World-renowned artist Artem Shestakov has been capturing the beautiful essence of the planet for years. Now the fine art photographer has extended his portfolio to the fine sport of polo.
In February, Shestakov experienced his first match when he was invited to attend a championship by one of the greatest polo players, Pablo Mac Donough. The game, which was organized by the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida is owned by the famous female player Melissa Ganzi.
Since that poignant moment, Shestakov fell in love with the sport and decided to devote part of his time to photographing and learning more about the noble game.
Recently spending a week in Wellington, he filmed a short documentary presentation about the museum with Ecuadorian director Kristofh Pozo.
During the shooting Ganzi, who serves as president and top fundraiser for the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame helped guide the project. Her work on the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Polo Training Foundation was instrumental to the project. Ganzi working closely with international polo players such as Pablo Mac Donough, Juan Martín Nero Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Horacio Heguy.
During the process, Shestakov alongside Ganzi prepared to organize several art exhibitions with his fine art photography to raise funds for the Museum of Polo.
The Museum is a rich repository of documents and physical treasures which include works of art, historic trophies, artifacts, books, statistics, periodicals, films, videos, recordings, and memorabilia.
The Hall of Fame honors the heroes of the sport, each year inducting icons of the past and eligible living heroes of polo. The Hall of Fame Induction Awards Dinner Gala takes place each year on the Friday of President’s Day weekend in February.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Melissa Ganzi competed in equestrian events where she was an accomplished horsewoman in dressage, showjumping, and cross country. It was in December 2000, when her father-in-law and retired polo player, Wally Ganzi, bought her first polo pony for her birthday, she found her true passion. It was the start of her career as one of the nation’s top amateur woman polo players.
Ganzi now plays professionally with and against men as she sits as team captain of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, based at Wellington’s Grand Champions Club. She and her husband Marc, also a top amateur player, own and maintain the property year-round. Ganzi breeds and trains polo ponies at her Santa Rita Polo Farms in Ocala and Wellington. Among her horse-buying clients is Argentina’s Adolfo Cambiaso, the world’s greatest all-time player who purchased Miami, for his world-class polo string.
Ganzi has won the Ylvisaker Cup, 26-goal Les Armour Cup, and Butler Handicap Cup, Hall of Fame Cup, Western Badge and Trophy 20-Goal, Mayor’s Cup, World Polo League Miami Beach Polo title twice, the most recent with Seminole Casino Coconut Creek; Aspen Snow Polo World Championship, North America Cup, U.S. Open Women’s Tournament and played with several members of royalty including Prince Harry and his Sentebale Charity.
She is one of only a few women in the world to compete in the C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open. She became the first woman in history to win the 35th St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup with Team Badrutt’s Palace Hotel and was even selected Best Playing Patron. It was her fourth appearance in the only high goal tournament played on snow. She was also the first woman to win the Aspen Valley Polo Club’s World Snow Polo Championship in December 2017 and Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup in 2018.
When she isn’t competing in high goal seasonal polo, Ganzi is busy promoting the sport at every level including for youth and women all while teaching at The Polo School in Wellington and Carbondale – both free-standing U.S. Polo Association clubs.
Ganzi is selfless and tireless when it comes to staging and creating polo events including co-founding the successful World Polo League, the only 26-goal polo held outside of Argentina. She would like to see polo embraced by the public, mainstream sports followers, and media to attract new people to the sport.
Grand Champions is one of only a handful of clubs in the nation to offer 20-goal tournaments. The club also has several innovative tournaments including a 12-goal, $50,000 tournament, and 0-40 winner-take-all $100,000 World Cup. Ganzi and her husband also revived the prestigious Sterling Cup.
Ganzi was honored during the Portrait of a Woman Luncheon, part of Women’s History Month, for her significant long-term contributions to individuals and various organizations and the positive impact she has had on the community, not only in polo but charity work and organizations that specialize in helping the disabled. Grand Champions Polo Club has been a long-time employer of disabled and physically challenged workers. What makes Artem Shestakov stand out among other sports, landscape and portrait photographers is that his works are aimed at boosting awareness about niche topics.
Together Artem Shestakov and Melissa Ganzi hope to continue to promote polo at the local, national, and international levels and to leave a lasting legacy in the sport for generations to come.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
Advice On Extending The Life Of Your Memory Foam Bed
The ultra-absorbent polyurethane foam used to produce memory foam mattresses sometimes referred to as “synthetic viscoelastic foam,” provides pliable support that makes lying on one feel like lying on a cloud. Given that NASA developed memory foam for space shuttles, that is logical. Customers have gushed about the wonderful comfort these beds offer since memory foam entered the mattress market.
Maintaining the quality of the best memory foam mattresses you have purchased became essential over time. At the end of this post, you will grasp the tips on how to maintain the comfort and durability of your memory foam mattress. read in advance;
1. Ensure Your Mattress Is Safe
Innovative mattress protectors. A mattress protector should fit snugly, like a fitted sheet, to prevent spills and stains. Encasement protectors, which cover all six sides and have a zipper, are also available (including the bottom). Sleepers with allergies or bedbugs can utilize the best mattress encasement protectors. Whether you eat in bed or not, a mattress cover is vital to protect your mattress from bodily fluids, skin flakes, spilled food, and drinks.
2. Lay A Firm Foundation
Having a base isn’t required for a memory foam mattress to operate well, but it will raise your bed to the right height. If you use memory foam mattresses, your base must be solid, level, and gap-free. Slats on a slatted base should be no more than 2.75 inches apart to prevent uneven mattress wear. If the slats are too far apart, you’ll need to buy extra or use a plywood board.
3. Prevent Pets And Children From Jumping
This counsel is direct. Pets who roam freely and lie on the bed stimulate the spread of germs, insects, and bacteria where you sleep. The perfect situation is when you meet a nice and cuddly bedmate. The worst-case situation is parasite eggs nearby about to hatch. It’s encouraged to ban youngsters under 8 from jumping on beds. Bouncing on the bed is not only hazardous, but it also damages the mattress. The memory foam is overworked by the quick up-and-down movements, which don’t prolong its life.
4. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
It’s common if you’ve heard of this advice, but have you ever put it to use? Rotate your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every season, starting right away. This method is based on the idea that sleeping in the same spot on the mattress every night could be uncomfortable and lead to a concentration of wear and tear in that area. It should be noted that certain high-end made in the USA mattress producers make mattresses that don’t need to be turned.
5. Make Your Mattress Clean
Your memory foam mattress may be protected against sweat, dust mites, and other allergies by vacuuming it at least twice a year. Start by sprinkling baking soda on your stripped mattress since the longer it remains there, the better. A few drops of essential oil are an optional addition. At some point, take out the vacuum and completely remove the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. The tufts, seams, and areas between the mattress and foundation are known to be dust mite havens.
6. Do Not Make Your Bed
You did indeed read that correctly. While it might appear illegal to put off making your bed, it is not recommended. Delaying making the bed gives your memory foam mattress and linens time to breathe, giving any moisture that may have accumulated throughout the night a chance to evaporate.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.