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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P O L O R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 49 with a nicely hit Penalty 4 and Luplow followed with a field goal before the final horn dashed any chance of a comeback. Middleton, who scored all of his team's goals, was named MVP and Cifuni's pretty bay mare, Lady Luck, went home with the Best Playing Pony blanket. The teams finished out the month with the Chili Pepper Cup final. In that match, BCI/CW Petroleum faced Bearsden/Tylee Farm (Al Pepi, Jimmy Seward, Carol Farnsworth, Cody Woodfin). BCI's Chris Williams and Chad Bowman added to a half-goal handicap by wrapping goals around one from Jimmy Seward in the first chukker. Bowman and Seward traded goals in the second, leaving BCI ahead 3½-2. Williams struck early in the third, but Seward had the answer. Williams sunk a Penalty 3 and Taylor Freeman split the uprights on a run to goal for a 6½-3 advantage. Bowman swapped goals with Carol Farnsworth in the fourth, but Bearsden was unable to get any closer. BCI went home with the trophies and the 7½-4 win. Chris Williams was MVP and Jimmy Seward's fancy chestnut, Colefa, was Best Playing Pony. In club league action, Crow's Nest Ranch & Rover's Romphouse/Stuart Title edged Horsegate/Land Rover to take the Golden Chukka final on May 29. Horsegate jumped out front with goals off the mallets of Maddie Outhier (Penalty 2) and Anson Moore, while Crow's Nest was silenced. Crow's Nest answered back in the second with unanswered goals from Cindy Madole and David Crea. The momentum bounced back to Horsegate in the third, with Outhier and Moore finding the mark. Chad Bowman stole the show in the final seven minutes with back-to- back goals to knot the score at 4-4 at the end of regulation time. A shootout was necessary to determine a winner. Horsegate sunk one of two shots, while Crow's Nest's Madole and Debbie Shelton both found the mark for the win. In the 8-goal leagues, Bill Lane's Whitehall Ranch edged Eureka 7-6 in the final of the 12-goal Land Rover Houston Central Cup on May 6. Whitehall jumped out of the gate with quick goals by Facundo Obregon and Bill Lane. A Penalty 3 conversion from Alvaro Ara put Eureka on the board, but Tolly Ulloa responded for Whitehall to give it a 3-1 lead. Eureka made up the difference in the second with unanswered goals by Geronimo Obregon and Jorge Cernadas. Ara briefly put Eureka on top but Ulloa answered back with two to give Whitehall the 5-4 advantage at the half. Facundo Obregon widened the spread with a lone goal in the fourth. He then swapped goals with Cernadas (Penalty 3) in the fifth to maintain the two-goal lead, 7-5. Cernadas shot through a goal in the closing minutes of the sixth to bring Eureka within one but time ran out leaving Whitehall the winner. Geronimo Obregon was MVP and Cernadas' pretty bay mare, Alexia, was Best Playing Pony. A few weeks later, BTA took on Tonkawa for the 12-goal SW Regional Classic final. Kelly Beal put BTA on the board first, but Tommy Biddle countered with a Penalty 2 conversion. Matt Coppola put Tonkawa ahead in the second, but Steve Krueger answered with a Penalty 2 conversion of his own. Shane Rice put BTA on top in the third with a belly shot to goal but Coppola answered. Mason Wroe gave BTA a brief lead after making a difficult shot to goal with a man on his hip until Biddle sunk his second Penalty 2 to tie the game at 4-4 after the half. Tonkawa surged ahead in the fourth with goals by Coppola and Hildebrand but Krueger split the uprights to keep in close, 6-5. The game was postponed after the fourth chukker, resuming two days later. Hildebrand was unable to play the last two periods, so Troy Lequerica filled in for him. Coppola and Wroe traded goals early in the fifth. Biddle followed with his first field goal and Coppola shot through his fifth Whitehall Ranch's Sterling Giannico, Facundo Obregon, Tolly Ulloa and Bill Lane with Land Rover's Jason Lacher, center. Chad Bowman, Cindy Madole, Debbie Shelton and David Crea won the Golden Chukka final. Not shown are Brandey Heckeroth and CJ Lequerica.

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