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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30 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Family fortune Brant team brings home East Coast Open Words by Gwen Rizzo • photos by Marcelo Bianchi C hris Brant continued his family's success in the East Coast Open after his Audi team edged Iconica on Sept. 9 at the Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. Established in 1978 by Donald V. Little Sr. at the Myopia Polo Club, the East Coast Open was played at the club for 25 years, until 2003. In its inaugural year, it was played at the 14- to 18-goal level but was increased to 16- to 20-goals the following year. In 2005, the tournament moved to Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, where it has been played ever since. Peter Brant's White Birch team won the tournament for the first five years it was played in Greenwich. In 2010, Tupungato took the title. White Birch won it four more times before Marc Ganzi's Audi team got its name etched on the historic Perry Trophy in 2015. White Birch defeated Audi the following year, the last time Peter Brant played. Last year, GSA (Toro Ruiz, Santino Magrini, Matias Magrini, Henry Porter) won the title. This year, Ruiz joined Peter Brant's son Chris Brant's Audi team, while Matias Magrini joined Maureen Brennan's Iconica team. Two other teams completed the lineup: Annabelle Gundlach's Postage Stamp Farm and a Work to Ride team. The fact that half of the teams this year were led by women is testament to the growing number of women players at every level of the sport. The tournament was the finale of Greenwich's summer season, which was unseasonably wet. Still, games got underway as scheduled on Aug. 26 with Iconica (Maureen Brennan, Peke Gonzalez, Mariano Gonzalez, Matias Magrini) up against Postage Stamp Farm (Annabelle Gundlach, Brandon Phillips, Lerin Zubiarre, Tomas Garcia del Rio). Iconica jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first seven minutes and held a three-goal lead through the first half, ending 6-3. Postage Stamp fought back in the second half, tying the game 7-7 entering the final period. Goals by father and son, Mariano and Peke Gonzalez, in the sixth secured the Iconica victory, 9-8. The next day, Audi (Chris Brant, Toro Ruiz, Mariano Aguerre, Joaquin Panelo) faced Work to Ride (Daymar Rosser, Pedro Gutierrez, Gringo Colombres, Tommy Biddle). Audi quickly overcame the two-goal handicap given to WTR and

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