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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8 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Intercollegiate/Interscholastic NIC coaches were invited to the first-of- its-kind "College Coaches Think Tank" meeting held in Wellington, Florida, on June 24. The main topic of discussion was alternative chukker formats for the National Intercollegiate Championships. Attendees included Mike McCleary (TAMU), Tom Goodspeed (SMU), Lou Lopez (UVA), Scott Weir (Western Ontario), David Eldredge (Cornell), PTF's Danny Scheraga, USPA staff Amy Fraser, Emily Dewey, Bradley Biddle and Carlu- cho Arellano, USPA CEO Bob Puetz and Polo Development Chairman Stevie Orth- wein. CPI Congratulations to Paige Luplow of the Houston Polo Club and Ashley Owens of Midland Polo Club on receiving their Certified Polo Instructor certifications. Polo Skilz June 14-15 marked the start of another class working toward their coveted USPA Instructor Certification. The Instructor Skilz Clinic, hosted in Brookshire, Texas, is a preparatory event designed for instruc- tors to learn about the program and qualify for the final step—the certification field test. Attending instructors included Mike Denby of Arizona Polo Club; Eduardo Amaya of Houston Polo Club; Ariel Mance- bo of San Saba Polo Club; Pud Nieto of South Padre Island Polo Club; and Sebast- ian Aycinena, Team USPA member of Las Canchas Polo Club. The event, co-led by certifier Erik Wright and staff member Jess Downey, guided the instructors through a myriad of best practice training and inter- active teaching lessons. For more information about the CPI program please contact Jess Downey at jdowney@uspolo.org. National Youth Tournament Series NYTS qualifiers are taking place all across the country. Houston recently host- ed the largest single-division qualifier with seven teams. Bluewater Creek ran two NYTS divisions with four teams in the A- flight and two in the B-flight. Atlanta Regional Polo Center also hosted a two- division event with four teams in the A- f light and two in the B-flight. On the opposite coast, Lakeside Polo Club held a three-team round robin where new Team USPA member Molly Agee was named an all-star. The Northeast NYTS qualifiers began the last week of June and took place on almost every weekend in July. All-stars included: Houston—Grace Mudra, Vaughn Miller Jr., Cipi Echezarreta, Grayson Price, Lance Stefanakis, Santi Payan, Anson Moore, April Galindo, Emily Taylor Mor- ris, Milo Dorignac Bluewater Creek—(A-Flight) Summer Kneece, Robyn Leitner, Aiden Meeker, Gracie Brown, Thomas Phelps, Reagan Leitner, Jack Whitman; (B-Flight) Robby Mooney, Faye Decker, Belle Cato, Caleb Cherry Atlanta—(A-Flight) Thomas Phelps, Michael Bradford, Robyn Leitner, Reagan Leitner, Brennan Wells, Ry Koopman, Gracie Brown; (B-Flight) Diego Vazquez, Caleb Cherry, Adrienne Lincoln, Faye Decker Lakeside Polo Club—Garret Bankhead, Ian Schnoebelen, Ethan Bankhead, Drew Hobscheid, Molly Agee Team USPA Jared Zenni and Jared Sheldon won Gladiator Polo in Tryon, North Carolina, alongside arena superstar Pelon Escapite. New Team USPA member Mia Bray received an internship through USPA Polo Development, LLC. at Santa Bar- bara Polo & Racquet Club. She and fellow Team USPA member Jake Klentner recently completed their umpire certifica- tion. A host of Team USPA members com- peted in the 12-goal seasons in Houston, Texas, and Santa Barbara, California. Jim Wright, Jesse Bray, Herndon Radcliff, Matt Coppola and Geronimo Obregon each recorded wins in tournament play. Steven Armour, Paul Jornayvaz, Kelly Price and Chrys Beal congratulate Houston NYTS participants Christopher Owen, Joanie Jackson, Milo Dorignac and Cipriano Echezarreta. With them are SignatureCare representatives Jeff Mathew and Nick Harrilal, far right. HOUSTON POLO CLUB

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