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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28 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N posthumously with the Philip Iglehart Award. A second generation polo enthusiast, Armstrong played and won his first tournament in 1937, starting a career that saw him reach a 6-goal handicap and spanned 65 years. During that time he served the USPA as Southwest circuit governor during the 1950s and was vice-chairman from 1960 to 1962. Some of his biggest contributions to polo were his inf luence and the example of sportsmanship and good character he set for generations of players both on and off the field. He guided them with tips on horsemanship, team play and general good advice. Armstrong helped organize polo across South Texas and put on a number of special events to benefit others, among them a match with Prince Charles, a special match to honor Cecil Smith and an international match between the USA and Spain at Retama. He took teams to England, Pakistan and Guatamala. He was, in a manner, a lifelong ambassador of polo. Mr Polo Horses to Remember Memo Gracida's memorable old war horse, Mr. Polo, who more than lived up to his name, recently died at the age of 35. Playing in his first U.S. Open at age 4, the magnificent chestnut Thoroughbred gelding played with heart for Gracida through over 10 years of high-goal polo. He played two chukkers under Gracida in each of eight U.S. Opens wins. He earned many Karlene Beal Garber Mr. Polo with Memo Gracida

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