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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24 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Active middle school league includes 10 tournaments BY EMILY DEWEY P icking up this fall for its second year, the USPA I/I Middle School Tournaments have increased in every way possible. Ten tournaments were held across the country from Connecticut to Hawaii, hosting over 70 players from grades 5-8. Each player enters the tournament as an individual and teams are created by the host- site tournament committee. In addition to tournament winners, four All-Stars, one sportsman and a best playing pony are named at each tournament. Check out the re-caps below to see how the teams near you faired! Lakeside Polo Club In a round-robin format, the team of Emerson Bond, Benjamin Faherty, and Troy Wakefield was victorious over all other teams in the southern California tournament. Benjamin Faherty, Brynja Rotscheck, Trent Wakefield, and Troy Wakefield were named All-Stars, and Roque Sarmiento was chosen for the sportsmanship award. Benjamin Faherty's Manzanita was selected as Best Playing Pony. Yale Polo & Equestrian Center In Saturday's first rounds, both Team Teclita and Team Tecate prevailed over Team Luna and Team Wind River. The consolation game saw Team Luna top Team Wind River, while the final was a close game with Team Teclita (Gaston Gomez, Luke Howe and Jonathan Wallace) edging out Team Tecate. Kaya Brownell, Sophia DeAngelis, Luke Howe and Saralyn Painter were named as All- Stars, while Sophia DeAngelis was selected for the sportsmanship award. Saralyn Painter's Armana was named Best Playing Pony. Maryland Polo Club Drumcliffe Grey's Madison Jordan, Nahla Thomas and Jeannie Velasquez bested all competition in the four-team tournament. Marisol Jimenez, Brianna Jordan, Madison Jordan and Rory Knox were named to the All-Star team and Nahla Thomas was selected as the sportsmanship award recipient. Marlan Farm's Roscoe was selected Best Playing Pony. Gardnertown Polo Club In a four-team tournament, Sami Iahn, Saralyn Painter, Trey Ramirez and Tween time Arizona Wildcats' Emerson Bond, Troy Wakefield and Benjamin Faherty won at Lakeside Polo Club. Team Teclita's Gaston Gomez, Jonathan Wallace and Luke Howe won at Yale Polo & Equestrian. Drumcliffe Grey's Jeannie Velasquez, Nahla Thomas and Madison Jordan won at Maryland. Gardnertown's Sami Iahn, Saralyn Painter and Daniell Scott (Trey Ramirez not pictured)

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