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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P O L O RE P O RT On the way to the final Environmental Works crushed Memphis 8-4, while in the other match, Ruben Coscia scored four in a row to force overtime and win the game for Elkhorn. In 2-goal action, Lexington Polo edged Ace Hardware 6-5 in overtime on July 26. Courtney Asdourian scored a lone goal in the first for Lexington. Ace Hardware's Buck Schott traded goals with Lexington Polo's David Cummings in the second to end the first half with Lexington Polo ahead 2-1. EASTERN USA TEAM TRIUMPHS IN COMMONWEALTH CUP USO/Commonwealth/USA slipped past British Forces Foundation/UK 9-8 in the 4-goal, 4-chukker 25th Annual Commonwealth Polo Cup at Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia on September 10. Playing for USA was Ashley VanMetre, Carlitos Gracida, Juan Salinas-Bentley and Marwan Mohey- El-Dien. The U.K. team had Matt Blakiston, Doug White, Hiro Suzuki and Mark Cann. Doug White put the U.K. on the board in the first period, but USA's Carlitos Gracida responded. In USO/Commonwealth/USA's Marwan Mohey- El-Dien, Juan Salinas-Bentley, Carlitos Gracida and Ashley VanMetre. In the third, Trey Schott traded goals with Jorge Vasquez to keep it close. Buck Schott scored the tying goal in the fourth and teammate Chad Middendorf followed with a goal to give Ace Hardware the lead. That lead didn't last long. A costly penalty had the umpires set the ball on the 40-yard line for Lexington Polo. Jorge Vasquez had no trouble finding the uprights to send the game into overtime. In sudden death, Vasquez again got a chance from the 40-yard line, which he took full advantage of to win the game for Lexington Polo. In preliminary games Lexington Polo got the best of Black Tan 6-5, Ace Hardware topped a round robin with Summer Grove and Wickliff, and Black Tan edged Augustus Hill and Summer Grove in another round robin the following day. 56 POLO PLAYERS EDITION Hiro Suzuki three in a row and White scored again while USA was held to a goal each from VanMetre and Salinas-Bentley. Ahead 6-3 going into the third, U.K.'s Matt Blakiston increased the lead to five. Gracida turned up the heat with four goals, interrupted only by a goal from Suzuki, to bring USA to within one. Gracida finished the job in the fourth and final period to give USA the win. Played annually, the Commonwealth Cup pits a Virginia Commonwealth team against an international team. In the past teams from England, Scotland, Argentina and Chile have competed. The match is a benefit for the USO, British Forces Foundation, and the Wounded Warriors Family Support organizations. PACIFIC COAST COLDWELL RULES ARENA MASTERS CUP Coldwell Banker edged Wrightway Polo 6- 5 in the 0- to 4-goal USPA Arena Master's Cup final held at the Horse Park Polo Club in Woodside, California on September 10. Coldwell's Manny the second scored Rodriguez was named MVP. Four teams competed in the event. In preliminary matches Wrightway Polo downed J&J Polo 6-2½, and Coldwell Banker defeated Northstar Polo 7-5. In the consolation J&J Polo beat Northstar Polo 6-4½. The same day the club held the Founding President's Cup with three teams dueling in a round-robin. In the opening round Major Harris outscored UBS 3-2. Major Harris sat out the next round while Que Sera Sera got the best of UBS 6-3½. The last round was a virtual final with the winner taking all. But it was no contest as Que Sera Sera rolled over Major Harris by a definitive 6-1½. Jim Wright, who led Que Sera Sera, was named MVP. In other action, Texas Lone Star's Coldwell's Lyn Jason Cobb, Francesca Finato, and Manny Rodriguez won the USPA Arena Master's Cup. Dawn Rose, Yulia Witsek, Ben Kennedy, Devon Storbeck and Ann Terranova won the Founder's Challenge, Game 1, while Square Peg's Farris Scott, Greg Crosta, Max Freiberger, Aaron Schneider and Jeoll Dunlap won Game 2.

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