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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 55 with the top four teams moving on to a semifinal round. Cinco Canyon Ranch (David Marks, Bryan Middleton, Drew Luplow, Robert Orthwein) came in fifth place so it was eliminated. In the semifinals, BTA knocked out Pegasus/Propaganda (Paul Hobby, Nick Cifuni, David Andras, Mason Wroe) and Rocking P/W-S ousted Horsegate (Nick Stefanakis, Sloan Stefanakis/Ariel Mancebo, Joe Wayne Barry, Shane Rice). Horsegate and Pegasus/ Propaganda had the best records (3-1) heading into the semis. The 4-goal season concluded with the Knockout/Pass-out!, with six teams divided into two brackets competing on three days from May 30-June 6. The winners from the first round, along with a wildcard team, advanced to a semifinal. In the first round, Ghurka (Abby Benton, Fox Benton, Drew Luplow, Nick Cifuni) edged Bearsden/Tylee Farms (Al Pepi, Jimmy Seward, Carol Farnsworth, Cody Woodfin), 5½-5; BCI/CW Petroleum (Chris Williams, Taylor Freeman, Cara Kennedy, Chad Bowman) defeated Dunbar Capital (Nick Dunbar, Emma Tooth, Tommy Costello, Bryan Middleton), 6-4½; and Sullivan Group (Joanie Jackson, Sarah Prinsloo, Nicolas Gomez, Mark Prinsloo) got the best of Ghengis Khan (Alston Beinhorn, Tiamo Hudspeth, Joe Wayne Barry, Joe Fitzsimons), 6-2. Dunbar Capital took on wildcard Bearsden/Tylee Farms in the first semi, with Dunbar coming out on top. At the same time on a different field, Sullivan Group defeated BCI/CW Petroleum. In the final, Joanie Jackson got the scoring started for Sullivan Group. Bryan Middleton answered back for Dunbar Capital but a Penalty 4 conversion by Nicolas Gomez put Sullivan back on top. Jackson wrapped goals (including a Penalty 2 conversion) around a goal from Middleton in the second and Prinsloo added another, putting Sullivan comfortably ahead, 5-2, at the half. Gomez scored a lone goal in the third. Prinsloo increased Sullivan's lead in the final chukker but then Middleton came alive. He hammered in three goals in a row to bring Dunbar within three goals of Sullivan Group, but time was not on his side and Sullivan Group took the 7-4 win. In 2-goal action, there were several winners. EEW Steel Trading LLC's Chad Bowman, Julia Florey, Roxy Mounter- Riggs and Luc Messier won the American National Classic; TPC Mav's James Clark, Mark Prinsloo, Martha Hirsch and Jennifer Peterson won the Tejas Custom Boots Cup; and Harrison's Fine Antiques' Laird Boone, James Clark, Sarah Prinsloo and Cindy Madole won the Sauna Challenge. ANTELOPE PREVAILS IN VIC GRABER CUP Antelope defeated Klentner Ranch in a high-scoring final match of the 12-goal Vic Graber Cup at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California, on June 12. In Antelope's first match-up against Klentner Ranch during the Vic Graber Cup, Trotz found success for the team by jumping out strong and creating an early lead. Antelope's strategy proved to be successful again, catching Klentner Ranch flat-footed in the first two chukkers of play, creating an eight-goal lead, 9-1. Klentner Ranch tightened its defense in the third chukker and held Antelope from scoring, but were only able to convert one of its five shots on goal from the field to end the half, 9-2. Antelope came back from halftime with its head down, ready to solidify its victory. Hilario Figueras scored three more times and was only matched by one goal from Klentner for a 12-3 Antelope lead. Klentner Ranch had a small break in the fifth chukker cutting Antelope's lead to seven, 15-8. Santi Wulff converted one penalty and two goals from the field, in addition to two goals from teammate Jesse Bray, but C A L I F O R N I A TPC Mav's James Clark, Mark Prinsloo, Martha Hirsch and Jennifer Peterson won the Tejas Custom Boots Cup. Harrison's Fine Antiques' Laird Boone, James Clark, Sarah Prinsloo and Cindy Madole won the Sauna Challenge.

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