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 27 Greenville took revenge after losing to Ashville in last year's Battle for the Carolinas final. Leading up to last year's final, Greenville's Mariano Obregon, Pelon Escapite and Carlucho Arellano defeated Charlotte's Santi Torres, Jared Zenni and Facundo Obregon, 6-5, in the Battle for South Carolina, before falling to Ashville's Costi Caset, Geronimo Obregon and Patrick Uretz. Zenni decided if he couldn't beat t hem, he'd join them so this year he joined Escapite on the Greenville team. They were joined by newcomer Jared Sheldon. The trio took on a revamped Charlotte team with Mariano Obregon, Tommy Collingwood and Kris Kampsen for the final. The players, using nicknames like Sheldon's Fuego from San Diego; Zenni's Soco; Escapite's Bam Bam, harking from his days as a kid watching The Flintstones; Obregon's Nino; Collingwood's Great White Shark; and Kampsen's Colorado, for his red hair, got the crowd whipped up in a frenzy as both teams punched in multiple scores in the first chukker. The play was aggressive and strong as both teams settled into the game, resulting in one of the best head-to-head games the league has seen. Sheldon played a pronounced role in his team's win, scoring three goals t hroughout the evening. "Our team worked really well together today. When one person went down, someone else picked it up and it was a really good group. The crowd was amazing! It was so fun to feed off them and everyone was loud, which makes it so much more fun for us." After taking some time to adjust to the intense arena set-up during the Battle for South Carolina two weeks prior, Sheldon admitted he felt more confident his second time around. "It felt so good to win tonight. I was definitely more comfortable in there than a few weeks ago. It's a different arena and different rules, and it all clicked today. The venue, the people, everything; all of it is ... a blast. I hope to be back when they do this again," the California-based Sheldon said. Pelon Escapite was named MVP after a herculean performance. "It feels great to win," said Escapite, who scored four goals for his team. "Today was a great turnout with a lot of people cheering for us, against us, I mean it was a special atmosphere today. My teammates worked so hard. Like I have said before, I get a lot of credit, but they are working hard for me and it is all due to them. Winning is my favorite part about tonight. We played a great team. I mean those guys are hard to beat, but we pulled it off tonight." Zenni admitted his team lacked momentum two weeks ago, but regained its chemistry for the final, which resulted in victory. "It feels great to win. It always feels good to win. Two weeks ago we started out a little slower, but tonight we all knew each other, we knew each other's strengths and the game started fast." Zenni, fresh off a U.S. Open win, also G ladiator Polo's Battle for the Carolinas series concluded on June 23 with Greenville top- ping Charlotte 13-11 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Greenville's Jared Zenni outmaneuvers Charlotte's Tommy Collingwood in the Battle of the Carolinas final in Tryon, North Carolina.

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