Whether you’re a huge polo fan or own local equestrian properties near our Coachella Valley polo clubs, chances are you’ve heard the Pieres family name. We’ve already profiled the number two ranked Facundo Pieres, but there’s another family member on our radar—with a handicap of 9, Pablo Pieres Jr. is currently ranked number 14 on the World Polo Tour. While he is considered one of the best polo players in all of Argentina—and by extension, the world—he is not even considered the best in his family. Also known as “Polito,” he is the cousin of Facundo and Gonzalo Pieres, both of whom have reached a handicap of 10, the highest possible in the sport. It’s an honor and distinction held by only five other Argentinian polo players who currently play the sport.
Yet a handicap of nine is also an excellent distinction to claim, and one that is held by only 12 other polo players in Argentina, one of which is Polito’s cousin, Nicolás Pieres, the younger brother to Facundo and Gonzalo. While the 39-year-old, number one ranked Adolfo Cambiaso is at the tail end of his career, the 28-year-old Facundo, currently ranked number two in the world, is poised to take on the title of best player in the world. Polito’s father, Pablo Pieres Sr., put his son on a horse at the tender age of three. Pablo Sr. had played polo in various countries, accompanied by Polito, who quickly developed a passion for the sport. Thanks to the entire Pieres’ family owning equestrian properties and breeding horses, the clan had plenty of time to practice their sport and hone their skills.
Polito started playing professionally at age 18. Now at age 27, he’s played one of the most high profile tournaments in the world, the Argentine Open, the past three years in a row. When asked who the players are that he admires most, he professes to look up to his own cousin, Facundo Pieres, and Juan Martín Nero.