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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The United States Polo Association established Team USPA in 2009 to grow and sustain the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and providing opportunities to grow their abilities. By Hayley Heatley combination. The horse was awarded Best Playing Pony in the 2017 Texas Open. Grey Goose (Out of Place x Dark Kristin) Age: 9 years Owned by: Felipe Viana, 6 goals Grey Goose is an American Thoroughbred hailing from Iowa. Known as Goose at the barn, she has become a standout for Viana since he purchased her in Illinois in 2016. "She has amazing speed and a winning personality," said Viana. Goose earned a Best Playing Pony award during the 2016 12-Goal Season in Santa Barbara. MC Adele (Riojana x Riverdance) Age: 6 years Owned by: Matt Coppola, 4 goals 22 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Polo partners The horses that make the players You will often hear players repeat the mantra that horses are 75, 80, even 95 percent of the game. Upon hearing this fact, spectators and newcomers to the game often seem surprised, nodding their head slowly and asking, "So, how many horses does each player actually own?" While the number varies from player to player, it is undeniable that horse flesh can make or break an up-and- coming player. Horse management is paramount to succeed at any level of polo, but becomes especially important to young professionals as they break into the exclusive high-goal tournaments. The professional playing members of Team USPA spend countless hours training and schooling their partners in the sport while constantly searching for the next horse to improve their string. Meet some of the superstars owned by Team USPA members: Cambalache Age: 11 Years Owned by: Geronimo Obregon, 4 goals Obregon bought this half American Thoroughbred, half Argentine polo breed from Cuko Escapite and quickly fell in love with the gelding's style. "He is super smooth to check and go. You sit in the saddle and he stops, stops, stops and then you squeeze and he is ready to go. He is always there when you need him," said Obregon. Cambalache's quick movements complement Obregon's handy work with the ball, making them an unstoppable Cambalache Grey Goose

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