About Memo Gracida
A Polo Legend

Guillermo Gracida, Jr. also known as “Memo Gracida” was born on July 25, 1956. Memo was born in Mexico City into the first family of Mexican polo. While his father’s generation cemented the Gracidas’ reputation on the polo fields of North America, it was Memo who took the success to the next level internationally. Riding by age two, and playing tournament polo by ten, Memo became a force to be reckoned with at a young age. By 1977, Memo had relocated to San Antonio, Texas, to play for Stephen M. Gose, sponsor of the powerful Retama polo team, where Memo won his first U.S. Open in 1977. It was this win that left Memo wanting more.

His international career includes several record-setting achievements. Most notably, Gracida holds the highest record of 16 U.S. Open Championship victories and the most consecutive years as a 10-goal professional polo player, 21-years. These many global major tournament wins led to Memo’s selection as Player of the Centennial Era in 1990 and his induction into the National Polo Hall of Fame in 1997; the first time an active player had ever been inducted.

While Gracida’s career as a professional player has set an exemplary standard for those who follow in his footsteps, it is his ability to coach, educate, and organize a polo player, team, and program that further sets his success apart from others. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Memo coached the Ellerstina polo team in Argentina, consisting of a young Facundo Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres, Jr., Pablo MacDonough, and Matias MacDonough. Under Memo’s tutelage, the team made it to the Argentine Triple Crown in 2005 and 2007 losing only in overtime. These four young players later all became 10-goalers, just like Gracida.

While his competitive spirit and and unmatched ability as a player is truly impressive, Memo’s passion to teach, educate, and coach current and future players is his true market niche. Currently, Memo travels the world playing at a competitive level and providing his week-long clinics, known as La Herradura Classic. He and his wife, Meghan, currently reside in California.



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