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 56 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N goals with Bilbao in the second to keep it level. The third chukker was just as tight as Ezcurra matched goals from Vasquez and Zavaleta for a 5-5 tie at the half. Barton jumped out front in the fourth with unanswered goals from Gundlach and Sheldon. Ezcurra was on fire in the fifth, scoring four goals including a pair of Penalty 2s, while Barton was held to a single goal from Sheldon for a 10-9 Smithfield advantage. A Penalty 1 for Smithfield gave it a two-goal advantage early in the sixth, but Barton was unfazed and kept chipping away at the lead. Sheldon scored and Zavaleta added another to knot the score at 11-11. And with time running out, Sheldon hit the target to give Barton Farms the win. Vasquez was MVP and a pretty bay pony, owned by John Klopp and Played by Ezcurra, was Best Playing Pony. In the Officer's Cup Handicap on July 1, Gardenvale (Shane Finemore, Juanse Olivera, Matt Coppola, Agucho Zavaleta) edged Hawk Hill (Ian MacTaggert, Dylan Rossiter, Agustin Bottaro, Keko Magrini), 10-9. Olivera scored a lone goal in the first chukker to put Gardenvale on the board. Rossiter sunk a penalty in the second to put Hawk Hill on the board but Coppola scored back-to-back goals to put Gardenvale ahead, 3-1. Rossiter and Coppola each scored a field goal and a penalty in the third, leaving Gardenvale ahead 5-3 at the half. In the fourth, Coppola traded goals with Bottaro and Rossiter. He added two more in the fifth, while Olivera traded penalty shots with Rossiter to give Gardenvale the 10-6 lead. Hawk Hill took over in the sixth chukker with Zavaleta, Rossiter and MacTaggert finding the goal, but came just short of tying as the horn sounded. Matt Coppola was MVP and one of his ponies was Best Playing Pony. HUNTSMAN SHINES IN USPA SILVER CUP Huntsman edged Postage Stamp Farm in the final of the Silver Cup at Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, July 21. Huntsman (Dillon Bacon, Toro Ruiz, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Segundo Merlos) dominated in preliminary games, blowing away the competition while scoring an average 13 goals per game. It met Postage Stamp Farm (Annabelle Gundlach, Marcos Garcia del Rio, Brandon Phillips, Mariano Gonzalez) in the final, a team it had beaten previously, 12-9. Postage Stamp finished the preliminaries with a 2-1 record after overcoming Faraway (Stevie Orthwein, Kris Kampsen, Julian Daniels, Hutton Goodman), 12-8, and Island House (Peter Holowesko, Santino Magrini, Pedro Gutierrez, Matias Magrini), 13-10. Postage Stamp would need to strike early and often if it was to take down Huntsman. Mariano Gonzalez put Postage Stamp on the board early in the first with a run to goal, but a penalty conversion by Tomas Garcia del Rio negated it. Toro Ruiz and Brandon Phillips traded penalty conversions in the second, but a field goal by Garcia del Rio put Huntsman on top 3-2. Phillips and Garcia del Rio swapped penalties in the third, but field goals from Dillon Bacon and Garcia del Rio extended the Huntsman lead to 6-3 at the half. Postage Stamp hit the reset button at the halftime break, shutting Huntsman down in the fourth while Gonzalez shot through a lone goal. Postage Stamp combined for three more goals in the fifth, including a pair of penalty conversions, and a field goal from Marcos Garcia del Rio. A field goal from Ruiz and another penalty by Tomas Garcia del Rio kept Huntsman in the lead, 8-7. Postage Stamp was too close for comfort so Huntsman kicked into full gear. Tomas Garcia del Rio split the uprights and Segundo Merlos followed with another goal to go up 10-7. Gonzalez scored the last goal from the penalty line, but it wasn't enough and Huntsman took its Dillon Bacon passes to his teammates in the Silver Cup final. Huntsman's Segundo Merlos, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Toro Ruiz and Dillon Bacon won the Silver Cup in Greenwich, Connecticut. KATERINA MORGAN KATERINA MORGAN

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