Polo Players Edition

FEB 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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 11 The Lequericas contribution to the world of polo is priceless. Using training techniques based on respect, patience and a keener sense of the innate abilities of their equine pupils, their results are proven. "I don't think there is anyone in the United States that makes horses like them," said Gracida. "They are people that identify talent in the horses, they protect it and they develop it." Their passion is palpable and their hard work inspiring to those around them. When asked about advice they would give to aspiring horse trainers, Sheila said succinctly, "I would tell them it's a lot of work. If [you] are going to be training horses and working for yourself, you better be the toughest boss you have ever had." Sheila works on leg yielding with a young Graymar horse. Facundo Pieres rides Olé flat out during the 2017 U.S. Open. Olé was trained at the Lequericas. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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