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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• Arizona Polo Club (Scottsdale, Arizona) • El Caso Ranch Polo & Equestrian Center (Quemado, New Mexico) • Oxford Polo Club (Lady Lake, Florida) • South Padre Island Polo Club (South Padre Island, Texas) Club Circuit Changes Springfield Polo Club–CA (West Saint Paul, Manitoba, Canada) will move from the Pacific Northwest Circuit to the Cen- tral Circuit. Constitution Charles Smith was approved by the board to serve as co-chair for the Constitu- tion Committee alongside Paul Jornayvaz. As recommended by the Constitution Committee, the amended and restated constitution was approved by the mem- bers (delegates), in an effort to run the association more efficiently and for the benefit of all members. Also recommend- ed by the committee, the restated and amended by-laws, code of conduct and Disciplinary and Broadcast Rights and Title Sponsorship Policies were approved by the board. The changes are intended to streamline the USPA's governing documents, thereby making them easier to read and easier to comply with; eliminate inconsistencies and ambiguities within the existing docu- ments; and incorporate certain substan- tive changes that were discussed and approved by both the Constitution Com- mittee and board of governors. Please visit uspolo.org for the newly- approved amended and restated constitu- tion, by-laws and policies. Equine Welfare Immediately following the spring meet- ings, the Equine Welfare Committee dis- covered the lab that had been selected for equine testing was suspending its animal testing program; therefore, the committee contracted a new lab, Industrial Laborato- ries. The USPA resumed testing in August 2018 at the Pacific Coast Open semifinals at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California. The results were received quickly, and all were negative. Plans are to continue gradually increasing the testing throughout the remainder of 2018. The Equine Welfare Committee will be launching a trial anonymous tip line to report equine neglect or abuse. The num- ber will be available in the coming weeks and disseminated in the weekly member email and on uspolo.org. This is in addi- tion to the anonymous reporting form for abuse and neglect found on uspolo.org. The committee will work with the Polo Development team to ensure Certified Polo Instructor candidates do not have any previous or existing issues with equine welfare abuse. Executive The committee met to review a presen- tation by Global Licensing regarding a name for the high-goal tournament series. Finance The board unanimously voted to approve the 2019 budget with minor mod- ifications to be made. The overall budget will remain within the $11 million budget subsidy cap approved by the board at the 2018 spring meeting. The budget includes a new program for tournament prize money. Clubs host- ing USPA national or circuit tournaments can apply for up to $25,000 in matching funds. Applications will be forthcoming. High-Goal The High-Goal Committee election is approaching in December to add mem- bers to the board. Horse Registry The committee has been approved and the board is seeking candidates to chair the newly-formed committee. International The committee would like to see inter- national events receive more funding, as well as a permanent funding source to support select international competitions, such as the Federation of International Polo World Cup, Westchester Cup, Cup of the Americas and Camacho Cup. USPA Chairman Chip Campbell sug- gested using the dividend money received from Global Licensing to fund an account for international events for the future. The fund could also work with the Ameri- can International Polo Foundation to match funds so the AIPF is still able to take donations. The International Committee is work- ing with the Finance Committee to devel- op a plan, which will be presented at a spe- cial board meeting to be held in the near future. International competition is inte- gral to increase awareness of the U.S. Polo Assn. brand, which provides a substantial sum to the association from Global Licensing. The Westchester Cup will be held in the United States in 2019. Multiple locations were discussed, such as Sheridan, Wyoming, however it was decided to hold it in Florida after the winter high-goal sea- son. December 10 is the deadline to con- firm with FIP whether the USPA will host the 2020 FIP World Cup. Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, has graciously offered to host the event at its facility near Palm Springs, California. The max budget request will be $2 million (primarily for horse rentals). The presented motion for a Published by the United States Polo Association Offices at 9011 Lake Worth Rd. Lake Worth, Florida 33467 (800) 232-USPA Chairman: Chip Campbell President: Tony Coppola Secretary: Stuart Armstrong Treasurer: Sam Ramirez Chief Executive Officer: Robert Puetz POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 7

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