Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 11 Participating in the Thoroughbred Makeover consecutively for the last three years, Buck Schott won his first year, competing in 2016 on Pound Cake (Strong Angel), a mare repurposed from New Vocations. "It's not just an excellent program, but as a trainer, participating in the Thoroughbred Makeover forces you to buckle down and develop your horse to reach a certain point," Buck said. "Just by doing this competition the horse will be at least three months ahead of schedule for the winter season." Identifying the inherent strengths and suitability of the Thoroughbred horse, the Schotts continue to integrate promising young prospects into their training facility, producing quality ponies for the advancement of the sport. Now concentrating his energy towards revitalizing the Midstates Circuit, Schott hopes to spark the circulation of players from club to club. Posing a challenge for the region—encompassing Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and part of Canada—is the relatively far distance between clubs and decreasing membership, which has hindered travel across the circuit. "I want to see if we can start a new tournament series, following the concept that we had in place 20 years ago," Schott said. "We had a host center and clubs would travel for one or two weekends to compete against each other. I'd like to use both Detroit Polo Club and Lexington Polo Association as host centers to get people to travel and replicate this in the summer." In addition to member clubs, Schott wants to generate the same emphasis on travel with the Middle School League and interscholastic teams within the circuit. Echoing his father's sentiments, Buck also expressed the need for the larger clubs in the Midstates to invite smaller clubs for a weekend of affordable polo. "If the host club makes it more appealing with reasonable green fees and economic stabling, then people will be much more likely to come," Buck said. "My dad usually has common sense and realistic ideas, and I think the creation of tournament host clubs could be a much needed way to bring people and clubs together. We need to put the fun and friendship back into polo. In Sarasota and here in the Midstates, polo will thrive as a family tradition." If you'd like to get in contact with Trey about your club he can be reached at rmfhorses@msn.com. Buck and Trey at the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover in Lexington, Kentucky, with Buck's winning mare, Pound Cake. Elaine, Callie, Buck and Trey Schott enjoyed some time at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. The entire family is involved in horses. Elaine and Callie train and compete with hunters and jumpers, while Buck and Trey focus on polo ponies.

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