Polo, one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating sports, started with humble beginnings in Persia as a form of military training. Polo became a sport played by the nobility and military men when Persian Emperor Shapur II learnt the game at seven years of age. The game spread across the eastern world as countries were conquered with the earliest recorded polo tournament was in 600BC when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a public match. Since then, polo is often associated with the rich and noble, earning the title “Game of Kings”. Polo is played on horseback between two teams of four players, each with mallets drive a wooden ball down a grass field between a goal post. The association between St. Regis and polo emerged early in the 20th century when both the sport and The St. Regis New York became part of New York's vibrant summer social scene, where the Astor family was a prominent fixture.
Meet the connoisseur
Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras
Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras is the perfect gentleman and the first ever St. Regis Connoisseur. As such, Nacho embodies the meaning of the word "Connoisseur" - whether playing one of the world's oldest and most fascinating sports with discernible sangfroid or whether he is travelling across continents working with the world's 'great and good' often to support those less fortunate than himself; he is an expert judge in matters of taste.