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 37 Polo history was made when 16 of the nation's most promising players under 19 years old were selected to represent their regions, divided into four zones, to play in the 2018 National Youth Tournament Series Championship for the Cecil Smith Cup. For the first time in the five years of the tournament's existence, the Central Region brought the cup home with them. This was an exciting victory for a region that has been in the final three times but has never been able to capture the title until this year. Girls' All-Star Challenge For the first time, the 2018 NYTS Championships also featured a Girls' All- Star Challenge. An all-female invitational, the tournament featured eight of the country's top up-and-coming players. The two-game series was a perfect reflection of how exciting and competitive women's polo has become over the years in the United States and throughout the world. It is the fastest growing sector of the USPA and many of the young female players that are playing in both women's and mixed polo have bright futures as leaders in the sport. The Girls' All-Star Challenge participants were selected from a pool of all-stars from National Youth Tournament Series Qualifiers. The White Team featured Anna Alworth (Twin City Polo Club), April Galindo (Midland Polo Club), Hope Kerley (Eldorado Polo Club) and Athena Malin (Empire Polo Club), and was coached by Team USPA member Steve Krueger. They faced off against the Black Team featuring Olivia Uechtritz (505 Polo Club), Jenna Tarshis (Toronto Polo Club), Cory Williams (Santa Barbara Polo Club) and Lila Bennett (Garrison Forest School). Black was coached by Team USPA member Jim Wright. The teams played on Friday and Sunday with Black coming out on top both times. Wright, who coached the winning team, felt his team was strong from the start. "We had a very balanced team who are all very aggressive with the man. They rotated well, got behind each other and put NYTS Championship participants spent a day playing field-day games, such as Tug of War and potato sack races.

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