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 47 Mountain View was the winner with 18 total goals. Pinksburgh was runner- up with nine goals and Flaming Flamingos was just behind with eight goals. Akemi Tinder was named MVP and Windy, Laura Goddard's chestnut Appaloosa, was Best Playing Pony. ALIANO REALTY IS OPEN ARENA CHAMP Country Farms Polo and Equestrian Center in Medford, New York, hosted the prestigious U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship, Sept. 29, with two 12- goal teams competing. Aliano Realty (Nick Aliano, Pedro Gutierrez, Esteban Scott) took on Hart Agency (Agustin Bottaro, Fausto Trino, Juan Redlich). The Hart Agency held a one-goal advantage, 4-3, after the first seven minutes thanks to the hot stick of Bottaro, who tallied three times including a two-pointer. Gutierrez scored twice for Aliano and Scott added one. Aliano shot back in the second chukker with Scott sinking two goals, including a two-pointer, and a pony kicking the ball into the mark while Hart came up empty for a 7-4 Aliano lead at the half. Aliano was awarded a Penalty 1 in the third chukker and Scott sunk a Penalty 4. Redlich matched the goals to keep Hart in the game, 9-6. The last period had Bottaro sink a pair of Penalty 2s, but Gutierrez had the answer with a Penalty 2 and a field goal for the 11-8 win. Scott was honored a MVP and Gutierrez's Polito was Best Playing Pony. MANY WINNERS IN PCAL AT OC POLO Orange County Polo Club in Silverado, California, hosted its first tournament at its new location, Sept. 15-16. The tournament was part of the Pacific Coast Arena League, featuring cooperation between various clubs throughout the summer all playing for year-end high-point awards. Nineteen teams competed at Orange County from several southern California polo clubs including Central Coast, Lakeside, California and Poway. The first match was an exciting B Flight round robin between Central Coast Polo (Taylor Olcott, Claire English, Petra Teixeira), OC Polo (Bekah Segien, Andy Perkins, Kelli Newton, Heather Perkins) and Lakeside Girls (Paige Kufahl, Kylie Kufahl, Thalia Postins, Franchesca Johanneson). All three teams fought hard but Central Coast came out on top. Teixeira took MVP, Postins won best sportsmanship and Newton's speedy little pony, Dublin, won Best Playing Pony. Game two (also B Flight) pitted Bush League (Quinn Kyle, Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson) against Lakeside P A C I F I C C O A S T N O R T H E A S T E R N P O L O R E P O R T Flaming Flamingos takes on Pinksburgh for second place honors in the Karen Carra Memorial Women's Tournament. Aliano Realty's Pedro Gutierrez, Nick Aliano and Esteban Scott won the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship. DEBRA NAPP Aliano Realty's Esteban Scott manages to reach the ball while being covered by Hart Agency's Johnny Redlich in the U.S. Open Arena Championship in New York. STEPHEN ECONOMOU

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