of Kings. Now, with women accounting for about one-third of registered players, “and Queens” may need to be added to that moniker. Hale stands out as the best of the best, having attained the highest rating (five-goal) ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. She’s been named player of the year seven times and has played in professional matches in a dozen countries.

“If you have any athletic inclination and like horses, you’re done for. Once you get connected to polo, you’re addicted,” Hale told ESPN in 2011.

Polo fans in the Scottsdale area and from around the country will get a chance to see not only the greatest female polo player in the U.S., but also a woman who has become a legend for transforming the sport. In 2005, Hale launched an international women’s polo tournament series, the Women’s Championship Tournament, which now boasts more than 100 participants.

The following year she created the American Polo Horse Association, which collects, records and preserves pedigrees of horses used in polo matches and allows players to learn about the history of the horses they will be using in upcoming events. An accomplished rider, Hale told ESPN that before the registry, there was “zero information available out there about these horses, their pedigree or their history.”

“What motivates me to train and encourage others to play polo is the passion I have for the sport of polo and horses,” Hale said. “I have had the amazing opportunity to play with some of the best players of my generation and to travel around the world all because of polo. I love to share with other players who are interested in learning just what they can accomplish in the sport and with horses, using what worked for me.”

Last October the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a one-day polo event with approximately 9,180 fans enjoying the three-match showdown at the annual Polo Party.

This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players, more vendors, more sponsors and the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show, the Polo Party is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale.With the breathtaking backdrop of the McDowell Mountains and the beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists.

It all gets started on Friday, November 1, when gates will open at 3 p.m. for a sneak preview of the Championships as well as a fashion show. There will be an all-star match at 4 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players. It will culminate with a 6 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show presented by Phoenix Fashion Week.

On Saturday, November 2, gates open at 10 a.m. for the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower. The first match on the docket will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia. The Work to Ride team has been featured on ESPN and “60 Minutes” and is repeat National Interscholastic Polo Champions. The University of Virginia team (sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati) were 2012 NCAA Champions and Winner of 10 Men’s National Championships.

The next match, at 1 p.m., is the previously mentioned Battle of the Sexes.

At 3 p.m. the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team. Hall has played every major tournament in the U.S. and Argentina and is a six-time winner of the USPA Silver Cup and a 2003 winner of the U.S. Open.

The Wales Polo Team, sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari, is captained by Ricky Cooper, who has been the team’s captain since its inception. The team is a member of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the prestigious governing body for polo in the U.K. and other European countries. Prince Charles is the Patron of the team and the Association. The Wales team finished runner up in the 2012 British Beach Polo Championships and boasts an overall record of 14 wins against 4 losses and a draw.

Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.

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Female Polo Star Sunny Hale to Participate in Scottsdale Polo Championships

She is undoubtedly the best female polo player in the United States. Sunny Hale is the first woman in the country to be on the winning U.S. Open Polo Championship team and on November 1 and 2, Hale will bring her elite brand of polo and unparalleled skills to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower.

Hale, from Palm Beach, Florida, will captain a Women’s All-Star Team which will take on men from the Arizona Polo Club in a Battle of the Sexes match on Saturday, November 2 at WestWorld of Scottsdale Polo Field.

“I am really looking forward to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships and what should be a really fun and entertaining game against the men’s team,” said Sunny Hale. “For those people who have never seen a polo match, this match will be a lot of fun to watch. The event will be a great way to come out and enjoy their first polo match and a great day with lots to do.”

Polo fans who purchase an advance ticket to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships will have a chance to meet Hale and her biggest competition on the men’s side – U.S. Polo Champion Jeff Hall – at a meet and greet Polo Preview Party on Thursday, September 5 at Dominick’s Steakhouse from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP at SJones@ThePoloParty.com.

sunny hale

Hale attained the highest rating ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. Her mother, the late Sue Sally Hale, was also a sports trailblazer, breaking American polo’s sex barrier in 1972 when she gained membership in its national governing body after playing matches disguised as a man (hair tucked under helmet and mascara-drawn simulated mustache) for two decades.

More women are discovering polo, known as the Sport of Kings. Now, with women accounting for about one-third of registered players, “and Queens” may need to be added to that moniker. Hale stands out as the best of the best, having attained the highest rating (five-goal) ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. She’s been named player of the year seven times and has played in professional matches in a dozen countries.

“If you have any athletic inclination and like horses, you’re done for. Once you get connected to polo, you’re addicted,” Hale told ESPN in 2011.

Polo fans in the Scottsdale area and from around the country will get a chance to see not only the greatest female polo player in the U.S., but also a woman who has become a legend for transforming the sport. In 2005, Hale launched an international women’s polo tournament series, the Women’s Championship Tournament, which now boasts more than 100 participants.

