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 58 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N learned much from the day before and showcased fast and organized polo that flowed with great flair from one end of the field to the other. In the end, Martin Tassara and his gang, despite having a higher overall team rating, were no match for the teamwork and speed of Ferrari. Two- g oaler Jaime Restrepo played an outstanding game, scoring three of his team's goals from the field, as did Vladimir Rivkin, tying up Tassara for much of the game and scoring two additional goals from the field. John Ziegler scored the final goal off a penalty, and the game ended with a 6- 4 victory for Ferrari. Field owner Victor Trione presented the winners' trophies and congratulated the players for an outstanding weekend of sport. The next weekend, the club hosted the Goti Cup, this time attracting Golden Gate Ducati Motorcycle Club, whose riders displayed their bikes on one side of the field as if they were Roman sentinels. With the teams evenly matched at 6 goals apiece, there was no shortage of exceptional plays and coordinated team work. However, by working together, Papa Polo's Jaime Restrepo (Columbia), Hernan Agote (Argentina), Vladimir Rivkin (Russia) and No. 1 Jack Ziegler (USA) were able to be one stride ahead for much of the match. They were seemingly always in the right place ready to score or defend goal. While umpire Dan Healy gave each side its fair share of penalties, on the field it was Papa Polo's Restrepo and Agote who were able to capitalize, often initiated by a 100-plus-yard tailshots by Rivkin. Papa Polo was also quicker to turn around broken plays, with Ziegler picking up the ball, running hard, and scoring. The result was that Papa Polo was well in charge of the game and up by 6-2 going into the last quarter. Papa Polo gave up a penalty in the closing seconds, however. The game ended with a final score of 6-3 in favor of Papa Polo. In the earlier consolation game, STG edged Escorihuela Gascón by a score of 6-4. As often happens in polo, the game might have gone either way except for some rapid scoring by STG's Will Harris, who nailed it twice from center field lineups in a matter of seconds. Players and supporters celebrated their weekend of sportsmanship with an Argentine asado. As a tribute to his father, a Polo Hall of Fame recipient, the late Henry Trione, Victor Trione added to the post-game enjoyment by contributing to the festivities a special blend of his Trione Vineyards wine called Made Pony. --Paul Griffin MYERS RANCH WINS CONSTITUTION CUP Myers Polo Ranch came away the winners in the USPA Constitution Cup played at the Denver Polo Club in Sedalia, Colorado, July 7-8. The event was part of the club's annual Military Appreciation 4th of July Polo Classic tournament. In total, five games were played throughout the weekend, including a round robin. In the final of the Constitution Cup, Myers Polo Ranch bested Left Hand Polo Club, 8½-4. Meyers Ranch (Annie Myers, Gabe Myers, Bauti Panelo, Cristobal Duggan), a 3-goal team, received a 1½-goal handicap from the 5½-goal Left Hand team (Victor Vargas, Govinda Quish, Federico Ceballos, Santi Bottaro). Left Hand quickly neutralized the handicap given to its opponent after Bottaro shot through two goals including a penalty conversion. Myers didn't reach the goal in the first but when they did, they couldn't be stopped. Panelo scored, then Annie Myers tallied. Duggan added a goal before Panelo scored another, giving Myers a 5½-2 advantage. Bottaro and Panelo swapped goals in the third, keeping Myers ahead by three-and-a-half goals going into the final period. Bottaro got the scoring started in the fourth, but that was all the team could muster. Duggan had the answer, sinking a penalty then following it up with a run to goal for the win. Panelo was named MVP and Victor Vargas' California, played by Bottaro, was Best Playing Pony. In the Constitution subsidiary round robin, Wicked Windy Ranch/Crossfit El Cid (Jason Wates, Craig Russell, Cecelia Cochran, Penny Smith) edged UBS/Victory Polo (Jorge Donovan, Maurice Nissam, Kevin Schmiets, Mark Wates), 3-1½, and Evergreen (Tom Sprung, Erica Gandomcar, Carlitos Galindo, Nick Morrison), 3-1½. UBS Victory Polo slipped past Evergreen 3½- 3 for second place. The 4th of July Polo Classic was fast and furious with the Denver Polo Club Blue Team bringing home the victory. Vincenzo Sangline was MVP and Craig Kennedy's Soper, played by Mark Wates, was Best Playing Pony. u R O C K Y M O U N T A I N Participants in Denver's Constitution Cup and 4th of July Polo Classic LAUREN BIDDLE

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