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 37 called it the biggest crowd they'd seen for a decade). A contingent of the Myopia Hunt and Hounds, the Harvard Marching Band and a polo pony parade of all participants headed by Land Rovers, one of the game sponsors, highlighted the halftime intervals between the consolation final, won by Yale, 5-4, over Cambridge, and the Harvard-Oxford final. Lively commentary by former Oxford captain and self-elected Atlantic Cup historian Issa Dasu Patel, along with USPA umpire Ronnie Hayes kept the action going. Of course, the action wasn't all on what the British call the "pitch." End- of-day festivities included several nearby New England towns and eateries, including Ipswich's True North brewery, the 100-year-old Woodman's of Essex for fried clams and lobsters, a farm barbecue and a well-toasted gala dinner at the Myopia Hunt Club. Appropriate to the occasion, an alternative experience took place in a Cambridge classroom where Harvard Business School professor Josh Lerner (a Yale graduate) supervised a shortened case study on the business development of tournament sponsor La Martina. The players participating reviewed a 12-page briefing of the case ahead of time to assure informed discussion about whether La Martina should keep to its core polo business or evolve into more and more lifestyle clothing merchandise. The majority opted for sticking to polo gear over getting into a much more competitive space. At the end of the Atlantic Cup day, the Oxford team, headed by captain and tournament MVP Charlie Hitchman, won the silver. Happily, Harvard's Bonilla, a 14-year-old barrel chested gray that originally came to the Harvard string from Long Island polo player Ignacio Gaffney, was awarded the Best Playing Pony honors after six chukkers over four days. It was fitting not only for her performance but also for all the Harvard horses and players who did so much of the heavy lifting. DANNY'S TACK SHOP Danny's Tack Shop also offers a complete line of products for all your polo needs. 70 Clinton Street • Tully, New York 13159 Phone/Fax 315-696-8036 • E-mail: dannypolo@aol.com Marcos Heguy Saddle Olathe Boots—$279 Chukker Bridle complete w/bit Gag—$399 Pelham—$359 Also available in Havana Leather American Express, Mastercard & Visa accepted $ 695. 00 This suede saddle has a steel-rein- forced tree which is lined with latex rubber panels to assure com- fort and an excellent fit for both player and horse. IS YOUR RIG CHUKKERED OUT ? See Tony Coppola for: • Four Star Aluminum Trailers • Hannover Steel Trailers • New and Used Trucks/Trailers Available at All Times Call Tony: (561) 793-6422 or 793-2012

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