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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 55 BROOKEMONT BAGS PAIGAHS SEAHORSE CUP On an unseasonably cold and windy Oct. 21, three teams competed in the annual USPA Paigahs Seahorse Cup at Mountain View Polo in Charles Town, West Virginia. The 2-goal arena tournament was generously sponsored by Shamsiya Shervani and Paigahs Equestrian Gear. The teams played off in a round robin to determine who would get their names engraved in the perpetual trophy. In the first round, Brookemont (Karen Simons, Eloris Snyder, Juan Carlos Gonzalez) took on Donatelli Vet (Willow Longerbeam, Lea Jih-Vieira, Javier Donatelli). Gonzalez scored the only two goals in the first chukker. Donatelli Vet answered back in the second with a pair of goals by Longerbeam and one from Donatelli but Gonzalez added two more and Simons hit the mark twice to take the 6-3 victory. Gonzalez had the hot stick in the next round against Paigahs (Shamsiya Shervani, Khris Baxter, Hugo Pasten), scoring four lone goals in the first chukker. Paigahs matched those in the second off the mallets of Baxter and Pasten, but Gonzalez added another and Snyder hit the target for a 6-4 win. With two wins Brookemont had earned first place so the last round was for runner-up honors. Donatelli led his team with three goals added to two from Longerbeam. Paigahs kept it close with Baxter finding the mark with the only two-pointer of the game and Pasten adding another. With Donatelli leading Paigahs, 5-3, going into the final chukker, both teams dug in, hoping to land a win. Paigahs managed to tie the score, 7-7, on goals by Pasten and Baxter. Longerbeam and Donatelli scored their teams goals but it was Donatelli's second goal with just 30 seconds left that sealed the 8-7 victory for the Donatelli Vet team. The Brookemont team will have its name etched on the annual trophy and each teammate took home a silver cup. Juan Carlos Gonzalez also took home the MVP trophy and the Best Playing Pony blanket for his mare Angelina. After the match, players and spectators braved the chilly weather to enjoy an incredible spread of home- cooked Indian food prepared by Shamsiya Shervani. The tournament and Paigahs polo team is named to honor Shervani's grandfather. His last name was Paigahs and his team was Seahorse. MC Squared's Cindy Halle keeps her cool despite Javier Donatelli coming in quickly in the final of the Amateur Cup in Maryland. Donatelli Vet's Javier Donatelli, Catie Stueck and MVP Patricio Fraga-Errecart won the USPA Amateur Cup. Brookemont's Karen Simons, Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Eloris Snyder won the USPA Paigahs Seahorse Cup. PAT MICHAELS PAT MICHAELS

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