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 57 in a row to come within one, 6-5. Tommy Huber scored early in the second but Santana responded with a Penalty 3 conversion. Tom Huber missed on a Penalty 4 but found the uprights with a field goal to take an 8-6 advantage into the final chukker. It was an all-out battle with a determined Escapite scoring from the field, then from the 30-yard line to knot the score 8-8. Orthwein put the game back in Dovecote's favor with a Penalty 2, but Escapite answered with a run to goal for the tie. A whistle gave Orthwein a free hit from the 60-yard line. He didn't disappoint, giving Dovecote the 10-9 edge. Time ran out on New Hope as Dovecote hung on for the win. Tommy Huber was named MVP and Ravina's Licenciada was Best Playing Pony. SEATTLE POLO TAKES GOVERNORS CUP The home team topped the 6-goal division of the Pacific Northwest Governors Cup played at the Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club in Seattle, Washington, this past summer. The tournament, the highlight of the club's summer, was played at several different levels to allow for maximum participation. The 6-goal and 3-goal divisions included two teams each, while the 1-goal division had four teams. A Champions League match included newer players to the sport. Players came from clubs all over Washington, Oregon, Utah, British Columbia and Idaho to participate. After the games, everyone enjoyed a field-side dinner and music from Seattle's own Bootleg Sunshine Band. In the 6-goal final, Seattle (Colby Smith, Cameron Smith, Rob Payne, Dan Juarez) took on LaGrande Polo (Jason Larvik, Segundo Bengolea Lalor, Lucas Reid, Ryan Prather). In a slow start, Reid put LaGrande on the board in the first minutes of the game, a shot that went unanswered. Seattle came alive in the second with Cameron Smith sinking back-to-back goals. Payne followed up, sandwiching goals around one from Lalor to put Seattle ahead, 4-2. Payne started off the scoring in the third to increase Seattle's lead. Reid and Lalor shot back with goals of their own to bring LaGrande within one, 5-4, but Payne wasn't finished. He slammed in two more to give Seattle the 7-4 victory. In the 3-goal, Spokane-Dix Farm (Suzy Dix, Catlin Dix, Cody Dix, Brandon Alcott) crushed Utah Polo (Heidi Reid, Tye Reid, Logan Joseph, Lindsay Moors), 10-2 in four chukkers. Alcott put Dix Farm on the board early in the first period, but Joseph responded with a Penalty 2 conversion. Alcott sunk a Penalty 3 and scored from the field to put Dix Farm ahead 3-1 after the first seven minutes. Cody Dix scored a lone goal in the second. Catlin Dix stole the show in the third with two goals in a row, while all other drives failed to reach the target. Dix Farm kept up the pressure in the last period with each teammate finding the mark. Utah continued to struggle around the goal until Tye Reid split the uprights for the final goal of match. The 1-goal had Maserati of Kirkland (Rebecca Foltz, Susan Stovall/Gratia Brown) Curtis Lindahl, Juan Semper) topping Bend Polo (Katey Kelley, Sheryl Sick, Henri Du Toit, Lee Robinson), 10- 5 in the final. Semper struck first but Du Toit was quick with the reply. Semper scored again, but Du Toit had the answer, ending the first level at 2-2. Semper sunk a Penalty 2 early in the second and Lindahl split the uprights before Du Toit converted a Penalty 3. Lindahl made another nice run to goal to end the second with Maserati ahead, 5-3, at the half. Kelley found the mark in the opening minutes of the third but Semper took advantage of Bend's mistakes. He converted a pair of Penalty 2s and scored from the field to put Maserati in the lead, 8-5. Another Penalty 2 conversion and a field goal increased Maserati's lead, 10-4. Robinson hit the target late in the P A C I F I C N O R T H W E S T USPA Governor Sheryl Sick presents trophies to Seattle Polo's Colby Smith, Cameron Smith, Robert Payne and Dan Juarez. Dix Farm's Brandon Alcott, Catlin Dix, Cody Dix and Suzy Dix won the 3-goal division of the Pacific Northwest Governors Cup.

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