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Fino Benceno (ET)

Fino Benceno (ET)

Male, Chestnut,
Born 12/13/2001
RP 35 | SBA 8123

    • PUCARÁ
      • SÉQUITO
      • RUBIA
      • CICATRIZ
      • LILOY
      • ISOLINA
      • TAMAL

Fino Benceno

He played practice matches in La Lucila and was then destined to reproduction due to its great condition and precocity.


Baliza (P. Mc Donough ‘08), Pituca, Vanguardia (’08 Opens with F. Pieres and US Open ’09), Vía Láctea, Halley (stallion) and Bengalito (stallion), Antorcha (’08 Opens with G. Pieres and US Open ’09) and Pirotecnia (M. Mac Donough).



Grand Champion at the 1998 Argentine Rural Society Exhibition, when he was 2.5 years old. One of Ellerstina’s best stallions. He has eight siblings and 49 products that have played in the Triple Crown. Eleven of his daughters made their debut at the 2013 Triple Crown. He is Ellerstina Felicidad, Ellerstina Simpatía and Ellerstina Sonrisa’s brother. Five of Pícaro’s progeny played in the 2009 Tortugas Open semifinals for 4 different teams. His sons Ellerstina PomeloEllerstina Caperucita and Ellerstina Anselmo have won the US “Horse of the Year” prize in the last five years.

Sire of horses ridden in Opens:

  • OPEN GALÁCTICA, Best Playing Pony at the ’13 and ’14 Queen’s Cup with F. Pieres; 
  • OPEN CLOSE UP, Best Playing Pony at ’13 Queen’s Cup final; 
  • ELLERSTINA CAPELINA, Opens in ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12 and ’13 with G. Pieres (s); 
  • ELLERSTINA POMELO, Opens in ’05, ’06, ’07, and ’08 with G. Pieres (s), then exported to the US, where he won the 2009 US Open with Gonzalo Pieres (s), and the Best Horse U.S. Open 2011 prize; 
  • FINA PEPA, played in the Triple Crown ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12 and ’13, even 2 chukkers in the 2007 and 2008 Palermo Open finals, ridden by Gonzalo Pieres (s); 
  • O. PIMIENTA, Triple Crown in ’09, ’10 and ’11 with Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres, then exported to the UK, where she was ridden in the ’12 and ’13 English Triple Crown by Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres; 
  • E. RANCHERA, ridden in the Triple Crown ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09 by G. Pieres (s) and by P. M. Donough in ’10 and ’11 -2 chukkers in the 2008 Open final; 
  • G. ILUSTRADA, ’08, ’09 and ’10 Opens with F. Pieres, Best Playing Pony 80 goals 2009 Hurlingham Open, one of F. Pieres’ finest mares in 2013 European Season; 
  • G. CASINO, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12 and ’13 Opens with F. and G. Pieres, 2014 Tortugas Open with G. Pieres; 
  • L. NAIPE, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11 and ’12 Opens with H. Ulloa; 
  • GRAPPA SHEILA, ’08, ’09 and ’10 Opens with F. Pieres and G. Pieres (s); 
  • E. ANSELMO, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’09 and ’10 Opens with S. Merlos, Horse of the Year honors in the USA; 
  • O. LECHUZA X, ’08, ’09 and ’10 Opens with N. Pieres; 
  • O. ENTROMETIDA, ’10 Opens with F. Pieres, owned by Carlos Narvaez, sold at 2005 Ellerstina’s auction; 
  • KATRINA, ridden in the 2012 Tortugas Open and in the 2013 Triple Crown by G. Pieres; 
  • O. YANINA and F. SEDNA, they were ridden in the 2010 Tortugas Open by G. and F. Pieres (s); 
  • O. MENTIROSA, ridden in the 2010 Tortugas Open and in the 2013 Triple Crown by G. and F. Pieres (s);
  • GRAPPA ANTORCHA, ’08 Opens with G. Pieres (s), US Open in ’09 and ’10; 
  • KATRINA , ridden in the 2012 Tortugas Open and 2013 Triple Crown by G. Pieres; 
  • F. NEVADO (02 x NEVADA), ’08 and ’09 Opens with F. Pieres, sold to G. Avendaño; 
  • O. TACHER, ’09 Opens with F. Pieres, UK ’10, ’11, ’12 and ’13  with F. Pieres; 
  • OPEN CHUSMITA, ridden in the 2014 Tortugas Open by F. Sola; 
  • OPEN AMERICANA, ridden in the 2014 Tortugas Open by F. Pieres; 
  • OPEN VOINA AMERICANA, ridden in the 2014 Tortugas Open by F. Pieres; 
  • OPEN SO EASY, OPEN ANABELA and OPEN CHULA, they were ridden in the 2013 Hurlingham Open and in the 2014 Tortugas Open by G. Pieres; 
  • OPEN NEGRO EL 22, he played in the 2014 Triple Crown and was Grand Champion at the Palermo Rural Exhibition Autumn 2012
  • LAVINIA ADIVINA and LAVINIA ENCANTADA, ridden in the 2014 Tortugas Open by H. Ulloa; 
  • COHIBA FELINA, ridden in the 2013 Tortugas Open by Pablo Mac Donough, and in the 2014 Tortugas Open by N. Pieres
  • OPEN BACARÁ and O. NEBULOSA, ridden in the 2014 Tortugas Open by N. Pieres; 
  • O. FICHA, ridden in the 2010 Tortugas Openby G. and F. Pieres (s), in the 2014 Triple Crown by Ignacio Heguy and awarded the "Mejor Producto Jugador Inscripto Polo Argentino" honors at the 2014 Palermo Open.

