Polo Players Edition

NOV 2011

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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IN T E R N A T ION AL S P O T L IG H T Anastasia Rodzianko's 10-year-old mare, Azul, was named Best Playing Pony of the Russian Open. Five-goal Alejandro Traverso turns the ball in the Russian Open final. Highlights from the match were shown on the national Russian sports channel and the english language Russia Today, reaching over 3 million viewers. Before the season began the home team traveled to London, England where it competed at the Ham Polo Club. Moscow won 8-6½ despite giving up 1½ goals on handicap to the Ham team. A Moscow team also played at the Santa and Racquet Club Barbara Polo in Carpinteria, California on July 15 in conjunction with the Beluga Robert Skene Memorial Trophy. Beluga also sponsored the Moscow team, which included Alex Rodzianko and his son and daughter, Alexis Rodzianko, Anastasia Rodzianko, Mischa Rodzianko and Alejandro Traverso play for Beluga. Anastasia and Mischa. Lucas Lalor rounded out the team. Moscow faced Santa Barbara's Matt Walker, Henry Walker, Glencito Holden and Wesley Ru splitting with Ken Berry. Lalor, who had just finished playing six chukkers in the Skene final with Audi, earning MVP honors, gamely mounted up for the Moscow team. His horse tumbled during the second match. Fortunately, both he and the horse were unhurt. The four chukker match was close and hard fought, but in the end, Santa Barbara claimed the 5-4 victory. Players on both teams received bottles of Beluga Vodka and spectators enjoyed Beluga Vodka cocktails while watching the game. Mischa Rodzianko will spend this winter playing at the Palm City Polo Club in Boca Raton, Florida as he did last winter while attending school. Moscow's Anastasia Rodzianko, Mischa Rodzianko and Alexis Rodzianko , with Lucas Lalor, second from left, compete in Santa Barbara in July. POLO PLAYERS EDITION 49 KIM KUMPART

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