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 11 What are some unique challenges your circuit faces? From my travels, I have learned that the challenges various clubs face are not incredibly different from one another. Some have more or less resources than others, however the way their members handle their challenges varies across the board. There are so many unique personalities within the sport and everyone has their vision of what their polo experience should be. I frequently hear from people that they didn't even know there was polo here or there. Growing a local awareness is important so I encourage many clubs to use and take advantage of social media (Instagram, Facebook, etc.) for promoting what they offer. It is the easiest and most affordable way to target a wide audience and create a portal to the sport. We have a dedicated Pacific Northwest Circuit Facebook page (Northwest Circuit Polo) where clubs can post their tournament dates and details, as well as horses, tack and equipment for sale. This has helped to keep our members connected and supports the polo community in many ways. What are some of the biggest goals you hope to accomplish for your circuit? Introducing and cultivating new players to the sport and keeping it fun throughout their journey is always the main goal. Whether they want to play 0- goal or 12-goal polo, we have clubs within the circuit that offer this and everything in between. Many of our players travel and support each other's annual tournaments and support one another. These exchanges create new perspectives and a reciprocal relationship between clubs. This is a tradition to continue as I think it is beneficial to share experiences, best practices and ideas based on what is being done at each of their clubs. What is something that you've already been able to accomplish that you are most proud of? We had a goal in 2017 to promote youth polo and host the first National Youth Tournament Series Qualifier in Western Canada. In July 2018, this was hosted by the Black Diamond Polo Club in Alberta, Canada. It was great to see this come together. The level of sportsmanship displayed by our youth players was incredible. They were super competitive, well rounded and fun to watch. I am excited to see them grow as players. Another initiative was to educate clubs on the USPA's PUMP8 program. The ability to have affordable access to professional umpiring has helped improve the polo experience at many clubs. In my opinion, this is one of the best USPA programs many of our circuit clubs have taken advantage of the last two polo seasons. What have you enjoyed about traveling to clubs throughout the circuit? Each club is unique and has their own traditions and personalities, so for me it's been fun to take part in these events and get to know the members. Everyone in polo has a special story to tell and there is never a dull moment. It has been an amazing experience to dive into our polo community and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it all. If you'd like to get in contact with Sheryl about your club she can be reached at sherylsick@gmail.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHERYL SICK Sheryl Sick has enjoyed taking part in club events throughout her circuit and getting to know the clubs' members.

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