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 R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 53 MANGORACE PREVAILS AT COSTA CAREYES IN MX Costa Careyes Polo Resort hosted four teams to its season-opener over Thanksgiving weekend. Careyes is located on the Pacific Ocean, south of the famous beachside resort of Puerto Vallarta. This year, the polo resort is celebrating its 50 years of existence. Four teams gathered for the opening weekend, Nov. 20-24. Gary and 14-year-old Cable Magness, Chris Falk and his 14- year-old son Josh and 17-year- old daughter Sydney and Chad Morgan traveled in from California, while. Dennis Santana was a first-time visitor from the Dominican Republic. The teams also included 3-goal Tommy Elliot, now on staff at Careyes; Oscar Garibaye with his children, Mateo, 7, Emilia, 10 and Paula, 12; and the locals that have played at Careyes for many years. The ages of the players was from 7 to 74 with fun for all. Special guests for the holidays were renowned polo instructor and coach Rege Ludwig and his wife, Janet, and daughter, Kirsten, who is the polo instructor at the California Polo Club in Los Angeles, and Rebecca Baldridge, special events writer for Equestrian Living. Many of the visitors were on club ponies, so after two days of practice, players were divided into 3-goal teams. Mangorace was the team to beat with two professionals, Nico Millan and Santana, on its roster. The La Constancia team had Garibaye, Hans Jimmy Giebeler and Daniel Arellano with Garibaye's kids splitting a positon. The Cabinet Connection team included the Falk clan with Raul Ramirez, and the Careyes team had Elliot with local players Mane Yerena, Manuel Rios and Chad Morgan, playing his first tournament in eight years. Mangorace beat the local Careyes team and La Constancia took the Cabinet Connection team by one goal. Mangorace and La Constancia were ready for the final, especially the young players as this was their first final. La Constancia was on the board first with Garibaye hitting it out of the line-up and Giebeler putting it through. Millan did the same for Mangorace and tied the game within seconds. From there on, the Mangorace team dominated, doubling up the La Constancia score at halftime, 4-2, thanks to scores from Santana and both Magnesses. La Constancia rallied with Arellano playing an outstanding offensive game and putting the scoring within reach, but Mangorace prevailed 7-5 at the end of the four-chukker game. A few weeks later, players gathered in Careyes for the 17th annual Copa de Careyes holiday tournament. Players included Marcos Schallbach and his family and Gustavo Garcia Reveiro, all from Brazil; Guillermo Li from Peru; Gary Magness, Chris Falk and Robert Payne from the U.S.; Milo Ardissone from Italy; Nico Millan from Argentina; Nicola Hodges and Elliot Sands from England; Phillippe de Caraman from Hong Kong; and the Aguilar brothers, Guillermo Steta (president of the I N T E R N A T I O N A L Mangorace's Cable Magness, Gary Magness, Nico Millan and Dennis Santana won the Thanksgiving tournament in Careyes. Katy, Sydney, Josh and Chris Falk from Fresno, California, won a two-day tournament at Costa Careyes Polo Club. Vale Aguilar, Memo Jimenez, Milo Ardissone and Pancho Aguilar won a special match game at Costa Careyes.

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