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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ᑂᑄᑈᑇᑅᑐᑑᑉᑇᑄᑀᑃᑇᑒᑇᑉᑆ Father and son team take Arena Open by Alex Webbe For the third consecutive year the final of the 2011 United States Arena Open Championship at the California Polo Club in Los Angeles featured teams led by 7-goaler Billy Sheldon and 6-goaler Domingo Questel. This year, however, it was the father-son combination of Domingo and Manny Questel who took home the silver for the California Polo Club on the strength of a nail-biting 11-10 contest that was in question until the final seconds of the last chukker. Burch and Manny Rodriguez. This year it was neither Billy Sheldon ᑁ nor Domingo Questel that put up the big numbers as Manny Questel scored nine times in the championship event. After the singing of the National Anthem by Cynthia Hernandez, California Polo Club struck first with a goal from Manny Questel, but Thomson- Reuters answered with a pair of goals from Manny Rodriguez. Manny Questel closed out the first chukker scoring with his second goal on the day for a 2-2 tie. "It was an incredibly physical game," said actor Grainger Hines, who was part of a standing-only crowd that included longtime club supporters USPA Circuit Governor Denny Geiler, producer Michael Butler and actress Stephanie Powers. "There was nothing dirty about said Hines, a veteran player the play," himself, "but it was very physical." Thomson-Reuters regrouped and took control of the second chukker, scoring three consecutive goals (two from Billy 30 POLO PLAYERS EDITION shton Wolf rounded out the Questel team. It faced Billy Sheldon, Cary Sheldon and one from Rodriguez) for a 5- 2 lead. The California Polo Club bounced back with three straight goals of their own as Manny Questel evened the score at 5-5 to end the first half. "The strategy we went into the game with was to take out their best player," said Domingo Questel. "Although (Wolf) lined up at position, his cover Billy sole job was (Sheldon)," Ashton the No. 1 to he added. The California Polo Club opened the second half with goals from Manny Questel and Wolf for a 7-5 advantage before Thomson-Reuters responded. A goal from Rodriguez and a penalty goal knotted it up again at 7-7, but California Polo Club's Manny Questel scored the go-ahead goal to end the chukker leading Thomson- Reuters by a narrow 8-7 edge. "There wasn't an uncontested shot taken in the whole game," said Billy Sheldon. "Any time someone looked like they were going to break loose, an opposing player appeared right alongside of them." Cary Burch's first goal of the game for Thomson-Reuters leveled the score at 8-8 Cary Burch and Manuel Questel duel along the boards in the Arena Open final.

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