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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8 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N National Youth Tournament Series The NYTS Committee announced the close of the 2018 season with a total of 40 qualifying tournaments completed across the country. The National Youth Tourna- ment Series was founded with the intention of providing opportunities for junior play- ers to play against their peers. Clubs saw an increase in participation as players traveled to new locations to participate in qualifying tournaments. Jack Whitman was acknowl- edged for playing in the most qualifiers—a total of seven, including one in each zone. The NYTS National Championship Cecil Smith Cup and All Girls Division East vs. West Challenge takes place in Denver, Col- orado, over Labor Day weekend. Team USPA Team USPA players are competing across the country from New York to Cal- ifornia and many places in between. Zach Grob represented the USPA and USA car- rying the colors for the Westchester Cup match in London. He is currently on active duty with a special operations group through the end of the year. Jared Zenni accompanied the Junior Westchester Cup team as assistant to coach Joel Baker. Jim Wright, Patrick Uretz, Felipe Viana and Zenni will serve as mentors and coaches during the NYTS National Championship weekend. Instructor Skilz Ten instructors began the process of working toward their coveted USPA Certi- fied Polo Instructor Certification by attending an Instructor Skilz Clinic host- ed at Virginia Polo Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants included: Dani Wasty Shannon Hill Polo Club Dori Burner Battlefield Polo Club Jess Schmitt Virgina Polo Inc. Marisa Bianchi Seneca Polo Club Dan Coleman Being the Change Polo Club Carlucho Arellano USPA Executive Director of Services Gates Gridley International Polo Club Nico Eurnekian Congressional Polo Club Erica Kratz Myopia Polo Club Connor Deal Aiken Polo Club Certifiers Cindy Halle and Erik Wright co-led the event with program manager Jess Downey. Team USPA member and USPA Clini- cian Connor Deal said, "The Skilz Clinic was a great learning experience. We reviewed teaching intricacies, often over- looked, that play a large part in the suc- cess of teaching polo. The certifiers were very informative and helpful with good constructive feedback on our teaching practices, and ways to continually improve our skills." A big thank you to Lou Lopez and UVA for the use of excellent facilities and hors- es. For more information about the USPA Certified Polo Instructor Program please contact Jess Downey at jdowney@uspolo.org. Intercollegiate/Interscholastic I/I season is here! The 2018-2019 I/I season officially kicked off September 1! Please check the I/I pages on the USPA website for 2019 I/I tournament condi- tion changes, deadlines and fees. See you in the arena! Western Ontario's Andrew Begg competes in the 2018 National Intercollegiate Championship. JIM BREMNER /JFBPHOTOS.COM

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