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 31 The event was co-hosted by Newport Polo, home of the Westchester Polo Club, in Newport County, Rhode Island and Myopia Polo Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Played from June 27-July 1, the tournament drew nine teams, with talented players coming from coast to coast and overseas, gathering 150 horses for some highly-competitive action over five days. The event had five teams playing off in a 8- to 12-goal handicap bracket, while f our teams vied for the 14- to 20-goal open bracket. Ten women played in both brackets. Preliminary matches for the handicap section began on Wednesday, June 27. In a round-robin match, Island Cowgirl got two goals on Melinda's Prospect Farm after giving it a half-goal handicap in the first round. In the next two round, Tolerance Cider/Heïades International outscored both Island Cowgirl and Melinda's Prospect Farm, 3-1, to earn a spot in the final. The second game had Boston Avalon slip Harvard Polo, 5-4, for the other final spot. Games were rained out the next day, so play resumed on Friday. In the first open bracket game, Women's International Polo Network narrowly edged Heïades International 6-5. Later, Avalon Farm overcame Island Cowgirl, 7-6. The handicap consolation game was played Saturday morning with Melinda's Prospect Farm overcoming both Island Cowgirl and Harvard for third place honors. Island Cowgirl came in fourth place. Later that day, it seemed Boston Avalon was unable to buy a goal in the handicap final as Tolerance Cider/ Heïades International cruised to a 7-1 victory. Boston Avalon's Tiamo Hudspeth said the team had some challenges from the start. "Margaux Buchanan originally asked me to come put some teams together for the handicap and open, then she got hurt a few w eeks before the tournament so we scrambled to [find a replacement]. Margaux is an amazing woman and supported us and found someone to play," she said. "And in the final, the score didn't reflect the game. We missed a lot of goals. We could have easily won if I had made some of those goals, just freak thinks like bouncing off a divot or hitting the goal post." IKnow, owned by Stacey Stover and played by Hudspeth, was Best Playing Pony. Wendy Stover wasn't surprised the mare won. "The mare is so talented. [She has an] incredible mouth, super speed and [is] quick for a tall mare. She is so much fun to play!" she said. The winners lifted the Anne Hutchinson Perpetual trophy, named for the champion of civil liberty and tolerance in the colonial era. Hutchinson established Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1638. She is revered in New England as a heroine of freedom. The open consolation match followed Boston Avalon and Tolerance Cider/Heïades International battle in the handicap final. The game was much closer than the final score would have you believe. Cindy Halle and Best Playing Pony Eclair JACQUELINE MILLER

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