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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 55 Trophy. Eventual Best Playing Pony, Gypsy, owned by Jeff Hall, helped turn the game around for Lucchese (Carlos Ulloa, Facundo Obregon, Jeff Hall, John Muse/Luke Klentner) after it trailed RH (Ben Soleimani, Santi Von Wernich/ Santi Wulff/Felipe Vercellino, Iñaki Laprida, Geronimo Obregon) in the sixth chukker. Hall cantered onto the field with confidence to begin the final seven minutes of regulation play and quickly found the ball at the end of his mallet. Blowing by his defenders, Hall scored three consecutive goals for the close win. With players just arriving from the English season, Restoration Hardware elected to stick with its team of substitutes for the duration of the tournament. Felipe Vercellino (6) and Santi Wulff (5) stepped in for Iñaki Laprida (7) and Santi von Wernich (5) at the onset of the tournament and quickly fell in sync with each other alongside teammates Geronimo Obregon (4) and Ben Soleimani (A). Luke Klentner (A) played for John Muse on Lucchese. In a fantastic display of horse power and young talent, the final was competitive until the final bell chimed. RH began with a handicap goal, but a quick whistle put Lucchese on the board within a minute. Two goals by Hall and a goal each by Geronimo Obregon and Vercellino left the score tied after the first chukker of play. "Playing against my [younger] brother [Geronimo] is always a challenge, but it also makes it more fun," said Facundo Obregon. Fouls riddled the beginning of the second period, giving Facundo Obregon the opportunity to put Lucchese in the lead by one, 6-5, from the penalty line. The momentum swung back in favor of RH with young players Geronimo Obregon and Vercellino playing off each other's fiery determination. With Wulff at the back feeding passes to his runners, RH pulled ahead in the third chukker, 8-6. A balanced fifth chukker saw two goals scored by each side. Carlos "Toly" Ulloa threaded through the pack of players, slicing the ball in to tie the score at 11 goals each. A final penalty goal by RH pushed them in the lead 12-11. MVP Jeff Hall dominated the final chukker on Gypsy. Ulloa played a tight defense, breaking open the field for Hall to walk the ball through the uprights for Lucchese's 14th goal of the game. RH did not relent, scoring once more before the clock ticked down, ending with a final score of 14-13. Hall's strategy for the 2018 season in Santa Barbara, included using a higher-rated second player. After playing the 20 goal with Facundo Obregon, the two players began the season a step ahead. Their third player, Toly Ulloa, easily slid into their system and proved to be both talented with the ball and disciplined in taking a man. "The game was very close today. RH had a few goals on us in the middle chukkers, but we were able to get organized in the sixth chukker. Jeff scored three of the goals from the field to put us ahead, but Geronimo almost got us on his last run," said Facundo, chuckling. Five teams competed this season in the tournament named after 10-goaler "Hurricane Bob" Skene, who managed Santa Barbara Polo Club for several years. The Hall of Famer represented the British in the 1939 Westchester Cup, won the U.S Open three times and the Argentine Open twice. BARTON FARMS BEST IN USPA OFFICERS CUP Barton Farms edged Smithfield 12-11 in the final of the USPA Officer's Cup at Mashomack Polo Club in Pine Plains, New York, on June 30. Smithfield (Craig Callen, Robi Bilbao, Julio Ezcurra, John Klopp) began with a handicap goal but Barton Farms (Andrew Gundlach, Luciano Vasquez, Jared Sheldon, Henry Zavaleta) wasted no time in overcoming it when Zavaleta sent the ball through the uprights. Ezcurra converted a Penalty 3, but Vasquez responded with a Penalty 4 conversion for a 2-2 score after the first seven minutes. Sheldon traded N O R T H E A S T Barton Farms' Henry Zavaleta, Luciano Vasquez, Jared Sheldon and Andrew Gundlach won the Officer's Cup. Gardenvale's Agucho Zavaleta, MVP Matt Coppola, Shane Finemore and Juanse Olivera took the Officer's Cup Handicap.

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