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Open Chela (ET)

Open Chela (ET)

Female, Bay,
Born 12/24/2001
RP 276 | SBA 29808

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Open Chela

Triple Crown ‘08 with T. Willington. 

Triple Crown ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13 and ’14 with J. G. Huidobro. 

Best Playing Pony at Polo Tour Centauros ’10 with T. Willington. 



English Thoroughbred. He won three races as a 2, 3 and 4-year-old in France and in the USA. When he was two years old, he made his debut and claimed the 1st place over 1600m. Longchamp. Imported from France by Haras La Quebrada. He joined Ellerstina in 1998. Sire of more than 30 horses that play in Opens. 

Sire of

  • RULETA: first of Rainbow Corner’s daughters to play polo. She played in Opens when she was three years old (Palermo 99). She suffered a fracture. At present, she is a donor.
  • G. GALERA: G. Pieres’ best pony, Triple Crown ’08, ’09, ’10 and ’11 with G. Pieres (s). BestPlaying Pony at 2010 Hurlingham Open.
  • FOOTSIE: ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09 Opens withG. Pieres (s) and with N. Pieres in ’10 and ’11.
  • E. SIMPATÍA: ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09 Opens with F. Pieres. Triple Crown ’10 and ’11 with N. Pieres. ’12 final with F. Pieres.
  • ELLERSTINA AJÍ: exported to the USA by Audi team. She played and won the US Open 09 with Marc Ganzi.
  • E. ILUSIONADA: ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08 and’09 Opens with F. Pieres. in ’10 and ’11 with G. Pieres.O. MAGNOLIA: ’06, ’07, ’08and ’09 Opens with F. Pieres. Best Playing Pony at the 2006 Jockey Club Open with F. Pieres. 2 chukkers in the ’08,’09 and ’10 Open finals with J. M. Nero. G. Pieres ’11.
  • OPEN MAMA MIA: great level at training. She played her first tournaments. Delayed due to an injury. At present, Ellerstina’s donor.
  • DOLFINA MILENARIA: ’05, ’06, ’07 and ’08 Opens with A. Cambiaso (2 chukkers in the ’05, ’07 and ’08 finals).
  • SHAPE UP: ’03 to ’07 Opens with F. Pieres.
  • DOLFINA CARIDAD: Best horse at the 2006 Polo Tour Ellerstina. Palermo Open ’07 final with M. Aguerre. Exported to the UK. Best Playing Pony of 2010 British Gold Cup.
  • ORIENT BAY: Palermo Open with F. Pieres. Sold to Alfio Marchini.
  • CHALO COMPINCHE: ’05, ’06 , ’07 and ’08 Palermo Open with B. Castagnola.
  • E. SONRISA: ’06, ’07 and ’08 Opens with F. Pieres. 2009 Qualifying Tournament.
  • E. TOPACIO: ’06 and ’07 Opens with F. Pieres. USA ’09 and ’10 with F. Pieres.
  • E. BANGUARDIA: ’07 and ’08 Opens with F. Pieres. USA ’09 and ’10 with F. Pieres.
  • O. LUNA NUEVA: 2008 Triple Crown with G. Pieres (s). 2009 Qualifying Tournament.
  • E. BARULLO: ’06 and ’07 Opens with P. M. Donough. Irenita’s stallion.
  • E. ARVEJA: Triple Crown ’08 and ’09 with F. Pieres. N. Pieres ’10 and ’11.
  • OPEN CHECHU: Triple Crown ’09 and ’10 with G. Pieres (s). Exported to the USA.
  • BLACK MAGIC: Triple Crown ’08 with G. Pieres (s). US Open ’09, ’10 and ’11.
  • GRAPPA AMARRETA: Triple Crown ’09 and ’10 with B. Castagnola. Record price at 2009 Polo Tour auction.
  • GRAPPA SUPERIORA: 2008 Triple Crown with G. Pieres (s). Pablo Pieres (s) ’09.
  • GRAPPA ILUSA: 2008 Triple Crown with Jaime G. Huidobro. Exported to the UK.
  • GRAPPA FOGOSA: 2008 Triple Crown with T. Willington. 2010 Triple Crown with P. Pieres.
  • GRAPPA KURNI: 2009 Qualifying Tournament with N. Pieres. Triple Crown ’10 and ’11 with N. Pieres. UK ’12 with N. Pieres.
  • OPEN JULIETA: 2008 Triple Crown with G. Pieres (s). US Open ’09, ’10 and ’11.
  • OPEN SERPENTINA: 2010 Triple Crown with F. and N. Pieres.
  • GETE FURIA: 2014 Tortugas Open with Guillermo Caset.
  • YATAY LUNA ROSA: 2014 Tortugas Open with Pablo Pieres (s).
  • EURO DESIMA: 2014 Tortugas Open with Nicolás Pieres.
  • YATAY GLAMOROSA: 2014 Tortugas Open with Pablo Pieres.

