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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28 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N military luminaries like Gen. Patton praised polo as one of the best sporting preparations for modern warfare due to its ability to teach mastery of situational awareness while making split-second decisions in a physically challenging environment and moving at speeds of 35-40 miles per hour—very similar to the normal speeds a modern tank moves cross country on the battlefield. While still in the U.K., I began discussions with various officials regarding the possibility to send an American military team back to the U.K. in early June next year as it would coincide with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration events. All feedback was enthusiastically positive, so the planning will begin in earnest soon! Finally, the team members wish to give a tip of the hat to the American International Polo Foundation for its helpful support of the team's trip. The U.S. Armed Forces polo team included Mark Gillespie, Alex Wicker and Zach Grob. Lt. Col. David Macdonald, from the U.S. Embassy London's Defense Attaché Office, and his wife Amy, with a British polo player Berlin's Maifeld Polo Field, where the last Olympic polo matches were played. Plans are in the works to play an international/civilian polo event there next year in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Commemoration.

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