ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The world’s top polo players are competing in Aspen, including Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras and Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres of Argentina.

Three top-ranked Americans — Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips and Juan Bollini — are also competing in the Piaget World Snow Polo Championship on Thursday and Friday.

The tournament is happening at a city park over the objection of Mayor Steve Skadron, who says it’s a niche event that’s not significant enough to take place in a public space.

During a meeting earlier this month, The Aspen Times reported that Skadron was also concerned about the death of a horse at the event in 2011 and the environmental impact of having to make snow if there wasn’t enough real snow. This year’s organizers are different from those in 2011.

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