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 57 KLENTNER SHINES IN MALIBU CUP Klentner Ranch edged Farmers Merchants Bank, 13-11, in the final of the 8-goal Malibu Cup at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California, on Aug. 11. The event was the third of four tournaments in the Rincon League. Klentner Ranch (Elizabeth Humphreys/Jemma Contreras, Luke Klentner, Jake Klentner, Jesse Bray) led from the second chukker on, while FMB (Charlie Walker, Joaquin Avendano, Santi Wulff, Leigh Brecheen/Benjamin Avendano) rallied in the last period to make it close. Charlie Walker was subbing for his injured father, Henry Walker. Both teams were rated six goals so they started out even. Joaquin Avendano got FMB off to a great start with a pair of goals blasted through the posts. Bray responded for Klentner with a field goal and a Penalty 3 conversion to level the score. Luke Klentner broke the tie in the opening minutes of the second. Two minutes into the second, Leigh Brecheen suffered an injury, which left her unable to continue. FMB brought in 2-goal Benjamin Avendano, which meant they would have to give Klentner a 2-goal handicap. Bray sunk another Penalty 3, putting Klentner ahead 6-2. Joaquin Avendano finished the chukker with a goal to cut the difference to three. Jake Klentner split the uprights in the third, but Walker and Joaquin Avendano responded to come within two, 7-5. Bray scored a Safety, ending the half with Klentner ahead 8-5. FMB came back in the second half with a better game plan and it seemed to work, at least temporarily. The team shut down Klentner while Wulff scored a field goal and sunk a Penalty 4 to come within one, 8-7. Klentner shot back in the fifth with Bray scoring two, including a Penalty 4, and the team received a Penalty 1 to increase the advantage to four. FMB successfully made up the difference in the sixth with three penalty conversions from Wulff and a goal from Benji Avendano, but Jake Klentner and Bray each hit the target to stay ahead for the win. Bray was named MVP and Brecheen's Figurine, played by Benji Avendano, was Best Playing Pony. Seven teams joined the fun for the last two legs of the Rincon League. In the last, leg, Whitehall downed Why Not to claim the Carpinteria Cup. In what was acclaimed as the best match of the Rincon League this summer, Whitehall and Why Not went head to head for the final cup in the 8- goal series. Starting out with forceful offense, Facundo Obregon and Francisco Lascombres tallied five goals in the first two chukkers, with Bill Lane putting a sixth on the board before the horn. Why Not was defended strongly, with Santi Trotz held to just two goals from the field. Starting the third chukker trailing 6-2, Why Not's Trotz changed up the game, keeping play short and quick, and drawing the aggressive Whitehall team into fouls. Why Not capitalized on the change in style, putting four penalty shots through the uprights in the next two chukkers, along with a field goal. It defended strongly also, giving up only one field goal, scored by MVP Piers Bossom, through the fourth. But Facundo Obregon didn't give up. In those same two chukkers he scored with an open goal, as well as beautiful shot from 60 yards out on a Safety. Going into the fifth chukker, 9-7, in favor of Whitehall, Trotz came out on Best Playing Pony Centella, an 11-year-old chestnut gelding, who played his heart out for the entire chukker. Trotz orchestrated his team wonderfully, keeping Why Not in the game with a goal by Hanna Grill and a penalty scored by Jim Wright. Whitehall wasn't held to a standstill though. Lascombres made a breakaway to score and kept the lead going into the final chukker, 11-10. A very exciting final chukker ensued with a goal by Trotz to tie the game and another open goal scored by Jim Wright to give Why Not its first lead of the day. Whitehall never P A C I F I C C O A S T Klentner Ranch's Jesse Bray, Luke Klentner, Jake Klentner, Elizabeth Humphreys and Jemma Contreras won the Malibu Cup. White Hall's Bill Lane, Facundo Obregon, Francisco Lascombres and Piers Bossom won the Carpinteria Cup. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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