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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P O L O S C E N E N E W S • N O T E S • T R E N D S • Q U O T E S 18 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N MAKING WHOOPIE Polo player launches baked-goods business P OLO PLAYER HOLLY HOLLERAN recently launched a business making Whoopie Pies, resurrecting her late grandmother's recipes. Her grandparents, Tico and Bobo, owned a bakery in Western Pennsylvania in the 1930s. "They were a one-stop shop for everything, the heartbeat of the town," Holleran explained. After World War II, the family closed the shop to focus on running the family farm. Holleran's brother gave their grandmother her nickname name when, as a young boy, he was unable to say grandma. The name stuck and eventually everyone in the family called her Tico. As homage to her grandmother, Holleran launched Tico's Whoopie Pies, an online bakery, using her grandmother's original recipes. She contracted with a bakery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to recreate the recipes and ship them around the country. These massive decadent cake-like sandwiches (at four inches across each one is nearly a third of a pound) with a generous portion of yummy, creamy filling are made from scratch in small batches, using locally sourced ingredients, and sent FedEx two-day shipping. They come in four flavors—chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin and red velvet. You can choose all one flavor or buy a variety box to try them all. A special heart-shaped red velvet whoopie pie is being offered for Valentine's day. "They are only a limited run," Holleran explained. "We just do them in February for Valentine's Day and May for Mother's Day." Ten percent of all purchases are donated to a charity. "Lezlie Hiner's Work to Ride program was the first recipient of Tico's Whoopies 10 percent program, which gives back to a non profit each month," Holleran said. "I am now working with the USPA to develop a fundraising program, benefiting all interscholastic and intercollegiate programs in the United States. The heartbeat of Tico's Whoopies company philosophy is to give back, and I am thrilled to do this within the polo world." Holleran rode from an early age, but first got involved in polo in the mid-80s while attending Skidmore College. After graduation, she stayed on to coach the school's team for two years. In 1989, her first year coaching, the school won its only National Intercollegiate Championship title when the women's team defeated Colorado State, 19-13. The next year, it fell, 14-13, in the final to UVa. Later, she coached a high school team in Virginia. When she moved back to Pennsylvania, she helped coach the East Coast Arena League when it was held at Brandywine Polo Club, and played at Lancaster and Maryland Polo Clubs. Today, the business is limiting Holleran's polo time but she umpires and plays at Kelly Wells' Marlan Farm when she can. She also has three horses and a pair of miniature donkeys that keep her busy. To learn more or to purchase whoopie pies, go to Ticoswhoopies.com. Tico's Whoopies is offering heart-shaped red velvet whoopies for Valentine's Day. Holly Holleran, Danny Scheraga and Cissie Snow at a clinic in Cornell, circa 2008.

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