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 54 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Mexican Polo Federation), Diego Solorzano, Tomas Elliot, Raul Ramirez and Guillermo Jimenez from Mexico. The players were divided into four teams at the 7- to 9-goal level. After playoff matches, an undefeated Steta/Brazil team (Guillermo Steta, Marcos Schallbach, Tomas Elliot and Diego Solorzano) faced the 2-1 record Guadalajara/ Agua Alta (Pancho Aguilar, Vale Aguilar, Milo Ardissone, Guillermo Jiminez) in the final. Solorzano scored the first goal right out of the first throw-in and with that quick goal, looked like it might be a runaway. No one scored in the second chukker but Guadalajara/Agua Alta came alive and out-scored Steta/Brazil 4-1 to end the half 5½-2. From then on, Pancho Aguilar was on fire, scoring three goals. Solorzano matched the goals but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit. Guadalajara took the 10½-6 victory. A tequila toast for all the players was organized by Giorgio Brignone, owner of the Careyes club, during the trophy presentation. Magness, Li, Milan and Ramirez defeated De Caraman, Reveiro, Henrique Schallbach and Chris Falk (filling in for Payne, who had played the first four games and had to leave) in the consolation. Another tournament going on at the same time was for lower-goal players. The Falk family (Katy, Chris, Josh and Sydney) of Fresno, California, took the win in a two-day tournament against Sebastian Williamson, Tomas Elliot, Charlotte de Caraman and Gian Carlo Brignone, grandson of the founder of Careyes, Sr. Gian Franco Brignone. To end the visit for the out-of- country players, Careyes put together a special 10-goal match game. The Aguilar brothers joined Tomas Elliot and Jimenez to take on Steta, Schallbach, Solorzano and Reveiro. The Aguilars, Jimenez and Elliot were victorious, 7-5. Over 40 head of horses were shipped in for the event and the remaining players were mounted by Careyes Polo Club, Hans Giebeler and the Ardissones. The Careyes season runs from November through April. DR. THOMAS OFFEN Dr. Thomas R. Offen passed away Dec. 18 from congestive heart failure. Tom or Big T, as he was known to friends, was born Feb. 26, 1934. Tom had a lifelong passion for horses, competing in show jumping from an early age, foxhunting and eventually polo as a member of the Toronto Polo Club. Tom introduced his four children and all his grand children to horses and polo. The Dr. Tom Offen kids' tournament is one of the highlights of the Toronto Polo Club season. Tom enjoyed watching sons David and Todd, and grandsons Cody, Robert and Brendon compete in and win the interscholastic tournament. In the spirit of giving back, Tom co-chaired the USPA Interscholastic Committee for several years. O B I T U A R Y Participants in the holiday tournament at Costa Careyes Resort in Mexico. Guadalajara (light blue shirts) defeated Steta/Brazil in the final.

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