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 53 up and down the arena as the defensive plays continually prevented goals from being achieved. So many times players were pushed off the line by incredible bumping and the battling for goals continued to the last horn. In the end, La Barra defeated Garrison Forest School, 14 -10. Marisa Bianchi earned MVP honors and Garrison Forest School's Betty was Best Playing Pony. In the consolation, Mother Chukkers edged Seneca, 9-8. In cooperation with nearby Mountain View Polo from Charles Town, West Virginia, a Low-Goal Classic Tournament was held over two beautiful summer days in July. Six teams from the two clubs entered the classic. The B Flight teams were all students from Seneca's Polo School, coached by Eastern Circuit Governor Joe Muldoon and Kristen Wenning who called the shots and encouraged their teams with a non-scoring, minimal defense mandate. Teams included Seneca 1 (Susan Stevenson, Ali Stevenson, Lainy Reed, Kristen Wenning) and Potomac Polo (Katie White, Molly White, David Littleton, Joe Muldoon) in Flight B, and Flight A included Mother Chukker (Robyn Nietert, Claudia Tobler, Kerry Roche/Eloris Snyder), Seneca 2 (Pam Patton, Jessica Henwood, Cate Godey/Camilla Lancaster), Mountain View 1 (Blake Truitt, Shamsiya Shervani, Robert Gehringger) and MVP 2 (Akemi Tinder, Karen Simons, Liz Calvey/Kevin Yungk). Action heated up for A Flight competition with Mountain View 1 dominating Mother Chukker, which was forced to third place overall. In the final, a new Mountain View 2 line-up (Khris Baxter, Shamsiya Shervani, Willow Longerbeam) was unable to catch up with Seneca's early lead. The last day showed teams were evenly matched, and Seneca finished ahead of a strong Mountain View team. It was a great tournament for everyone involved. Socializing afterwards was an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of bringing two clubs together. "There is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement when we mix players of this level and everyone ups their game to achieve their best. We are grateful to Laura Goddard and Hugo Pasten for bringing some great people from Mountain View in Charlestown, West Virginia, to challenge our low-goal players in Seneca's arena" said Seneca club manager Wayne Briere. "The weather could not have been more perfect, and we had great fun playing together with a super party afterwards. That's what polo is all about for us," said Briere's wife, Kate. The two clubs have definitely hit on the ideal combination of cooperation, talent and enthusiasm, and look forward to the next event, an Academy Game with Congressional Polo on their grass fields in Poolesville, Maryland. Above: Top row: Gabriella Chiasera, Lindsey Morris, Emily Wiley, Claudia Tobler, Lila Bennett; Middle: Kaycie Campbell, Camilla Lancaster, Marisa Bianchi; and front: Maureen Marsh and Jessica Henwood. Missing: Jenny Schwartz, Eliza Jacobellis, Tracey Godey. Below: Seneca's Eliza Jacobellis reaches out to hook Mother Chukker's Lila Bennett. JESSICA HENWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY JESSICA HENWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

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