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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20 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N O N SATURDAY, JUNE 9, Argentina's Taqueada Polo h osted its first annual Beach Polo Tournament at Seascape Resort in Aptos, California. Founded in Paraje La Ellerstina, Argentina, 50 minutes outside Buenos Aires, the Taqueada Polo Club includes two polo fields and stabling for 60 horses. This year, the club expanded into the U.S. Located in Gilroy, California, Taqueda Polo has plans to build the first regulation-sized field in Northern California, and bring polo events to the area. The beach polo event was held at Seascape Resort's private beach, with Seascape VIP homeowners taking turns throwing in the ball to start each chukker. VIP guest enjoyed a fieldside lunch and bar service. A couple hundred people attended the match, which included Taqueada Stagnaro's Martin Tassara, Zoe Cookson and Dawn Rose playing Taqueada Code.X's Brian McFall, Alex Fu and Ciro Desenzani, president of the Taqueada Polo organization. The players played their own horses, most of which are boarded at the Taqueada facility in Gilroy, where most of the players train. Taqueada Stagnaro took the trophies, 8-7. Sponsors included Seascape Beach Resort, Stagnaro Tack & Apparel, LisaT Fine Jewelry, Plantronics and Code.X. BEACH BALL Players take to the sand in California Taqueada Stagnaro's Martin Tassara T HE COMMONWEALTH POLO CLUB in Paris, Kentucky, began Noches de Polo, a series of games played under the lights once a month during the summer. The first night match of the season was the Bluegrass Sotheby's International Cup. Sotheby's (Donald Nickou, Ben Lynch, Jorge Vasquez, Raza Tiwana) edged Hardwick Clothing (Abby Jones, Eva Crossman, Meg Campos, Juan Valerdi), 7-6, thanks to a winning goal by Donald Nickou. Spectators enjoyed the polo action from the outdoor deck, as well as food and music around the club's fire pit. The arena club was founded in 2015 by USPA Certified Instructor Jorge Vasquez and Juan Valerdi. It is home to the University of Kentucky and Commonwealth High School teams. NIGHT POLO Club features games under the lights Club founders Jorge Vasquez and Juan Valerdi

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