Story and photos by Rodney Grimes
The 5th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships held on Saturday, October 24 was a tremendous success. Last year the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country with over 10,000 fans turning out. Every indication is that this year’s turnout exceeded those numbers.
Of increasing public interest, and a true Polo rock star, is Kareem Rosser.
Rosser broke out at this event two years ago when he rode with his all Black Philadelphia area “Work To Ride” team. In 2013 Work To Ride may have been an anomaly or a novelty with high schoolers and some Juco players – but Kareem Rosser is the real deal in 2015. He now attends Colorado State University (CSU) and helped CSU win the United States Polo Association National Championship with a 20 to 17 victory over Texas A&M. Rosser was also named MVP of the tournament.
Riding here in Scottsdale with the Club Polo Cabo team, Rosser held his own with some very polished professional polo players.
After the match, I had to muscle my way through the ever-increasing crowd that now gravitates towards him whenever he is off his horse. In spite of his major accomplishments, Rosser is unusually pleasant with a low-key voice and easy smile.
He has a number of his old neighborhood friends who are attending college here in the Valley, and they all wanted to get a photo with their “homie.” He was happy to be with them and oblige.
Rosser said he has of course enjoyed polo, and all that it has brought him over the years, but his major at CSU is finance, and he wants to go into the business world upon graduation in 2016.
The Bentley Polo Championships continues to grow with a large and diverse attendance. I’m not sure if Kareem Rosser will be here next year – but this may be the one event you won’t want to miss.