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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playing Chin family's Toby's Resort, the Americans quickly bonded with their local counterparts as they romped with foot mallets for most of the afternoon. On Wednesday, the entire group met at Chinook Farms, Adelphi, for a polo clinic with Shane and Kurt Chin and Lesley Fong-Yee. Lesley started out with a lecture and demonstration on how to quickly adapt to strange horses, which was then utilized as they were assigned ponies for the Prem Singh Diamond Drill. Everyone showed noticeable improvement after doing this deceptively simple exercise several times. The following day, the St. Ann Polo Club members lent horses, played with and coached the youngsters while they tried out their ponies and the facilities at Drax Hall. For the entire week the local families involved hosted the guests and catered most of the visitors' meals and they quickly became a tightly knit group. Everyone spent an amazing day on Friday taking different tours and hanging out at Chukka Adventure Tours and Good Hope Beach. The players were back at the beach on Sunday Six American teenagers (and several family members) arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday, July 2, to participate in Jamaica's Annual Burger King Junior International Polo Tournament for kids age 11 to 18. Three teams competed in the event including Burger King, Toby's Resort and Chukka Adventure Tours. This year's group of Jamaicans included Cameron Singh-Wates, Conrad Chin, Fred Farquharson, Frank Hart, Zach Byles and Fabiana Byles, while the Americans included USPA National Junior Board members Ava Rose Hinkson, Patricio Fraga-Errecart and Catie Stueck; Junior Florida Committee Member Cipi Echezarreta; 2018 PTF Sportsman of the Year Jack Whitman; and National Youth Tournament winner Christopher Owens. The line-ups helped set up the highest level of polo played in this tournament to date. Shortly after checking in to the polo- 42 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N DESTINATION: JAMAICA American teens participate in international tourney PHOTOS BY LAUREN CHIN Chris Owens, Jack Whitman, Conrad Chin and Zachery Byles won the Burger King tournament. Cipi Echezarreta with Best Playing Pony, Popeye, owned by Andrew Lewis

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