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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The Moscow Polo Club is working hard to promote polo throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union thanks to the efforts of the Rodzianko family. The club was founded by Victor Huaco in September 2003. Prior to that, polo hadn't been played since the Russian Revolution of 1917, lacked players. One DESTINATION: RUSSIA Polo making a comeback after a 90-year absence of the so the area founding members, Alexis Rodzianko, purchased the club a few years ago and polo has grown enough since then that two tournaments were held at the club this year. Huaco opened a second club and fielded a team in this year's Moscow Polo Club tournament. When purchased the Moscow Polo Club, the Rodziankos they wanted to build a base of players, initially focusing on training men, women and boasts two regulation-size polo fields, a stick- and-ball field, stabling and polo clubhouse, in addition to an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus- designed golf course, and main clubhouse. Additional stabling and a polo arena are in the planning stages. Club President Alexis Rodzianko was delighted to discover that one of his distant ancestors, Prince Sergei Belosselsky- Belozersky, a colonel of the 2nd Dragoons, introduced polo to Russia in 1893, founding a polo club at his family estate on Krestovsky Island near St. Petersburg. The Island is perhaps best known for its icy waters where Grigori Rasputin's body was found floating before the Revolution. At the time, the Krestovsky Island club hosted such notable players as British Ambassador Charles Hardinge; 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst, later Viceroy of India; American Ambassador George von L. children, not just to play the sport, but also those interested in caring for the horses, many imported from Argentina, and those wanting to umpire. The Moscow Polo Club now has 60 horses and 25 playing members. It is based at the prestigious Tseleevo Polo & Golf Club, 45 minutes from central Moscow. The club 46 POLO PLAYERS EDITION Beluga's Misha Rodzianko hooks Range Rover's Carlos Busquet in the Russian Open. At 2 goals, Rodzianko is the highest-rated Russian player. Meyer; Prince Napoleon Murat; and the first Russian players including the Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia; Prince Michael Cantacuzène-Speranski; and Count Kinsky.

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