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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37 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 CHUKKER BREAK Youth Olympics Buenos Aires, Argentina In October 2018, the USPA and U.S. Polo Assn. proudly supported four youth players for a week-long international training program in Argentina. Organized by the Argentine Polo Association in conjunction with the Youth Olympic Games Committee, Grant Palmer with interscholastic players Grayson Price (Houston), Grace Mudra (Houston) and Winston Painter (Gardnertown) represented the United States alongside junior competitors from 10 countries in a showcase exhibition match on Palermo's Field 1. USA & British Intercollegiate Squads. it with only 1:32 left on the clock. The game was fast, open polo. We led for the first time in the game at 1:22 left in the game. Great Britain took back the lead. In the last 30 seconds we put our final goal on the board. The score was 12-11. Team USA had just beat Great Britain. I played so hard I could barely think straight and to realize what we had just accomplished. We all hopped off our horses and hugged each other. I could see my mother proud as can be from the balcony. The feeling of representing my country like that is hard to describe. I was overwhelmed by joy, pride, and every emotion between. In those moments after winning, all I EMMPIX PHOTOGRAPHY could think about was how lucky I was to have had an opportunity like this, the opportunity of a lifetime. I remember, back on my grandfather's ranch, him telling me that polo would become a defining part of my life, take me across the globe, and give me lifelong friends and connections. Many years later, I am now grateful to be playing such a unique and special sport that has enriched my life so much. There are few things that I am more proud of than going to London with an incredible team of college players to accomplish what we did. It made me see what my grandfather had been telling me for so long.

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