Polo Players Edition

SEP 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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 15 play—open, using all my teammates and hitting the ball the first time. To make that work, you need teamwork. The team has to be synchronized." Using your teammates and playing smart helps conserve your horses, but having talented horses also helps. One of Astrada's favorite horses was a mare named Cereza, a homebred. "She was amazing. She had everything—speed, handle and was really quiet. Even though I played her in the Open, anyone could play her. She was really complete," Astrada said. "The ideal horse for me is not the one that has a lot of power or a [good] mouth, it has to have everything and that mare had all the gears, she was really complete." River Slaney was an American Thoroughbred mare Gil Johnston found for the Astrada's breeding program. They brought her to Argentina and Cereza (meaning Cherry) was her first foal. In the U.S., Astrada's favorite horse was Manuel, a bay gelding he bought when he was young from Gillian Johnston. "He was amazing. He played many years for me here and in England. He was very well known because he was my best horse," he said. He played the horse when he won the 2002 U.S. Open with Coke. Finding these great horses is no easy feat and some players may never play one in their career. Astrada said while a horse's bloodlines are pretty important, when it comes to the really special horses, it mainly comes down to natural ability. "A background will help them to have more speed and more quality. You start from trying to see their natural abilities and then you worry about their background," Astrada said. "You run into these horses very few times during your polo career and when you do, they make a very big difference in your game. That is what Manuel did for me here and Cereza in Argentina. You have to always be looking for horses, buying and breeding them and that is what I do. I keep trying them from other people, breeding and looking for the next 'crack.'" DANNY'S TACK SHOP This suede saddle has a steel-reinforced tree which is lined with latex rubber panels to assure comfort and an excellent fit for both player and horse. Also available in Havana Leather American Express, Mastercard & Visa accepted Olathe Boots—$279 Chukker Bridle complete w/bit Gag—$399 Pelham—$359 70 Clinton Street • Tully, New York 13159 Phone/Fax 315-696-8036 • E-mail: dannypolo@aol.com $ 695. 00 Marcos Heguy Saddle Danny's Tack Shop also offers a complete line of products for all your polo needs.

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