Father and Son Compete for Piaget Gold Cup,
Story by Jim Kloiber and Britta Towle, Photography by Lauren Lieberman LILA Photos
Intense competition on the field was matched by glamorous festivities off, as
Piaget hosted the polo world’s best and brightest for a memorable afternoon at the
International Polo Club in Palm Beach.
The Piaget Gold Cup final brought together two Denver-based teams, Valiente I and
Valiente II, in a heated competition that pitted father, Bob Jornayvaz, against son,
Robert Jornayvaz, and saw multiple stoppages, as well as an injury late in the 5th
chukker to Adolfo Cambiaso, considered to be the world’s top player. Ultimately,
Valiente II emerged victorious with a well-earned 11-9 win. In addition to being
awarded the prestigious Piaget Gold Cup trophy, each member of the winning team
also received a Piaget Polo FortyFive chronograph. Pelon Stirling was recognized
as the Most Valuable Player of the match and Capilla, a Chilean thoroughbred, was
named Best Playing Pony.
Adolfo Cambiaso the greatest polo player in the world's formidable skill was sidelined in the fifth, from a hit to his wrist by the ball.
While Nic Roldan Ensures Piaget Victory in Butler Handicap
Earlier in the day was the Butler Handicap match that saw the Piaget Black
team, captained by Melissa Ganzi, competing against Las Monjitas. Piaget polo
ambassador, Nic Roldan, scored 8 goals, earning him the Most Valuable Player
award and helping him to deliver a 14-10 win for Piaget.
As the Butler Handicap concluded, Piaget President of North America, Larry
Boland, hosted an elegant champagne brunch on the Club’s grandstand terrace to
celebrate the afternoon’s highlight—the USPA Piaget Gold Cup final match. A total
of 40 guests, including television host, Mario Lopez, actress and model, Veronica
Webb, Piaget polo ambassador, Jeff Hall and fellow players, Marc Ganzi and Kris
Kampsen, were seated at a dramatic long table covered in white linen and accented
with bouquets of Yves Piaget roses. Also on display were the newest Piaget Polo
The 2012 USPA Piaget Gold Cup marked the fifth consecutive year of sponsorship
for the Swiss luxury jeweler and watchmaker. Piaget is also a principal sponsor
of polo in Santa Barbara, CA and this year will host the Piaget Silver Cup final on
August 12th. The brand has had a long history with polo in the United States, dating
back to the late 1970s, when Mr. Yves Piaget was a strong supporter of the sport of
kings in Palm Beach.