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 19 T HIS PTF IS MAKING plans for its 2019 clinics and tournaments. Last summer, the PTF joined University of Virginia to host two interscholastic clinics and tournaments. The first was held in July with 14 participants guided by instructors Robert Lyn Kee Chow, Bill Matheson, Lou Lopez and Danny Scheraga. They were assisted by new Virginia barn manager and PTF Daniel J. Wallace Jr. PTF Intercollegiate Player of the Year Jessica Schmitt, Cale Newman, Jack McLean and Jim Deal. The players were put through lessons in polo equitation, hitting skills and strategic gamesmanship. They also reviewed video and scrimmaged two chukkers daily. The second clinic-tournament combination was held in August with 30 participants. The action began midday Thursday and finished midday Saturday. The new PTF National Junior Board first met in March 2018. The board is comprised of young players across the U.S. who have an interest in supporting PTF programs to help young players. One of their first recommendations was to begin an annual interscholastic arena clinic and tournament on the West Coast, similar to the highly-successful clinics the PTF co-sponsors at the Virginia Polo Center. The first clinic and tournament was held in June at the Santa Barbara Training Center in Carpinteria, California. Former 10-goal arena player Joe Henderson was a tremendous help instructing, along with the father-son duo of Danny and Jeff Scheraga. Martin Peres and Blue Bannister were the outstanding student players in the group. To reserve your spot for the 2019 Virginia clinics and tournaments, contact the Virginia Polo Center (434) 979-0293. To reserve your spot for the West Coast clinics and tournaments contact the PTF (888) PTF-POLO. EXTRA CREDIT Clinics and tournaments planned for 2019 PTF Executive Director Danny Scheraga, far left, and UVA coach Lou Lopez, far right, hosted 30 students at their second clinic and tournament in Virginia in August.

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