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 Guards Polo Club in Egham, 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 Texas and California. After the perfect season in 2010, he played with Adolfo Cambiaso, one of the most celebrated polo players in history, in 2011 and 2012 and accomplished the rare feat of three back to back wins in the PCO, the first “three peat” in the 100 year history of the Club. 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 currently competes with Prisa and Reno, a mare and filly out of his breeding operation in Argentina.
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.
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.
Nico Escobar joined the Lucchese team for the 2020 season. He was born in Wellington, Florida. He is 19 years old and goes to college at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Nico has been playing polo since he was six years old and now has a 4-goal handicap. In Nico’s free time, he enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with his friends.
Peloncha, ridden by Facundo Obregon
Prisa, ridden by John Muse
Gaviota, ridden by Jeff Hall