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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Prize Possessions, offer an exclusive bene- fit available to all members and clubs. Each company is offering a 50 percent dis- count on listed prices for trophies. Please email the contact person listed below to request a discount. Sterling Cut Glass www.sterlingcutglass.com Contact: Hayley Hill Email: hhill@sterlingcutglass.com Prize Possessions www.prizepossessions.com Contact: Nick Tedeschi Email: nickt@prizepossessions.com Youth Olympic Games The United States Polo Association and U.S. Polo Assn. proudly supported four youth players as they traveled south of the equator to the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires, host of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in October. The Youth Olympic Games serve as an innovative platform in testing new disciplines. Being accepted as a showcase sport is a step for- ward for polo as it positions itself for another Olympic bid in the future. The Argentine Polo Association organized a week-long program in conjunction with the Youth Olympic Games Committee to highlight the sport of polo and provide a training opportunity for international junior polo players. Grayson Price, Grant Palmer, Grace Mudra and Winston Painter attended the 2018 Youth Olympic Games proudly wear- ing gear from U.S. Polo Assn., the official apparel supplier for the event. Coached by Lucas Criado and Santiago Trotz, test matches in Pilar and Buenos Aires led up to the showcase game on Oct. 7 on Palermo's Field 1. Demonstrating the international reach of polo, junior com- petitors from 10 countries including the United States, Colombia, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, England, Scotland, Aus- tralia, Argentina, Pakistan and Switzer- land mounted up for the exhibition match. "I have learned so much, not only about polo but the different cultures involved in polo. And getting to come together with people from these different countries was an amazing experience that I am so grateful to have had," Mudra said. "I had a blast the entire trip. We played together a few times as a team and also got to mix it up with players from other coun- tries," said Price. In addition to time spent in the saddle, Adolfo Cambiaso and the Pieres family opened up their farms for the group of young play- ers to get a glimpse of the inner workings of a high-goal operation and breeding program. Painter enjoyed every aspect of the trip, and was especially thrilled to tour Ellerstina and La Dolfina. "The trip as a whole has made me come to appreciate the sport so much more. To see this side of profes- sional polo was truly sensational. My favorite part was definitely getting to visit Ellerstina and La Dolfina. Getting to see players and horses of that caliber was unforgettable." The kids attended other events includ- ing the Tortugas Open final, lectures from Diego Uranga and Eduardo "Ruso" Heguy and a tour of the Olympic village. "We had a lot of fun every day and the group got along really well," said Palmer. "I was able to meet and become friends with a lot of young players from around the world that I would have never met otherwise." The official bid for polo to join the extensive list of Olympic games for Tokyo 2020 was not accepted, but Argentine Polo Association President Eduardo Novil- lo Astrada is confident polo is going in the right direction to be accepted as an Olympic sport in the future. "This is a great little window that is open and we need to get the best out of it. It's something very good for our sport and our country. We are going to work hard to be in international sports events and if, at some point, we get to be [in the Olympic games] that would be great," he said. Published by the United States Polo Association Offices at 9011 Lake Worth Rd. Lake Worth, Florida 33467 (800) 232-USPA Chairman: Chip Campbell President: Tony Coppola Secretary: Stewart Armstrong Treasurer: Sam Ramirez Chief Executive Officer: Robert Puetz POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 7 USA's Grace Mudra, center, met players from all over the world. USA's Grace Mudra, Winston Painter, Grayson Price and Grant Palmer played in the Youth Olympic Games on Palermo's Field No. 1 in Argentina. ARGENTINE POLO ASSOCIATION ARGENTINE POLO ASSOCIATION

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