Other noteworthy progeny:

  • ELLERSTINA CAPERUSITA: Best Playing Pony Palm Beach ’09 with G. Pieres (s); she won the "Horse of the Year" award in the USA.
  • D. MÉPICA: British Gold Cup with A. Cambiaso.
  • E. ESCARAPELA: Best Playing Pony USA 05 with G. Pieres (s). Deceased.
  • E. CHISMOSO: Ellerstina’s stallion.
  • O. VALIOSA:  2009 Opens with G.Pieres (s). Sold to La Lechuza.
  • G. EJECUTIVA: Sold to La Lechuza. Currently playing in the USA.
  • LM SABELA: Best Playing Pony of 2009 Copa de las Naciones.
  • G. GRAN H: 2008 Cámara de Diputados Cup with N. Pieres. British Gold Cup in 2009 and 2010.
  • G. NEVADO: ’08 Opens with T. Willington.
  • FUGITIVA: 2008 Qualifying Tournament with N. Pieres.
  • O. NIKITA: 2006 Jockey Club Open with G. Pieres (s). 2009 US Open.
  • O. DIOSA: Best Playing Pony of 2009 Copa República Argentina with T. Willington. Exported to the UK.
  • O. GUITARRERO: Sotogrande ’09 with N. Pieres.
  • O. CUARZO: M. Ganzi’s stallion.
  • O. PASAMONTAÑAS: First Place and DIvision Winner at 2009 Palermo Rural Exhibition.
  • G. ANTORCHA: ’08 Opens with G. Pieres (s). US Open in ’09 and ’10.
  • O. CIBERNÉTICA:  Best Playing Pony at the 2011 Tortugas Open with G. Pieres.
  • O. CHALITA:  ’11, ’12 and ’13 Opens with M. Novillo. She was ridden in the 2014 Triple Crown by Miguel Novillo Astrada. "Mejor Producto Jugador Inscripto" at the 2014 Palermo Open.

As stallions, the following stand out:

  • FINO NEVADO, DRAGÓN, LAVINIA NAIPE, GURI TARZÁN and FINO BENCENO, all of them currently in service at Los Pingos del Taita.
  • BANER CHIQUILÍN, ridden in the 2013 Hurlingham Open by F. Sola; 


Sire of excellent horses that play for Cría Tanoira. He has the highest percentage of progeny playing in the Argentine Open Championship, and more than 70 sons and grandsons playing in the Palermo Open Championship.

