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 Tryon International Equestrian Center! Meet one of our Gladiators, Pelon Escapite, who will play for Team Greenville presented by Greenville Turf and Tractor.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: El Paso, Texas and I now live in Aiken, SC.
Q: When did you start playing polo?
A: When I was 10 years old.
Q: What is your favorite polo pony (can be of all time) and why?
A: Madonna. She is a 12-year-old grey mare and she is agile, fast and has a very light mouth. She has it all.
Q: Where is your favorite place to play polo?
A: Wellington, FL
Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
A: Don’t worry be happy!
Q: Have you ever played arena polo before?
A: I started playing arena in Wellington, FL at a small polo club before I was asked to play in the Gladiator Polo series in Wellington.
Q: What song/playlist are you currently listening to on your iPhone?
A: I like country music, and my favorite song right now is Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker.
Q: What was it like playing arena polo in Florida?
A: The game is very exciting and fast paced. I have played beach polo a few times and it is similar to arena polo. I happened to be there in Wellington, FL while they were creating the teams for Gladiator and I got placed on a team. I got very lucky!
Q: If you didn’t play polo what would you do instead for fun?
A: I am into all sports, but I like golf and basketball!
Q: Will you use your own polo ponies for Gladiator Polo in Tryon?
A: I used my own polo ponies in Florida and I have my farm in Aiken, SC so I will bring my polo ponies up here. Even thought they are shorter chuckers, I will still play all 6 of my ponies.
Q: Favorite dessert?
A: I have many favorites but probably vanilla cheesecake.
Q: What are you most excited about for Gladiator Polo?
A: In Gladiator Polo™ and arena polo in general, there is a lot more contact. It is also a shorter area, it’s faster, and you have the difference in ball size and material which makes the game more exciting.
Q: Who is your favorite superhero?
Q: How is the arena footing different from field footing?
A: The footing in this arena is very similar to good footing outdoor and the horses feel very comfortable on the arena footing. I have seen pictures of the George Morris Arena and it looks pretty big. I’m excited to play in it!
Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: I will have to go with my Mexican heritage and say tequila!
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