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 41 Copa República Argentina for teams from 0 to 40 goals. "I want the kids to [improve] their game and the only way to do is to play against the best," said patriarch Juan Carlos. The three teenagers showed that friction has allowed them to mature. A fter receiving a four-goal advantage for their lower valuation, they exhibited their great chemistry as a team and beat Los Pingos del Taita by a wide 13- 7 with a great work of Milagros, the first woman to play the Flag Day Cup, for which she received a special prize. "I'm playing women's tournaments in Argentina and I dream of playing the 2018 Argentine Women's Open. But it's very nice to be able to compete with my family. I like to play with men, I'm not afraid of bumping. I push with my body and keep going," acknowledged the 17- year-old player. There was time enough to enjoy the parachute exhibition from the Military Aeronautical Lyceum and the military marches played by the Symphonic Band of the Provincial Police before the crowds moved to the José Araya field (named in memory of the other great promoter of this tournament) to attend the final game. On the one hand, La Natividad (Juan Guerrero, 0; Felipe Dabas, 4; Bartolomé Castagnola, 7; Alfredo Cappella Barabucci, 8) included two men with lots of experience in the Palermo Open. On the other, San Sebastián RUS (Ignacio Orsili, 1; Benjamín Araya, 6; Salvador Ulloa, 7; Juan Carlos Harriet, 5) had Ulloa, showing his joy of confirming that he would be present in the Qualification Tournament for Palermo this year with the base of Chapaleufú Bio-Polo, the champion team of the 2017 Cámara de Diputados Cup. Castagnola was very relaxed before the match. "It's been 13 years since I won the first time here and it's always nice to go back to Rosario every June. Last year, I won here with my two children but now I cannot share a team with them because they are playing the British season, taking their first steps as pros. This time next year, maybe we'll be together again but in the U.K.," he commented. That familiarity was noticed from the first throw-in as La Natividad dominated from start to finish despite the handicap parity. Methodically, with the youthful spirit of Guerrero and Dabas sustained by Lolo's expertise and the solidity of Barabucci Capella, they built a solid advantage that was sealed at 11-3 when the final bell rang. For Castagnola it was the sixth celebration after winning the tournament in 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. "I told you so, it feels like home," Castagnola said when coming back to his team tent. At the awards ceremony, Capella Barabucci exhibited his joy when his mare Anay Sur El Gomina received the Best Playing Pony blanket. In addition, it was confirmed that Nic Roldán will join Barabucci's team, La Albertina Abu Dhabi, to play the Triple Crown in place of Santiago Toccalino. "I think it's a very good reinforcement. Nic can add many things to the team," said the back who is one of the strongest hitters in the polo world. San Sebastián RUS (white) couldn't stop La Natividad (red) in the final. La Natividad won 11-3 giving Castagnola his sixth title. CLICK POLO CLICK POLO Alfredo Cappella Barabucci celebrates his mare Anay Sur El Gomina's Best Playing Pony honors.

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