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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P O L O R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 49 The next C Flight match was OC Polo (Joanna Faulkner, Lauren Helpern, Sy Zahedi, Blake Bertea, Colleen Newton, Clare Boals) prevailing over CPC (Maritza Johnson, Cara Stechmann, Nora Kahn). Johnson took the sportsmanship award, Bertea was MVP and Stechmann's Danny was Best Playing Pony. The final match featured LA Training Center (Frank Li, Laura Mommicchi, Rob Marshall) taking on 3M's (Martin Perez, Monica Soucy, Marco Meier). 3M was unbeatable with Meier as MVP. Mommicchi's Garota, was Best Playing Pony and Li was best sportsman. The weekend tournament marked the end of the PCAL tournament season. The year-end award banquet ceremony was hosted by California Polo club on October 21 (See page 21). —Kelli Newton HARBOR HOUSE ACES USPA MASTERS CUP IN CA Harbor House, led by MVP Erik Wright, topped a six-team roster to win the silver in the 0-6 goal USPA Masters Cup at Cerro Pampa Polo Club in Petaluma, California, Aug. 24-25. The tournament is also known as the Oyster Cup. Harbor House (Wright, Megan Judge, Rafael Hernandez, Edmond Jin) got off to a great start, edging Tevis Ranch (Richard Mansfield, Hassan Khan, Micheal Dawson/ Rebecca Clark, Sohrab Darakshan) 4- 1, then tying PoloSF/ Papa Polo (Leandro Floccari, Vladimir Rivkin, Linda Vegher, Erin Nagle) 3-3 to advance to the final. The other finalist was Mother Chukkers (Ignacio Del Tour, Suzannah P. Forbes, Oliver Jin, Michael Mizrahi), which tied with Pedras Wine (Marcial Seguno Sag, Will Harris, Jason Valdez, Akinayo Sotomi) 3-3, then defeated JRD Saddlery (Collin White, Mehrdad Baghai, Gregory LeBlanc, Jack Ziegler), 3-1. Other preliminary matches included Papa Polo downing Tevis Ranch 4-2, JRD Saddlery edging Pedras Wine 3-2, Tevis Ranch slipping Pedras Wine 6-5 and Papa Polo defeating JRD Saddlery 6-4. In the final, Harbor House got the best of Mother Chukkers. Wright went home with the bulk of the trophies. Aside from MVP, his Gatita was named Best Playing Pony. FMB DOMINATES WICKENDEN CUP Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club culminated its fall tournament season with a busy early October weekend with 8 goal, ladies polo and pro pool. The four-team USPA Wickenden Cup was played with a single elimination format. UCLA (Remy Muller/Claudia Uretz, Joel Baker, JW Hall, Matt Walker) and Farmers & Merchants Bank (Dan Walker, Warwick Prendiville, Santi Wulff, Matt Yonally) beat Barrossa/STG (Jack Zeigler, Jef Graham, Max Menini, Francisco Guinazu) and Klentner Ranch (Bayne Bossom, Luke Klentner, Jesse Bray, Piers Bossom), respectively, in the first round played on Saturday to put UCLA up against Farmers & Merchants Bank in the final. Prendiville played his best game of the season, scoring three goals from the field and earning MVP honors. His aggressive offensive efforts pulled Farmers & Merchants Bank forward as he consistently received passes from Wulff and carried the ball downfield. Wulff added five goals to the tally and Walker scored two. FMB dominated the field from the first throw-in, driving the score to 5-1 after two chukkers of play. UCLA fought to defend against the strong momentum carried by FMB. Two penalty conversions by UCLA brought the score to 6-2 at halftime. The match continued to tilt in favor of FMB throughout the second half. Muller stepped in for UCLA, breaking up the strong forward push of FMB. Walker and Yonally continued to Central Coast Polo's Claire English, MVP Petra Teixeira and Taylor Olcott won a B Flight round robin in the PCAL. Harbor House's Megan Judge, Rafael Hernandez, Edmond Jin and MVP Erik Wright won the Masters Cup in California.

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