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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P O L O S C E N E N E W S • N O T E S • T R E N D S • Q U O T E S 18 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N MAKING LEMONADE Memorial event goes on despite heavy rain W HEN RAINS threatened the 21st annual Ronny Maher Memorial at the Maryland Polo Club in Monkton, Maryland, July 27, organizer Ron Maher Jr. was undeterred, knowing the show must go on. Caterers were preparing to feed the 400 VIP guests, and eight players dressed in jerseys, whites and boots, an announcer and a singer for the national anthem were on hand when, at 5 p.m. as gates opened, the heavens unleashed a torrential downpour. So, Maher switched to Plan B. "The floor of the tent was more like a ship—it was floating on the water running off the field, but we were dry under the tent," said Maher. "The caterers were in a foot of water running down the ground ... and guests had to park in mud." When the rain finally stopped, the guests got to watch some modified polo action. "The horses arrived by car. We had the players on stick horses for the Champagne 'halftime.' ... [Guests] raised a glass to Ronny Maher and raised funds for [the University of Maryland's R. Adams Cowley] Shock Trauma [Center]. It was impressive. One guest told me, 'Ron, you have dodged the weather for 21 years and now Mother Nature is getting even!' ... Dr. Jay Menaker from Shock Trauma came to speak to the guests," Maher said. The Trauma center did all it could for Ronny Maher after a fall while fox hunting on Thanksgiving Day in 1996 left him a quadriplegic. He died of respiratory failure in July 1997 at 72 years old. An avid foxhunter his entire life, Ronny Maher fell in love with the sport of polo at age 60. Ron Maher Jr., center, with Dr. and Mrs. Jay Menaker from Shock Trauma Nate Berube, Liv Stringer, Kylie Sheehan, Posey Obrecht and Tommy Huber ROBERT KELLER ROBERT KELLER Guests walk the plank to get to the tent. A few smart guests donned rubber boots, which came in handy! ROBERT KELLER ROBERT KELLER

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