Gladiator Polo™ Rider Spotlight: Alan Martinez

Aug 18, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Alan Matinez

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 16th at the Tryon International Equestrian Center! Meet one of our Gladiators, Alan Martinez, who will play for Team Spartanburg, sponsored by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Q: Where are you from originally?

A: I was born in the Dominican Republic and now I am based out of Columbus, GA.


Q: When did you start playing polo?

A: I have grown up around it and have been around it my whole life. I got really serious about it when I turned professional in 2002.


Q: What is your favorite polo pony and why?

A: I have sorta two. The first one was a mare named Bruja who I played for 5-6 years before retiring her due to injury. My second favorite is actually her son named Brujito, and he is my sixth chukker horse now.


Q: Where is your favorite place to play polo?

A: I love playing in Aiken, SC. I love the fact that I get to travel and go to different places all of the time.


Q: Have you ever played arena polo before?

A: I actually just got to play the US Open Arena finals and it was quite fun. I have never played much indoor polo of any sort, so it was like unchartered territory. There is a completely different strategy to arena polo than there is to outdoor polo. I would almost go as far to say it’s a completely different game.


Q: What is the difference between field polo and arena polo?

A:  There is a lot more action in a lot smaller area in arena polo. You don’t really get any breaks, and it is a lot harder to control the arena polo ball than an outdoor ball. There’s a lot more reacting, and there is a lot going on. It is much more difficult to come up with a proper strategy and set plays.10610806_10153461478156546_7544246276648515172_n

Q: What are you most excited about for Gladiator Polo?

A: I have actually been to Tryon a few times and I saw photos from the first Gladiator game and it looked awesome. Having the bigger arena also makes it seem a little bit more like outdoor polo than the indoor smaller arenas.


Q: What’s your favorite drink?

A: I love drinking a monster energy drink. I typically drink one before every game.



Q: If you didn’t play polo what would you do instead for fun?

A: I like to play tennis! I am a big sports fan and a big movies fan.



Q: Who is your favorite superhero?

A: I have to say, I would probably go with Deadpool.


Q: Favorite dessert?

A: I am going to be very specific here. Domino’s lava crunch cakes. It is a chocolate lava cake, and I am telling you, it is amazing. They are better than anything. Short, sweet, and to the point.


Gladiator Polo™ Returns to #TIEC September 2017!

Schedule –  $120,000 Battle for the Carolinas Fall Series

Saturday, September 16th: Battle for South Carolina – Greenville vs. Spartanburg

Saturday, September 30th: Battle for the Carolinas Championship – NC vs. SC

Click here to purchase Asado tickets for Saturday, September 16th. Adult tickets are $40.00 and a table of six is available for $400.00. 

To see more photos from the June 24th Gladiator Polo™ match presented by Coca-Cola, click here. 

To read about the game and the more than 10,000 fans that attended the match, click here. 

Want to see the BRAND NEW promo video? Click here. 

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