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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27 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 S tephen Curry is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, shooter in NBA history. His notable achievements include three NBA Championships, two NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and five-time NBA All-Star amongst other accolades. Interestingly, Curry attributes a great deal of his success in the sport of basketball to consistent coaching. Coaching is undeniably one of the most important external factors in a young athlete's success in sports. From a young age, children are mentored and guided by countless coaches from mini soccer to competitive high school athletics. Coaches are simply part of the equation, with some parents going as far as to hire specialized coaches for hitting, pitching and shooting. Coaches play an integral role in the function of most sports teams worldwide, yet this important figure is noticeably absent in the sport of outdoor polo, even at the highest levels. The importance of coaching has begun to take hold in the polo community in recent years. Providing young players with access to high level coaching and playing opportunities has been a driving force of the Team USPA program since its inception. From the likes of Adam Snow and Owen Rinehart to Tommy Wayman and Hector Galindo, Team USPA members have studied under some of the country's top players learning first-hand how they strategized, approached problems and developed a style of their own on the field. One of the first introductions Team USPA players have to the coaching support available through the program is at tryouts weekend. The nine incoming players spent three days immersed in polo and training related activities on Langdon Road, home to New Haven Farm owned by Adam Snow and Isinya Farm owned by Owen Rinehart. "It was fun to see the kids interacting in this more rural environment. Whether it was running around the farm in their training session with Alex [Alejandro Moraes], cooling-off in the pond after polo, or touring Isinya's active breeding operation," said Adam Snow. "I am hopeful that life on Langdon Road served to enhance their connections to each other, as well as to the sport. Fortunately, the skies cleared long enough to allow for two good, fast practices with coaching provided by Owen Rinehart, Carlucho Arellano, Julian Daniels, and myself. USPA CEO Bob Puetz was in attendance and welcomed the incoming class of nine Team USPA members," Snow continued. Snow recently began a training program in Argentina for Team USPA members with one of his personal mentors, Alfonso Pieres. Pieres and Snow agree that playing consistent practices outside of the pressures of tournament polo allows for players to really hone their skills on the field. While playing fast, open practices against other professionals in Hayley Heatley - Southern Methodist - '14

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