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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6 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Annual Member Meeting The annual USPA Board of Governors and Annual Member Meeting will be held from Wednesday, Sept. 19 to Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Hyatt Lodge on McDonald's Corporate Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois. The USPA fall meetings are one of two annu- al meetings held every year. The USPA board of governors, committees, subsidiary boards, club delegates, members and staff will gather to hold a variety of meetings, discussions and presen- tations to review the progress and health of the sport throughout the United States and abroad, as well as debate and vote on key issues and policies affecting the game of polo. The hosting of the 2018 USPA fall meetings corresponds with Oak Brook Polo Club's 40th Anniversary since the last U.S. Open Polo Championship was held in Oak Brook, Illinois, in 1978 between teams Abercrombie & Kent and Tulsa. In honor of this history, the Oak Brook Polo Club, in coordination with the USPA, is working on hosting a U.S. Open alumni match on Sunday, Sept. 23, on Oak Brook Polo's Prince of Wales Field located at 2606 York Road in Oak Brook, Illinois, to close out the 2018 Sea- son. Players and sponsors interested in participating should contact Oak Brook Polo Club's managing director, Daniel O'Leary via email: doleary@oak- brookpoloclub.com. For more information on the USPA Board of Governors and Annual Member Meeting, please contact Lindsey Ebers- bach at lebersbach@uspolo.org. Gen. George Patton Jr. Award Remembered for his fierce determina- tion and ability to lead soldiers, Gen. George S. Patton Jr. is considered one of the greatest military figures in history. Immortalized as one of the world's most intriguing military men, he was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles, his intemperate manner and his love for polo. Patton was an avid believer that polo was a useful tool in understanding how his fel- low officers preformed under pressure. Regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of any war, he continuously drove his troops to the highest standard of excellence in training, and utilized his love for polo as a teaching aid. He traveled from post to post with a fine set of polo ponies and routinely established polo matches on the weekends at the military base to which he was assigned. Patton encouraged partici- pation, helped grow awareness and grew interest in the sport. The Armed Forces Polo Committee requests USPA members nominate those who have gone above the call of duty to create opportunities for military mem- bers and their families to be involved in the sport of polo. Please include a description of how the nominee best embodies the characteristics described with your award nomi- nation. Nominees are not required to have served in the military but must be a current USPA member. Please submit your Gen. George S. Patton Jr. award nominations by email to clubs@uspolo.org by Dec. 1. All nominations will be reviewed and the winner chosen by the Award Sub-Committee of the Armed Forces Committee. This award will be presented to an individual who perpetuates the tie of rich history between the armed forces and polo communi- ties and goes above and beyond the call of duty through the pro- motion of events that support the military community and families. Summer Tournament Results The USPA would like to encourage clubs to assemble and send in 2018 sum- mer tournament results from all USPA events for inclusion in the Blue Book. Please include the name of the host club, name of tournament and dates played. Cpl. Zach Grob carried the American flag during the Westchester Cup at England's Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. ABI HANCOCK JULIO AGUILAR ABI HANCOCK

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