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 29 necessary luck to finish by taking the victory. "Until entering the fifth chukker, it seemed that we would not have a chance. But we managed to reorganize, fight and show everything we know how to do. Winning for the second time in Palermo is a dream. I've only been thinking about this for three weeks. It is so good to get to this point. I still have not completely relaxed, but I'm very happy with everything. Having shared a team with the girls made us all grow up," Clarkin acknowledged after receiving the cup. On the other side, there was no drama, although there was a taste of disappointment. "We stayed a bit. They began to run more. It's a shame because we had incredible horses and everything was right to win. We have that slightly bitter taste. But it was a magnificent tournament. For me it was a pleasure to play again in Palermo. It is impressive to have brought together the best players in the world, before the men's final, with so much audience. "It is very important for us. For me it is the most important game of the year and it is something stimulating for younger girls to be part of this. Luckily I was able to win the prize for the best horse with Alcachofa, a product bred by El Overo. It makes me very happy," acknowledged Hazel Jackson-Gaona, who as a prize received an increase in handicap by the AAP and equaled her compatriot Clarkin as 10-goaler. Clarkin was named MVP of the final, while Clara Cassino received the Fair Play award. Fax Cherokee, played by Mía Cambiaso was Best Horse in the final, while El Overo Alcachofa won the Best Argentine Bred horse. Adolfo Cambiaso coaches his daughter, Mia, in the final of the Women's Argentine Open. Later that day, Adolfo and his La Dolfina team won the Argentine Open. Hazel Jackson-Gaona's Alcachofa was named Best Argentine Bred Horse in the final. The horse is from El Overo's breeding. Jackson-Gaona also took home a prize for herself—her handicap was raised to 10.

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