Sire of

  • PASTORA: player of all the most esteemed Opens.
  • YAPA: player of all the most esteemed Opens (G. Pieres and M. Aguerre).
  • LLANURA: all Opens (M. Aguerre, A. Cambiaso and G. Pieres).
  • OPEN XELENE: ridden in Opens by G. Pieres (s).
  • M. JAZZ:ridden in Opens (M. Aguerre).
  • SIBERIA: Palermo Open (C. Gracida).
  • RUSITA: Palermo Open (G. Pieres).
  • TACUARA: Palermo Open (R. Sola).
  • PAISANA: Cámara de Diputados Cup and Indios Tortugas Open Championship (M. Aguerre).
  • GUADAÑA: Cámara de Diputados Cup (C. Laprida - exported to the USA).
  • FALOPA: Cámara de Diputados Cup (J. Tanoira).
  • CARMELA: British Gold Cup.
  • GUERRILLERA: ridden by I. Heguy (Tortugas Open).
  • PEBETA: Cámara de Diputados Cup (exported to the USA).
  • POLÍTICA: exported to Brunei.
  • GAUCHA: sold to I. Heguy.
  • RAISA: Palermo Open (J. Tanoira).
  • CARDO: Indios Tortugas Open (F. Bensadón).
  • PRIMAVERA (ARAÑA): Palermo Open (B. Castagnola).
  • MAMADERA: S. Merlos (imported from the USA in 2004).
  • FLAUTA: Cámara de Diputados Cup (J. Hall).
  • TIGRA: Palermo Open (J. Tanoira).
  • MEDALLA: US Open (M. Aguerre).
  • MARCELO: US Open (F. Bensadón).
  • MELÓN: Cámara de Diputados Cup (G. Von Wernich).
  • TINTO: Palermo Open (M. Garrahan).
  • RABANITO: Cámara de Diputados Cup (C. Bernal).
  • RUSO: US Open (C. Gracida).
  • CHINO: Palermo Open (B. Castagnola).
  • COSACO: US Open and Sotogrande Gold Cup (E. Novillo Astrada).
  • ARANDELA: Palermo Open (J. Novillo Astrada).
  • GETE ANESTESIA: Palermo Open (J. Novillo Astrada); recognized by the AACCP as “Mejor Producto Jugador Inscripto Polo Argentino” at Cámara de Diputados Cup 2002.
  • TIMBA: Cámara de Diputados Cup (F. Bensadón).
  • PINCELADA: Cámara de Diputados Cup (F. Bensadón).
  • TACAÑA: Palermo Open (M. Novillo Astrada).
  • CAROLINA, MARICA and POLO PÚRPURA: Palermo Open (S. Chavanne, 2004).
  • RATA: Palermo Open 04 (A. Heguy (s)).
  • MALVA: Palermo Open 04 (B. Castagnola).
  • FUNKY and ÓPERA: Palermo Open 04 (M. Aguerre).
  • PARÍS CHAMPAGNE and OPEN LECHUZA VIII: Palermo Open 04 (J. I. Merlos).
  • IRENITA FANTA: Palermo Open 04 (P. Mac Donough).
  • ELLERSTINA TINTA: Palermo Open 04 (G. Pieres (s)).
  • IRENITA FANÁTICA and IRENITA FAVORITA: Palermo Open 04 (M. Mac Donough).
  • GETE ARANDELA: Palermo Open (A. Cambiaso (s) 04 and Pablo Mac Donough 05- 2 chukkers in the final).
  • MASERATI: 2005Palermo Open (A. Agote).

His father, SEQUITO, was bred by H. Barrantes. He was one of the best polo stallions of the last years. Sire of a large number of horses that play in Opens for La Espadaña and other teams, such as LEVICU (several times Best Playing Pony in the USA). Some of them are: LAMBADA, TINTO, PELUSA PICANTE, CAIPIRINHA, POLCA, AMPOLLA, ESCOPETA, CARABINA, CHICHACA, NOVICIA, FUYÍ, RUSA NEGRA, PISTOLA, CHICO, UZI, PATADA, BAMBINO, CINDY, PRIMERA, POLILLA and BRUJO. They all play high handicap.

His mother, RUBIA, was bred by Dowling. She was a very good player. Her granddam, MALA ESPINA, was an outstanding player, as well.


