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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38 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Lauren Biddle 1996-2018 T he polo community is mourning the loss of rising young star Lauren Mikaila Biddle. The tragic, sudden death of Lauren Biddle, who was working in New Zealand, came as a shock to those who knew and loved her. She was allegedly found unresponsive at a home in the early morning hours of Oct. 22 in the seaside suburb of Clifton, just outside Sumner. According to news reports, when paramedics arrived, a friend was performing CPR on her to no avail. At press time, an investigation into her death was continuing. In the meantime, her family held a Celebration of Life Nov. 18 in Wellington, Florida with hundreds of friends and family. Prior to going to New Zealand, Biddle had been in Australia competing in the Queensland Ladies Spring Tournament at Ainsley Polo in Australia. She had planned to stay in New Zealand playing and training horses until March. Biddle is the daughter of Tommy Biddle and Yvette Biddle. A third- generation polo player, Lauren caught the polo bug early in life. She was a natural horsewoman and, having grown up around the barn, she was a true lover of not just horses, but all animals. She also always had a love for elephants. She learned to ride shortly after learning to walk. She began in the Junior polo program at an early age, starting in the lead-line division aboard her dun paint pony Lollipop, who doubled as her show pony. As she got older, she played polo in the summers and concentrated on showing hunters and jumpers during the winter. As an UNITED STATES POLO ASSOCIATION

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