Ellerstina is the most important integral polo organization in the world. Leaded by Gonzalo Pieres, it has integrated all the stages that are developed in the polo area with prestige and excellence.
Its activities include the biogenetic development as well as the most visible expression, the Polo Team.
Ellerstina Polo Week offers the perfect setting to lean and live polo. Located in General Rodriguez, only 70 km away from Buenos Aires City, in the heart of Argentina Polo, it is surrounded by best players in the world.
- 7 polo fields.
- 1 stick and ball field.
- 2 exercise tracks.
- 1 schooling arena.
- 1 horse walker for 10 horses
- 7 stables with a total of 268 boxes.
- 18 resting area for horses during the polo season.
- BIOTECHNOLOGY, with two embryo transfer centers in one unique genetic selection.
- HORSES SELLING, in different stages, from the embryos up to players of high handicap, being an international leader.
- ANNUAL AUCTION from its production, which has become a social and commercial event of high importance.
- TOURNAMENTS, they annually organize the Gold Cup reaching the prestige of similar tournaments at international level, such us Palm Beach, England, Sotogrande, etc. Teams and players part of the same circuit participate in it.
- POLO WEEK, polo school aimed at rendering excellent professional service in a unique atmosphere.
- POLO TEAM, successfully competing in the most prestigious worldwide tournaments.
Gonzalo Pieres is well known worldwide in polo as one of the greatest representative in the history of this sport.
He played for the first time in 1976 in the Palermo Open and, after that, he won several tournaments not only in Argentina but also in the rest of the world.
In 1990, Gonzalo won, together with his team, the Palermo Open for the sixth time and announced his retirement from the high handicap competences.
At that time, he started playing abroad with Kerry Packer, Australian, fan of this sport and successful business man in his country.
From that relation, which started because of the polo, a deep friendship was born which made Kerry propose Gonzalo to come back to high competence polo with the objective of winning the Argentinean Open.
Gonzalo accepted and Ellerstina was born. Each of them offered the horse they had. Kerry’s and Gonzalo’s enthusiasm, leadership and professionalism completed the keys needed to face that challenge.
With immediate high success, they won the most important tournaments of high handicap in Argentina, including the Palermo Open three times.
After consolidating Ellerstina in Argentina, Gonzalo retired from high competence and started to lead the organization in all its business areas. Focused on horse breeding by means of extraordinary genetic selection, he fosters the biotechnological development in its two embryos transfer centers, the horses selling in the international market, the organization of international prestige tournaments, as the Gold Cup, the Polo-week as school and the polo lodge, and the Polo Team in the most important tournaments in the world.
All the above mentioned shows Gonzalo’s skills to innovate create and implement paradigmatic changes in polo.
During his stay in Ellerstina lots of players reached 10 goals of handicap and, nowadays, the main horses’ awards, local and internationally, are from products under Ellerstina’s genetics and breeding.
In real state, he developed projects such us as La Lechuza, Centauros, La Baronesa, El Monte, El Yacare, Lagunas del Polo and Ellerstina itself, making this areas of Pilar the most prestigious international polo center.
Married to Cecilia Rodríguez Piola, they have five children, two of them, Gonzalo (s) and Facundo have 10 goals of handicap, and the youngest, Nicolas, 7 goals so far. Together with their two girls, Tatiana and Cecilia, they from a family that proudly shares Gonzalo’s success and transcendence in the polo world.
» TOURNAMENTS WON IN ARGENTINA
ARGENTINEAN OPEN: (9) in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 with La Espadaña; 1994, 1997 and 1998 with Ellerstina.
HURLINGHAM: (7) in 1980 with Mar del Plata; 1988, 1989 and 1990 with La Espadaña; 1994, 1995 and 1999 with Ellerstina.
LOS INDIOS AND TORTUGAS: (8) in 1979, 1981 and 1982 with Mar del Plata; 1984 and 1987 with La Espadaña; 1992, 1994 and 1995 with Ellerstina.
OPEN OF PLAYERS: (1) in 1999 with Ellerstina.
SANTA PAULA CUP: (2) in 1971 and 1972 with San Agustín.
BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE CUP: (4) ub 1997, 1981, 1982 and 1983.
JOCKEK CLUB OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: (2) in 1990 and 1996.
METROPOLITAN OF HIHG HANDICAP: (1) in 1981.
MANUEL BELGRANO CUP (Cnel. Suarez): (3) in 1977, 1978 and 1999.
CORONEL ENRIQUE PADILLA CUP: (1) in 1991.
PRESIDENTE CUP: (2) in 1990 and 1996.
» MAIN TOURNAMENTS WON ABROAD
CROWINING CUP: (3) in 1975, 1976, 1977
QUEENS CUP: (7) in 1976, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 1999
GOLD CUP: (3) in 1981, 1996, and 1998
WARWICKSHIRE CUP: (5) in 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995 and 1996
WORLD CUP: (8) in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990
ROLEX GOLD CUP: (7) in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989 with White Birch; in 1995 with Ellerston White
US OPEN: (7)
DEAUVILLE GOLD CUP: (6) in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1994, 1995 and 1997
KONEX AWARD to the best polo player from the 80’s and 90’s (shared with AC)
SILVER OLIMPIAI IN POLO in 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1994
» HONORS RECEIVED
2008 – First foreigner to enter the Polo Hall of Fame, USA
2009 – Distinguished citizen from Buenos Aires Province, Jose Hernández award