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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24 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Player competes in wild mustang competition BY AMY FRASER E va Crossman is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, and competes on its Varsity polo team. She began her riding career at an early age and had a passion for breaking and training young horses in dressage, show jumping and three-day eventing. In her senior year of high school, she added polo to her repertoire with interscholastic coach Kelly Wells at Maryland Polo Club. She chose the University of Kentucky for her studies so she could continue playing polo at the collegiate level and have access to other equine disciplines, one of which included breaking a wild mustang. Crossman explained the process: My mustang Rebel and I finished 5th at the 2018 Extreme Mustang Makeover. The competition was held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, June 21-23. The Extreme Mustang Makeover and the Mustang Heritage Foundation put on events and trainer incentives throughout the year that aim to find homes for the nearly 50,000 wild horses that currently live in the United States corral systems. The premise of the competition is that trainers are assigned a random horse from the Bureau of Land Management Corral system and have 100 days to gentle and train that horse for the competition. All the horses assigned for the Makeover are referred to as "3 strike" horses. Three strike or sale's eligible horses are animals that have been turned down for public adoption at least three times. Most of the time, holding three strikes says nearly nothing about the animal itself, it just means they have been presented to the public and have been looked over. Unfortunately, when a horse hits three strikes on its record it is passed up for any future adoption events and most never find homes. The horses at the Makeover all showcased how useful and athletic mustangs, and in particular three-strike horses, can be. Rebel is a 15-hand sorrel gelding and is 5 years old. He was captured in a large round up in the fall of 2016 and lived in the BLM holding system with a few placement transfers before I got him. I picked him up with my friends Shalise and Mustang Magic Eva Crossman and Rebel, a wild horse who was captured in a round up in the fall of 2016.

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