Polo Players Edition

DEC 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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 9 W hether she is scaling a mountain in Washington, shredding the snowy slopes of the Cascade Mountains, or fishing in Wyoming, USPA Pacific Northwest Circuit Governor Sheryl Sick is always on the move. Vibrant and outdoorsy, Sick's Instagram account (@sherylsick) is a vivid expression of her wanderlust, showcasing trips to idyllic polo destinations and adventurous excursions around the world. By trade a technology sales executive rooted in Seattle, Washington, Sick intentionally aligned her career path to suit her polo lifestyle, enabling her the freedom to pursue her passion while growing professionally. Assuming the responsibility of circuit governor unexpectedly after the passing of her good friend Rob Petersen in 2017, Sick has continued to immerse herself in the polo community, spending the past two summers traveling across the circuit's seven states (and Canada) visiting and playing at as many clubs as possible. An intercollegiate polo alumna, Sick has competed nationwide and around the world including Canada, Argentina, Ireland, Jamaica and Mexico. Now with five horses of her own and based out of the Seattle Polo and Equestrian Center in Enumclaw, Washington, she enjoys an active schedule of polo adventures year- round. Recently reelected during the USPA circuit governor election, Sick shared her polo journey and discussed what she has learned over the past year representing the Pacific Northwest. What is your equestrian background and how did you become involved in polo? I started riding at age 7 when my father was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. I was infatuated with horses as a child so my mom took me to a local German riding school where they taught the basics of horsemanship. When my dad was relocated to Fort Riley, Kansas, I started three-day eventing and fox hunting. During my freshman year of college at Washington State University, I was introduced to polo after seeing an ad in the college paper for team tryouts. If you could stay on the horse, you were on the team! I continued to play arena polo all four years and had the opportunity to become team captain and club president my junior and senior year. I spent my summers grooming and playing outdoor polo at the Spokane Polo Club in Spokane, Washington. The Dix family, that founded the club, was instrumental in my introduction to the polo world, and I'm grateful for their guidance. How did your love for polo affect or influence your career choice? My family always encouraged that if I loved something I should pursue it. They would be supportive; however I would have to work hard to support it financially on my own. It has been a labor of love to be able to do what I do today and travel. My career choice to pursue sales was driven by my desire to play polo. Depending on what I did, I knew the sales path would allow me to make unlimited income and have a flexible schedule. I knew that if I worked smarter within my profession, that effort would afford me more opportunities to play the sport I loved. What are your favorite hobbies outside of polo? I've been snowboarding since I was 12 years old, longer than I've been playing polo; the mountains are my second passion outside of horses. The Pacific Northwest has a beautiful range called the Cascades running from Canada down to Oregon. I had an awesome opportunity to summit Mount Rainier in July this year. It is the tallest peak in Washington at just over 14,400 feet and is a beautiful backdrop for several of our member clubs. It is covered in glaciers and snow year round and weather patterns can turn extreme in minutes. We physically trained for five months and our team made it to the summit with 40-pound packs and 40 mph winds swirling around us. It was an incredibly amazing, beautiful and scary experience and one I checked off the bucket list! Sheryl Sick Pacific Northwest Circuit Governor

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