The love for horses lies in her blood. Melissa Ganzi grew up in Philadelphia, riding horses and competing in equestrian events where she was an accomplished horsewoman in dressage, show jumping and cross country. But it wasn’t until December,
2000 when her father-in-law and polo player Wally Ganzi bought Melissa her first polo pony for her birthday that she found her true passion.
One of the US top woman polo players, she plays professionally with and against men and is team captain of Flexjet, based at Wellington’s Grand Champions Club, which she and her husband, Marc, also a top amateur player, own and maintain year-round. Melissa is a popular guest at the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz. In 2018 she will perform as a team captain for the third time. Last year Melissa’s Team Badrutt’s Palace lost the final against Team Cartier. Now Melissa’s declared target is to reach the crown of the most prestigious polo on snow tournament in St. Moritz.
Melissa Ganzi breeds and trains polo ponies at her Santa Rita Polo Farms in Ocala and Wellington. Among her horse-buying clients is Argentina’s Adolfo Cambiaso, the world’s No. 1 ranked polo player. When she isn’t competing in the high goal, spring, summer and fall seasons and snow polo, Ganzi is all about diversity in polo. Her vision is to pro- mote the sport of polo among the masses including kids, juniors and women. Ganzi would like to see polo embraced by the general public and mainstream sports followers and bring new people to the sport.
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Photo credit: Kathrin Gralla