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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 35 The American International Polo Foundation sent five players, ages 10 to 14 years old from Maryland, California and Arizona to participate in the XXVI Campeonato Internacional de Polo Infantile (Children's International Polo Tournament) at San Cristobal Polo Club in Santiago, Chile, Feb. 27-Mar 1. The event is recognized by the Chilean Polo Federation and has been played for the last 25 years. Kids from Chile, A rgentina, Peru and the U.S. participated this year. The teams were made up of kids from all of the participating countries to promote the interaction between the kids and create a true international experience. The kids made many new friends as all of the kids were housed and fed by the families of Chilean players' at no cost and they all had a great experience, learning the ways of their Chilean counterparts. Additionally, the American players' airfare was funded from AIPF donations and donations to the Being The Change Polo Club of Phoenix, Arizona. The U.S. players included Trent Wakefield, 10; his brother Troy, 13; and 14-year-old Bryan Burby, all from Being the Change Polo Club in Phoenix, Arizona. They were joined by 14-year-old Sophie Grant of Maryland, and 13-year- old Kylie Kufahl from San Diego, California. All of the players are on USPA interscholastic teams. They were chosen on the recommendations of their coaches based on their attitudes and playing abilities. All five of the kids represented t hemselves, USPA and AIPF very well! A total of 40 kids were divided into 10 teams playing in one of two divisions according to age. Awards were given for sportsmanship, fair play and best players. Kufahl played for the Calafquen team, which placed first in the older group. She played alongside Leon Bulnes, Samuel Rodriguez and Dante Castagnola. Troy Wakefield's team, Ranco, was runner-up and Trent Wakefield's team came in 4th. In another division, Grant's Bio-Bio placed first while Burby's Tolten team was runner-up in his group. Grant was also recognized with the Fair Play Award in her match. About AIPF "The mission of the AIPF in particular, the Foundation is organized to foster national and international amateur competition in the sport of polo, related charitable and educational activities and to conduct any and all other activities as shall from time to time be determined appropriate in connection with the foregoing as are lawful for a not-for- profit corporation organized under the Illinois General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986, as amended from time to time." AIPF is not funded by USPA. Forty kids from around the world competed in the 25th edition of the Children's International Polo Tournament. Awards Fair Play Santiago Letelier Sebastian Bulnes Sophie Grant Franco Casali Outstanding Sportsmanship Gaspar Mena Best Foreign Player-upper group Franz SpĆ¼rgin Best Foreign Player-junior group Dante Castagnola Best Chilean Player-upper group Samuel Rodriguez Best Chilean Player-junior group Pedro Letelier

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