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 54 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Menini/Guinazu combination. Wulff and Walker scored a combined three goals, but a goal each by Graham and Guinazu secured the victory for Barrossa, 14-12. Guinazu was named MVP and his mare, Anna, was named Best Playing Pony. Guinazu purchased the unbroke mare in Texas in June 2015. Shortly after, he went to San Diego to play his first season in the U.S., where he began working Anna under saddle. "I have had almost five strings since I have been in the U.S., and she has been in every one of them. She was treated badly by the previous owner, but within the first year she became a sweetheart and loves being hugged on and pet. Anyone can ride her, from a beginner to a kid or a pro. She is super smooth, handy, balanced, athletic, quick and very pretty. As she has always been with me in this country, Anna is the pampered girl of the barn," he said. PORSCHE DRIVES AWAY WITH BEACH POLO CUP With a new lineup, Porsche San Diego defended its title Sept. 9 at the third annual Polo America Beach Polo Cup at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. For the second year in a row, Porsche San Diego (Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini) won the coveted beach polo title with a 10-6 victory over Viejas Casino and Resort (Marc Ganzi, Alfredo Bigatti, Pablo Dorignac). Argentine Alejandro Novillo Astrada of Porsche San Diego was named Most Valuable Player after his outstanding play. The Flexjet Best Playing Pony was 8-year-old bay mare Quilmas, played by Juan Bollini in the fourth chukker. The Best Playing Pony blanket was presented by actor Sterling Jones. Melissa Ganzi scored a game-high eight goals as Porsche San Diego led the four-chukker game from start-to- finish. Bollini and Novillo Astrada each had one goal. Bigatti scored a team-high five goals and Ganzi added one goal for Viejas Casino and Resort. Porsche San Diego led 2-1, 4-2 and 6-5 before Ganzi put the game out of reach with three goals in the final chukker. In the subsidiary game, Aspen Valley Polo Team (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Alfredo Bigatti) won with a 6-5 victory over U.S. Polo Assn. (Chevy Beh, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Carlitos Gracida). In Friday's opener, Porsche San Diego advanced into the championship with a win over U.S. Polo Assn. On Saturday, Viejas Casino and Resort defeated Aspen Valley Polo Club. —Sharon Robb BAREFIELD CLINCHES GERALD BALDING TITLE Barefield (Adam Lipsome, Mark Mulligan, Marcos Onetto, Hernan Tasso) edged New Hope (Rhea Lowenthal, Tim Cheromcka, Dennys Santana, Pelon Escapite) in the 8-goal Gerald Balding Memorial Tournament at Brandywine Polo Club in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, Sept. 3. Tasso got the scoring started with a goal in the opening minutes. Escapite responded and Santana sunk a Penalty 4 to put New Hope on top, but Lipsome leveled the scored at the end of the chukker. Escapite knocked in back-to- back goals in the second but Barefield kept it close with a goal by Onetto. Escapite doubled up Barefield's score, 6- 3, with lone goals in the third. Barefield came back from the halftime break fired up. Tasso hit the mark four times (two penalties) before coming up for air. Then Onetto took over, sinking a pair of goals to take a convincing 9-6 lead. Onetto started off the fifth with another goal but New Hope benefited from penalty opportunities. Escapite was deadly from the penalty line, sinking three of four opportunities. Tasso found the mark on a Penalty 3 to keep Barefield ahead, 11-9. E A S T E R N Viejas Casino's Alfredo Bigatti slaps a hook on Porsche's Alejandro Novillo Astrada during Beach Polo in Coronado. Porsche San Diego's Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Juan Bollini won the Polo America Beach Polo Cup in Coronado. KEL CASEY PHOTOGRAPHY KEL CASEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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