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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ing his first operational deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. Argel's awards include the Bronze Star with Valor Device, the Air Force Achieve- ment Medal, the National Defense Ser- vice Medal and the Global War on Terror- ism Medal. Umpire Manager Maggie Mitchell, along with USPA Umpires Julian Appleby, Fergus Gould and Kimo Huddleston, Head Umpire Instructor Steve Lane and Former Official Bob Delaney, joined the TAPS participants on the field to share the game of polo and commemorate the life of Argel. "Having come from a military family myself, I am very grateful for the chance to give back to the Armed Forces," said Mitchell. "On behalf of USPA Umpires, LLC it was wonderful to work with the TAPS organization alongside Bob Delaney and bring the Argel-Bastain fam- ily, the loved ones of a fallen American hero, to the Pacific Coast Open." High-Goal Season The United States Polo Association, the International Polo Club Palm Beach and USPA Global Licensing have finalized an agreement for the 2019 tournament series, which will offer a first-ever prize money component with a potential payout of $1 million. This highly-anticipated sea- son offers a strong 20-goal and 22-goal schedule that concludes with the top three most prestigious USPA national tourna- ments, the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Cham- pionship under one umbrella. Team inter- est is very high and early indications are showing a historic number of team entries at 16-20 for the series. The tournament series will include a winner-take-all prize money format for the first time in history that will guarantee $125,000 to both the winners of the C.V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Gold Cup and $250,000 for the winner of the U.S. Open Polo Championship. An additional incen- tive for teams competing in all three tour- naments will be a $500,000 bonus for any team that wins all three tournaments in consecutive order, yielding a total of $1 million in prize money. "The decision to move from 26-goals to 22-goals for the last three major tourna- ments of the Florida high-goal season has been made in an effort to enhance interest and participation in American polo at its highest level," said Robert Puetz, USPA CEO. "We are pushing to increase specta- tor turnout in 2019, while creating more opportunities for American players. The level of team interest is inspiring and we look forward to watching the competition unfold in what promises to be the most exciting high-goal season ever." "This is the first time that the USPA, IPC and USPAGL have come together in a three-way partnership to create a pinna- cle series of high-goal polo to elevate not only the spectator experience but to reveal the team owners and players as the heroes and professional athletes that they are," said David Cummings, chair- man of USPAGL. "Also, U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the U.S. Polo Associ- ation, is privileged to have the naming rights to Field No. 1—the 'Home of U.S. Polo Assn.' What better way to show our authentic connection to the sport of polo in America?" "The new format is very exciting for our organization as we look towards the 2019 high-goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach," said Mark Bellis- simo, managing partner of the Wellington Equestrian Partners. "In order to grow interest in the sport, it is essential that a platform is established for new and upcoming players to get involved. "We believe that moving from a 26-goal format to a 22-goal format will increase those opportunities. Supported by the immense addition of prize money and our unprecedented partnership with the USPA and USPAGL, the 2019 season will be one of our most successful yet at IPC." During the 2019 season, IPC will expand the venue's polo school, which began taking clients and students in 2018, increase the presence of the venue's per- manent stick-and-ball simulator for prac- tice and host a thrilling season-long Gladi- ator Polo series in the newly constructed sand arena at the venue, which was fin- ished at the end of the 2018 season. The series will culminate with the U.S. Open final the third weekend of April. The USPA will continue to live-stream the high-goal USPA tournaments on the USPA Polo Network (uspolo.org) and the final match of the U.S. Open Polo Champi- onship will be aired on CBS Sports. Published by the United States Polo Association Offices at 9011 Lake Worth Rd. Lake Worth, Florida 33467 (800) 232-USPA Chairman: Chip Campbell President: Tony Coppola Secretary: Stuart Armstrong Treasurer: Sam Ramirez Chief Executive Officer: Robert Puetz POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 7 For the first time, prize money will be offered to the winners of the C.V. Whitney Cup, the U.S. Open and the Gold Cup. UNITED STATES POLO ASSOCIATION

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