Polo Players Edition

Intercollegeiate Interscholastic 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 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 titles. A professional polo player in his day, Lou has been cultivating UVA polo for the last 15 years. In his time as a coach, Lou has successfully taught hundreds the ins and outs of the game. Under his tutelage, my team and I were able to experience the ultimate success in winning the 2017 USPA Women's National Intercollegiate Title and Runner Up Title in 2018. Lou and LJ taught me everything I know about polo, and words cannot describe how much their dedication to the sport means to everyone who has come through the program. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, I was honored to be able to give back to Virginia Polo for all their years of undying support. I became the barn manager and coach for the club and high school teams. It is an honor to attempt to fill the shoes of previous manager and coach, Christie Reed. They say that if you love your job, you will never work a day in your life. I am elated to continue my time at UVA polo while expanding my skill set in a management position. My time spent at UVA polo has taught me some huge life lessons and helped shape me into the person I am today. The Vere Nicoll Scholarship and the generosity of board member Steve Walsh made my collegiate polo career at The University of Virginia possible. With their support, I was able to focus on my studies and development of my polo skills. I am incredibly grateful to all those who taught me, supported me, and pushed me to be the person I have become. Virginia Polo, the Lopez family, Christie Reed, and my family showed me unparalleled support in my polo and collegiate ventures. To them, I owe everything. CHUKKER BREAK Meet a Pony Day e Polo Club at Virginia Tech The first annual "Meet a Pony Day" hit Blacksburg, VA as families from the community came to The Polo Club at Virginia Tech's barn. As the name implies, two of the fabulous polo ponies were met by dozens of children and parents of which a majority did not even know polo existed at Virginia Tech. As a completely student funded club without any association or help from the university, it is often difficult to spread the word of events or gain recognition. However, through the help of the barn owner, farrier, and local elementary schools, the club was able to share the love of polo with the community while simultaneously fundraising to pay for board, feed, farrier and vet bills. The event included pony rides on the barn owner's horses, pumpkin painting, donations for baked goods, corn hole, a foot mallet station, a wooden horse for the kids to swing off of, and finally, a polo scrimmage of the JV team. It was amazing to see how excited and involved the kids were for something about which they knew nothing prior. The scrimmage showed them what they were learning put into action. Overall, the event was a major success, bringing in over $500 for the club. With quotes such as "this is great, we're going to come to this every year," the club plans to add this event to it's annual traditions. GOOD LUCK I / I P L A Y E R S A N D P O N I E S ! S U M M E R W I T H U S I N T H E O Z A R K S ! • Youth to Collegiate Polo Camps • Quality Horses and Instruction • Arena and Grass Polo • Located minutes from Bentonville, AR • Enjoy Mountain Biking, Art and Water Excursions • 4 out of 5 of our students made varsity teams NWA Polo Club Bob and Susan Koehler www.nwapolo.com 303-517-9438 FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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