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 50 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N goal, giving Tonkawa a comfortable 9-6 advantage going into the final chukker. Krueger capitalized on a Penalty 3 opportunity and Wroe hit the target to cut the deficit to just one, but time ran out on BTA and Tonkawa had the win. Tommy Biddle was MVP and Wroe's bay mare, Zena was Best Playing Pony. 8-GOAL TEAMS Horsegate—Nick Stefanakis, Sloan Stefanakis/Ariel Mancebo, Joe Wayne Barry, Shane Rice; Pegasus/ Propaganda—Paul Hobby, Nick Cifuni, David Andras, Mason Wroe; Rocking P/W-S—Carl/Grayson Price, Marcos Villanueva, Agustin Arellano, Wesley Sinor; Cinco Canyon Ranch—David Marks, Bryan Middleton, Drew Luplow, Roberto Orthwein; BTA—Chrys Beal, Julia Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez, Steve Krueger. 4-GOAL TEAMS BCI/CW Petroleum—Chris Williams, Taylor Freeman, Cara Kennedy, Chad Bowman; Bearsden/Tylee Farms—Al Pepi, Jimmy Seward, Carol Farnsworth, Cody Woodfin; Dunbar Capital—Nick Dunbar, Emma Tooth, Tommy Costello, Bryan Middleton; Genghis Khan— Alston Beinhorn, Tiamo Hudspeth, Joe Wayne Barry, Joe Fitzsimons; Ghurka— Abby Benton, Fox Benton, Drew Luplow, Nick Cifuni; Sullivan Group—Joanie Jackson, Sarah Prinsloo, Nicolas Gomez, Mark Prinsloo. C LUB LEAGUE TEAMS Bayou City/Spindletop—Liz Lary/Lucy Bailey, Carolyn Stimmel, Jenny Sharrock, Taylor Freeman; Crows Nest Ranch & Rover's Romphouse/Stewart Title— Brandey Heckeroth/Debbie Shelton, CJ Lequerica/David Crea, Cindy Madole, Chad Bowman; Horsegate/Land Rover—Lance Stefanakis, Ariel Mancebo/Anson Moore, Madi Outhier/Joe Mack Stimmel, Mark Prinsloo/Paige Luplow; Cinco Canyon Ranch/Shanghai--Colleen Marks, Bryan Middleton, Steve Armour, Neil Osburg. 12-GOAL TEAMS Whitehall Ranch—Bill Lane, Sterling Giannico, Tolly Ulloa, Facundo Obregon; Eureka—Rene Campos, Alvaro Ara, Jorge Cernadas, Geronimo Obregon;Tonkawa—Jeff Hildebrand, Cody Ellis, Matt Coppola, Tommy Biddle; BTA—Kelly Beal, Steve Krueger, Shane Rice, Mason Wroe ARMY CAPTURES PATTON TOURNEY Recently, Lt. Gen. Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North based at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, invited the U.S. Polo Association's Armed Forces Committee to arrange a polo demonstration on post at Fort Sam Houston as part of its Military Appreciation Weekend May 5- 6. The committee coordinated the event with USPA's Southwestern Circuit and the Texas Military Polo Club (one of three clubs in the Central Texas Polo Association). To tie this event closer to the Army it was played as the USPA SW Circuit Gen. George S. Patton Jr. tournament. Working with the Army North staff, a simple demonstration match with teams representing the Army (Taylor Morris, Gal Shweiki, Javier Insua, John Greening) and Navy (Keller Henderson, Cody Goetz, Pud Nieto, Jack Crea) was organized. The staff and members of the Texas Military Polo Club walked a number of locations, some former polo fields from when the Army played polo on bases around the nation, on Fort Sam Houston to determine the final location of the event. A final determination of the field location was made and planning commenced to ready the field for the first polo match on Fort Sam Houston in approximately 50 years. Field preparation for the event took about four weeks as the base removed obstructions, filled in holes, mowed weekly and generally converted a parade ground back to a polo field. In the week leading up to the event the weather forecast was for a week of rain from Monday to Friday before the event on Sunday. However, both Jeff Hildebrand's Tonkawa, with Tommy Biddle, Matt Coppola, Cody Ellis and Troy Lequerica, won the SW Regional Classic. Umpire Karl Hilberg and Governor Paul Jornayvaz with Army's Javier Insua, John Greening, Gal Shweiki and Taylor Morris in San Antonio. MARTHA BAGLEY

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