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 51 Saturday and Sunday were predicted to be warm and sunny. Fortunately, on Saturday the field was drying up nicely and by Sunday the footing for the horses was perfect. All the players in the match had ties to the U.S. or Argentine military. Representing the Army was Taylor Morris, with family members in Marine Corps and Army; Gal Shweiki whose wife is a medical officer at San Antonio Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston; Javier Insua with relatives in the Argentine military; and John Greening whose father was in the Army Air Corps in WWII flying in B-24s out of Italy. For the Navy it was Keller Henderson whose father served in the Army at Fort Sam Houston and then in the Korean War; Maj. Cody Goetz, USAF Reserve, a former F-15E Strike Eagle pilot with numerous combat missions and who currently flies at Randolph Air Force Base; Pud Nieto with numerous relatives in various branches of the military; and Jack Crea whose daughter is serving in the Coast Guard and son is in the Army. The umpire, Cmdr. Karl Hilberg, served 28 years in the Navy prior to retiring. The base opened to the public at 1 p.m. with the horses and players ready as spectators started to show up. About 20 minutes prior to the 2 p.m. match, the VIP tent was starting to fill and Gen. Buchanan and his guests had arrived. Southwestern Circuit Governor Paul Jornayvaz represented the USPA at the event. To start the match, Buchanan bowled in the game ball between the two teams. Navy was the first to score with both Henderson and Goetz scoring from the field in a hard-fought chukker as the teams jelled. However, Army was quick to respond and completely controlled the second and third chukkers with Shweiki scoring two and Insua scoring three. Insua started the fourth chukker with two more goals and it seemed that Army would run away with the match. However, Navy rallied behind Goetz, who scored two in the fourth and Nieto added one. This was not enough and Army, fittingly, won the match 7½ to 5. Navy's Cody Goetz was MVP and John Greening's grey gelding, Gusto, was Best Play Pony. —Karl Hilberg YOUTH TOURNAMENT HELD IN CENTRAL TEXAS The Central Texas Polo Association had the distinct pleasure to host a USPA National Youth Tournament Series Qualifier on May 12-13. With 12 polo players from Austin, Dallas, Houston, Midland and San Antonio participating, it was an exciting weekend. The play by the kids and young adults was superb. While most were B rated, they all played well above that level. They were team players, sportsmen and sportswomen, horsemen and horsewomen of great quality. I was disappointed we could only select five all-stars from the 12 players that participated in our two-day round robin as they all deserved to be selected. The CTPA tournament committee and the USPA tournament manager decided this event would be played on the flat, with chukkers 1 and 2 of a game played on Saturday and chukkers 3 and 4 on Sunday. In case of a tie on Sunday, per NYTS tournament conditions, we would have a shootout. Saturday's game started at 1 p.m. to allow players from Dallas and Houston to drive in. The first match was between Texas Military/Willow Bend and Horsegate. Horsegate's Lance Stefanakis was the first to score with a nice run to goal, but it was quickly matched by Texas Military's April Galindo to tie the game. Horsegate's Quique Garcia was next to score and again was matched by Texas Military's Max Beuck to end the chukker. The second chukker was almost a repeat of the first with Texas Military's Beuck scoring and again quickly matched by Horsegate's Chino Payan to end the first match with a tie. Texas Military stayed up to face JD Horsegate's Chino Payan, Joanie Jackson, Quique Garcia and Lance Stefanakis won the NYTS qualifier in Texas. Navy jumps out front in the SW Circuit Gen. George S. Patton tournament against Army at San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston. DAVID MURRELL MARTHA BAGLEY

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