The following year she created the American Polo Horse Association, which collects, records and preserves pedigrees of horses used in polo matches and allows players to learn about the history of the horses they will be using in upcoming events. An accomplished rider, Hale told ESPN that before the registry, there was “zero information available out there about these horses, their pedigree or their history.”

“What motivates me to train and encourage others to play polo is the passion I have for the sport of polo and horses,” Hale said. “I have had the amazing opportunity to play with some of the best players of my generation and to travel around the world all because of polo. I love to share with other players who are interested in learning just what they can accomplish in the sport and with horses, using what worked for me.”

Last October the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a one-day polo event with approximately 9,180 fans enjoying the three-match showdown at the annual Polo Party.

This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players, more vendors, more sponsors and the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show, the Polo Party is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale.With the breathtaking backdrop of the McDowell Mountains and the beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists.

It all gets started on Friday, November 1, when gates will open at 3 p.m. for a sneak preview of the Championships as well as a fashion show. There will be an all-star match at 4 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players. It will culminate with a 6 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show presented by Phoenix Fashion Week.

On Saturday, November 2, gates open at 10 a.m. for the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower. The first match on the docket will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia. The Work to Ride team has been featured on ESPN and “60 Minutes” and is repeat National Interscholastic Polo Champions. The University of Virginia team (sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati) were 2012 NCAA Champions and Winner of 10 Men’s National Championships.

The next match, at 1 p.m., is the previously mentioned Battle of the Sexes.

At 3 p.m. the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team. Hall has played every major tournament in the U.S. and Argentina and is a six-time winner of the USPA Silver Cup and a 2003 winner of the U.S. Open.

The Wales Polo Team, sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari, is captained by Ricky Cooper, who has been the team’s captain since its inception. The team is a member of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the prestigious governing body for polo in the U.K. and other European countries. Prince Charles is the Patron of the team and the Association. The Wales team finished runner up in the 2012 British Beach Polo Championships and boasts an overall record of 14 wins against 4 losses and a draw.

Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.

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Scottsdale Beat the Heat to Challenge Runners on Hottest Day of the Year

Scottsdale Beat the Heat 11.22k and 5k is scheduled to run on June 22 at 2:47 p.m., in commemoration of the hottest recorded temperature in the Valley, set in 1990.

June 26, 1990, the thermometers hit 122 degrees in the Valley. Flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airports were canceled, the city’s buses stopped working and people claimed that the rubber soles on their shoes had melted.

HottestRaceLogoMarathoner, triathlete, sprinter or mud runner, this race will challenge athletes in the best of shape. Toeing the line at the hottest time of the day, this summer run in the desert will bring out the best athletes for a test in endurance and tolerance of the elements.

Notable names have already committed to the challenge including ultramarathon runner David Goggins who holds the world record for the most pull-ups (4,025 in 17 hours), and Perry Edinger, ultramarathon runner and Pat’s Run co-founder.

The event will take place around WestWorld of Scottsdale, finishing on the Scottsdale Polo Field. DJ Peabody will be mixing tunes and greeting finishers and spectators to tents, refreshments, restrooms and the world’s largest inflatable water slide for the kids.

For runners’ safety, precautions will be taken including water stations at every half mile and medical staff on site from the race’s title sponsor Professional Medical Transport (PMT). Hopeful participants are encouraged to seek permission from a medical professional before registering for the race.

Scottsdale Beat the Heat was founded by Scottsdale Polo Championships co-owner and Rose+Moser+Allyn Public and Online Relations Founder Jason Rose with a mission to celebrate the area’s supreme heat and boost summer tourism interest.

“Two summers ago Major League Baseball held its All-Star game in Phoenix in July. This summer we wanted to create a dramatic way to highlight what an exceptional place this is to visit, even in the summer,” said Rose, now co-owner of Innovative Racing Events, LLC which is producing the race.

Recognizing the hottest day in Valley history as well as other notable local, weather and endurance-related feats are the awards for the top 10 finishers:

First Prize: $1990 To celebrate the year of the hottest day of recorded in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The winner will also receive a two-night, all-inclusive stay (valued at $1,200) at Hidden Meadow Ranch in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains.

Second Prize: $1957 The year Scottsdale became a city.

Third Prize: $1949 The year Olympic champion Bruce Jenner was born.

Fourth Prize: $826 To recognize the date the world record for the 10K was set in 2005.

Fifth Prize: $700 The average number of calories burned during a 10K, though runners might burn many more on June 22.

Sixth Prize: $626 In recognition of the date of hottest temperature recorded in Phoenix.

Seventh Prize: $143 The greatest number of days recorded at 100 degrees or higher in Phoenix (1989).

Eighth Prize: $122 Highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix.

Ninth Prize: $121 Second highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix.

Tenth Prize: $92 Average number of days at 100 degrees or higher in Phoenix.

Entry fee for the inaugural year is $62.60, and $122 for the VIP package.

For more information and registration, visit scottsdalebeattheheat.com.