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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6 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Meeting Recap The board of governors, committees, subsidiaries and staff met in Oak Brook, Illinois, Sept. 19-22, for the USPA Board of Governors and Annual Member Meet- ing. The week began with the chairman's cocktail reception hosted at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and was followed by two days of committee meetings and presenta- tions at the Hyatt Lodge at the McDon- ald's Campus. On Thursday evening, the board, mem- bers and guests were treated to the pre- miere of the new U.S. polo documentary film. Friday night, the Polo Training Foundation hosted the Intercollegiate/ Interscholastic Awards Reception at Dit- ka's Restaurant. The USPA board of gov- ernors meeting took place Saturday morning followed by a board of governors polo game at Oak Brook Polo Club. The week culminated in the U.S. Open Polo Championship Alumni Match graciously hosted by Oak Brook Polo Club. Please see the following for a recap of the week's events. The full recap can be found on uspolo.org. Arena There is money remaining in the Arena Committee budget and there are a list of tournaments that can still receive fund- ing. The committee discussed seeking a new location for the 2019 U.S. Open Are- na Polo Championship. The 2018 Nation- al Arena Delegates Cup was scheduled to be played at Las Canchas Polo Club in Guatemala, but it is unable to host. Armed Forces The Armed Forces Committee is proud to announce that at least 21 percent of USPA membership has military family ties. This percentage is likely low as a sig- nificant number of the membership's mil- itary ties are not accurately reflected in the USPA membership database. Mem- bers, or those in their immediate family, who have served in the military of any country meet the military family criteria. If your profile does not reflect your mil- itary family tie, please contact Member- ship and Handicap Manager Lindsay Dolan at ldolan@uspolo.org to amend it. Clubs interested in hosting a circuit military event may submit an application to their circuit governor. Clubs interested in hosting the 2019 Outdoor National Commander-in-Chief Cup must submit an application to the USPA Tournament Committee immediately for approval. Two circuit events a year qualify for a $1,250 marketing reimbursement and the Outdoor National Commander-in-Chief Cup qualifies for a $2,500 marketing reimbursement. Clubs interested in host- ing a circuit or national event can search for qualifying team members in the USPA membership database by circuit or club with the three listed military categories (affiliation, service and branch). Audit Gene Burk will term-limit out from the Audit Committee in April; therefore, the Nominating Committee will consult with members of the Audit Committee for a replacement. Board and Staff Development The committee reviewed and discussed completed, ongoing and upcoming tasks. If requested, the committee will create a job design for any new positions. Diversity was the main topic of discussion, with human resources attorney Rob Hudson in attendance. The committee has been tasked with creating an equal opportunity employment policy, which will be submit- ted to the Executive Committee when it is completed. Club and Membership Admin The committee's Club Information Update Policy was approved by the board. The policy puts into writing the way a club can update basic information, along with procedures for changes to the club name and delegate. Provisional member clubs to become fully active for 2019: Members of the board of governors met at the USPA fall meetings in Oak Brook, Illinois, held from Sept. 19-22. UNITED STATES POLO ASSOCIATION

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