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 13 improving our polo or getting us into this sport. Be that person to someone else who wants to learn or improve their game. Loan a horse or horses to a young play- er so they can practice with you; take time to work with a beginner on their riding or their shots; encourage a lesser player with positive comments; or invite a new mem- ber to play with you in a tournament. We need to grow the sport and we want to be encouraging and helping new players so they stay in polo. It will make you feel good too and those newer players will probably rise to the occasion. I will help my polo club Help organize a youth tournament, announce, time games when you can or learn to umpire. The easiest thing to do to help the sport is take a minute at the end of a game to chat with a spectator, let them get a photo of their family with your pony, invite them back again and thank them for coming out to watch polo. Vol- unteer on a USPA committee that needs people with your experience or skill set. I will set goals What is the big tournament you really want to win? Who will your team be? How can you prepare you and your hors- es towards this goal? You will need some games and tournaments to get you ready for the "big one" so get a plan together now. Take a look at the handicap changes and plan your team. Evaluate your string. Are they appropriate to achieve your goals? Are any ready for an easier job or do any need to be retired? (You can donate them to an I/I program and fulfill (continued on page 59) Help someone that is interested in learning more about the sport by giving your time, loaning a horse or organizing a clinic. @USPOLOASSN | USPOLO.ORG T his Year #LIVEAUTHENTICALLY

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