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 31 Back in April the USPA announced Britain's Hurlingham Polo Association had accepted a challenge for the Westchester Cup, which was last played in 2013 when England defeated a U.S. team of Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Polito Pieres and Mike Azzaro in a 12-11 nail- biter. At the time, HPA chairman Stephan Hutchinson said, "I am delighted that the USA team has issued a challenge and that the Flannels England team will be competing for this great cup in 2018. A huge amount of our pride and history is caught up in the Westchester legend and we want it to become the Ryder Cup of polo. I look forward to an exciting new chapter of this great story at our new venue." Since its inception in 1886, the Westchester Cup has been played 17 times with only five of those taking place since World War II. All but one have been played against England. In 1988, a United States team defeated an Australasia team in a two-game series. There was a lot of excitement leading up to the event. On July 7, England's captain James Beim and U.S. captain Nic Roldan attended an event at Kadie's Cocktail Bar & Club in London where Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club's Jamie Morrison officially launched International Day Polo 2018. On game day, the celebration began with three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Charlotte Dujardin, performing a Dressage Masterclass, demonstrating her training techniques aboard Olympic champion Valegro before The Scots Guard Band accompanied the teams onto the field in blustery winds. The Flannels England team was outfitted in the HPA's brand, Hurlingham 1875, while the U.S. team sported U.S. Polo Assn. apparel both on and off the field. The U.S. team also wore Lucchese boots courtesy of John Muse and Lucchese. USA fielded a 28-goal team of Julio Arellano, Peke Gonzalez, Jeff Hall and Nic Roldan against a 26-goal English squad comprised of Tommy Beresford and three members of El Remanso (James Beim, Ollie Cudmore, James A fter a four-year hiatus, the celebrated Westchester Cup challenge between the United States and England took place at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, England, July 28. ALICE GIPPS

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