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 55 The final chukker was riddled with even more fouls. Escapite sunk a Penalty 2 and Santana scored from the field to level the score at 11-all. Onetto briefly put Barefield back on top but Escapite connected with a Penalty 3 to tie it up at 12-12. Onetto found an opening and gave Barefield the advantage once again and a Penalty 3 conversion by Tasso sealed the deal for Barefield, 14-12. Escapite was named MVP for his efforts and Tasso's Dalmiro was Best Playing Pony. Dalmiro is out of Tasso's Dalma by Chalo Compinche, a stallion owned by former 10-goaler Bartolome "Lolo" Castagnola. The tournament is named for Britain's last 10-goal player, Gerald Balding (1903-1957). He reached the pinnacle of the sport in 1939 after representing England in the 1936 Westchester Cup and the U.S. in the Cup of the Americas the same year. He went on to win the Coronation Cup (1951), the Hurlingham Champion Cup (1930), the U.S. Open (1935, 1936), Roehampton Open and Junior Cups, to name a few. A few weeks earlier, three teams played off in a round robin played over two days for the 8-goal Polo Ponies Memorial tournament. In the first round on Day 1, New Hope (Ann Oniskey, Tim Cheromcka, Dennys Santana, Pelon Escapite) took on OneMagnify (Denis O'Flynn O'Brien, Cathy Whitman, Martin Ravina, Charly Quincoces). Ravina got things moving with first a Penalty 4 conversion, then a Penalty 3 conversion. Escapite responded in the second chukker with a Penalty 3. He missed the target with a Penalty 4 but made up for it with a field goal to knot the score at 2-2. O'Flynn O'Brien put OneMagnify back on top ending the second, 3-2. The teams battled for control in the third period. Quincoces extended OneMagnify's lead, but goals by Santana and Escapite leveled the score, 4-4. Ravina got in the last word to put OneMagnify ahead, 5-4. OneMagnify sat down while Dovecote/Red Maple (Tommy Huber, Nate Berube, PJ Orthwein, Tom Huber) faced New Hope. Tommy Huber struck first but Santana and Escapite responded to put New Hope ahead. Tom Huber split the uprights in the second chukker and Berube sunk a Penalty 2 to take the lead. New Hope couldn't reach the goal in the second and third chukkers while Berube and Tom Huber tallied again in the third to take the 5-2 advantage. The last round of the day pitted Dovecote against OneMagnify. Quincoces scored the only goal of the first with a Penalty 2 conversion. Ravina found the mark in the second with a run ELIZABETH HEDLEY ELIZABETH HEDLEY Dovecote/Red Maple's Tommy Huber, Nate Berube, PJ Orthwein and Tom Huber won the 8-goal Polo Ponies Memorial. Barefield's Adam Lipsome, Mark Mulligan, Marcos Onetto and Hernan Tasso won the Gerald Balding Memorial at Brandywine. New Hope's Pelon Escapite gives his all trying to stop Barefield's Hernan Tasso, riding Best playing Pony Dalmiro, in the final of the Gerald Balding Memorial. ELIZABETH HEDLEY

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