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 58 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N game, but it wasn't enough and Maserati took the 10-5 win. In the Champions League, participants included Brian Lee, Jenna Cretsinger, Kaisa Lindgren, Arsalan Deliri, Rene Skaggs, Avery Skaggs, Bob Grant and Kiya Gere. BLACK TEAM SECURES PALMARIUM VICTORY Black came away the winner over Blue in the high-goal section of the Palmarium Family Tournament played at the St. Ann Polo Club in Drax Hall, Jamaica, July 24-Aug. 4. Palmarium Black included Ramon and Andy Vernon with Andy's sons Rory and Kyler, along with Kurt Chin. Palmarium Blue had Jose Lartirigoyen, James Robertson, Shane Chin (subbing for John Byles), Zachary Byles and Fred Farquharson. A senior player was matched with a junior player to umpire the chukker they did not play in. Blue jumped out to an early lead when Andy sat out the first chukker, but he scored three goals in the second chukker while Jose sat out. Both teams ran up and down the field in the third, but Jose dominated on Best Playing Pony Shelley, owned by John Byles. Play continued to be tight in the fourth chukker, ending with the teams tied at 7-all going into the last chukker. Much of the momentum was lost due to fouling, with the umpires going to the third man several times. The teams each found the goal once to knot the score at 8-8. With 20 seconds left, Palmarium Black sealed the win. Zac Byles was named MVP after making fast attacking plays while holding his man aggressively in defense. In the low-goal section, Paul Chin and his son Conrad, Rachel Turner and Troy Brennan took on Andy Vernon and sons Rory and Kyler, and Andrew Lewis. Paul Chin scored four goals on Best Playing Pony Serenity in the first chukker to take a 4-1 lead. The teams traded goals in the second to keep a three-goal spread, 5-2. The Vernons turned it around in the second half to tie it all up and force overtime. The teams both squandered opportunities in the long and exciting overtime chukker until 15-year-old Conrad Chin scored the game winner. The second match proved to be more balanced, although a strong team of brothers Shane and Kurt Chin, along with teenagers Frank Hart and Fred Farquharson had the edge over John G. Byles and his kids, Fabiana and Zachary, and James Robertson. Kurt Chin dominated with four goals and I N T E R N A T I O N A L Maserati of Kirkland's Susan Stovall, Gratia Brown, Juan Semper, Rebecca Foltz and Curtis Lindahl won the 1-goal in Seattle. Johnny McFarlane, president of St. Ann Polo Club, congratulates Shane and Kurt Chin, Fred Farquharson and Frank Hart. LAURA CHIN Blue's James Robertson handles the bouncing ball as Black's Jose Lartirigoyen moves in to defend in the final of the high-goal section of the Palmarium tournament. LAURA CHIN

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