Simon Garber Makes Ralph Lauren’s Dream a Reality!
For those of you who think “Jersey Shore” is a synonym for leather tans, big hair, and boozy boardwalk crawling, I am happy to report that just a couple of miles west of Asbury Park, in Colts Neck, taxi titan Simon Garber, (think NY Yellow Cab, Chicago Carriage Co., New Orleans Carriage Co.) brings to life the Ralph Lauren “to the Manor Born” concept with fabulous polo matches held throughout the summer.
While the polo playing is quite serious and easily as good as one finds throughout the world, the atmosphere is relaxed chic and reminiscent of summer days in the best of toney resorts. Just to see the tents, the comfy sofas, the champagne trays and the fabulous fashionistas strutting about in to-die-for wedgies, or the fedora sporting prepsters with their RL clad kids in the latest model Bugaboo’s is such a refreshing treat, particularly for anyone saddened by what reality TV has done to the image of the New Jersey shore area. Who needs the Hamptons or Palm Springs when you can have such a civilized and exhilarating experience just down the Parkway or off the Jersey Turnpike in what happens to be part of the horse capital of the U.S. Even the tattoos are genteel, as was evidenced on the legs of an avid spectator.
Garber, a Russian-born successful American entrepreneur, has been playing polo for 15 years. He is professionally ranked and has two polo teams which travel the world to play the most challenging opponents. Competing with three of his sons, Shaun, Jeffrey and Tyler on the SLS JETS, the Garber family is an inter-generational polo powerhouse, and the entire family makes all who attend the matches feel welcome and special.
Through the International Polo Club of Colts Neck, Simon is sharing his passion for the “Sport of Kings” with all who appreciate the elegance and excitement of the sport and the graciousness of its lifestyle. He believes that polo is a perfect convergence of family, sport, and community.
Speaking of bringing the Ralph Lauren dream into reality, this season’s special celebrity guest polo player is Nacho Figueras. Yes! Nachos steps right out of those “Black label” ads and onto the polo field. In fact, he is an internationally ranked player, often referred to as the “David Beckham of polo” who hopes to increase awareness for the sport by his appearances in Polo brand ads and in matches, such as the one that took place in Colts Neck on Sunday, July 31.
In addition to the Garber family’s generosity in providing an opportunity to experience polo lifestyle, the International Polo Club of Colts Neck has a charity benefactor for each match, such as on July 4th when the charity tie-in was American Friends of Sentebale Foundation and this past Sunday, Operation Smile.