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 53 up by two, 10-8. With two minutes remaining, Antelope Jr. tried to keep Klentner from reaching the goal, but in doing so drew the umpires' attention and was whistled on two plays. Klentner took full advantage of the opportunities and managed to level the score, sending the match into overtime. In extra time, Bray stole the ball from Vercellino on a knock-in, quickly necking the ball through the post for the Klentner win. Klentner's Santi Wulff was named MVP and Vercellino's Barbarita wore the Best Playing Pony Blanket well. Two weeks later, Grant Palmer's Antelope Jr. faced Grant's father, Geoff Palmer's Antelope team in the final of the Lisle Nixon Memorial. Antelope (Hilario Figueras, Peke Gonzalez, Santi Trotz, Geoff Palmer) boasts a mix of experience, talent and youthful ambition. Trotz has been a mainstay of the Antelope organization for years, carefully organizing teams that have been successful at all levels at the club. He has also played a significant role in bringing up Grant through the coaching league and pro pool at the club. Grant and his young teammates (Herndon Radcliff, Jim Wright, Felipe Vercellino) quickly found their way to the goal mouth after the first bowl-in, Radcliff tapping his way through the uprights. Trotz lit a fire under Gonzalez, sending him flying across the field, resulting in back-to-back goals for a 2-1 Antelope lead. Radcliff and Gonzalez traded goals in the second. In a foul- plagued third, the teams converted pairs of penalties to end the first half of play, 7-5, in favor of Antelope. The young team came back from the halftime break on a mission. It managed to level the score, 7-7, before going on a scoring spree over the last 14 minutes, outscoring Antelope 6-2 for the win. "We really focused on keeping our man in the second half," said MVP Jimmy Wright. "Once we tightened up on our defense, it gave us more room on the field to work and get the ball back on our side of the field. It's always tough playing against Antelope, but I think our team did a good job of reading each other, especially in the fifth chukker. Playing with and against friends is one of the best parts about being in Santa Barbara. You don't find the same atmosphere anywhere else." Santi Trotz's Chava was awarded Best Playing Pony. Antelope Jr.—Grant Palmer, Jim Wright, Felipe Vercellino, Herndon Radcliff; Klentner Ranch—Luke Klentner, Jesse Bray, Santi Wulff, Justin Klentner; Antelope—Hilario Figueras, Peke Gonzalez, Santi Trotz, Geoff Palmer; Farmers & Merchants Bank—Dan Walker, Marcos Bignoli, Felipe Viana, Leigh Brecheen. RED RAIDERS SECURE MARGARITA MATCH Lakeside Polo Club in Lakeside, California hosted its annual Margarita Invitational—Polo is for Fun Tournament in May. It was not one of its typical bright sunny mornings for the first throw-in but the May gray could not dampen the spirits of the 32 polo friends who showed up to play. The players were divided into two teams based on experience levels, and played 16 alternating fast, really fast and some less fast periods over the next four hours. Intense competition was not the purpose of the day, but when you have six guys and girls mounted on horses, with sticks in their hands and one ball, it gets competitive in a hurry. The final score was the Red Raiders, 30, and the Blue Bandits, 28; but who cares, each chukker was a match in itself. Following the play and care for the horses, Participants in Lakeside Polo Club's Margarita Invitational—Polo is for Fun tournament. JIM BREMNER/JFBPHOTOS.COM Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a polo ball! Red Raiders and Blue Bandits search for the ball. JIM BREMNER/JFBPHOTOS.COM

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