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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8 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Certified Polo Instructor Program Honorary polo instructor Bill Denck- er, owner of Gardnertown Polo Club in Newburgh, New York, hosted the USPA Certified Polo Instructor program for a full week of testing. An Instructor Skilz Clinic was held on the first two days with instructors from the Northeast and Canada. The second half of the week was dedicated to a Certification Field Test, which can best be described as the instructors' final exam. This portion, led by renowned certifiers Tiger Kneece and Erik Wright, worked with instructors Gates Gridley of International Polo Club, Connor Deal of Aiken Polo Club, Katie Johnson of Grand Rapids Polo Club and Erica Kratiz of Myopia Polo Club. The USPA is proud to announce all instructors passed the certification field test and have achieved their Level 1 USPA certification. Congrats all! A special thank you to Bill and Tricia Dencker for use of the outstanding facilities and horses. Middle School League There is still time to register and com- pete in the Middle School League. Tour- naments from Connecticut to Hawaii are lined up from now until December. Play- ers must be in grades 5 to 8, and ready to play in a tournament environment. Find more information about the Middle School League on the Intercollegiate/ Interscholastic pages at uspolo.org or con- tact I/I Tournament Manager Emily Dewey at edewey@uspolo.org for more information. Intercollegiate/Interscholastic The I/I season has officially started. For all new and returning teams please note the Intent to Compete Form was due Oct. 1. Information on more deadlines and available programs can be located on the I/I section at uspolo.org. If you would like to learn what it takes to become a new team please contact Ali Davidge at adavidge@uspolo.org. Good luck to all of our teams competing this year. We'll see you out at the arena. Intern Program Are you interested in pursuing a career in polo? Have you just graduated from college and are interested in getting involved in the polo industry? Do you want to learn more about running a club or polo school from knowledgeable pro- fessionals? If any of these sound like you, the USPA internship program might be a great fit! We are here to help connect young aspiring polo professionals with success- ful clubs and managers. We have opportu- nities ranging from the bigger to smaller clubs across the country for an array of experience levels. If you are interested, email Ali Davidge at adavidge@uspolo.org to learn more about the opportunities available. Middle School League tournaments are being held from now until December. TAB ORTHWEIN The I/I season is in full swing. MIKE RYAN

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