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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P O L O R E P O R T 50 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Piocho Ranch opened the third chukker with a long mid-air goal from Ganzi at center field for a 7-3 lead. Novillo Astrada kept Los Amigos Red in the game and also scored from center field to cut the lead to 8-5 before Piocho took a 9-5 halftime lead after another long goal from Ganzi. With Piocho ahead, 10-6, at the end of the fourth chukker, Los Amigos Red started chipping away at the lead, reeling off four consecutive points, including the tying goal by Alejandro Foster with three minutes left. Both teams had scoring opportunities late in the game but it was Figueras' heroics of scoring the game-winner and stopping Novillo Astrada's long hit to goal that clinched the win. Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Marc Ganzi, Alex Gooding) won the Just for the Love Of It subsidiary final with a 12-9 victory over La Karina (Jonathan Gracida, Brian Boyd, Lucas Lalor, Carlitos Gracida). The subsidiary final was just as competitive as the final. The lead changed hands six times in the first four chukkers before Melissa Ganzi's long pass to husband Marc Ganzi for a goal tied the game at 8-8, followed up by Gooding's long goal shot to take the lead for good. It was all flexjet in the fifth and sixth chukkers. —Sharon Robb MOKAROW TRIUMPHS IN CONGRESSIONAL CUP Mokarow Farms' topped four teams in the USPA Congressional Cup at Willow Bend Polo Club in Little Elm, Texas, June 20. The teams, divided into two brackets, battled over two weeks. Tiburon (Pipa Turrubiartes, Rob Stenzel, Russell Stimmel, Collen Clark) and Mokarow Farms (Kevin Mokarow, Nachi Viana, Todd Offen, Clark Mayer) both advanced to the final with 2-0 records. Mokarow Farms then topped Tiburon 12-10 for the title. Rob Stenzel's Athena was named Best Playing Pony. In preliminary games, Tiburon edged Palo Pinto (Olivia Uechtritz, Allen Custard, Tommy Collingwood, Robert Payne), 10-9, and Mayer Ranch (Kenny Mayer, Rob Payne, Collin McCosh, Justin Daniels), 11-5. Mokarow got the best of Palo Pinto, 8- 4, and Mayer Ranch, 13-9. Palo Pinto defeated Mayer Ranch 11-8 for third place. A few days earlier, on June 17, Rawhide Creek (Don Stemaly, Rob Stenzel, Steve Gilchrist, Clark Mayer) took the title in the USPA George Patton tournament played over two days. Rawhide Creek downed Catena/Willow Bend (Bill Kraft, Rob Payne, Kristin Armbruster, Will Walton), 10-7. Will Walton was MVP and April, owned by Mokarow Farms was Best Playing Pony. In preliminary games, Catena/Willow Bend defeated 5S Ranch (Kelly Coldiron, Richard Steppe, Greg Summers, Robert Payne), 7-4; Rawhide Creek topped Icon Global (Bernie Uechtritz, Olivia Uechtritz, Ed Judge, Cinderella von Falkenhausen), 6-5½; and 5S Ranch edged Icon Global 3½-3. WINNIPEG SECURES PTF SENIORS TOURNEY Blackberry Polo Club in Batavia, Illinois, hosted the annual Central Circuit PTF Seniors Tournament July 14-15. After a short rain delay, the four teams began play on Saturday with Winnipeg vs. Oswego. The Winnipeg team (Memo Font, Gerald Levin, Joe Messer, Clifton Yandell) prevailed over Oswego (Zivile Rackanskas, Douglas Giebel, Tony Natale, John Greene, Tucker Reback). Barrington Hills (Keith Gray, Joan Brugue, Bill O'Leary, Bob McMurty) clinched its trip to the final with an 8-3 win over Peoria (Robert S O U T H W E S T C E N T R A L Mokarow Farms' Todd Offen, Nachi Viana, Clark Mayer and Don Stemaly won the USPA Congressional Cup. Rawhide Creek's Steve Gilchrist, Clark Mayer, Rob Stenzel and Don Stemaly won the USPA George Patton Tournament.

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