Polo Players Edition

OCT 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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 9 B ased at the foot of the towering Ko'olau mountain range on the third largest Hawaiian island of Oahu lies the polo paradise of Honolulu Polo Club in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Boasting a breathtaking backdrop, tropical climate and laid back country atmosphere, HPC has welcomed players from countries all across the globe to its field for almost 32 seasons. Currently featuring 0- to 4-goal tournaments and special events from May until the end of October, HPC was created to prioritize the local player community and is home to the aloha state's only USPA certified polo instructor. Embracing the spirit of the islands, HPC promises friendly rivalry intertwined with beautiful cultural experiences in the heart of Hawaii. Developed on a 30-acre expanse of state land in the mid 1980s, HPC was established for players by players, with the vision of preserving and reenergizing the tradition of polo, which was first played in Hawaii in the 1880s. Allen Hoe, HPC club president, has been with the club since inception as one of four founding members, which includes Enrique Zobel, Bob MacGregor and Michael Sheehan. "In essence we organized HPC with the vision of a players' club, focused on the needs of local players and growing the playing community on the island," Hoe explained. Initially named the Waimanalo Polo Club after the surrounding town, HPC became a USPA member club in November 1986 and played its first game in March of 1987. As the Hawaiian Islands have been a popular destination for international players on vacation since the 1960s, the HPC complex offers a full-size playing field, adjacent paddocks and training areas ideal for weekend getaways. Despite playing primarily inter-club tournaments, HPC maintains an active polo schedule during the official six- month season, highlighted by the annual Hawaii Invitational of Polo, a 25-goal game featuring eight hand-selected All Honolulu Polo Club Waimanalo, Hawaii Honolulu Polo Club's breathtaking scenery, tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere make it a great place to play polo.

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