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 54 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Playing Pony. Later in the summer, Anderson Commercial (Abby Jones, Meg Campos, Donald Nickou, Juan Valerdi) edged Commonwealth Black (Meghan Shader, Willie Jumez, Joe Post, Jorge Vasquez) in the Noches de Polo. Valerdi found the goal first but Post and Shader responded to give Commonwealth Black the narrow edge. A two-pointer by Campos briefly put Anderson Commercial on top. Jumez scored and a two-pointer by Vasquez gave Commonwealth the 5-3 advantage at the half. The action heated up in the second half. Valerdi scored a hat trick and Nickou added another. Shader and Post responded, combining for three goals to get back on top, 8-7. In the final period, Jones scored two in a row to put Anderson on top. Nickou increased the lead before Jumez tallied twice, leveling the score at 10-all. With time ticking away, Valerdi scored the golden goal to give Anderson the 11-10 lead. Jones was named MVP and Abeja was named Best Playing Pony. JD POLO TOPS GOVERNORS CUP On an overcast and cloudy Oct. 7, four teams met at the Central Texas Polo Association's Two Wishes polo facility in Lockhart, Texas, to play the opening matches of the SW Circuit's Central Region Governor's Cup qualifier. The first game had Kanthara (Sylvia Kampshoff, Cuatro Tolson, Phillip Kampshoff, Ariel Rodriguez) taking on McAllen (Morgan Tennant, Nacho Estrada, Lalo Ramirez, Juan Gonzalez). The match started after a short delay due to lighting within five miles. Sylvia Kampshoff was the first to score with what was the only goal of the chukker after a long run. In the second chukker, both teams put points on the board, with McAllen scoring two and Kanthara adding three more. After a long halftime and another storm delay the game continued with McAllen adding one and Kanthara adding two more. The final chukker had McAllen playing hard and adding two more goals while holding Kanthara to one goal. Kanthara's 7-5½ win earned it a place in the final on Sunday. The second game was between JD Polo (Taylor Morris, Max Beuck, Agustin Arrayago, Thomas Phelps) and Texas Military (Joshua Rodriguez, Gal Shweiki, Karl Hilberg, Glen Voorhees). In a rout, JD polo, led by its high-scorer Thomas Phelps, defeated Texas Military 7-0. As the game ended, the rain resumed, putting in doubt if Day 2 of S O U T H W E S T E R N JD Polo's Taylor Morrison Austin, Max Beuck, Agustin Arrayago and Thomas Phelps won the Governors Cup qualifier in Texas. Anderson Commercial's Meg Campos, Abby Jones and Donald Nickou won Noches de Polo. Juan Valerdi is not shown. ANDY MAHR/MAHRIMAGES.COM Kanthara's Ariel Rodriguez gets off a backshot under pressure from JD Polo's Taylor Morrison Austin in the final of the Governors Cup qualifier at Two Wishes in Texas. ANDY MAHR/MAHRIMAGES.COM

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