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 R E P O R T 54 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N the field. Ending the first with a single Penalty 2 conversion by KC Krueger, BTA's one-goal lead was short-lived in the face of Ghurka's powerful advance throughout the remainder of the first half. Nailing an impressive 40-yeard cut shot, Cody Ellis scored back-to-back goals in the second on the heels of teammate Brad Mallet. Entering the third chukker down by one, BTA's Rob Stenzel made his first goal off a pass from KC Krueger, but Ellis retaliated with three consecutive goals of his own to widen the gap. Stick and balling his fifth goal of the game across his opponent's end line, Ellis doubled up the scoreboard, 6-3, in favor of Ghurka. Securing the only goal of the fourth, Mallet scored on the nearside adding to Ghurka's tally to steadily increase its advantage. Each side matching the other goal-for-goal in the final two chukkers, BTA could not generate the offensive momentum necessary to overcome Ghurka in the second half. Converting an advantageous Penalty 2, Chrys Beal was quickly answered back by a neckshot from Ellis to maintain the gap. Heading into the final chukker, 8-4, Ghurka could not be stopped as Drew Luplow ran downfield to score with Beal closely in pursuit. Although the final goal belonged to BTA, Ghurka rode away with the win, 9-6. Scoring six of Ghurka's nine goals, Ellis was name MVP and his second chukker mare, 8-year-old Shimeneez, was Best Playing Pony. "I bought her from Jake Stimmel this past winter in Florida and she is out of Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Farm breeding operation in Lexington, Kentucky," Ellis said. "She is a very fun and fast mare with a lot of attitude both on and off the field." On the way to the final, BTA topped Horsegate, 6-2, when the game was halted due to rain. The next three games were cancelled for rain until Oct. 5 when Ghurka edged Sela Polo (Sofia Landa, Isaac Sepulveda, Diego Velarde, Tommy Biddle), 10-9. The next day, Pegasus/ Propoganda (Paul Hobby, David Andras, Mason Wroe, Nick Cifuni) slipped Rocking P/ Team Tejas (Carl Price/ Grayson Price, Charles Fridge, Marcos Villanueva, Tolly Ulloa), 9-8. The next game was cancelled but play resumed on Oct. 9 with BTA defeating Cinco Canyon Ranch (David Marks, Tommy Costello, Bryan Middleton, Geronimo Obregon), 12-10. In the semi-finals, BTA edged Pegasus/Propoganda, 5-4, while Ghurka edged Horsegate, 9-8. In the round- robin consolation, Cinco Canyon Ranch tied Sela, 3-3. Sela got the best of Rocking P/Team Tejas, 4-2 and Cinco Canyon Ranch slipped Rocking P/Team Tejas, 3-2. In the 4-goal Autumn Classic, eight teams battled for bragging rights, but once again, rain caused numerous games to be cancelled. The final came down to Team Tejas (Charlie Fridge, Charles Fridge, Neil Osburg, Hernan Tejera) and Sullivan Group (Joanie Jackson, Sarah Prinsloo, Nicolas Gomez, Mark Prinsloo). Team Tejas came out on top, 7-4½, to win the Autumn Classic title. DONATELLI VET WINS USPA AMATEUR CUP Donatelli Vet edged three other teams to win the 4- to 6-goal USPA Amateur Cup at Seneca Polo Club's arena in Poolesville, Maryland, Oct. 13-14. The matches began with MC Squared (Marisa Bianchi, Cindy Halle, Camilla Lancaster) overcoming Seneca Polo (Greg Grigorian, Kristen Wenning, Wayne Briere, Dario Sottomayor), 22-17. Donatelli Vet (Catie Stueck, Patricio Fraga-Errecart, Javier Donatelli) then edged Vikings (Joe England, Esteban Fernandez, Charlie Muldoon), 8-6. That put MC Squared in the final against Donatelli Vet. It was a tight match the entire time, but in the end Donatelli was ahead, 10-8, when the final horn sounded. Patricio Fraga- Errecart was MVP. In the consolation match, Vikings slipped Seneca Polo, 12-11. E A S T E R N Ghurka's Drew Luplow Cody Ellis, Brad Mallet and Fox Benton won the USPA Regional President's Cup in Houston. Team Tejas' Charlie Fridge, Charles Fridge, Neil Osburg and Hernan Tejera took the 4-goal Autumn Classic. KAY;EE WROE KAY;EE WROE

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