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 50 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N capitalize on the momentum created by teammates Prendiville and Wulff, ending the game with a final score, 10-4. Wulff's Soledad was Best Playing Pony. In the Ladies Invitational, Central Coast Polo defeated Stick & Ball Co., 6- 3, in an exciting final played on the main field. The Central Coast team featured a mix of local players including Megan Judge, Cory Williams, Danielle Travis and Hanna Heitzig. The team's first match against Sotheby's (Kirsten Ludwig, Melanja Jones, Dayelle Fargey, Jessica Dubin) ended in a tie after regulation play and the fate of its standing was laid in the hands of Travis on the penalty line. After winning the penalty shootout, Central Coast focused on its next opponent, Stick & Ball Co. (Elizabeth Welborn, Leigh Brecheen, Kendall Plank, Mia Bray), that had defeated Team Jack Maher (Geneva Kashnig, Roxy Keyfauver, Michelle Huber, Erin Brittin) in first-round play. Central Coast team's strategy seemed reminiscent of an arena game, with each player following behind a teammate. It proved to be successful as a majority of its goals were scored when a Central Coast player picked up a loose ball that popped out from a defensive scrum. Travis was awarded MVP. Best Playing Pony honors went to Chicory, owned by Leigh Brecheen. In the consolation final, Sotheby's defeated Jack Maher Polo. The fall pro pool season came to a close with Marshall Allen earning the most wins throughout the fall season. The pro pool is one of the most popular and fun leagues for amateur players to compete in at the polo club. The following weekend, World Gym (Melanja Jones, Claudia Uretz, Tony Uretz and Tom Shurman) came away the ultimate winner of the Last Chance Tournament, named after the Last Chance Bar in Big Horn, Wyoming. The tournament is the last hoorah of the grass season. Eight teams comprised of players from across California and beyond showed up to compete. With a horse show taking place on the grounds and a lively asado on Saturday night, there was plenty of activity to close out the season. The teams were divided into two playoff brackets, with the winners advancing to a four-team round-robin final. The winner of the first two chukkers and the winner of the third and fourth chukkers played against each other in the final seventh and eighth chukkers to determine the winner of the tournament. On Saturday, Ask Abby (Andrea Rodriguez, Dayelle Fargey, Nico Piex, Luke Klentner) defeated Continental Polo (Torrey Ripinsky, Troy Crumley, Domingo Questel, Erin Brittin); Pacific Polo Tour ( A. Nordheimer, R. Varavetta, Matias Doom, Antonio Juarez) defeated Brisa Mare (De Meyer, Lolo Payan, Kirsten Ludwig, Jaime Stone); HYT Polo (Ernie Ezcurra, Alexis Payan, Gustavo De Grieff, Richie Merluza) defeated Sandalford (Andrew Broeren, Matteo de Paolis, Warwick Prendiville, Sheryl Sick); and World Gym advanced by defeating LV Polo (Soheil Goel, Jessica Dubin, Juan Gonzalez, Riley Jordan). After defeating HYT Polo, World Gym faced Pacific Polo Tour for a competitive final two chukkers, dubbed the "Ultimate Final." The exemplary teamwork displayed by World Gym set the foursome apart. Pacific Polo Tour had the benefit of one of the highest- rated players in the tournament, but Melanja Jones and Claudia Uretz shut down his attempts at an offensive rally. Combined with the efforts of Tony Uretz and Tom Sherman, World Gym pushed ahead, relying on each other to keep the ball moving forward. World Gym focused on scoring one goal at a time, and its strategy paid off as the teammates rode off the field with megawatt smiles. Canuela, played by Melanja Jones and owned by Central Coast Polo Club, was awarded Best Playing Pony. MVP Tony Uretz had the privilege of playing and winning alongside his mother. He said, "The best part of this Last Chance Tournament wasn't winning, or even winning MVP, but rather being able to play polo with Farmers & Merchants Bank's Matt Yonally, Dan Walker, MVP Warwick Prendiville and Santi Wulff won the Wickendon Cup. Paige Beard presents trophies to Central Coast's Hanna Heitzig, Danielle Travis, Cory Williams and Megan Judge. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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