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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Coppola's homebred MC Adele made waves in the 2018 February 12-Goal at Grand Champions Polo Club, leading to her being named Best Playing Pony of the tournament. Coppola credits her agility, quickness and soft mouth with his success on the field. Chelo Poncho (Boina x El Sol) Age: 10 Owned by: Costi Caset, 5 goals "Chelo Poncho plays his heart out on the field. I can count on him for a great chukker and I love the way he runs," said Caset. The gelding was recognized as Best Playing Pony in the 2016 Pacific Coast Open final under Caset and the 2018 12-Goal USPA Intra-Circuit under Peke Gonzalez. Mercedes Age: 8 Years Owned by: Remy Muller, 3 goals Mercedes is an OTTB from Tom Gose. She raced twice in Louisiana before being purchased by Carlos Ramirez, who then sold her to Gose. Muller bought her as a 5-year-old in 2015. "My favorite thing about her is her incredible mouth and handle. I can go anywhere on her. She gives me a lot of confidence," he said. Venice Age: 9 Years Owned by: Jesse Bray, 6 goals Jesse and his father, Graham, found Venice at a Thoroughbred training track as a 2-year-old and quickly realized she had potential to excel on the field. She played her first year of 16-goal polo in Santa Barbara at 6 years old and went on to play the winter season in Florida under Jesse. The leggy bay mare won Best Playing Pony in the 2018 Pacific Coast Open. POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 23 MC Adele Chelo Poncho Mercedes Venice DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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