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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32 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N with Island Cowgirls edging Heïades International, 4-3, in front of a large crowed. While the preliminary matches had been played on Newport's fields, the open final was played at the Myopia field. That match saw Women's International Polo Network overcome Avalon Farm, 9-5. WIPN's Dawn Jones was named MVP and Cindy Halle's paint horse, Eclair, was named Best Playing Pony. The winners received commemorative liberty bowls presented on Independence weekend. The bowls are symbolic of the New England region as the cradle of American democracy. Designed by silversmith and revolutionary hero, Paul Revere, the original Liberty Bowl, signed by 92 leaders of the rebellion, is on permanent display at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. The winning team also raised the Sunny Hale Memorial Trophy, honoring Hall of Famer Sunny Hale, widely considered to be one of, if not the all-time greatest female polo player. She founded the Women's Championship Tournament, helped develop women's handicaps and served as a role model for many in the sport up until her death in February 2017 from breast cancer. The Women's East Coast Open and Handicap are WCT qualifiers for the Sunny Hale Legacy WCT finals held at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, in the spring. A large crowd gathers at the Myopia fields to cheer on the open finalists. Newport also drew large crowds with close to 2,000 attending on the weekend. Tolerance Cider/Heïades International's Lizzie Girard Parker gets in a tangle with Boston Avalon's Tiamo Hudspeth in the handicap final. JACQUELINE MILLER

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