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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40 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N P O L O I N T H E P A M P A S BY ERNESTO RODRIGUEZ DREAM RIDE T he bet of Bob and Robert Jornayvaz is paying off. The challenge initiated in 2017 to help their Valiente organization, based in Colorado, mix with teams of more lineage in Argentine polo continues fulfilling objectives guided by 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, the strategist outside the court and the talent inside the field. In the first season, triumphs came in the San Jorge and Jockey Club Opens with Bob as the team's No. 1. This year, his son, Robert debuted in the most competitive polo on the planet. The La Dolfina Valiente quartet was completed with Diego Cavanagh (veteran of the triumph in San Jorge one season ago) and another freakishly good player, 10-goal Juan Martín Nero. "I'm very happy about living this incredible experience, playing polo at this place and at this speed is something that I've never lived before. I play as much as I can, and playing here was a real pleasure," said Robert after the experience, with the joy of having scored a goal in the final match. "It was a huge difference playing this level rather than the American 26 goals, mostly because here, in Argentina, they are all pros and it's a lot faster and precise game. It's not hard to play with these amazing players." On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the first throw-in was launched, opening the 51st edition of the San Jorge Military Equestrian Club Open. In the fields of La Dolfina, located in Cañuelas (45 miles southwest of Buenos Aires), La Dolfina Valiente appealed to the locality to amply exceed La Virgencita, 9-5, while at the Argentina's Polo Association complex in Pilar (35 miles northwest of the capital city), Indios, the team founded by the Heguy family, narrowly beat La Dolfina Brava, 12-11. The final for the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy was held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Palermo's Field No. 1. La Dolfina Valiente was superior from the beginning. La Dolfina Valiente got fast advantages in the initial chukker (3-1) that gradually was stretched with what was produced in each period until completing the seven episodes with a wide victory of 12-4. It was a meeting with a small number of fouls (only nine), which allowed the Robert Jornayvaz takes his turn on the podium in Argentina's high-goal SERGIO LLAMERA Adolfo Cambiaso's Lapa clone, Lapa 07, was the Best Playing Pony. La Dolfina Valiente's Juan Martin Nero, Adolfo Cambiaso, Diego Cavanagh and Robert Jornayvaz SERGIO LLAMERA

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