The PIPA Snow Polo World Cup Tour as well as the Ladies On Snow World Cup and the (planned) Kids Snow Polo World Cup are fixtures in global (snow-) polo. With at least three events, the PIPA Snow Polo World Cup Tour is the largest tour in global snow polo. Players from several countries compete for the title each year and show the thousands of spectators thrilling and fast snow polo games. As always when PIPA is hosting an event, the real VIP’s in polo, the polo ponys are set in the first place when listing the most important factors for the tournament. Therefore, PIPA has an own Vice President for Horsemanship with Dr. Yvonne Halden, MSc.
Chronology of the Tour
What started with the Ice Polo Trophy at Turracher Höhe in March 2011 soon became the largest tour in global snow polo, having six tournamenst (2 cancellations due to the wheater) in 2016.
In 2014, PIPA already had the first real tour with several events in Europe. 8 nations participated at the 2014 tour. In the end, Austria could win the title with Slovakia in the second and Switzerland in the third place.
The 2015 Snow Polo World Cup Tour included three tournaments. Munich, Seefeld and Bad Gastein had been the venues for finest snow polo action. England won the tour with Tim Ward, Mac Aberle and Chris Voelkers. Second place Austria with Uwe Seebacher, Klarina Pichler and Benjamin Darroux. Germany ended up on third position with Captain Joe Reinhard, Stefan Coszma and Marc van Eupen.
The 2016 PIPA Snow Polo World Cup Tour has been a huge success. Thousands of spectators attended at the events and could see high class, technical and fast games as well as some nice partys and side events. The tour could gain a huge media presence and got covered by largest newspapers as well as by Austrian Broadcasting (ORF) and leading international polo media. With thousands of spectators, the tour has been a huge succes and continues it’s sustainable growth.