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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6 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N USPA Polo Network Get ready to watch live polo from the comfort of your own home! The USPA Polo Network will livestream five USPA h igh-goal polo tournaments beginning this month. Both arena and outdoor tour- naments will be featured, providing fans with the best of both worlds. Livestreamed games will be available via uspolo.org, Facebook (United States Polo Association), Twitter (@PoloAssociation) and Youtube (USPA Polo Network). Please refer to the tournament schedules below and visit uspolo.org for more details. Please note, schedules are subject to change. • United States Arena Handicap: Aug. 1–13 (Aspen Valley Polo Club, Carbon- dale, Colorado) • Silver Air Pacific Coast Open: Aug. 16- Sept. 2 (Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Carpinteria, California) • U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship semifinals and final: Sept. 5-8 (Coun- try Farms Polo Club, Medford, New York) • National Youth Tournament Series semifinals and final: Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 (Columbine Polo Club, Littleton, Col- orado) • East Coast Open: Aug. 26 – Sept. 9 (Greenwich Polo Club, Greenwich, Connecticut) Youth Polo on the Rise The Aiken Youth Polo program announced a partnership with New Bridge Polo & Country Club in Aiken, South Carolina, for the creation of an outdoor polo arena. Construction on the new regulation-size arena, adjacent to Field 1, began in June and expected to be completed this month. Ideally located, spectators and participants will have easy access to the New Bridge clubhouse where food and beverages can be pur- chased during events. "New Bridge is delighted to partner with the Aiken Youth Polo program and Tiger Kneece to support and promote the growth of interscholastic and intercolle- giate polo as well as youth polo in Aiken," said Raza Kazmi, New Bridge Polo & Country Club general manager. The Aiken Youth Polo program is man- aged and operated by Aiken residents Tiger and Susie Kneece, and already has an outdoor program in place at the near- by Aiken Polo Club (Aiken, South Caroli- na). This spring, AYP hosted a National Youth Tournament Series qualifier, which had over 40 young players partici- pating. Last year, AYP launched an inter- collegiate/interscholastic polo program and hosted three high school teams. This coming year, along with their high school teams, AYP will have a men's intercollegiate team called the University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers. Mean- while, plans are already in place to start a women's team next year. Only a 15- minute drive from the USC campus in Aiken, the new arena will be easily acces- sible to all students to learn and play. Angela Hale, parent of one of the stu- dents, said, "The interscholastic program turned out to be better than I could have possibly imagined. Since it was our first year, we got a crash course in how the i nterscholastic program worked. Amy Fraser and Ali Davidge went above and beyond to guide us. The transformation in our players was impressive." "The new Aiken Youth Polo Arena at New Bridge Polo Club represents a piv- otal point for youth polo in the Southeast region. Aiken is uniquely located to draw kids from all ages and many states to safe, fun and competitive polo all properly coached by Tiger Kneece. The future of U.S. polo has its newest and best facility in Aiken, South Carolina. Crestview Genetics is proud to support the Aiken Youth Polo Arena," added Crestview Genetics' Alan Meeker. With the new arena, AYP will be able to cater to young players starting in the middle school program all the way through their senior year of college. The combined efforts of Aiken Polo Club, New Bridge Polo & Country Club and the Polo Adventures Polo School will secure a year- round program for young players. In addi- tion to the youth program, the arena will also provide a great avenue for people of any age to take up and learn the game of polo both indoor and outdoor. AYP and its sponsors are truly committed to help grow the sport of polo. Handicap Committee The Handicap Committee high-level player disclosure policy goes into effect Sept. 1, 2018. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all players playing in high-level polo have been properly observed and discussed by the National Handicap Committee. High-level polo will be defined as a USPA event with a handi- cap above 15 goals. At least 90 days prior to the tourna- ment draw, a player (or a team represen- tative) who intends to play in a high-level polo tournament, must disclose to the Tiger Kneece works with a student in Aiken, South Carolina.

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