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 33 Clarkin out for two minutes, providing Midland with a pivotal opportunity for two penalty conversions. Dayelle Fargey and Smith perfectly executed both penalties to gain the lead. The teams traded goals once more in the third to end the chukker, 3-2, Midland holding a narrow advantage. BTA equalized the score but an offensive push by Midland Polo Club enabled Izzy Parsons to score back-to-back goals, sealing the 5-3 win. The highest level of women's polo in the country, teams were rapidly formulating their final strategies following their qualifying matches. The women's Open has been played at Houston for the past eight years. It will move to International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, in 2019 and will be played in the spring rather than the fall. In the U.S. Open Women's Handicap, nine teams filled the roster in the single- elimination tournament. With the rain forcing the matches to be played in the arena, four-man teams were paired down to three-man teams. The change meant the tournament no longer qualified as a USPA event. The first-round games were played on Nov. 7 with Stick and Ball topping Icon Global 10-8; Sullivan Group topping Texas Monthly 10-6; EEW Steel Trading defeating Bearsden 15-6; and Woody's Furs edging W-S Horse Farm 7-1 and Listo Polo/Kanthaka 3½-2 in a round robin. In the semifinals played two days later, EEW Steel Trading defeated Stick & Ball 10-8 and Sullivan Group edged Woody's Furs 14-13 in a shootout. In the final, Sullivan Group (Joanie Jackson, Marissa Wells, Kelly Wells, Megan Rahlfs) got the best of EEW Steel Trading (Roxy Mounter, Cara Kennedy, Kendall Plank, Hazel Jackson), 13-11. The mother-daughter duo of Kelly and Marissa Wells were fresh off their U.S. Women's Arena Open victory. Marissa Wells was named MVP and Nikita, owned by Nick Cifuni and played by Marissa Wells was Best Playing Pony professional. Best Playing Pony amateur went to Jackie, owned and played by Megan Rahlfs. AQHA Best Playing Pony awards went to Cash, owned and played by Carol Farnsworth and Taxi, owned and played by Kendall Plank. In the subsidiary semifinals, Listo Polo/Kanthaka defeated Icon Global 13-4 and Texas Monthly defeated Bearsden 8-6 and W-S Horse Farm 6-1½. In the subsidiary final, Listo Polo/Kanthaka defeated Texas Monthly 11-7. Women's Open BTA: 26 Chrys Beal 3 KC Krueger 7 Nina Clarkin 10 Lucy Coddington 6 Midland: 20 Molly Smith 3 Tiamo Hudspeth 5 Dayelle Fargey 6 Isabelle Parsons 6 Rocking P: 22/23 Courtney Price/Bridget Price 3/2 Lottie Lamacraft 5 Hazel Jackson 9 Tiva Gross 6 San Saba: 26 Dawn Jones 6 Mia Bray 4 Sarah Wiseman 8 Lia Salvo 8

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