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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24 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Collegiate team reps attend club development weekend BY AMY FRASER E arning a college degree is no easy task. Running a polo club is not a walk in the park. Combine the two and you have yourself a scene out of the latest Marvel comic book movie (I can't keep up with which one is the rave right now. Thor? Wonder Women?) We've said it before and we'll say it again, your typical collegiate student athlete is a force to be reckoned with. The weekend of October 5-7, student representatives from Oregon State, Texas Tech, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, the University of Connecticut, the University of Arkansas, Texas State, USC—Aiken and George Washington University Polo Teams took time off from their class and polo schedules to attend the 9th annual USPA College Polo 101 mentoring clinic in Wellington, Florida. The event was a weekend of workshops and networking, focusing on sustainability of polo programs and how to grow clubs through membership retention and community outreach. Workshops included Social Media Do's & Don'ts, Tack Safety, Arena Rules, A Guide to Fundraising, Helmet Safety, Equine Health & Nutrition for the Collegiate Polo Pony and a Skilz & Drilz session. Each team representative met with staff during one-on-one consultations broken into club overview, fundraising and social media. Club overview focused on each club's structure, finances and issues or concerns the club is facing, as well as USPA support and guidance. Fundraising broke down each club's fundraising plans for the year, and staff worked with them on developing their plan, getting the most out of their fundraiser and how they can apply for the USPA I/I fundraising grant. In the social media breakout sessions, teams were walked through specific items on their social media and given suggestions to engage more followers, grow the community around their social media and how to better reach their audience in a positive light. Included in the weekend of events was a tack safety demonstration provided by the Tackeria and mallet basics by Tatos Mallets. The event wrapped up with a Skilz & Drilz session held at the new College polo 101 The Tackeria taught students about tack safety. USPA I/I Tournament Manager Emily Dewey, Anna MacCarthy (UCONN), Kyliegh Cummings (UMICH), Marietta De Julio (GWU), Hannah Smith (UT), Robson MacCartney (UARK), Isabel Brinck (OSU), Charlie Caldwell (USC-AIKEN), Abi McVaney (TEXAS STATE), Hiram Gandara (TTECH), USPA I/I Program Coordinator Ali Davidge and USPA I/I Program Director Amy Fraser

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