Polo Players Edition

FEB2019

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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20 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N T HE MAUNA KEA POLO CLUB in Kamuela, Hawaii, wrapped up its fall season with a game, mixing the more advanced players with those less advanced for a no-pressure, fun, learning game. The club's polo season normally runs from the first week in October until mid-December. This year, after hosting five tournaments over 11 weeks, the club added another Sunday, focusing on raising funds and awareness for its intercollegiate and interscholastic program. With a robust youth program, chief umpire Mark Becker is working on renting an arena facility to provide a venue for a USPA clinic this month. Paula Beamer wrote, "In the older days at Waiki'i Ranch, we used to have our trophy presentations on the announcer's pavilion steps. I wanted to bring back that tradition and asked everyone who participated in our day to stay in uniform and take part in our photo." ALOHA POLO Mauna Kea hosts no-pressure, learning game Paula Beamer, far left, had everyone who participated in the day take part in a photo on the pavilion steps, just as players used to do in the late 80s and early 90s. T HE SHANNON HILL POLO CLUB in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, held a fall benefit to raise money for continuing medical education for cardiac nurses at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. The cup also honored the 200 supporters of the Cardiac Education and Research Foundation in attendance. Guests enjoyed hot- off-the-grill Kebabs and wine under an elegant white tent. The fields were lush from an unusually rainy summer, affording fast play. In a hotly-contested match, IGEA Polo's Dr. Adam Lipson, Steven Scott, Ann Oniskey and Peter Secor took on IMF's Dr. Derek Lee, Zain Khakwani, Mark Mulligan and Cheryl Arnold. IGEA Polo came out on top, 5-3. The real winners were the cardiac nurses who will benefit from the $800,000 raised. Dr. Shereef Elnahal, commissioner of health for the state of New Jersey, was guest of honor. He applauded the cause, and his wife presented the trophies to the winners. HAVE A HEART Club event raises money for hospital nurses Dr. and Mrs. Shereef Elnahal celebrate with IGEA Polo's Steven Scott, Dr. Adam Lipson, Ann Oniskey and Peter Secor at the benefit for cardiac nurses in New Jersey. SMITH SIRA

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