Polo

Our Team


Jim Rossi, Managing Partner

Jim Rossi is a business and marketing strategist who has demonstrated success in the design, development, implementation and management of integrated marketing programs. Some noteworthy accomplishments include participation in a number of new business launches as well as significant engagement with clients that have included the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, American Express, AT&T, GE Financial Assurance, Hilton, Home Depot, IBM, NASA, NASCAR and SeaWorld. Jim, a graduate of Skidmore College, is actively involved in the local community and has served on the boards of directors of Creative Place International, Saratoga PLAN, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the Skidmore College Strategic Communications Advisory Board.

Mike Bucci, Chairman 

Michael Bucci is former president and CEO of Armored Motor Service of America (AMSA), a Rochester-based company he started in 1977. By growing the company from one truck to over 400, with 1,300 employees, he has helped create one of the largest armored car companies in the Northeast. The company provided service to banks, retail and financial institutions as well as the Federal Reserve Bank. This success resulted in his appointment by Governor Pataki as chairman of the Armored Car Advisory Board for the State of New York. 
Mike is a Siena College alum, and currently serves on the institution’s board of trustees. He has hosted many Siena College alumni receptions and focus groups around the country. He used his talents to chair the Siena College Board of Associate Trustees' resources committee. He has also sponsored the Sarazen Golf Tournament and Siena Day at Saratoga for many years. Mike also serves on the boards for Sigl Sports and Roc. Mike has invested 30 years into the creation and operations aspects of national businesses. In 2003, he was recognized by the Rochester Community Foundation as Entrepreneur of the Year—cited for bringing the vision to create a company focused on a spirited entrepreneurial approach to development.

Pablo Dorignac, Polo Team Director 

Pablo Dorignac is an Argentinian polo player who began playing professionally in 1992 at the age of 19. Coming from a famous polo family, he has traveled around the world playing in not only his home country, but also the usa, brasil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France, England, Malaysia, Singapore, India, China, and most recently, in Thailand. 

Pablo has also been on the winning side of the East Coast Open an St Valentines Cup, The Sterling Cup, Copa Reyes Carrer, Copa Provincia, The Royal Palm Polo Cup, Copa Jimaguayu, Royal Pajan Polo Club Cup in Malaysia, and dozens more cups, tournaments and accolades across the globe. “It is with this in mind,” said Ed Armstrong who will be organizing tournaments, practices, and polo lessons with Pablo, that  “besides the action on the field,  we are looking forward to grow the sport and the club by offering Polo Lessons and introduce the next generation to Whitney Field and beyond. Having the opportunity to learn from such a reknowned polo player as Pablo just couldn’t be passed up – we invite everyone to call up and sign up!”

Ed Armstrong, Polo Operations Manager

Our New Polo Operations Manager, Ed Armstrong wants to focus on making Saratoga a fun place to play and stay for the players that are being gathered from around the corner and across the globe by Pablo. Not only will Ed be helping with the logistics putting together the teams for the tournaments on the pitch, he has a keen sense for highlighting the sport for those who want to give this exhilarating sport a try and for those who want to improve their skills.

To give you an idea of the depth and breadth of Ed’s polo portfolio, Ed Armstrong began playing polo in Massachusetts and Vermont in the late eighties, having started the Byfield Polo Club. He played in New England, Kentucky and Virginia for thirty years. In 2004 Ed began a 10-year stint at the United States Polo Association, first managing the Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Polo Program and working his way to Director of Tournaments and Clubs. 

Along the way, Ed got involved with USPA's international efforts and worked with many teams and traveled from Argentina to England, India, Chile and China. Ed currently is currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the American International Polo Foundation (AIPF) as well as being involved in the off season with tournaments in Manipur India, the birthplace of modern polo that feature teams from all over the world. 

Ed also coached and managed the Yale collegiate and scholastic teams during their 2015 move to their own facility near New Haven.

Bob Bullock, Polo Announcer

 Bob Bullock has been involved in equestrian sports since 1981, when he served as Director of Public Relations for Tri-Color Horse Shows  in Camden, SC, a major A-rated horse show complex.  Upon his return to New York's Capital Region in 1983, he began announcing horse  shows and arena polo locally.  He joined Saratoga Polo in 1987 as Director of Public Relations and soon became back-up announcer to the  original "Voice of Saratoga Polo" Frank Dwyer.  In the nearly two-and-a-half decades with Saratoga Polo, Bullock's articles and events  have brought international attention to polo in Saratoga.  Many still remember his concept for the world record distance attempt for  champagne cork popping in the late 1980's.
 
 Bullock became the new "Voice of Saratoga Polo" approximately 10 years ago.  In addition to Saratoga Polo, he has been the announcer at  the Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, CT and the Bridgehampton Polo Club in the Hamptons.  Bullock has also announced charity matches throughout New York and New England and has done preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open.  In addition to his polo background, he has three decades of experience as a senior executive in the private and public sectors and is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel.  Educationally, he earned his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

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