Polo Players Edition

AUG 2011

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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ᑁᑄᑔᑖᑙᑀᑘᑄᑈᑓᑒ ᑂᑗᑕᑖᑆᑅᑀᑉᑓᑗᑒᑅᑀᑖᑔᑄᑐᑑᑆᑔᑀᑈᑆᑖᑕᑀᑒᑆᑘᑀᑑᑆᑄᑕᑆᑀᑓᑒᑀᑑᑐᑇᑆ A member of the Mashomack Polo Club has taken polo tailgating to a whole new level. David Sloan rescued a 1967 U.S. Army ammunition trailer, which had been converted by a local hunt into hound trailer. After 30 years of transporting hounds, and another 10 years or so of taking up space, Sloan transformed this unique piece into a delightful tailgating trailer. ᑃ loan was looking for a vehicle in which to create the ultimate moving feast. He wrote, “Distinctive vehicles have always had a role in the field; in the U.K., shooting parties prefer ex-military transport, vehicles as in the American South, mule drawn wagons of lacquered wood are used, and in Africa, old Land Rovers are the vehicle of choice having an ideal tailgate for a makeshift bar at the end of each day.” He came across an Army ammunition trailer that had been converted into a trailer for transporting beagles. It hadn’t been used since the early 1990s, and was parked 34 POLO PLAYERS EDITION among broken farm equipment on the grounds of a kennel. With the landlord anxious to have it removed, the owner accepted Sloan’s $300 offer. Sloan explained, “At my shop, a closer the vehicle yielded little inspection of promise. The trailer’s original government issue rims and lugged tires had been replaced with mismatched wheels. The rear of the trailer had been removed with a torch and fabricated into a tailgate. Steel hoops had been placed over the top of the wagon and a now shredded piece of canvas had been stretched over the hoops to protect the hounds from the elements. The trailer bed The restored party wagon at the Sloan’s Roseview Farm in Millbrook, New York. was corroded from years of rain, sun and hound urine. “Originally olive drab, subsequently painted in a camouflage motif, the trailer had been subjected to additional layers of house paint. The military wiring harness for the wagon’s lights had been decapitated, and a replacement socket was spliced in with duct tape; the rear lights had disappeared, replaced with an $8 pair of hardware-store lights, themselves now rusty sockets. The brake system was intact, but like everything else, encapsulated in Benjamin Moore products.” So, what kept him from cutting his losses and bringing it to a junk yard? “The redeeming features of my purchase were the original lines of the ammunition caisson and the hunt’s addition of a kennel superstructure, both giving the vehicle a surprisingly aesthetic appeal worthy of recycling. The marriage of military utilitarian functionalism with the formality of the hunt triggered my creativity.” Sloan enlisted the help of a local auto

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