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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P O L O R E P O R T 50 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N grass field in the San Diego area. Polo has flourished here for more than 60 years. The Bankhead family acquired the property in 2014 and has continued that tradition. This year's matchups consisted of six 0- to 4-goal teams playing two round robins and two 7-goal teams playing two four-chukker matches. USPA umpires Dan Haley and Kimo Huddleston kept the play fast and safe while announcer Kimberly Hobscheid kept the spectators entertained and the players on time. It truly was like clockwork on the grass. In the 4-goal, Saturday's play featured All in the Family defeating The Avengers, Beauties and the Beasts downing Boom Chukka Lukka and The Mane Attraction beating Polotariat. The 7-goal teams saw The Young Guns and Los Tres Amigos play a fast scrimmage to feel each other out. Sunday's hard fought finals saw All In the Family handily dominate both the Beauties and the Mane Attraction to win the first leg of a round robin. The All in the Family team of the three Bankhead's won the Hering Polo is for Fun Cup. Paige Kufahl was named MVP for her strong play and on-the-field leadership. Nicole Bankhead's big paint gelding, Adam, was named Best Playing Pony. The Beauties and the Mane fought it out for two more chukkers, only to tie in the last second of play. The Beauties and the Beasts were awarded second place by goal difference from the first day of play. The consolation round featured the Avengers, Boom Chukka Lukka and Polotariat. The Boomers from Poway Polo Club took the consolation prize. The featured match of the day, played in front of 250 spectators seated at field-side tables, was the 7-goal battle between the Young Guns and Los Tres Amigos. The crowd really saw some polo action that afternoon and Kimberly kept them informed and involved in the fast-paced play. With the score tied 6-6 in the fleeting moments of the last chukker, it looked like we might be headed for a boring shoot-out, but Molly Agee of The Young Guns (and Team USPA) stole the ball at mid-field, necked it across to the north sideboards, picked it up on the nearside and took it down the field with the Amigos in hot pursuit. Her opponents could only watch as she deftly flicked it through the goal for the winning score. Young Guns ride again! Molly Agee was named MVP for her smooth and well-coordinated winning play. Miguel Questel's beautiful mare, Ballerina was named Best Playing Pony. It might be mentioned that the original Young Guns team was formed several years ago by Miguel Questel and his brother Frankie Jr. (not present). Their father, Frankie Sr., trained them, as well as the current Young Guns. What goes around comes around! —Kip Hering POLO IS FOR FUN All in the Family—Ethan Bankhead, Garrett Bankhead, Nicole Bankhead; Beauties and the Beasts—Kimberly Foy, Rik Crane, Kip Hering, Laura Lilly; Mane Attraction—Paige Kufahl, Kyle Kufahl, Drew Hobscheid, Martin Perez; The Avengers—Susan Harris, Dean Daggett, Barbara Bowers; Boom Los Tres Amigos' Shaun Cornell, Frankie Questel Sr. and Miguel Questel and Young Guns' MVP Molly Agee, Garrett Bankhead and Ian Schnoebelen. Young Guns won. JIM BREMNER/JFBPHOTOS.COM Shaun Cornell, Frankie Questel Sr., Ian Schnoebelen, MVP Molly Agee, Miguel Questel and Garrett Bankhead JIM BREMNER/JFBPHOTOS.COM

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