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 33 amateurs [rated] 4 and 5 goals, and good and contributing. It wasn't just three highly-paid professionals and one sponsor running around with the other sponsor in the back of the game. In our family, we are not looking to buy the best seat in the house. We want to earn our way and contribute as much as anybody else on the team." Once the final got under way, Klentner said he wasn't that confident considering they were the underdogs. "Everyone, even the game announcers, were like, 'horse flesh, horse flesh, horse flesh of Lucchese' and they just kept going on and on about it. I was like, oh my gosh, they are going to be so much better mounted than we are," said Klentner. But it was soon apparent that the Klentner team was well-prepared and came to play. In the opening minutes of the game, Hall made a breakaway to goal for an early lead, but a minute later, Jake drew a Lucchese player into a foul. Mariano Obregon easily sunk the ensuing Penalty 2. Obregon added another soon after to end the first with Klentner Ranch leading 2-1. Bray, aboard Sydney, a pretty steel gray mare, capitalized on a Penalty 3 in the second, but Hall shot to goal from a melee 40-yards out. Just 15 seconds into the third, Mariano Obregon shot wide on a Penalty 4, but two minutes later his brother Facundo nailed a Penalty 2 for Lucchese to tie, 3-3. A backshot by Jake went just wide before Ulloa, who ran 120 yards, getting past several players, just missed the goal. With less than a minute remaining in the half, Muller took Geronimo Obregon wide, clearing the way for Bray to send a centering shot to Jake for the tie breaker, 4-3. Jesse's dad, Graham Bray, was on hand to give advice. He and Klentner talked to the team at the half. "We were all trying to readjust everybody's horse Farmers & Merchants Bank: 16 Danny Walker 2 Tomas Alberdi 4 Lucas Criado 8 Matt Walker 2 Lucchese: 16 Carlos "Toly" Ulloa 3 Facundo Obregon 6 Jeff Hall 7 John Muse A Klentner Ranch: 16 Justin/Jake Klentner 1 Mariano Obregon 6 Remy Muller 3 Jesse Bray 6 Restoration Hardware: 16 Ben Soleimani/Mia Bray A Santi von Wernich 5 IƱaki Laprida 7 Geronimo Obregon 4 Sol de Agosto: 16 Francisco de Narvaez 1 Paco de Narvaez 7 Adam Snow 5 Nico Escobar 3 Klentner's Remy Muller sticks tight to Lucchese's Toly Ulloa. SHELLEY HEATLEY

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