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 33 Ending the first on a strong note, Roldan put a second goal on the board. The remainder of the first half proved fatal, with England dominating the field with three more goals, holding USA scoreless. "We would come close to the goal and then we'd lose the ball and they would get it back," said Hall. "I felt like we were okay in the first part of the chukkers, but then the horses would get a little tired at the end of every chukker and England would score a couple of goals on us." Baker agreed. "[Some of them] were really good horses and they did well for half a chukker but the horses weren't fit enough to go a whole chukker and that's when the English jumped on us," he explained. "You can lease great horses but if they haven't been playing top polo, they are not going to last." Trailing by five at the start of the fourth, a Penalty 3 conversion by Arellano propelled the U.S. back in the right direction, instigating its best chukker of the match. Yet, the unyielding English force quickly countered to maintain the gap. USA's Nic Roldan would manage two more goals in the second half, including a stunning 70- yard shot, but it was not enough to suppress the English momentum. Four goals from Cudmore, one a rocketing backshot through the uprights, cemented the win. A final push and score from Arellano cut the deficit to six, 12-6, ending the loss on a good note. Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, Zara Tindall, an Olympic silver medalists in eventing, presented the historic Westchester Cup, created by Tiffany & Co. in 1886, to the English team. The trophy is said to be cast from 396.3 ounces of sterling silver. Beim received Most Valuable Player and his gray mare Salsita, played in the first and fifth chukkers, donned the Best Playing Pony blanket. Playing his own exceptional string, Roldan didn't walk away empty handed. His 9-year-old bay gelding, Mariscal, received the unique honor of Repurposed Racehorse Best Playing Pony. Despite an unfavorable outcome for USA, morale seemed overwhelmingly positive. "It has been so fun to play with these guys and it's great to visit other countries and play on horses you don't know to benefit your own polo," said Gonzalez. "It's a great experience and I recommend it to everybody." England accepted the United States' challenge to play the Westchester Cup on U.S. soil in 2019, the U.S. hoping for a chance at redemption. "We were all very hopeful going into the game and positive, but the fact of the matter is that any time you are on foreign land it's really difficult," said Roldan after the game. "These guys have been playing together for years, they have numerous international matches throughout the year. We have one-off per year. I think we have a lot of work to do building up the international team and finding time for us to play together." Hall looks forward to next year's challenge on U.S. soil. "They beat us forward and backwards. I knew it was going to be really tough and it didn't work out for us today. I will be remembering this one and thinking about challenging them next year," he said. Arellano relayed his happiness at having been able to represent his country and share this unique moment competing alongside his daughter Hope, who was victorious in the Junior USA's Peke Gonzalez slips an attempted hook from England's Ollie Cudmore. Nic Roldan's 9-year-old Mariscal was named Repurposed Racehorse Best Playing Pony. ALICE GIPPS HELEN CRUDEN

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