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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P O L O R E P O R T 48 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N the field and penalty line, was unable to rally. In the Just For The Love Of It subsidiary game, La Karina (Brian Boyd, Pablo Dorignac, Carlitos Gracida, Stewart Armstrong) bounced back from its opening round loss, defeating Aspen Valley Polo Club (Riley Ganzi/Santos Bollini, Melissa Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini), 10-9. The following week, La Karina (Brian Boyd, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Stewart Armstrong) took the lead in the third chukker and never trailed for a thrilling 8-5 victory over Aspen Valley Polo Club (Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Eloy Vallina/David Vallina, Juan Bollini) to capture the Rocky Mountain Open. Roldan was named MVP and Rebecca, a 15-year-old chestnut mare, played by Melissa Ganzi and owned by Wellington-based Santa Rita Polo Farm, was selected Best Playing Pony. Rebecca was bred by the Novillo Astrada breeding farm in Argentina. Stewart Armstrong was named the Flexjet Defensive Player of the Game for his outstanding play at Back, including turning away three potential goals. Behind Novillo Astrada and Bollini goals, Aspen Valley Polo Club took a 2-1 lead after a fast-paced first chukker. La Karina turned on its stingy defense, shutting out AVPC in the second and third chukkers to take a 4-2 halftime lead. La Karina never trailed after that. The teams tied 1-1 in the fourth and fifth chukkers and La Karina outscored AVPC, 2-1, in the final chukker to ice the victory. AVPC had its share of scoring opportunities in the final chukker but could not take advantage. In the Just For The Love Of It subsidiary game, Casablanca (Alejandra de la Vega, Grant Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Juancito Bollini) dominated Los Amigos Red (Pablo Dorignac, Alex Gooding, Kris Kampsen/Carlitos Gracida, Paul Foster) for a 13-8 victory. Tonkawa, making its summer polo debut at Aspen Valley Polo Club, wasted no time winning its first tournament of the season.The talented foursome of Jeff Hildebrand, Wesley Uys, Sapo Caset and Mason Wroe defeated Mandarina (Alejandra de la Vega, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Nacho Novillo Astrada), 13-11, to capture the Mount Sopris Cup sponsored by Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club on Aug. 19. Argentine 10-goaler Guillermo "Sapo" Caset, 32, the team's playmaker who scored three goals, was named MVP. Argentine 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 36, who led Mandarina with a team-high six goals, earned the Player of the Day award, sponsored by the Mexico Polo Federation. Houston- based Jeff Hildebrand, who scored a team-high six goals, was awarded the Flexjet Play of the Day for the goal he scored in the sixth chukker. Paulina, a 14-year-old Chestnut mare, was selected Best Playing Pony. Paulina was played by Alejandro Novillo Astrada. The mare is owned by Wellington, Florida-based Santa Rita Polo Farm and bred by Julio Novillo Astrada. Mandarina took a quick 2-1 lead in the opening chukker with a 60-yard penalty conversion from Alejandro Novillo Astrada and goal from Ganzi. The momentum quickly changed in the second chukker when Hildebrand scored the first of his six goals and Caset scored while the defense shut down Mandarina, 2-0. While the game was close, Tonkawa never trailed after that, outscoring Mandarina, 3-1, in the third chukker for a 6-3 halftime lead. Mandarina came back for a 2-1 advantage in the fourth chukker to cut the lead to two, but Tonkawa bounced back with an offensive fifth chukker, 4- 2, for an 11-7 lead. Mandarina tried to rally in the final chukker with four goals, all from Alejandro Novillo Astrada, for a 4-2 chukker, but fell short. In the Just For The Fun Of It Cup, Mexico (Eloy Vallina/Billy Steta, Lucas Lalor, Carlitos Gracida, Juan Bollini) edged Los Amigos (Nacho Badiola, Kris Kampsen, Stewart Armstrong, Paul Foster) for a thrilling 12-11 victory. In the Just For The Love Of It Cup, Mandarina White (Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Nic Roldan) defeated La Karina (Brian Boyd, Alex Gooding, Pablo Dorignac, Toto La Karina's Stewart Armstrong, Nic Roldan, Marc Ganzi and Brian Boyd took the Rocky Mountain Open. Tonkawa's Whistle Uys, Sapo Caset, Jeff Hildebrand and Mason Wroe won the Mount Sopris Cup in Aspen. CHIARO FOTO CHIARO FOTO

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