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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34 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Westchester Cup Championship. "I wouldn't change it for the world." Baker believes the results would have been different if the players were able to bring their own horses. "The other thing that would help is to do like we're doing in the World Cup. Instead of playing six chukkers, play 12 half chukkers," he said. "The other alternative is to get the English to agree to split horses—have a pool of horses and have a horse master divide the horses equally and then draw for the horses." Baker would like to see the U.S. commit to having a national team, like the English have had for decades, that would play together on a regular basis. Even better, he'd like to see most of the team compete in England's Gold Cup prior to the next Westchester Cup played on British soil so the players better understand the [English] rules and can work on set plays with each other. "The whole idea of a national team is, not only will help us to do the best we can with our best players, but it will help the next generation move into that, be a part of it and learn from it," he said. Minimally, he hopes the U.S. team will get chances to play together several Five young up-and-coming stars of American polo outfitted in U.S. Polo Assn. traveled to Black Bears Polo Club in Oxfordshire, England, July 27, to take on the Brits for the Junior Westchester Cup. The teams, limited to a 4-goal handicap, were made up of players 16 years old and under. Coached by Joel Baker and accompanied by Team USPA member and USA adult team alternate Jared Zenni, the starting team of Hope Arellano, Bayne Bossom, Lucas Escobar and Tenzin Tognini defeated the English team of Will Harper, Milly Hine, Charlie Townsend and Luke Wiles, 3-2. "We knew going in they were going to be out-mounted and those kids over there have been playing together a lot ... so we knew it wasn't going to be easy," said Baker. The team got together in California for a few days before heading to England, working in the classroom on set plays, then practicing them on the ground before playing a practice against a team led by Memo Gracida. Baker said they build the team around defense and concentrated on that. Once in England, they didn't have a chance to play together until the first game. In that match, they played a 0-goal team, spotting them two-and-a-half goals on handicap. USA was USA takes Junior Westchester Cup USA coach Joel Baker with Tenzin Tognini, Lucas Escobar, Bayne Bossom, Hope Arellano and alternate Johnny Kirton MARK BEAUMONT

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