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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The United States Polo Association established Team USPA in 2009 to grow and sustain the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and providing opportunities to grow their abilities. hopeful that life on Langdon Road served to enhance their connections to each other, as well as to the sport. They experienced first-hand how Aiken's sandy soil usually allows us to play polo safely, even with lots of rain. Fortunately, the skies cleared long enough to allow for two good, fast practices with coaching provided by Owen Rinehart, Carlucho Arellano, Julian Daniels, and myself. USPA CEO Bob Puetz was in attendance and welcomed the incoming class of nine Team USPA members," Snow continued. "We were grateful to host this year's Team USPA tryouts at Adam and Owen's facilities in Aiken," said Puetz. "It was wonderful to have the group stay in Adam's pond house and watch them bond together as a team over the weekend. To have three strong and talented women in the program gives me confidence that women's participation in our sport is growing and is valued. "This was an assembly of experienced participants who have played at all levels of polo ranging from intercollegiate to high-goal, and each player had different needs and interests. This gathering, and the education and mentoring it provided, gave the USPA an opportunity to determine how to best help each individual with [his or her] own personal goals both on and off the field. I am pleased to welcome the newest players to the Team USPA program, and look forward to watching these young Americans grow and develop within the sport." Snow, co-chair of Team USPA, facilitated two fast practices with the new members and mentors Rinehart, Julian Daniels and USPA Director of Services, Carlucho Arellano. Snow and Rinehart instituted a "three-touch" rule, forcing the players to think about their next plays before arriving to the ball, thus 22 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Welcome! Nine new members selected for program Nine new members were selected to join the Team USPA program after the final stage of 2018 tryouts were held in Aiken, South Carolina, May 18-20. New members include Molly Agee, Lucas Arellano, Lauren Biddle, Mia Bray, Tony Calle, Justin Daniels, Grant Ganzi, Jake Klentner, and Sloan Stefanakis. The players spent three days immersed in polo and related activities on Langdon Road, home to Adam Snow's New Haven Farm and Owen Rinehart's Isinya Farm. Snow and Rinehart, both Hall of Famers and former 10-goalers, have been mentoring Team USPA members for several years. "It was fun to see the kids interacting in this more rural environment. Whether it was running around the farm in their training session with [fitness trainer] Alex [Moraes], cooling-off in the pond after polo, or touring Isinya's active breeding operation," said Adam Snow. "I am Molly Agee, A-rated Women's Handicap: 5 Lucas Arellano, 2 goals Lauren Biddle, .5 goals Women's Handicap: 4

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