The Gladiators are coming! Each Gladiator Spotlight will feature one of the players who will be competing during Gladiator Polo™ presented by Coca-Cola on September 1st at the Tryon International Equestrian Center! Meet one of our Gladiators, Juan Martin Obregon, who will play for Team Spartanburg presented by Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I am originally from Argentina and I still live there now.
Q: When did you start playing polo?
A: I started playing when I was 5 or 6 years old in pee-wee polo in California and then I started to play competitively in my 20’s as a professional.
Q: What is your favorite polo pony and why?
A: Her name was Regalito and she was a mare I grew up with. I loved her, and when she retired she was given to me. She always loved to play and I had a lot of confidence on her. She was a really special mare.
Q: Where is your favorite place to play polo?
A: Wellington, FL and Argentina are my favorites. They are very competitive levels. It brings out the best and makes you try to play the best.
Q: Have you ever played arena polo before?
A: Yes! I have played in New York once or twice, and growing up I played a little bit as well.
Q: What is the difference in field polo and arena polo?
A: I would say the biggest difference is first the ball, and second it is more physical. It is a lot harder to anticipate plays because there are a lot of quick changes. In outdoor polo you can see and kind of predict a little easier what might happen. In the arena it is very difficult to predict and anticipate the plays.
Q: What are you most excited about for Gladiator Polo?
A: Everything about it! It sounds like it is a blast. I heard the arena there at Tryon is amazing and it is a bigger arena so it gets to be a little more fluid so I am really looking forward to that.
Q: What’s your favorite drink?
A: Whiskey and Coke.
Q: What song/playlist are you currently listening to on your iPhone?
A: I really like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Imagine Dragons.
Q: If you didn’t play polo what would you do instead for fun?
A: I love to play golf, tennis, and just in general I like the outdoors. When I am most free I go play golf.
Q: Who is your favorite superhero?
A: Captain America.
Q: Favorite dessert?
A: Crème Brûlée. I love it.
Gladiator Polo™ Returns to #TIEC September 2017!
Schedule – $120,000 Battle for the Carolinas Fall Series
Friday, September 1st: Battle for South Carolina – Greenville vs. Spartanburg
Saturday, September 9th: Battle for North Carolina – Charlotte vs. Asheville
Saturday, September 30th: Battle for the Carolinas Championship – NC vs. SC