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 35 "It seemed like almost from the beginning that we had the momentum. We had them on our heels. I don't think they were ready for as hungry as [the team] was," said Klentner. "Those guys were hungry and they wanted it. It was a big effort and they went out there and performed. I think they could have won by more." Remy Muller was honored as MVP for his outstanding defensive efforts and Bray's Venice was Best Playing Pony. Bray also took home the Robert Skene Season MVP award. The team also received commemorative championship rings custom made by Tara Grey. "Playing the sport you love and being able to win this tournament with friends is the absolute best," said Muller. Klentner admits he was on the edge of his seat the last seven minutes. "Obviously, you are nervous because we were only up by one when that chukker started," he said. "It went back and forth and started to open up and move. When we got up by two I felt pretty good because they had only scored six goals the whole game. If we were up by two, that meant they [would need to score] half as many goals as they had scored in the whole game. I was like, I think we are OK." The Klentner Ranch celebration began on the field and lasted long into the night. "Geronimo Obregon is maybe one of the best barbecuers around. He played with me the last couple of years and always does these barn asados," said Klentner. "We had our core group of grooms, polo managers, friends and went to our barn. ... We are always super appreciative of the team and we grilled until late in the night." Klentner said he plans to try again next year, and this time he hopes to be in the saddle, rather than on the sidelines. After that, he'd like to make a run at the U.S. Open in 2020. "The PCO was a big deal because I started playing on the West Coast and its the best trophy to win here. I've been really wanting it and honestly, I didn't think it was possible," admitted Klentner. "I started playing arena polo and it just seemed like an insurmountable goal. Now that we have achieved it, the U.S. Open [trophy] has got to go on a mantel at some point, right?" Blue Tica Bengston and FIP Ambassador Glen Holden present Remy Muller with the MVP award. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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