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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The United States Polo Association established Team USPA in 2009 to grow and sustain the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and providing opportunities to grow their abilities. Agee studies at Point Loma Nazarene and plays at Lakeside Polo Club. She is beginning an intercollegiate team at her university in hopes of encouraging more horse enthusiasts to try the sport while also giving her a platform to compete during her time in college. Bray recently graduated from Oklahoma State University and is completing an internship through USPA Polo Development, LLC at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. She will be playing in the Rincon League 8-Goal during July and August. Beginning polo Molly: In sixth grade I decided to try polo out at the local arena club. After a few games, I was hooked and never looked back! Mia: My dad and brother play polo professionally, but I didn't really take much of an interest until I graduated high 22 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N California dreamin' New members have a passion for retraining horses For Sale: Thoroughbred mare, clean x- rays, 8 years old, playing 8- to 12-goal tournament polo, no vices, reasonably priced. Sounds too good to be true, right? For many young players, it is. Purchasing the "perfect" polo pony and building a string from nothing is out of reach—but for new Team USPA members Molly Agee and Mia Bray, retraining horses for polo has captured their attention. Agee and Bray each began their equestrian journey in the hunter/jumper world, giving them a strong riding foundation. Their attention to equitation helps build the horse's confidence as they begin the journey towards the polo field. Through Team USPA, both players aim to compete in higher-level women's polo while pursuing careers outside of the sport. Balancing polo and work can be challenging, but the passion Agee and Bray have for horses and polo is evident. Molly Agee Mia Bray KAYLEE WROE

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