Polo Players Edition

AUG 2018

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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10 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N race around the arena. After the 8 p.m. game, we put out foot mallets and balls and the children have a go in the arena hitting balls, running around and just having a good time." Adults of all ages are also guaranteed a fabulous evening with on-site wine selections from title sponsor Greenhill Winery and a dance party in the pavilion following the evening's competitions. The Great Meadow Foundation website reads, "What could be more perfect? Virginia wine in Virginia horse country while cheering on your favorite polo team!" Take a moment, and just imagine if you were playing in the game! "People see Twilight and they want to try it!" exclaimed Ross. "We are constantly getting a new group that comes in to take lessons. I have someone contact me at least once a week interested in lessons. It really helps to bring in new customers." Established in 2011, the polo school directed by Gobin, a USPA Certified Polo Instructor, recently moved locations to a farm conveniently positioned directly across the road from the arena. "It's literally right across the street from Great Meadow and it's almost 100 acres, with two big barns and tons of tons of paddocks and grass for the horses," said Ross. "We started here with very little," recounted Gobin, "and in six years we have grown to include 30 boarders, 15 school horses, plus my five horses, which also go into the polo school, for more advanced riders." A 2017 Polo Development Initiative award recipient, they revamped their website last year, the remainder of the award replacing broken tack and other necessities required to keep a prosperous polo school running smoothly. The average trajectory for a polo student leads from lessons to coaching chukkers, followed by a student's "big break" under the lights in a beginner 6 p.m. featured match. Where else can a novice polo player have the opportunity to impress their friends and family in front of a multitude of fans? Formerly the home of the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship for many years, the 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. games offer more competitive traditional tournament-style polo with professionals. Gobin insists, however, that high-goal polo is not what makes polo spectating enjoyable, instead it is Michael Grams sticks to Ramiro Cordero in a Twilight polo match. Assistant manager Whitney Ross says the polo school gets a lot of people requesting lessons after they watch Twilight polo. The girls' team gets a hand from some players and Polo Bear in the tug of war held between the matches. Darrell Gaebel introduces his pony, Aragorn, to the audience prior to a match. TONY GIBSON TONY GIBSON TONY GIBSON

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