Polo Players Edition

NOV 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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POLO SCENE WISE CHOICE N E W S • N O TE S • TR E N D S • Q U O TE S Polo crazy couple tie the knot, head to polo WHEN BRITTANY SIEMENS AND WAYLON WISE decided to get married, they wanted polo to be a part of the ceremony. Both practicing veterinarians, the two joined the Calgary Polo Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada two years ago and have been crazy for polo ever since. On July 2 the couple held their wedding ceremony at the Bar None Stables Chapel Garden, just down the road from the polo club. Once the couple said their I dos, Brittany slipped into some cowboy boots and Waylon into his Wranglers before heading to polo for the afternoon. Guests sipped champagne and Budweiser while enjoying a 4-goal match. Meanwhile, Brittany and Waylon galloped over the horizon and onto the polo field, ready to ... stick and ball! As the crowd cheered, they raced up and down the field, their ponies surprisingly tolerant of the white taffeta dress blowing in the wind. Later, the wedding party joined the couple for a penalty shootout using pink and blue foot mallets. After, a dinner and dance were held at the polo club's Ranch House. Congratulations to Brittany and Waylon! SPREADING THE WORD IN JUNE, MORE THAN A DOZEN students from Baltimore city schools mounted horses at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland, as part a four-week summer learning camp that incorporated polo as part of its program. Students from City School introduces polo to inner-city girls Springs and Collington Square middle schools took part in the program through the Middle Grades Partnership, a city-wide collaboration that links independent schools with partner schools to provide enrichment for underserved city students. The program, conceived and led by GFS Polo Director Cindy Halle, was made possible by a Polo Development Initiative grant from the USPA. While this is the first year MGP students have played polo at GFS, the school has partnered with MGP since 2007, providing field trips throughout the school year in addition to the summer program. The collaboration is designed to empower students and prepare them for high school and beyond through enrichment experiences. GFS alumnae, including 2009 polo team captain Posey Obrecht and 2011 polo team captain Brittany Siemens and Waylon Wise stick and ball after saying their wedding vows. Jenny Schwartz, returned to GFS to assist Halle in coaching the students this summer. Students learned to ride, including trotting and cantering, and hit the ball. The confidence and camaraderie the girls gained are skills they will take with them far beyond the polo arena. Halle said, "It was a blast. They were fun, enthusiastic and learned quickly." Inner-city students from Baltimore participated in a summer polo program in Maryland. 18 POLO PLAYERS EDITION

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