A team representing Happy Canyon Vineyard triumphed over two-time champion, Platinum Performance, at the Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic July 19. 

Doug and Mark Herthel, owners of Platinum Performance and sponsors of  the Platinum Performance Team presented the Perpetual Polo Classic Winner’s Trophy to Tom and T.J. Barrack, sponsors of the Happy Canyon Vineyard team.

The winning team was comprised of local professional polo players, Tom Barrack, T.J. Barrack, and international player, Mariano Fassetta.

The four chukker match was extremely hard fought and went down to the wire. “Happy Canyon Vineyard scored a 7-6 goal victory just at the final horn on a goal by Tom Barrack on a pass from his son T.J.," said Polo Classic host and Platinum Performance player Joel Baker.

The Polo Classic was a benefit for Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People (PHP) and in addition to the match, the day included a champagne reception and luncheon for sponsors, patrons, and other VIP guests. All guests were invited to dress for the occasion, with creative hats for the ladies encouraged. 

PHP Development Associate, Erica Valdes, said that, “we are very excited that we sold out the event this year. 

More than 250 sponsor, patron, and VIP guests were joined at the 3rd Annual Polo Classic by over 400 general admission ticket holders.  The large turnout allowed PHP to improve event results by 30 percent over the previous year. 

"We are very gratified to have this type of support from the community for the work we do at PHP. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide food, youth programs and counseling for the disadvantaged.”

Joel Baker added that he and his wife, Charlotte, are proud to help PHP conduct such a successful and well attended event.  They have already committed to hosting the 4th Annual Polo Classic, with a tentative date of July 18,2015. Sponsorships, patron tables and all tickets will go on sale early in the New Year at www.syvphp.org/events

To learn more about PHP, its programs, and ways that you can help, visit www.syvphp.org or call 686-0295.

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