Polo Players Edition

NOV 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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20 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N T HE TINICUM PARK POLO Club in Erwinna, Pennsylvania, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a black-tie affair and an international polo match. Founding member and club manager Hesham El-Gharby began planning the celebration 18 months earlier as a way to thank the long list of polo enthusiasts responsible for the more than two decades of growth, good times and good polo. It began with a gala, which rolled out the red carpet to guests, including members of the Egyptian National Polo Team and their families, continuing the reciprocal visits the clubs have made over the years. Guests were greeted at the door by a life-sized statue of a polo pony, courtesy of club member Al Gillen. As guests made their way inside, the halls were decorated with silver, flowers and club memorabilia, including trophies, team jerseys, photos of members who had passed away and club programs from each year. A slide show, put together with hundreds of photos, proceeded speeches by El-Gharby and other founding members including Marianne Yost. After, guests enjoyed dinner before dancing the night away to music by The Big Chill. The next day, despite rain, fans lined the field and filled large tents for the International Friendship Match. The Egyptian National Team (Mohamed Hassan, Adel Aboushadey, Marawan Mastafar, Mohamed Rashad, Mohamed El Shamy) took on Tinicum (Christopher Gerberding, Richard Weidel, Mark Mulligan, Leandro Berrios). Egypt began with a one-goal handicap and went on to score three more in the first chukker, but Tinicum shot back with five goals in the next two chukkers. Egypt struck again to knot the score at 5-5, setting up an exciting final chukker. Egypt hammered in two more goals before Berrios found the target but time ran out for Tinicum and Egypt had the 7-6 win. The match was umpired by Dennis Santana and Marcos Bignoli. In addition to the main game, the club commemorated another important aspect—introducing youth to polo. Second generation players, some no taller than a mallet who grew up on the sidelines among the polo trailers, teamed up with new youth players for a fun chukker, offering a glimpse of the club's future. The week continued with parties, get-togethers and games, including one mixing the Egyptian players and the club's large contingent of women players. The anniversary celebrations helped raise $100,000 to improve the field and enhance the spectator experience. Tinicum Polo Club is located between the steep cliffs and wild, scenic Delaware River. It has become a household name in the area and is now the largest club in the Eastern circuit. SILVER JUBILEE Club celebrates 25 years of fun The 25th Anniversary Celebration Match trophy presentation included the Tincicum and Egyptian National teams as well as youth polo players. With them are Hesham El-Gharby and USPA's Jess Downey, center, and Marianne Yost, far right. Mohamed Hassan of the Egyptian National Polo Team tries to keep the ball from Tinicum's Leandro Barrios as he closes in. MICHAEL GREEN D. JEAN VERGARA

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