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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 51 doubled up its score. Meanwhile, Retama was held to a goal from Beal. Astrada struck in the second, but Bilbao answered with two. McCabe got on the board in the third, but Astrada sunk two in a row. Bilbao struck again but so did Astrada, ending the half with Clearwater ahead 8-5. Krueger started the second half scoring but Teves answered. Gose shot through a goal, cutting the deficit to two, 9-7. Gose and Krueger combined for two unanswered goals in the fifth to tie the score at 9-all. The last period was an all-out battle with both teams trying to gain control. Astrada scored, but Teves responded. Krueger tallied, but so did Bilbao. As time wound down, neither team could gain the edge. The match needed extra time to be decided. In the overtime chukker, Gose saved the day with an expertly executed Penalty 3. Miguel Astrada, high scorer with five goals, was MVP and Gonzalo Teves' third chukker chestnut mare, Van Picardia, was Best Playing Pony. In the consolation Bozeman Trail Challenge, Evergreen (Tom Sprung, Carlitos Galindo, Mason Wroe, Shane Rice) downed Newport (Michel Dorignac, Gene Goldstein, Jake Stimmel, Jason Crowder), 11-6. Evergreen got a four-goal head start and Sprung added to it in the first chukker. Newport tried chipping away at the lead but all of their efforts were matched, ending the first half 8-4. Stimmel, who led the half with three goals, added two more in the second half but those were matched by Sprung. Rice added another to keep Evergreen comfortably in the lead until the bell. In the Fetterman's Challenge consolation match, Bendabout (Wayne Garrison, Hector Galindo, Julian de Lusarreta, Gillian Johnston) ousted No Trees (Sugar Erskine, Will Johnston, Craig Duke, Jeff Blake), 15-11. No Trees began with a handicap goal but Bendabout easily overcame it, and then some, taking a 4-3 lead at the end of the first. Will Johnston sunk four in a row in the second and Blake traded goals with Gillian Johnston for a 8-5 No Trees lead. Will Johnston added another in the third, but Garrison was unstoppable, putting in three to end the half with No Trees narrowly leading 9-8. Bendabout took the lead with a pair of unanswered goals in the fourth and outscored No Trees 5-2 in the next 14 minutes to take a convincing lead and the victory. The season ended with Bendabout (Gillian Johnston, Steve Krueger, Michel Dorignac, Roni Duke) taking the Flying H Cup, 10-9, over Evergreen (Tom Sprung, Gonzalo Teves, Julian de Lusarreta, Tom Gose). Bendabout began with a handicap goal, and muscled through the first chukker with four unanswered goals— three from Johnston and one from Krueger. Neither team had any luck at the goal in the second, but Johnston and Krueger gave another one-two punch in the third, before Teves put Evergreen on the board for the first time. Bendabout carried its 7-1 lead into the second half but Evergreen was just finding its rhythm. Johnston and Duke found the goal in the fourth, but Sprung, de Lusarreta and Gose retaliated with goals of their own. Teves and de Lusarreta kept it up in the fifth while holding Bendabout to a goal. Teves took matters into his own hands in the sixth, scoring three in a row while his teammates focused on defense. It nearly worked until the bell sounded with Bendabout holding the narrow lead. Johnston, who scored a game-high six goals, was MVP and her pretty bay Tenacity was Best Playing Pony. In the consolation Wagon Box Challenge, Prestige Worldwide (Will Johnston, Frankie Bilbao, Craig Duke, Sugar Erskine) defeated BTA (KC Krueger, Jason Crowder, Gene Goldstein, Hector Galindo), 11-7. Will Johnston dominated with a total of seven goals. Goldstein was named MVP and Garrison's Little Coda, a gray horse played by Bilbao, was Best Retama's Kelly Beal, Miguel Astrada, Steve Krueger and Tom Gose won the Bozeman Trail Cup. Bendabout's Roni Duke, Michel Dorignac, Gillian Johnston and Steve Krueger won the season-ending Flying H Cup.

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