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 27 warming chukkers! While in Berlin, the team visited the famous Maifeld Polo Field where the last Olympic polo matches were played in 1936. In addition to warming up for the match with the U.K. military, a second objective was to set the stage for holding an international military/civilian polo event in Berlin next June that would be tied to the 70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Commemoration. Conceptually, four teams made up of two German civilians and two military players from the U.S. and U.K. would stage a two-day tournament on the Maifeld Polo Field. The German players we approached about the concept were very enthusiastic and wish to move forward with the plan. Lt. Col. Nick Cowley, who is now the chairman of the U.K. Armed Forces Polo Association and is based in Germany, was contacted and also indicated strong interest in supporting the Berlin Airlift/Maifeld project for next year. The team then bid Berlin "Auf Wiedersehen!" and drove through the night to reach the Euro Tunnel (aka Chunnel) train by early morning in order to make it to the Westchester Cup black-tie event at Cliveden House on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, due to a number of circumstances, including a 51-day drought that had rock-hardened polo fields and made rental horses scarce, the team's anticipated 12-goal matches and match with the U.K. military team were tabled. Despite that major disappointment, the team swung into action to support the Westchester Juniors match at Black Bears on Friday by providing a mounted color guard in dress blues to bring in the U.S. national flag and provide a similar mounted color guard for the high-goal Westchester Cup on Saturday at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. Lt. Col. David Macdonald from the U.S. Embassy London's Defense Attaché Office and his wife Amy came to represent the American diplomatic set at the Westchester Cup as guests of the USPA. As it was their first polo match, they were intrigued to learn of the ancient warrior origins of polo and how DALLAS Texaspolo.com 214 - 720 - 0233 10-goaler Facundo Pieres only uses Texas Polo Luxe Edition saddles

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