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 52 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Polo. Texas Military's Galindo was the first to score after a long run to goal but JD Polo's Anson Moore responded quickly. Galindo came through for Texas Military with her second goal of the chukker, giving Texas Military the 2-1 lead. Starting the second chukker with a bowl in, Moore took the ball to goal. Texas Military wasted no time in responding with Clark Mayer scoring his second goal of the day and the first of this match to end with Texas Military leading 3-2. The final match of the day was Horsegate vs JD Polo. Horsegate was out of the gate quickly with goals by Payan and Joanie Jackson. JD Polo had a number of shots on goal by Moore and Kaylin Bender with no luck. Horsegate enter the final chukker of the day leading 2-1 but it was Moore who opened the scoring only to be followed by Horsegate's Stefanakis and Payan who each scored to end the chukker with a score of 4-1. Sunday's games started at 10 a.m. with Horsegate playing JD Polo. Chukkers three and four were all Horsegate with Garcia scoring in the third chukker and Stefanakis scoring from the field in the fourth. Finally, Payan converted the first penalty of the event to end the match 7-1 in favor of Horsegate. Next up was JD Polo and Texas Military. In a hard-fought chukker Galindo was the first to score, but was matched by JD Polo's Taylor Morris to leave Texas Military in the lead by one going into the fourth chukker. Mayer led off in the fourth for Texas Military with a goal from the field and Galindo converted a Penalty 3 to end the match with Texas Military leading 6-3. The final two chukkers of the round robin was a championship match between Texas Military and Horsegate as each team had one win. Starting with a bowl-in at the center, the teams faced off in what would feature strong defensive play. It was Jackson scoring first for Horsegate and then Mayer for Texas Military to end the third chukker with a tie. Horsegate led the scoring in the fourth with a goal by Payan. On a number of occasions, it seemed that Texas Military would tie the game, but missed by just yards. With time running out, Horsegate fouled Galindo and the ball was set on the 40-yard line for a Penalty 3 with five seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, Texas Military was unable to convert the penalty and Horsegate won the match by one goal. –Karl Hilberg Horsegate—Chino Payan, Joanie Jackson, Quique Garcia, Lance Stefanakis; Texas Military/Willow Bend—Max Beuck, Clark Mayer, April Galindo, Lauren Platt; JD Polo–Anson Moore, Cara Kennedy, Taylor Morris, Kaylin Bender KLENTNER RANCH ACES POPE CHALLENGE IN CA Klentner Ranch locked horns with Antelope Jr., requiring extra time to take the title in the Pope Challenge at Santa Barbara Polo Club in Carpinteria, California on May 14. Klentner Ranch (Luke Klentner, replacing brother Jake; Santi Wulff; Jesse Bray; Justin Klentner) began the match with a one-goal handicap, but Antelope Jr. (Grant Palmer, Jim Wright, Felipe Vercellino, Herndon Radcliff) quickly countered with a goal by Vercellino. Klentner added another to stay ahead 2-1 after the first seven minutes. Antelope dug in, outscoring Klentner 2-1 in the second to knot the score at 3-all after two chukkers. Klentner bounced back with goals by Wulff and Bray, while holding Palmer to a goal to give Klentner the 5-4 advantage at the half. It was Antelope's turn in the fourth, with Vercellino and Palmer converting penalties for the 6-5 lead. Wulff found the mark on a run to level the score at 6-6. Klentner got ahead in the fifth with a pair of penalty conversions, but Antelope Jr. matched them with field goals to tie the score 8-8. Vercellino, mounted on Barbarita, one of his favorite mares, for the final chukker managed to put Antelope Jr. C A L I F O R N I A Klentner Ranch's Luke Klentner, Jesse Bray, Santi Wulff and Justin Klentner won the 12-goal Pope Challenge. Antelope Jr., with Herndon Radcliff, Felipe Vercellino, Jim Wright and Grant Palmer, won the Lisle Nixon Memorial. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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