She comes from Juan Carlos Harriot’s breeding. She was chosen Best Playing Pony at the 1995 Hurlingham Open. She was ridden by Adolfo Cambiaso, Gonzalo Pieres and Gonzalo Pieres (s) in England in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Dam of:

  • SIMPATÍA: she was ridden in the 2005 and 2006 Opens by Facundo Pieres.
  • FELICIDAD: she was ridden in all the 2006 Opens (Jockey, Tortugas, Hurlingham and Palermo), when she was five years old, by Facundo Pieres and Matías Mac Donough.
  • RISUEÑO: previously owned by Ellerstina. Bought by Mariano Aguerre. Ridden in the 2006 Jockey Club Open by Gonzalo Pieres, and in the Tortugas and Hurlingham Opens by Mariano Aguerre. Recently exported to the USA, where he plays in two chukkers with Mariano Aguerre.
  • CHISTOSO: he played in the Jockey Club Open for Ellerstina and in the 2006 Gold Cup with Facundo Pieres.
  • FANY: exported to France. Best Playing Pony at Deauville 2004.
  • FIESTA: sold at Ellerstina’s auction in 2005. Now ridden by Mariano Aguerre.



One of the most important high handicap mares between 1995 and 2001. Ridden by Gonzalo Pieres and Gonzalo Pieres (s) (2 chukkers in most matches). Grand Champion at the 1993 Argentine Rural Society Exhibition, "Mejor Producto Jugador Inscripto Polo Argentino" of the 1998 Argentine Open Championship. Exported to the USA, where she played with Bautista Heguy  in Palm Beach in 2003, and  with Mariano Aguerre in the USPA GOLD CUP. Best Playing Pony USA 2003.

Dam of:

  • G. ANTORCHA: in 2008, she was ridden in the Argentine Triple Crown by Gonzalo Pieres (s).
  • E. BANGUARDIA: plays for team Ellerstina.
  • E. BENGALITO: stallion.


He won both in his debut and in his second race. Due to an injury, he was retired to stud at haras Tres Pinos. He was bought by Ytacuá as a polo stallion. Winner of the AACCP 1995 leading sires list. He produced a large number of horses that play in the Argentine Opens.

Progeny that play in the Argentine Open Championship:

  • YTACUÁ BAMBA: ridden by Adolfo Cambiaso. Indios Tortugas, Hurlingham and Palermo Opens (2 chukkers in final matches). Grand Champion at the 1994 Argentine Rural Society Exhibition.
  • YTACUÁ BIENVENIDA: ridden by Bartolomé Castagnola, Grand Champion at the 1995 AACCP Exhibition. Dam of D. Buenaventura, who is ridden in all the Opens by A. Cambiaso. 2011 Lady Susan Townley Award, BPP Copa Diamante 2009, BPP Copa República Argentina 2006  and BPP Copa Manuel Belgrano 2006.
  • YTACUÁ BOMBAY: ridden by L. Criado. 
  • YTACUÁ BRASITA: ridden by Lucas Monteverde.
  • YTACUÁ BONITA: ridden by Miguel Novillo Astrada.
  • YTACUÁ PATA: ridden by Pablo Mac Donough. 
  • YTACUÁ PURITA: ridden by Mariano Aguerre.
  • YTACUÁ RASPADITA: ridden by Milo Fernández Araujo.
  • YTACUÁ TARARIRA: ridden by Mariano Aguerre.
  • YTACUÁ PERICÓN (PAMPERO): ridden by Ignacio Novillo Astrada.
  • YTACUÁ LUNA: ridden by Bartolomé Castagnola.
  • YTACUÁ EXTRANJERA: ridden by Lucas Criado.
  • YTACUÁ HERMANITA: ridden by Mariano Aguerre.
  • YTACUÁ MELLIZA: ridden by Lucas Monteverde.
  • YTACUÁ LAMPARITA: ridden by Miguel Novillo Astrada.
  • YTACUÁ PAMPEANA: ridden by Lucas Criado.
  • YTACUÁ BENGLADESH: ridden by Gonzalo Pieres (s).
  • YTACUÁ PUREZA: ridden by Lucas Criado.
  • YTACUÁ VÍBORA: ridden by Bartolomé Castagnola.
  • YTACUÁ TORCAZ: Grand Champion Male in 1995 and Grand Champion at the 2001 Tortugas Country Club Exhibition.
  • YTACUÁ GALLARETA: "Premio Asociación Argentina de Polo por Aptitud" 1995.