Polo Players Edition

JUL 2018

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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Cody Goetz arrived in Midland by supersonic jet. He later was named POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 19 F OR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, West Texans have gathered at the Musselman Brothers Lazy 3 Ranch in Albany, Texas for an event you can't find anywhere elseā€”Polo on the Prairie. A dusty gravel road off of Highway 237 will take you five miles back to a picturesque Bermuda-green polo field set in the middle of the rough and tumble prairie. Henry Musselman, an MD Anderson Board of Visitors member, and his family created the event in 1986. Over the past 32 years, they've welcomed tens of thousands of West Texans to join in their mission to end cancer, raising millions of dollars in the process. "Polo is tradition for us," said Musselman. "I'm proud to look back on our 30-plus year legacy and see all who have joined us to help MD Anderson's phenomenal researchers and clinicians get one step closer to ending cancer." Nearly 1,000 people turned out to watch Sewell Ford (Collin Sewell, Ulysses Escapite, Loreto Natividad, Vaughn Miller Jr.) beat the Legacy Polo team (Kyle McGraw, Mitch Horne, Ernesto Natividad, Pelon Escapite), 8-6, in the annual polo match. MD Anderson's chief financial officer, Ben Melson, and cancer survivors Ed and Judy Compton shared brief remarks at the trophy presentation before congratulating each player with a handshake and an award. Guests then enjoyed a chuck wagon-style barbecue dinner, courtesy of Joe Allen's Pit Bar-B- Que of Abilene. A private concert from Grammy Award- winning country music star Ryan Bingham kept guests two- stepping on the dance floor long into the evening. This year's event raised more than $619,000 bringing Polo on the Prairie's year-to-date fundraising total to more than $6.8 million. PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE Annual polo match breaks records, tops $6.8 million raised. Grammy Award-winning country music star Ryan Bingham performed a private concert for guests. The players and umpires make their way onto the field for the spirited match. The evening was topped off with a colorful fireworks display.

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