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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6 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Circuit Governor Election The United States Polo Association would like to share the results of the recent circuit governor election. Please join the association in congratulating the following members who will serve as rep- resentatives of the 13 USPA circuits: Border—Tony Yahyai Central—Bob McMurtry Eastern—Joe Muldoon Florida—Stephen Orthwein Jr. Great Plains—David Ragland Hawaii—Bill Kirton Midstates—Trey Schott Northeastern—Leighton Jordan Pacific Coast—Dan Walker Pacific Northwest—Sheryl Sick Rocky Mountain—Erica Gandomcar- Sachs Southeastern—Billy Raab Southwestern—Paul Jornayvaz Umpires Team Up With TAPS The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and con- nection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. On Nov. 1, 2013, teams4taps was launched—an initiative to create meaning- ful opportunities for families of the fallen to engage with the teams they cheered for with their fallen hero. Former official Bob Delaney, and now NBA's vice presi- dent of Referee Development and Perfor- mance introduced USPA Umpires, LLC to TAPS after an umpire meeting with 25 USPA professional umpires at the Lake Worth, Florida, offices in the spring of 2016. The NBA, along with many other sport associations, bring a TAPS family to a sports event where the family is intro- duced to the officials and then watches the game. USPA Umpires, LLC partnered with TAPS to bring the surviving family of Capt. Derek Argel to watch polo on Aug. 18-19 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Rac- quet Club in Carpinteria, California. Mother Debra Argel-Bastian, step-father Todd Bastian, nephew Derek Argel and aunt Joelle Jacobs were treated to a spec- tacular viewing of a 2018 Silver Air Pacif- ic Coast Open game. It was a beautiful day at the club and all fans experienced a lively match. Argel, a Special Tactics Officer assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, per- ished on May 30, 2005, in the crash of an Iraqi Air Force SL7 reconnaissance/trans- port plane. Argel was participating in an operational mission in support of Opera- tion Iraqi Freedom when the aircraft crashed in the Divala Province of Iraq about 80 miles northeast of Baghdad. Argel was born in Lompoc, California, and attended Carrillo High School where he played water polo and was named 1994 league MVP. He continued his water polo career at the United States Air Force Academy. Upon graduation in 2001, he entered into the Combat Control training pipeline, earning the red beret of a Spe- cial Tactics Officer in 2003. Following his graduation from Class 06 of the Advanced Skills Training course at Hurlburt Field, Argel was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, mak- Steve Lane, Bob Delaney, Kimo Huddleston, Todd Bastian, Debra Argel-Bastian, Derek Argel, Joelle Jacobs, Maggie Mitchell, Fergus Gould and Julian Appleby DAVID LOMINSKA DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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