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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encourage teams to keep an alumni database of contacts, reach out to them with news, host alumni tournaments and engage an existing fan base. Social media makes it easier than ever for alumni to stay connected with teams, but it is also important for teams to reach out to their alumni and get them involved. The most successful alumni stories are those of recent grads who can't afford to start their careers, own six horses, a truck, trailer, and hire a groom to care for their horses while they are at work all day, but they are still staying involved by either coaching, managing or umpiring and trading off for riding and playing time. Some players dedicate their free time working with local USPA clubs to keep their hands in polo, and in turn their work has paid off by being extra bodies at practices or games. For most, staying involved with polo post-grad is not as easy as playing polo in college, but you get what you put into it. Yes, the college programs need to step up and offer alumni tournaments, but alumni need to offer to help put it on, organize games, organize players, get in contact with past teammates and give Bloomfield's Morgan O'Brien, Will Orthwein and Tabitha Orthwein won the Feldman Cup. POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 25 Skidmore players helped out at the match.

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