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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36 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Chuy Baez 1957-2018 P olo community mourns the tragic and sudden death of Jesus Moreno ÒChuyÓ Baez on July 23. The well-liked polo player and groom at Grand Champions and Aspen Valley Polo Clubs was killed in an accident at the Aspen club in July. Baez, 60, born in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, of hard-working parents, Jose and Petra, was part of a large, loving family. Baez will be remembered for his infectious smile, gift for working with horses and humility that set him apart from others. He grew up around horses and started working with them when he was 8 years old. He played polo for 25 years and most recently, groomed for two of the nation's top polo clubs for 13 years until his death. Baez grew up with Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Memo Gracida in Mexico City. He first met Gracida when the two played foot mallet polo in Mexico as children. Chuy went on to ride horses for Gracida's father before coming to the United States with Gracida in 1976. The two worked together for decades. Gracida said Baez will be remembered for his humble spirit, exceptional horsemanship skills, excellent teammates and most importantly as a wonderful human who will not be forgotten. During his playing career, Baez reached 6 goals in the U.S. working and playing with Gracida. Baez won several tournaments around the world including the Coronation Cup, Warwickshire Cup, British Open, as well as the 8-goal National Presidents Cup, the 12-goal Bronze Cup, the 20-goal $40,000 Boehm Cup, the 22-goal Cadillac and Sterling Cups and the World Cup. Baez worked with polo's top organizations and patrons including Guy Wildenstein, Alex Ebeid, Anthony Embiricos and Marc Ganzi, whom he groomed for at both Grand Champions in Wellington, Florida; Aspen Valley in Carbondale, Colorado; and on several road trips. "Our entire organization grieves for the loss of someone I called a dear and close friend," Ganzi said. "Chuy was beloved by all in and outside of our organization. His infectious smile and easy-going spirit always put you at ease and made you feel welcome. "Our family feels grateful to have spent the last 13 years with Chuy in a professional capacity, as he helped us (continued on page 38) DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS.COM

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