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 54 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 20-yard line to knot the score at 6-6. A Penalty 2 by Biddle put Tonkawa back on top at the end of the fourth, 7-6. In the fifth, Giannico battled Coppola down the field, carrying the ball and cutting it to goal for the 7-7 tie. He followed up with a booming 80-yard shot through the post for the 8-7 Whitehall lead. In the sixth, Giannico approached the goal and Ulloa finished it with a neckshot to give Whitehall a two-goal lead. Coppola fought back, sending the ball through the goal but time ran out for Tonkawa and Whitehall Ranch had the win. Sterling Giannico, scoring a game- high six goals, was MVP and Lavinia Infama, played by Facundo Obregon and owned by Toly Ulloa, was Best Playing Pony. Four teams played in the tournament. BTA (Kelly Beal, Steve Krueger, Shane Rice, Mason Wroe) finished in a three-way tie alongside Whitehall Ranch and Tonkawa with 2-2 records, but BTA's two losses came at the hands of Whitehall and Tonkawa so they advanced to the final. Eureka (Rene Campos, Alvaro Ara, Jorge Cernadas, Geronimo Obregon) finished 0-2. In the Cowboy Cup, the last 8-goal of the season, BTA (Chrys Beal/Kelly Beal, Julia Smith, Cody Ellis, Steve Krueger) downed Rocking P/W-S (Carl Price/Grayson Price, Marcos Villanueva, Agustin Arellano, Wesley Sinor), 13-6. BTA began with a one-goal handicap and shot out of the gate with three in a row, two from Cody Ellis and one from Steve Krueger. Krueger added another goal early in the second before Agustin Arellano put Rocking P/W-S on the board. Ellis shot through another goal ending the second 6-1. BTA kept pounding away in the third, while Rocking P/W-S struggled to break through BTA's defense. Ellis scored two in a row, Kelly Beal knocked through a Penalty 3 and Julia Smith split the uprights before Marcos Villanueva scored Rocking P's second tally. The half ended 10-2 in favor of BTA. Rocking P regrouped at the half and effectively shut down BTA in the fourth and sixth chukkers while Carl Price converted Penalty 2s in each of those chukkers. In the fifth, Ellis and Smith equalized a pair of goals by Arellano, keeping Rocking P from making up too much ground. BTA took the 13-6 win. BTA's Julia Smith was named MVP and Dobel, played by Cody Ellis and owned by Alejandro Gonzalez, wore the Best Playing Pony blanket back to the barn. Five teams competed in the event, Whitehall Ranch's Bill Lane, Toly Ulloa, Facundo Obregon and Sterling Giannico, with Brooks Ballard, center BTA's Steve Krueger (with daughter Shirley Jean), Cody Ellis, Julia Smith and Chrys Beal won the Cowboy Cup. Sullivan Group's Nicolas Gomez, Sarah Prinsloo, Mark Prinsloo and Joanie Jackson won the 4-goal Knockout/Pass-out! EEW Steel Trading LLC's Chad Bowman, Julia Florey, Roxy Mounter-Riggs and Luc Messier won the American National Classic.

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