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 55 the tournament would be played. With only a little rain overnight, the field managers cleared the field for play. The consolation match was between Texas Military and McAllen. Again, Texas Military lost in a landslide as McAllen scored two goals in both the first and second chukkers and one in the third to win 5-0. For the championship, JD Polo took on Kanthara in a hard-fought match where the final score would not reflect the play by both teams. First points on the board included a Penalty 1 and a converted midfield penalty, both in favor of JD Polo. Philipp Kampshoff then converted a Penalty 3 to put his team on the board, but Arrayago's third score of the chukker kept JD Polo ahead. The second chukker was all JD Polo as it kept Kanthara scoreless while Arrayago and Phelps added three more goals. Phelps scored a beauty of a backshot when Arrayago shot at goal only to have Sylvia Kampshoff block the shot out to the right of goal. Just when it looked like Kanthara would run with the ball, Phelps hit a the backshot across and through the goal posts. Starting the third chukker, JD Polo was leading 6-1. Kanthara tried to stop the bleeding, playing strong defense and it was working. Philipp Kampshoff scored the only goal with a Penalty 4. The defensive battle continued into the final chukker. Philipp Kampshoff narrowed the deficit to three, 6-3, but Beuck matched it to increase the spread, 7-3, and ensure the win. JD Polo's Thomas Phelps was MVP. Kanthara didn't go home empty handed as Phillip Kampshoff's Soberana was Best Playing Pony and Cuatro Tolson was Best Sportsman. The results will be recorded in the USPA Blue Book. Thanks to all the supporters who ensured a great weekend of polo, including Robin Sanchez, Karl Hilberg, Holly Wood, Javier Insua, John Greening, Two Wishes Ranch and event sponsors South Padre Island Polo Club and Pud Nieto. NAVY CLINCHES PATTON CUP IN HAWAII The Honolulu Polo Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, hosted the Gen. George S. Patton Cup, Sept. 21. The club's tradition of honoring the area's military culture and horse legacy comes alive each season with its Military Challenge Tournament, played this year as the Patton Cup. For a quarter century, it has celebrated Hawaii's polo legacy with a tournament honoring polo greats, such as Gen. Patton, who played in Hawaii in the 1930s as a major with the infantry at Schofield Barracks. Some say it was the Golden Age of polo. The Army and military moved by horseback and every accomplished officer found it almost a requirement to play this ancient sport. In fact, polo was introduced to the area in 1880 by a group of British naval officers off the HMS Gannett following a deployment to Asia. Traditionally, given the historical rivalry between the Army and Navy, the matches have usually been between those two. This year, the club was able to field a match between Navy and Air Force teams. Navy included Sydni Tobin, Blandon Pitzel, Sarah Miller and Ronnie Tongg, while Air Force included Khai Agon, Mark Becker, Christine Devlin, Rebecca Johnson and Cristina Pitzel. Naval Reserve Capt. Blandon Pitzel captained the Navy team while Devlin, a retired Air Force major, captained the Air Force crew. Navy prevailed 4-1 in a spirited match, not reflected by the score. The match was preceded by loud, raucous noise from special guests in attendance off the Navy ship USS Preble and fans supporting the Air Force. SPENCER SMITH Spencer Smith was born on May 23, 1963 and grew up alongside his three brothers on a family grain farm outside of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Spencer first found his love for horses when visiting his uncle's cattle farm nestled in the Speedy Creek Hills. Spencer convinced his three brothers to pitch in to buy a pony, named Duke, who never missed an opportunity to kick at a passerby or spill whichever rider was on his back. Nevertheless, Spencer's passion for horses grew strongly from then on. Upon graduating with a degree in commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, Spencer first took a seven-month trip to Australia to ride horses on a cattle station at which he happily logged many hours in the saddle. He returned home and in 1987, Spencer's work selling x-ray contrast media brought him to Winnipeg where he was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Blake McClarty, a radiologist. McClarty introduced Spencer to the incredible H A W A I I A N I S L A N D S O B I T U A R I E S Navy's Sydni Tobin, Blandon Pitzel, Sarah Miller and Ronnie Tongg won the Gen. George S. Patton Cup in Hawaii.

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