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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 35 T he Atlantic Cup competition between the college polo teams of Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford and Yale has, as many polo championships have, been a bit on again, off again over the years. Started between Oxford, Cambridge and Yale originally with mixed teams and featuring mostly arena polo, it was expanded with Harvard and evolved to mostly outdoor polo in recent years. Harvard hosted the cup in late September this year at the Harvard Polo & Equestrian Farm and the adjacent Myopia Polo Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. The tournament included seven four- chukker games over four days, three in the Joe Poor outdoor arena due to damp weather and the four final games on Myopia's fine Winthrop and Gibney Fields. The host team won three games, including a nail-biter 5-4 bonus game against an Oxford alumni team, but was defeated by Oxford, winner over the last three cup tournaments, by a goal, 4-3, in the final before a large and often boisterous Sunday crowd. The horse logistics for seven games over four days was challenging to say the least. Some 16 Harvard horses and 10 Yale horses did yeoman's work, supplemented by several horses loaned by Myopia polo captain Franz Colloredo-Mansfield, Harvard team vet Bryan Parrot, and with Mark Tashjian from Boston Polo and Estani Puch of El Rincon del Polo pitching in. The tightly competitive final was a key, of course. But the preliminary quarter- and semi-final games, complete with good sportsmanship and horsemanship among mixed teams, is likely what most players and spectators will mostly remember. A New England Indian Summer fall day, clear and unseasonably warm, blessed the Sunday final. The crowd was large (several Myopia regulars Left: Harvard women's captain Eliza Bird with Harvard's Best Playing Pony Bonilla Ten-goal Adolfo Cambiaso has been winning in the Texas Polo Luxe Edition Saddle for eight seasons everywhere he plays: Florida, England and Argentina DALLAS •www.Texaspolo.com • 214 - 720 - 0233 JACQUELINE MILLER

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