John Muse, born and bred Texan and current Chairman of Lucchese Bootmaker, became interested in polo when he moved to England for business in 1998. As a lifelong athlete and equine enthusiast, Muse’s polo appreciation soon elevated from spectator to player while learning and playing club chukkers at the Ascot Park Polo Club in Berkshire, England. Three years later as a patron, he began playing at the medium goal level. Since 2009, Muse has played competitively at medium and high goal levels throughout England, Argentina and the United States.
Muse brought players and ponies together to form the Lucchese team, which currently plays in Florida and Santa Barbara. During the 2010 season, Muse and his team were led by then captain Adolfo Cambiaso, one of the most celebrated polo players in history. The team won every match, including the elusive Triple Crown: the Americas Cup, Silver Cup and Pacific Coast Open. Thanks to Muse’s dedication and passion for the game, the Lucchese team continues to enjoy great success on the field and remains poised as one of the best polo organizations in the world.
Muse’s passion for the sport also comes from his love of horses, particularly his beloved mare, Ruby, who retired at age 16. John currently competes with Mars, a gelding, and Mia, a mare, who command the field with effortless power and speed.
Muse was nominated president of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, a position he holds today. As president, he plans to use his leadership and passion for polo to take the sport to new levels while maintaining its rich tradition and legacy.
Jeff Hall grew up in Santa Barbara, California and Houston, Texas. He began riding horses at just four years old in Indio, California where his father John Hall, an enthusiastic polo sponsor, instilled a passion for the sport. By the time Jeff reached seven, he had envisioned his future. His dream of playing polo professionally became a reality at 12 years old and he hasn’t looked back since.
Jeff Hall has won almost every high-goal trophy in U.S. polo including the most prestigious, the U.S. Open. Currently holding a 7-goal handicap, Jeff is one of only a handful of American players to have played in the highly regarded Argentine Open.
In his free time, Jeff also enjoys golf, fishing and spending time at home on his Houston ranch, Old Pueblo, where he enjoys life with his wife and sons. During the Palm Beach polo season, they take up residence in Wellington, Florida.
Carlos “Toly" Ulloa joins the Lucchese Team for this summer's 16-goal season. Hailing from small town Lavinia in Argentina, Toly grew up in a polo-centric family where his mother and father worked with horses and his brothers, including current world #8 ranked Hilario, taught him the game from a young age. Toly showed a knack for the polo pitch and chose that as a career despite also enjoying playing soccer. The decision has paid dividends as Toly has found great success, participating in and winning several tournaments including the 16-goal French Open, The Duke of Cornwall Trophy, and the 24-goal Canadian Open.
Toly has a bright outlook on this season with his new team. "I think the team is very good this year and we can do great things. (Team owner) John [Muse] is playing at a high level as is Facundo [Obregon] and (team captain) Jeff [Hall] . They have a lot of experience and I am going to try to learn as much as I can from them.”
Facundo Obregon joined the Lucchese Polo team for the Belmond El Encanto Robert Skene Trophy in Santa Barbara in the summer of 2018 after winning the tournament the year before with the Kletner Ranch team.
Mars, a talented gelding, currently plays on the Lucchese polo team.
Mia, another beloved competitor, has rejoined the team for the U.S. Open Championship currently in progress.
Ruby, a famous competitor known for many victories including the Argentine Open in 2010, has retired from the polo field and is currently enjoying life in Argentina.