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 52 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Playing Pony. Other action included the 21-goal Goose Creek Cup, sponsored by the Downtown Sheridan Association on July 29. In that match, Coca Cola (KC Krueger, Sugar Erskine, Julian de Lusarreta, Michel Dorignac) edged Bud Light (Will Johnston, Jason Crowder, Miguel Astrada, Stevie Orthwein), 6-5, in a spirited match. Sugar Erksine was named MVP and G- String Polo Ponies' Copperfield, a pretty grey played by Miguel Astrada, was Best Playing Pony. As usual, the teams came to the trophy presentation in style—in an antique wagon pulled by a pair of sleek grey mules. ROGERS MEMORIAL TOPS CIRCUIT CHALLENGE CUP The Kem Rogers Memorial Team took the title in the Challenge Cup at El Caso Ranch Polo Club in Quemado, New Mexico on Aug. 12. Two teams competed in the match, played over two days under the watchful eyes of umpires Yvonne Golston and Dan Healy. Kem Rogers Memorial Team (Lance Easterling, Carol Moore, Diego Herrera, Cathy Leyeu) got the edge over El Caso Ranch (Raeann Bruton, Robert Bruton, Barbara McCrimmon, Rick Blomquist). On the first day, Moore shot through two goals in as many minutes to put Rogers Memorial on the board. Robert Bruton responded with a pair of goals but Moore scored another to end the chukker ahead, 3-2. Blomquist owned the second, putting through three goals in a row, while Moore was held to one. Moore added another in the third, but Blomquist sunk a penalty to maintain the lead, 6- 5. Moore sunk a penalty in the fourth, but Robert Bruton jumped into action with three in a row to give El Caso the 9-6 lead after Day 1. The teams came back the next day to continue on. Blomquist increased El Caso's lead but Herrera found the goal and Moore scored twice to bring Rogers Memorial to within a goal, 10-9. The flow of the game changed in the second when Herrera tied the score, then took the lead while El Caso was unable to connect with the goal. El Caso's struggles continued into the third, while Herrera and Easterling increased Rogers' lead. Moore stole the show in the fourth period, slamming home three goals. Robert Bruton sunk a penalty in the final period but it was too little, too late and Kem Rogers Memorial Team had the win. Diego Herrera's nice grey horse, Voler, was Best Playing Pony. Carol Moore was high scorer with six goals the first day and five the second day. LA BARRA TRIUMPHS IN WCT ARENA CHALLENGE Seneca Polo Club in Poolesville, Maryland, held its first annual Women's WCT 8-goal Arena Challenge tournament June 23-24. Originally scheduled for early June, the event had to be postponed due to excessive rainfall. It turned out to be a great tournament overall. Teams were well balanced, and from the start it was unclear who the winner would be. The sportsmanship on and off the field was inspiring and the level of riding skill and speed of the game was impressive. On the first day, Garrison Forest School (Kaycie Campbell, Lindsey Morris, Gabby Chaisera) took on Seneca (Camilla Lancaster, Emily Wiley, Eliza Jacobellis). Garrison's Lindsey Morris scored an impressive two pointer from the halfway line, helping propel the team over Seneca, 10-8, and advance into the final. In the other match, La Barra (Jessica Blair Henwood, Maureen Marsh, Marisa Bianchi) doubled down on Mother Chukker (Tracy Goodey, Claudia Tobler, Lila Bennett), 10-5, to take the other final spot. In the final, the ladies were really bringing all they had and were racing B O R D E R E A S T E R N Coca Cola's Julian de Lusarreta, Michel Dorignac, Sugar Erskine and KC Krueger won the Goose Creek Cup. Kem Rogers Memorial's Lance Easterling, Diego Herrera and Carol Moore with umpires Yvonne Golston and Dan Healy and Cathy Leyeu

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