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 11 and utilizes the arena 15 minutes away at a neighboring facility, Koko Crater Stables, on Sundays. Demonstrating its investment in growing youth polo, HPC helps bring the dreams of determined students to fruition through sponsorship and scholarship opportunities. Devoted to creating a positive outlet for local children, Agon also runs an at-risk youth polo program, which works with the Olomana School to provide semester-long courses for youth who enroll in the polo program. "At the beginning of the semester, we walk the kids through basic grooming skills, tacking up, and basic riding skills three times per week," Agon explained. "We then get polo specific, introducing mallets and teaching the basic rules of polo. At the end of the semester we put on a polo match between the students and invite their families to come and watch." Agon has witnessed the positive influence polo and horses have made in the lives of the 14 students in his specialty program, emphasizing their talent but lack of activities to focus on. "I am hoping to tap into that resource to grow polo locally. My mission with these at-risk kids is to simply provide an opportunity for them to grow, learn to be responsible for another living thing, and empower them to realize they have many opportunities in life if they choose to take them," he said. Integrating the rich history of Hawaii's vibrant culture to create an experience uniquely its own, HPC ensures the preservation of polo on the island by cultivating it on the grassroots level. The ultimate players' club, HPC is a shining beacon in the North Pacific, beckoning players to meet on "the gathering place" and enjoy polo year-round. "I think this is one of the best clubs to start at because here we play with the level of players we're with," Agon said. "Anybody can come out here and enjoy themselves in an unreal setting." Knowledgeable and easy going, the HPC staff welcome you to become part of their growing polo ohana (family). For more information on Honolulu Polo Club and polo school, please visit its website at www.honolulupolo.org. "Like" Honolulu Polo Club on Facebook and follow them at @honolulupoloclub on Instagram. The club has welcomed players from across the globe for the past 32 seasons, all drawn to the tropical climate, breathtaking scenery and laid-back atmosphere. In 2017, Ignacio Laprida came for the Hawaii Invitational of Polo, which highlights the season. Multiple aspects of authentic island life are incorporated throughout the club's operations, ranging from performances by Hawaiian bands and colorful hula dancers to the playing of the beloved state song, Hawaii Pono'i. DARRYL OUMI/GETTY IMAGES FOR HAWAII POLO PRODUCTIONS DARRYL OUMI/GETTY IMAGES FOR HAWAII POLO PRODUCTIONS

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