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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40 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N P O L O I N T H E P A M P A S BY ERNESTO RODRIGUEZ FIRST STEP P ompeya, the team from Asochinga, on the outskirts of Córdoba, won the 30th CAIH, the Argentine Interior Championship with Handicap—the most important trophy for the provincial clubs in Argentina—on its first try. Ascochinga means lost dog. It was also the name of a Comechingónes' (natives) chief who inhabited the Punilla Valley at the time of the Spanish Conquest in Argentina. The area of small mountains, on the outskirts of the capital city of Córdoba, has been, for almost two centuries, an abundant green backwater of summer residences for well-off families, including several presidents of the country. Even a young John Fitzgerald Kennedy spent his 24th birthday in that area, enjoying the wonders of the landscape. The Pompeya Polo Club is located in this sierra paradise, an institution founded 15 years ago by Sebastián Fernández de Maussion. El Pompeya, as it is known in the Argentine polo world, has already become famous for the Equestrian Week, a medium- and low- handicap tournament that has already played 14 editions. Each March, no less than 30 teams gather for a week to enjoy the club's five fields protected by aged trees. "We felt we could do something more. And we focused on winning the CAIH to demonstrate our growth," Fernández de Maussion explained to Polo Players' Edition. The tournament venue rotates from year to year so Pompeya played for the Sesquicentenario de la Revolución de Mayo Cup in the contest hosted this year by the Tucumán Polo Club and Tapia Polo, both located in the outskirts of San Miguel de Tucumán. Along with the Cordoban and the pair of locals clubs, A total of 10 teams between 10 and 16 goals, including Pompeye and teams representing the two host clubs, competed, representing nine provinces. From Sunday, May 6 until Friday, May 11, the qualifying matches between the two brackets were played. Bracket A got in the hands of Los Sauces, from San Luis. The Sánchez family team had to work hard to be the best since, in the initial date, it needed extra time to beat Hípico Gualeguaychú Granazo, 9-8, after conceding a goal. Next, it took advantage of the two-goal handicap granted by Tapia Polo to win, 10-7, before taking maximum advantage of the three-goal handicap conceded by Tucumán Polo to win 11-10. In its last match against C9 ERSA, it also needed extra time to win, 10-9, with a golden goal coming from Ezequiel Sánchez. The win allowed Sánchez to reach his third consecutive CAIH final, leaving him hopeful of achieving the title this time. Pompeya Escorihuela took Bracket B with a progressive performance. After being free on the first day of activities, it beat El Destino Polo, 12-10, after conceding five goals. Then it defeated SP Cartagena de Indias Imperial, to which it had given two goals, by 11-9. Next, it took advantage of the goal received from Venado Tuerto to overcome it, 10-9. It got the ticket to the final after beating Chapaleufú Escorihuela RUS (the team Team from Asochinga takes 30th Argentine Interior Championship Ivan Maldonado, left, was the third best scorer of the tournament with 25 goals. MATÍAS CALLEJO/AAP

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