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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P O L O R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 51 fourth with Wood scoring a hat trick, while holding USA to one for a 9-6 USA lead. Wood and Renucci closed the gap to one early in the sixth. Torrey increased the USA lead, but O'Kane brought it back down to one, 10-9. Time ran out for England and USA hung on for the win. The International Series concluded with USA (Minnie Keating, Heather Souto, Rory Torrey, Stephanie Still, Peter Friedman) going up against India (Kailash Parmar, Raj Jain, Mahesh Parmar, Raghav Raj Singh), Sept. 15. It was the third time these two teams have met. The teams jumped right out of the gate with runs to goal but only Mahesh Parmar found the target for India to take a 1-0 lead. Singh increased the lead with a penalty conversion and a field goal, but Torrey and Souto struck for USA to come within one, 3- 2. The excitement escalated in the third when Torrey tied the score on a penalty conversion, then took the lead with a field goal. Singh responded with a goal to tie the score 4-4. Early in the second half, Singh took back the lead with a penalty conversion. Torrey knotted the score at 5-5 to end the chukker. A defensive battled ensued in the fifth, but Singh was able to breakthrough the USA's defense to grab the lead, 6-5. Singh increased the lead to two early in the sixth, 7-5. Friedman kept USA in the game with a goal, but time ran out and India had the win. All the visiting teams enjoyed tours of the City by the Sea, including stops at the Newport mansions, boat show, International Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as paddle boarding, Secret Garden Tours and sightseeing courtesy of Scooter World. MANDARINA TRIUMPHS IN TRIPLE CROWN OF POLO First-year team Mandarina won the biggest prize of the summer polo season at Aspen Valley Polo Club in Carbondale, Colorado, Sept 2. The foursome of Sarah Magness, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Juan Bollini won the coveted Triple Crown of Polo with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Woodrow Farm (Leigh Brecheen, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Tano Vial) in the season finale. Longtime player and U.S. Polo Association Secretary Stewart Armstrong was selected Most Valuable Player of the season for with his consistent play and strong defense during the summer season. Music, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred dark bay mare, was chosen Best Playing Pony. She was played by Alejandro Novillo Astrada, trained by Tiana Smicklas and owned by Wellington- based Santa Rita Polo Farm. Argentine 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada was named match Most Valuable Player. Basalt, a 6-year-old dark bay mare (by Quarzo out of Shekankipper), played by Marc Ganzi and owned by Santa Rita Polo Farm, was selected the American Polo Horse Association best registered horse of the game. The APHA was created in 2006 by Hall of Famer Sunny Hale to recognize polo ponies in America and encourages events that showcase them and hard- working, dedicated grooms. In the championship final, Melissa Ganzi led Mandarina with a game-high five goals including the game-winner. Magness and Novillo Astrada each had one goal. For Woodrow Farm, Brecheen and Roldan each had two goals and Ganzi and Vial each had one. R O C K Y M O U N T A I N India's Raj Jain and Kailash Parmar double team USA's Rory Torrey. RODRIGO FERNANDEZ India's Raghav Raj Singh, Mahesh Parmar, Raj Jain and Kailash Parmar defeated USA in Newport's International Series. RODRIGO FERNANDEZ

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