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 41 members of La Dolfina Valiente to put many polo pony clones into play. In fact, the best horse of the final in the view of the Breeders Association was the mare, Lapa 07, a Lapa clone, property of Adolfito Cambiaso. For his part, Juan Martín Nero won the MVP award. As Cambiaso said in the podium: "We fulfilled the two goals of this tournament: to start up the organization for the Argentine season and get Robert to get his dream of playing in Palermo. We feel very good because the Jornayvazs are friends, in addition to being patrons." The San Jorge Open not only offered challenges to the novel American player, but the AAP used this traditional competition to evaluate four new rules: 1) Change of sides at halftime instead of the usual after each goal scored to facilitate the understanding of the game for those who are not regular spectators. 2) Establish a limit of six fouls per player, per match. Any player who exceeds that number leaves the field, being replaced by a substitute for the team. 3) By replicating the international rule of whipping—in a continued effort to unify the regulations worldwide–and to protect the horses, the whip cannot be used unnecessarily or excessively; Any excess whipping will be punished with a penalty. 4) Players are allowed to hit the ball with any part of the body once per play. If someone hits the ball his body more than once, he will be charged with a penalty. Of the four rules, the most criticized by the players was the first, for the lack of habits. As Nero explained, "It was tough to get used to the side change. I was a little bit disoriented. Having changed after each goal since I started playing as a child, it was not easy to adapt in a single tournament. You have to [consider] you play outdoors in an open field, so wind and sun are important factors that change in minutes. So, you cannot wait for three chukkers to have the chance to have the climate in your favor." These criticisms caused that rule to be set aside before the next high-goal tournament, the Jockey Club Open. On the closing day in Palermo, the Colonel Francisco Reyes Carrere Cup, in which four quartets of up to 16 goals entered, was defined on Field No. 2. In the definition, two variations of La Natividad, the team founded by Bartolomé "Lolo" Castagnola, faced each other. On one side was La Natividad Miraflores with Bartolomé Jr., Lolo's eldest son; on the other, La Natividad 30 Yardas, with Camilo, the youngest in the family. The fraternal duel was in the hands of La Natividad Miraflores, that won by a wide score of 14-5 after completing the seven regulation chukkers. For Bartolito, it was the third celebration in a row in the Carrere Cup competition. SERGIO LLAMERA San Jorge Open Valiente La Dolfina: 29 Rob Jornayvaz 1 Diego Cavanagh 7 Adolfo Cambiaso 10 Juan Martín Nero 10 La Dolfina Brava: 25 Agustín Marcos 4 Guillermo Terrera 8 Alejo Taranco 8 Bautista Arrastúa 5 Indios: 27 Alberto Heguy 7 Jorge Monsegou 5 Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 Pedro Falabella 7 La Virgencita: 24 Agustín Nero 4 Pablo Spinacci 6 Gastón Laulhé 8 Gastón Urturi 6 Col. F. Reyes Carrere Cup La Natividad Miraflores: 15 Horacio Henry 2 Alejandro Granados 1 Bartolomé Castagnola Jr. 6 Lucas Torales 6 La Natividad 30 Yardas: 15 Martín Scortichini 2 Ignacio Velasco Gallo 3 Camilo Castagnola 6 Javier Guerrero 4 La Mariana: 16 Rafael Grozovsky 1 Santiago Catani 2 Juan Ignacio Merlos 7 Juan Cruz Merlos 6 San Jorge El Aduar: 15 Daniel Ruiz 1 Edgar Echezarreta 2 Andrés Crespo 5 Manuel Crespo 7 Diego Cavanagh breaks his mallet trying to keep the ball away from Juan Gris Zavaleta.

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