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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44 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 Detroit Polo School with my husband and managing the Detroit Polo Club before we lost our fields and then reopening the club almost three years ago, this hobby has developed into a legitimate business. One of the surprising offshoots of growing our business happened when we decided to stay in Michigan full time once our daughter was born. The polo school was growing and creating a winter program to keep polo going all year was an absolute necessity, and at the same time the University of Michigan Polo Team was in need of a new home for the winter. It made sense to include them in our program to help give their team stability and give our polo school students extra players when needed, a win-win for everyone. Now if you know of the rivalry between University of Michigan and Michigan State University, you know I am going against nature coaching for the rival team but I have been so fortunate to work with an amazing group of students every school year and through the summers, and watching them turn into polo players is absolutely worth it. This "real job" has allowed me to keep playing a game I love, meet the love of my life, and give us the flexibility for our kids to be a real part of our everyday work life; the ultimate work/life balance. A job that allows me to make polo a part of the community we live in and share it with as many people as I can reach. I get to manage the day to day of a polo club and barn, plan and execute events and clinics that expose more people to polo and become an influencer in my community. My job allows me to give back to polo and for me that's how it all comes full circle. Everyone has a different path into polo, but for many of us the I/I program has been our gateway. How you involve yourself and how much ownership you take of your own I/I polo experience will determine what role polo will have in your life post-grad. By taking advantage of every opportunity the I/I program offers, no matter how big or small, you can help create a place for yourself within the polo community. Find mentors whose guidance resonates with you - there are so many polo players, managers, grooms, and trainers at both big and small clubs who will nurture your passion for polo. You will have to work hard, you will be tired and dirty, you will sometimes miss meals or have to turndown an invite to hang with friends, but believe me you won't regret it. These are long days and late nights making memories that will carry you through Emmalyn Wheaton, second from right, with her Michigan State team at the Southeastern Regionals in 2004.

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