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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P O L O R E P O R T 52 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N pair of Penalty 2s to take an 8-6 lead. Simpatico answered back with goals by Deal and Galvan to level the score at 8- all. Onetto put through his ninth goal and Meghan Burggraaf added another for good measure. Lara answered back to bring Simpatico within one, 10-9, but time ran out and Gold Dragoons took the silver. Connor Deal was named MVP and Marcos Onetto's Fanta wore the Best Playing Pony blanket well. To get to the final, Gold Dragoons edged Goose Green, 6-3, fell to Simpatico, 8-5½, then downed Field One, 8-3½. Simpatico not only beat Gold Dragoons but got the best of Derry Heir, 6-5, before falling to LBL Polo/Woodlawn. In other preliminary matches, Derry Heir defeated Field One, 11-7½, Goose Green defeated LBL Polo/Woodlawn, 6-4, LBL Polo/ Woodlawn narrowly edged Field One, 7½-7, and Goose Green defeated Derry Heir, 9-6½. Golds Dragoons—Richard Terbrusch, Meghan Burggraaf, Luis Galvan, Marcos Onetto, Charlie Hutchinson, Gary Knoll; Simpatico—Marty Miller, Conner Deal, Pedro Lara, Antonio Galvan; Derry Heir–Bob Donahey, Craig Frazer, Eddy Martinez, Will Donahey; LBL Polo/Woodlawn–Alison Patricelli, Malia Bryan, Omar Cepeda, Chilo Cordova; Field One–Stacie Simpkins, Derek Berg, Horacio Onetto, Alejandro Alvarez; Goose Green–Will Green, Hope Arellano, Willie Hartnett, Lucas Arellano. CRESTVIEW CAPTURES HITCHCOCK MEMORIAL Crestview successfully defended its title in the 12-goal USPA Tommy Hitchcock Memorial at New Bridge Polo Club in Aiken, South Carolina on June 3. Four teams battled over two weeks, with Crestview Genetics (Aiden Meeker, Alan Meeker, Hugo Lloret, Julio Arellano) and Blackberg Ranch (Derek Berg, Marcos Onetto, Horacio Onetto, Dennys Santana) qualifying for the final. Julio Arellano struck first for Crestview and teammate Hugo Lloret followed with a goal of his own. That is when Derek Berg jumped into action, slamming in three in a row to give Blackberg the 3-2 lead. Arellano added another at the end of the chukker for a 3-3 tie. Lloret scored early in the third but Horacio Ontetto responded. Berg added another and Arellano answered back, leaving the teams knotted, 5-5. Arellano sunk a Penalty 4 in the third and Lloret and Aiden Meeker each scored to give Crestview a 8-5 lead. Dennys Santana shot through the goal for Blackberg, keeping it in the game, 8-6, at the half. The next 14 minutes of play were all Crestview as Lloret added his fourth goal and Arellano connected with Penalties 2 and 4, all while Blackberg shot at goal a handful of times with no luck. Arellano added a lone goal in the fifth to double Blackberg's score, 12-6. Blackberg fought back in the final period with Horacio Onetto splitting the uprights from the field, then sinking a Penalty 2 to close the gap to four, but time ran out and Crestview Genetics had the win. Aiden Meeker was named MVP and Marcos Onetto's Mani, a flashy black gelding, wore the Best Playing Pony blanket back to the barn. Crestview Genetics—Alan Meeker, Aiden Meeker, Julio Arellano, Hugo Lloret; Blackberg Ranch—Derek Berg, Marcos Onetto, Horacio Onetto, Dennys Santana; SD Farms–Tristan Hurley, Sayyu Dantata, Juan Martin Obregon, Peco Polledo; Upatoi Blue–Mason Lampton, Eddy Martinez, Alan Martinez, Polo Baez. ARMY SEIZES C-I-C CUP IN TX The Central Texas Polo Association hosted the first USPA National Arena Commander-in-Chief Cup at its Two Wishes facility in Lockhart, Texas, over Memorial Day Weekend. S O U T H W E S T Crestview Genetics' Julio Arellano, Hugo Lloret, MVP Aiden Meeker and Alan Meeker won the Hitchcock Memorial. Army's Joe England, Zach Grob and Paul Knapp won the Commander-in-Chief Cup at Two Wishes Ranch in Lockhart, Texas. KATIE ROTH DAVID MURRELL

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