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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American team takes subsidiary Bernard Uechtritz's Icon Global Group sponsored the Icon Global team in the Women's French Open. Uechtritz explained the reason behind it was to promote the Women's International Polo Network (see page 34) with a team competing against some of the top female players in the region, across Europe and from around the world. The team included Argentine 9- goaler Lia Salvo, American 4-goaler Slaney O'Hanlon, up-and-coming 2- goaler Olivia Uechtritz and polo- obsessed actress and supermodel Sonia Couling, a 0-goaler from Thailand. Bernard Uechtritz explained that in the team's first match, fresh off the plane, it fell short by four goals against Engel & Volkers-Why Not, a team captained by an aggressive and well- horsed Hazel Jackson. The teammates than adjusted to each other and the foreign horses to come out firing against Vernet Paris, soundly beating it, 12-2. The next game was for a spot in the final, with the team facing its biggest challenge yet. It took on the 16-goal DS Automobiles team captained by the No. 1 female player in the world, 10-goal Nina Clarkin. The match played on the No. 1 field at Chantilly Polo Club was fast-paced, action-packed and played at a very high caliber as both teams exhibited strategy, drive and passion. Bernard Uechtritz said the team remained hopeful as it entered the final chukker down by just a goal. However, several high-pressure runs to goal by Salvo and Olivia Uechtritz barely missed the posts and penalty opportunities went unconverted while Clarkin sealed the win for DS Automobiles with two additional goals. Icon redeemed itself in the subsidiary as it edged Shu Uemure-Bella Matata, 6-4. "Icon Global was and is really proud to help support the initial awareness and fundraising campaign of WIPN. In my opinion, it is a very important initiative, launched at a critical and appropriate time both in culture and in context of the overall development of polo. I know firsthand that Dawn Jones and the founding group of WIPN gals have all worked extremely hard to action a great vision that I believe will continue to lead, grow and morph into something really stable and significant for polo," said Bernard Uechtritz. "The short version of our French team's performance was exemplary, first class and nothing short of professional all round, and all these ladies held the banner high for both ICON and WIPN on and off the field." 44 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Icon Global's Sonia Couling, Olivia Uechtritz, Slaney O'Hanlon and Lia Salvo took the subsidiary over Shu Uemure-Bella Matata. The team is being sponsored by Bernard Uechtritz's Icon Global Group to promote the Women's International Polo Network. Lia Salvo gets out front in Icon Global's first match against Engel & Volkers-Why Not. Fresh off the plane, Icon Global fell in this match but defeated Vernet Paris, 12-2, in its next match. EVELINA JAKOVLEVSKAJA EVELINA JAKOVLEVSKAJA

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