He also sired: 

  • E. Optimista, UK 09 with N. Pieres; 
  • Dolfina Bombero, ’05 Open with A. Cambiaso; 
  • Dolfina Comba, ’05 Open with A. Cambiaso; 
  • Yepeta, ’05 Open with B. Castagnola; 
  • E. Galaxia, 2006 Jockey Club Open, US Open ’09; 
  • Fina Raqueta, ’07 Open tournaments, deceased;
  • Fina Iluminada, 2007 Tortugas Open with M. Mac Donough, 2009 Qualifying Tournament with N. Pieres; 
  • Fina Rusa, ’07 Opens, 2009 Qualifying Tournament with N. Pieres; 
  • E. Carpeta, 2009 Qualifying Tournament with T. Willington; 
  • O. Sunset, Carlos de Narvaez’s stallion; 
  • O. Elenco, stallion; 
  • Open Interesada, donor; 
  • Cabo Cámarat, Tibiza and Nariva.

Stallions sons of RAINBOW CORNER at Los Pingos del Taita:

Padrillo: Open Sunset
Open Sunset

Maternal Line OPEN CHITA


G. Pieres’ (s) best pony in seasons ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09. She played and won the 2010 Triple Crown. She has played her 10th High Handicap season. She was awarded the "Mejor Producto Jugador Inscripto" prize at Hurlingham 2005. Full sister to Open Califa, who claimed the Best Horse honors at US Open and Gold Cup USA 2005, where she was riddenby M. Aguerre. Horse of the Year,  USA 2005.

Dam of:

  • OPEN CHECHU (RAINBOW CORNER): 2009 Triple Crown with Gonzalo Pies (s). Exported to the USA, where she played and won the US Gold Cup ’11.
  • GRAPPA CARPETA (RAINBOW CORNER): 2008 Triple Crown and 2009 Qualifying Tournament with Temy Willington. 2010 Triple Crown with J. G. Huidobro and P. Pieres.
  • OPEN CHELA (RAINBOW CORNER): 2008 Triple Crown with T. Willington. Triple Crown ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13 and ’14 with J. G. Huidobro. Best Playing Pony Polo Tour Centauros 2010 with T. Willington.OPEN CHISPERA (MODERN LOVE): she made her debut in Tortugas ’11, and won, with I. Heguy. Triple Crown 2011 with I. Heguy.
  • OPEN CHISPERA (MODERN LOVE): she made her debut in Tortugas ’11, and won, with I. Heguy. Triple Crown 2011 with I. Heguy.
  • OPEN CHETA (RAINBOW CORNER) and OPEN CHIHITA (SPORTIVO): they got injured and they now are Ellerstina’s best new dams.
  • COHIBA FELINA (E. PÍCARO): she played in the Triple Crown in 2013 and 2014 with N. Pieres.
  • OPEN CHUKER 1 (E. PÍCARO): Triple Crown 2014 with J. García Huidobro.

Maternal granddam of:

  • OPEN CHEQUERA: Triple Crown 2014 with F. Pieres.
  • GRAPPA CONCHETA: Triple Crown 2014 with J. García Huidobro.


