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 52 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 7. Billy Mudra and Corvalan found the target in the fifth, while Oak Brook was scoreless, putting Gibson's up 10-7. Oak Brook worked hard to put points on the board in the final chukker. Gutierrez and Onetto split the uprights but the team fell short as the horn sounded with Gibson's ahead 10-9. Corvalan was named MVP for the second week in a row and Onetto's Hula was Best Playing Pony. NO TREES TAKES FLYING H OPENER No Trees got the best of Bendabout in the final of the season-opening Gallatin Ranch Cup at Flying H Polo Club in Big Horn, Wyoming, July 7. Each team played two four-chukker matches over two days to decide the winning team and players' bragging rights. No Trees (Harry/Charlie Caldwell, Jeff Blake, Craig Duke, Shane Rice) held on to the two-goal handicap awarded from Bendabout (Gillian Johnston, Lucas Arellano, Julio Arellano, Tom Gose) to take the 13-11 victory. Duke started the scoring with a pair of open-goal penalties early in the first. Rice followed with a shot from the field to take a 5-0 lead. Johnston put Bendabout on the board and a Penalty 4 from Julio Arellano got the team back in the game. Duke sunk a Penalty 3 to end the first 6-2. Gose split the uprights on a Penalty 2 in the second and Rice traded goals with Julio Arellano, ending the second a bit closer, 7-4. Father and son, Julio and Lucas Arellano, gave No Trees the one-two punch, but a pair of goals from Blake negated their efforts. The half ended with No Trees holding the 9- 6 lead. The Arellanos scored again in the fourth while No Trees was limited to one from Charlie Caldwell, cutting the deficit to two, 10-8. Rice traded goals with Julio Arellano in the fifth and Blake and Rice swapped goals with Lucas Arellano and Tom Gose (Penalty 2) in the final chukker, leaving No Trees ahead 13-11. Jeff Blake was named MVP and Rice's fifth chukker pony, Summer, was Best Playing Pony. In the consolation Johnny Clover Classic, Clearwater (Jim Parr, Chip Campbell, Gonzalo Teves, Frankie Bilboa) edged BTA (Sugar Erskine, Steve Krueger, Gonzalo de la Fuente, Kelly Beal), 11-9. Frankie Bilbao was MVP and his third chukker pony was Best Playing Pony. The consolation Circle V Polo Cup was won by Parrot Heads (Roni Duke, Hope Arellano, Francisco Lanusse, Jason Crowder) over Jan Pamela (Wayne Garrison, Hector Galindo, Miguel Astrada, Roper Morrow), 10-8. Bendabout (Hutch Radcliff, Gillian Johnston, Steve Dalton, Julio Arellano) bounced back the following week when it beat The Villages (Jim Parr, Jason Crowder, Frankie Bilbao, Tom Gose), 11- 8, in the Cloud Peak Cup. The Villages began with a handicap goal, which was quickly countered by a goal from Johnston. Gose sunk a Penalty 2 to put The Villages back on top, but Radcliff converted a Penalty 3 to level the score at 2-2. An early second period goal by Radcliff gave Bendabout a first- time lead, but Parr answered to tie the score once again. Goals by Arellano and Dalton gave Bendabout a two-goal lead, 5-3. Gose split the uprights, followed by goals from Bilbao and Crowder to take back the lead, 6-5, at the half. Fouling changed the game in the fourth when a pair of Penalty 2s by Radcliff gave Bendabout the advantage. Gose sunk another Penalty 2 but it was countered by a goal from Arellano. Bilboa scored a lone goal in the fifth to knot the score at 8-all. Radcliff tapped in his third Penalty 2 to give Bendabout the lead, 9-8. Johnston ran to goal and Radcliff added another, giving Bendabout the victory. Julio Arellano was named MVP and Radcliff's Sabonet wore the Best Playing Pony blanket. In the consolation Cloud Peak Challenge, Sonny Hill (Curtis Pilot, Lucas Arellano, Francisco Lanusse, Shane Rice) got the best of Jan Pamela (Wayne Garrison, Hector Galindo, Sugar P A C I F I C N O R T H W E S T No Trees' Charlie and Harry Caldwell, Jeff Blake, Craig Duke and Shane Rice with Jeff Keller, Connie Bason and Tom Keehner Bendabout's Hutch Radcliff, Gillian Johnston, Steve Dalton and MVP Julio Arellano won the Cloud Peak Cup.

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