WELLINGTON, Fla., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The names are familiar throughout the polo world and etched on numerous trophies in the U.S., England and Argentina – Pieres, Heguy, Merlos, and Gracida, to name a few of the legendary polo families.
International businessman and Yellow Cab/SLS JETS Polo Team patron Simon V. Garber is creating his own family legacy in South Florida. Garber is playing in three polo leagues with his sons at Gulfstream Polo Club in Lake Worth, Florida.
A father-and-sons team in not uncommon in Argentina, home to best polo players in the world, but it is rare in the United States.
Garber is the largest taxicab operator in the United States, with more than 3,000 in nine cities, including New York, Chicago and New Orleans. During the week, he concentrates on numerous business ventures throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. But during the weekend, it's polo, polo, polo."Taking time out of my busy schedule to play polo with my sons is worth it," said the 47-year-old Garber, who splits time between New York City and Palm Beach County. "This is important in many ways for us as a family. There is an amazing energy between us on and off the field. It is something we all enjoy. I believe we are creating a legacy, a tradition that I hope will continue for a long time." In the 4-goal league, Garber will be joined by all three of his sons – 20-year-old Shaun Francis Garber, who attends Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and 18-year-old Jeffrey Lawrence Garber, a freshman at Tulane in New Orleans, and the youngest, 14-year-old Tyler, a high school freshman in Manhattan. "Polo is all about families being together and I can't think of anything else I would rather do with my sons," said Simon Garber. "The game of polo is more than winning and losing. There is a lot of tradition, a lot of sportsmanship and a real sense of family." With his business moving along smoothly, Garber and his family spend most weekends during the winter polo season in the Wellington area, the winter equestrian capital of the world. "We talk strategy, and we talk horses," said Simon Garber, who emigrated from Odessa, Russia to the U.S. with his parents in 1977. "It's a special feeling and it's a lifestyle that we all enjoy."