Excellent stallion, sire of several horses that play in Opens, such as:

  • ALAZANAS SUBERSIVA: ridden in all Opens by B. Heguy and J. M. Nero.
  • POLO ELEGIDA: ridden by E. Heguy.
  • VICTORIA: ridden by Héctor Guerrero.
  • TALISMAN: ridden in Opens in 2003 and 2004 by Gonzalo Pieres (s).
  • MALAMBO: ridden in Opens by B. Castagnola in 1996 and in two chukkers in the Palermo 1997 final.


She is considered one of the best polo mares in history, not only as player, but also as dam and granddam. Ellerstina breeding’s Founding Family. Bred by Héctor Barrantes and ridden by G. Pieres in the Palermo Argentine Open Championship for teams La Espadaña and Ellerstina. She won two Lady Susan  Townley awards (1987 and 1990), and the Argentine Polo Breeders Association award to the Best Pony at the Palermo Open in 1987 and 1990 and at the 1988 Hurlingham Club Open.  She played 4 seasons in England, from ’91 to ’94, and 1 in the USA, in 1994.

Dam of:

  • OPEN LUNA NUEVA: ridden in the Triple Crown ’08 and ’10 by G. Pieres. Only daughter of La Luna and R. Corner. Full sister of Open Sunset. Her first daughter, Open Nueva Jersey, made her debut in the 2013 Tortugas Open with G. Pieres. OPEN ESPACIAL: combination of the two best animals in the history of polo, Luna and Sportivo. Member of Ellerstina’s team of stallions. In his first year at Ellerstina (2003), 4 females and 4 males were born. His first numerous foal crops were born in 2004. 20 of his daughters have already made their debut in the Argentine Triple Crown.
  • OPEN SUNSET: stallion sold at 2005 Ellerstina’s auction to Carlos de Narváez at record price.
  • OPEN CALIFA: Best Horse at US Open 2005; USA Horse of the Year 2005. First cloned horse.
  • OPEN CHITA: 9 Palermo Opens. Best Playing Pony at the 2005 Hurlingham Open. 2011 Triple Crown.  Dam of: Cohiba Felina, 2012 Tortugas Open final. Ridden in the 2014 Triple Crown by N. Pieres.
  • GETE SORDA: Palermo Open (S. Chavanne).
  • GETE MEDIA LUNA (PUCARÁ): sold at auction in 1999 to G. Zabala. Palermo Open (P. Mac Donough).
  • GETE LUNA LLENA (PUCARÁ): Palermo Open (S. Chavanne / M. Novillo Astrada).
  • GETE MOON (PUCARÁ VIRTUAL): sold at auction in 2003. Sold to Novillo Astrada brothers and G. Fornieles. High handicap (M. Novillo Astrada).
  • GRAPPA ASTEROIDE (PLIN- PLIN PLIN): stallion sold at Ellerstina’s auction in ‘06. He stands in service at Embryo Transfer Center La Irenita. His first progeny were born in ’07.
  • OPEN MOON (OPTIMUM): ridden in Opens by G. Pieres (s) in ‘04. Deceased.
  • GETE LAIKA (GUINDADO): Palermo Open (S. Chavanne).
  • OPEN JASY (ILUSIONADO): Argentine Open Championship finals in ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 and ’10, most of the times in 2 chukkers, ridden by Mariano Aguerre and Lucas Monteverde.

Maternal granddam of:

  • RICHARD TRAMPA: 2014 Triple Crown with Juan Martín Nero.
  • GETE LUNA CRECIENTE: 2014 Tortugas Open with Guillermo Caset.
  • FINA TANGERINE: 2014 Triple Crown with G. Pieres.
  • OPEN BAILARINA: 2012 Triple Crown. UK 2013.
  • NUEVA JERSEY: 2013 Triple Crown.

Great-granddam of:

  • OPEN CHEQUERA: one of F. Pieres’ best ponies at the moment.

Stallions produced by OPEN CHITA at Los Pingos del Taita

Padrillo: Gurí Tarzán (ET)
Gurí Tarzán (ET)