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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20 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N THE CHUKKERS, CHAMPAGNE & Cavier fundraiser at Aspen Valley Polo Club in Carbondale, Colorado, topped last year's total for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation. The club's summer marquis charity event, hosted by club owners Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Aspen Valley Hospital, raised $537,200, more than last year's total of $366,000. The day-long event, held during the Aug. 12 Rocky Mountain Open, was a winning combination of polo, sponsors and donors raising much-needed funding for facilities, new technology and programs. The funds raised will support the hospital's construction project, state-of- the-art technology, such as new women's imaging technology, and the hospital's ongoing operations. The sold-out crowd in the fieldside VIP tent enjoyed a lavish menu prepared with white-glove service and impeccable attention to detail. The highlight of the day was the live polo player auction. Guest auctioneer John Sarpa of the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation Board served as emcee and auctioneer. Silent auction items donated by local Aspen businesses included Rolex watches and a travel package to the Fiji Islands. The crowd was thoroughly entertained as Sarpa directed lively bidding for the winning La Karina team and runners- up Aspen Valley Polo Club. In a spirited players auction, Juan Bollini ($25,001) and Marc Ganzi ($25,000) earned the highest bids. In addition to the auctions, there were kids activities, fashion models and various vendor tents featuring luxury items. The Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, now entering its sixth year, is a non-profit solely focused on encouraging philanthropic support for the current and future needs of Aspen Valley Hospital. "We were just delighted that everybody was there for a wonderful day of polo," said Deborah Breen, AVHF president and CEO. "We are so excited to be dedicating all these proceeds to the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation and terrific work going on there." —Sharon Robb POLO PHILANTHROPY More than half a million raised for hospital foundation Guests mingle at the Chukkers, Champagne & Cavier fundraiser in Aspen. WHEN PEOPLE think of summer polo in the Northeast, they usually think of racing across a big grass field in pursuit of a ball. Arena polo usually doesn't come to mind, but the Equestrian and Polo Club of Boston organized an arena umpire clinic and it ended up being the only game in town. Taking advantage of the bourgeoning number of players and horses in the Boston area in the summer, the weekend turned out to be a great success. The USPA Umpires, LLC's Bradley Biddle helped educate new and seasoned umpires on the current USPA arena rules and umpiring protocols. The number of participants swelled as heavy rain cancelled polo throughout New England. Over 24 people came out to play and attend the clinic. Despite relentless rain, the activities continued in the club's indoor arena. Ample stalls accomodated those players who traveled in. The skies finally cleared on the third day, allowing for spirited polo in the club's full-size outdoor arena. The club also has an outdoor field and stabling for 80 horses. It hosts many low-goal tournaments in addition to hunter jumper competitions and sends teams and players to other clubs in the circuit. CONTINUING EDUCATION Arena umpire clinic focuses on current rules and umpire protocols Two dozen players attended the umpire clinic in Boston.

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