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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26 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N On a mission USPA Armed Forces team travels abroad By Mark Gillespie A USPA Armed Forces polo team went to Berlin, Germany, and Windsor, England, to compete in military exhibition matches and discuss plans for military matches in 2019. The ever-flexible military polo team, supported by the U.S. Polo Association's Armed Forces Committee, sallied forth across the Atlantic and English Channel from July 21-30 to take part in matches that had been planned to take place in conjunction with the high-goal and junior Westchester Cup matches in England. The original plan of participating in two 12-goal matches and a match against the U.K. Armed Forces Polo Association team in England and a warm up competition in Berlin prior to the U.K. events was adjusted significantly on the fly. The U.S. team consisted of myself, Corp. Zach Grob and Staff Sgt. Alex Wicker with former Maj. Joe Meyer set to join up with the team for matches once we got to England. Once assembled in Berlin, we received news from the owner of the Berlin Polo Club 1906 that the club's horses had developed a cough due to the recent high temperatures and therefore we could not use them. As anyone involved in military operations knows, things don't always go according to plan and one has to improvise, adapt and overcome to successfully accomplish the mission. Fortunately, after a few calls around to the other clubs in the area, the Berlin-Brandenburg Polo Club offered the team stick-and-ball practice as well as a very enjoyable competition that included playing against a German team using the occasion to prepare them to play in a national tournament. Nothing like mutual international team Zach Grob carries the American flag prior to the Westchester Cup match in England. ABI HANCOCK

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