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 57 second title this summer. Marcos Garcia del Rio was named MVP of the final and Tomas Garcia del Rio's Cali Marino, whom he played in the sixth chukker, was Best playing Pony. HARRY COLLINS Harry Anthony Collins passed away peacefully at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, on June 3, surrounded by his family. He was 82. Harry was known as an exceptionally talented real estate developer and an active and generous community leader. He developed and invested in many residential and commercial properties during an illustrious career that spanned over six decades. Born March 6, 1936, in Des Moines, Iowa, he was one of six children born to Dr. Harry and Esther Collins. He attended St. Augustine Elementary School and Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. He had an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age and was an engineer at heart. He enjoyed building Soapbox Derby racers and rebuilding motorcycles and was constantly tinkering and always creating. Harry's family moved west to La Jolla, California, in 1954. Harry was in his late teens, and leaving Des Moines meant selling his beloved Jeep. As a new student at La Jolla High School, one morning Harry saw a cute girl arrive at school in a Jeep. He later followed her home from the movies and asked her out to the Scarlet and Black Ball. Harry eventually married that girl, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Judy Allen. Harry and Judy shared a love of tennis, horses, the great outdoors, and especially, spending time with family and friends. Harry graduated from Stanford University in 1958 with a degree in engineering. He was elected to the Tau Beta Society, lettered in swimming, played water polo and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Shortly after graduation, he joined Marble Mortgage Company in the San Francisco Bay Area and began a long career in real estate. Two years later, back in La Jolla, Harry began building custom homes. He subsequently founded Collins General Contractors, Collins Development Company and La Jolla Development Company, and developed many commercial and residential projects in both Northern and Southern California. Harry was known for his attention to detail and great respect for the communities in which he developed. Harry's favorite endeavors were with his best pal and father-in-law, Willis Allen. Among them was the iconic La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. He was especially proud of his stewardship of the "Pink Lady," restoring and improving her throughout his ownership. He took special care in the restoration of the Whaling Bar, emphasizing its history and unique heritage. Harry and his family celebrated many special occasions at La Valencia over the years. In the late 80s, Harry created and opened Rancho Valencia Resort, a premier tennis destination. Rancho Valencia was Harry's happy place, his heart and soul. He also developed and ran the Eldorado, Rancho Santa Fe and Rose Spur Polo Clubs. Harry loved what he did for a living, but he always made time to play. A good day for Harry was nine holes of golf, two sets of tennis, and a 5 p.m. polo match. "Polo clubs worldwide would do well to have their players emulate Harry and proselytize his style and form throughout the polo world. No easy undertaking—Harry Collins was a one- of-a-kind gentleman, a treasure without peer," wrote Patrick Brent. "Harry, for over 30 years, was my friend. I battled not to disappoint him both on and off the polo field. Polo and I will never forget Harry Collins." Harry served on many non-profit boards including the boards of The Dunn School and Santa Catalina School. He was the chairman of the board of Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he led the planning of the Scripps La Jolla campus as we see it today. Harry loved kids and all the mischief they created. He and Judy raised seven children, and welcomed with open arms and unconditional love 26 grandchildren, sharing with them their appreciation and fondness for adventure and the outdoors. They spent quality time with their family on their ranches in Julian, California; Kauai, Hawaii; and Snowmass, Colorado. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Judy Collins; his children Cathy Geier (Brad), Chris Collins (Alice), Kim Dempsey (Pat), Laurie Chamberlain (Tom), Suzi Ricci (David), Kelly Petit (Hank), and Peter Collins (Lisa); 26 grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; brother Robert Collins;, and sisters Mary Mulvihill and Ruth Kelly. Donations can be made in Harry's memory to REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, 4461 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 (reinsprogram.org). u O B I T U A R Y

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