Meet the Pros

Denver Polo Club is known for the warmth of its community as well as the world-class expertise of its polo pros. Throughout the summer polo season, members are trained by acclaimed resident coaches as well as guest coaches from across the globe, including Jamaica, Argentina, and the US. Highly accomplished professional players in their own right, they bring their experience, coaching skills, and a serious sense of fun to Colorado polo.


 
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Mark Wates

The pied piper of polo, Denver Polo Club's resident summer pro Mark Wates is known for his ability to bring beginners comfortably into the sport while helping advanced players master the subtleties of the game. Mark prides himself in making everyone feel at home at the club and safe in the saddle.

Mark earned a 4-goal grass handicap at age 26. He maintained that rating for over 20 years, playing professionally around the world including in tournaments in Barbados, Switzerland, the US, Canada, Malaysia, and many more.

In the Colorado off-season, you'll find Mark at his home in Kingston, Jamaica, coaching players and overseeing the Kingston Polo Club.

 
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Craig Russell

Also hailing from Jamaica, Craig Russell coaches Denver Polo Club players on their game strategy and riding.

Full bio coming soon.

 
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Jason Wates

One of polo's rising stars, Jason hails from Kingston, Jamaica with a 3-goal grass handicap. He has played professionally around the world, recently dividing his time between Florida, Chicago and Colorado. In addition to his skills on the field, Jason is well known for his ability to train top-notch polo ponies.

Full bio coming soon.

 
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Jorge Donovan

Jorge started playing polo at the age of 8 in Argentina and comes from a polo family where grandfather, father, uncle and cousins play.  As a teenager Jorge won all the junior tournaments and the Santa Paula trophy for interschool 3 times.  In Argentina he competes in high goal tournaments and shares teams with some of the best players in the world.  One of the more prestigious events Jorge won is the Presidente Cup and Sojo trophy, both 20 goal hcp.  He now resides part-time in Jamaica, where he has been competing and helping to develop the game. At 5 goals, Jorge is the highest handicapped player in Jamaica.  On the island he won the Willy De Lisser, High Goal Family tournament, and the NCB Pro AM among others. 

Jorge divides his year between Kingston, Jamaica and Argentina. At Kingston Polo Club, he manages his own string of horses, plays high goal tournaments, as well as coaches the Hillel High School polo team, summer camps, tournaments for students as young as 5 year old.

 
 
Erica Gandomcar-Sachs

Erica Gandomcar-Sachs

Denver Polo Club's owner/manager is also one of the most accomplished female polo players in the world. Erica studied and played intercollegiate polo at Colorado State University, earning Regional All-Star and All-American status each of the four years she played for the team. In her first year with the team, CSU won the Regional Championship and placed second in the National Championship. Erica has solidified her rise to the top tier of women’s professional polo in the U.S. with multiple wins and MVP awards in the premier women’s league in the United States – the Women’s Championship Tournament – including winning the WCT’s World Cup in 2007 and earning Best Playing Pony. Internationally, she earned back-to-back wins at the 2007 and 2008 Shanghai Tang International Women’s Tournament in Singapore, with an MVP award also at the tournament in 2008. Erica has twice won the International Ladies Polo Tournament – 2007 and 2008 – at the Kingston Polo Club in Kingston, Jamaica.  She was also named Colorado Sports Women of the year.