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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28 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N scored four goals for the victory. "I love the crowd. I love the intensity; them yelling at us, booing at us; they are so into it. I love it all! ..." Gladiator Polo was inspired by Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group and managing partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners and Wellington Equestrian Partners, who understood the sport of polo was in desperate need of revitalization in order to attract and broaden its traditional audience base. Combining elements of both field polo and arena polo, the concept took form last year in Wellington, Florida, during the annual high-goal season. Gladiator Polo consists of six five- minute periods. The Roman-themed event has horses and riders wearing distinctive team colors—from the player's helmets all the way down to the horses' leg wraps—making it easier for spectators to follow the game. Unlike most traditional equestrian sports were cheers from the audience are discouraged until after a rider competes, spectators are encouraged to Greenville's Pelon Escapite, Jared Sheldon and Jared Zenni took the $30,000 prize in the final of the Battle of the Carolinas. A few weeks earlier, they earned $21,000 for winning the Battle for South Carolina, which advanced them to the final. Charlotte's Mariano Obregon is all over Greenville's Jared Sheldon.

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