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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P O L O S C E N E N E W S • N O T E S • T R E N D S • Q U O T E S 18 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N FAIR GAME College fairs, matches held on both coasts T HE SIXTH PTF EAST COAST COLLEGE FAIR was held Sept. 29, at the PTF-owned Hickox Field in Old Westbury, New York. After, an interscholastic match was held at Bob Ceparano's Country Farms arena in Medford, New York. Nine college coaches and representatives from Cornell, Colorado State, UConn, Kentucky, Oregon State, Skidmore, Texas A&M, Virginia and Yale explained their programs to many high school and middle school students from all over the Eastern half of the U.S., as well as an exchange student from China, who had just played his first chukker. Brandon Alcott from Oregon State also provided information for West Coast schools. Each school had a table and coaches interviewed the students individually or in small groups. Students and parents were thrilled by the opportunity to scope out so many college programs at one event. The coaches were excited to meet students with an interest in their programs and appreciated the opportunity to speak with younger students about how important it was to achieve good academic standing in order to play polo in college. For the second year, the PTF- sponsored a West Coast College Fair in October at the Santa Barbara Training Center in Carpinteria, California. This gave exposure to the Western schools and also was a great opportunity for players to learn about college programs and to get to know the coaches. Representatives came from Cal Poly, UCSB, USC, Oregon State, Cornell, U.Va., and Westmont. There was also material distributed from Skidmore, and Alcott was helpful with information from Stanford, Idaho, Montana and Washington State. Afterward, the kids competed in a match game at the training center. After learning about the different college polo programs, students attending the West Coast College Fair in Carpinteria, California, played a match game at the training center. Middle and high-school students had opportunities to speak with the nine coaches on hand at the East Coast College Fair in Long Island, New York.

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