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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 19 F IELDVIEW FARM IN PITTSTOWN, NEW JERSEY, owned by Jim and Laura McDevitt, hosted the Hunterdon Polo Classic on June 9. The event continued the McDevitt's 19- year history of raising funds and awareness for local charities through polo. Beneficiaries of this year's match are the Hunterdon Art Museum, Prevention Resources, Riding with Heart, the Takaezu Studio Project, Valley Crest Farm and Preserve and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick—Hunterdon. The match had Fieldview Farm (Adam Lipson, Val Washington, Mark Mulligan, Jim McDevitt) defeating Hunterdon Polo team (Pete D'Costa/Barclay Knapp, Ann Onisky, Hesham El Gharby, Tim Cheromeka), 9-6, at the final whistle. Joe Gantert announced the match and Carole Jones was timekeeper. Umpires for the match were George Olivas and Antonio Santana. Adam Lipson won MVP, presented by Sean and Sue McGee and Merrill Lynch, and Hesham El Gharby's Novi was Best Playing Pony, presented by Dave and Jen Johnston of Amwell Ridge Wealth Management. Barclay Knapp was awarded the Bruce Nienstedt Perpetual Cup for best amateur player. Attendance was great with over 1200 guests, sponsors and tailgaters enjoying the polo match. The match was opened with a live rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Emily Decker, a classic car parade, and a performance by St. Anne's Pipes and Drums. Halftime entertainment included tailgate and hat competitions, demonstrations by the Essex Fox Hounds and Tewksbury Foot Bassets and a raffle drawing to benefit the Quakertown Fire Company. Josh Marpet was the color announcer for the day. Tailgate winners included "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Purple Rain, Rein, Reign," and "County Picnic." IT'S A CLASSIC Six charities benefit from annual match Jim McDevitt anchored the Fieldview Farm team. He and wife Laura have held the Hunterdon Polo Classic benefit for the past 19 years. Spectators enjoyed a performance by St. Anne's Pipes and Drums (above) and demostrations by the Essex Fox Hounds (below).

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