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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 61 awarded Cambridge two goals, yet man- aged to gain a decisive victory by defeating Cambridge 11-4. Here began a series of wins that was not broken until the Americans were defeated some 10 games later in the Hold- en White Cup. It was evident that the Americans had been better schooled in horsemanship, knowledge and mallet han- dling—most likely due to superior training when the players had started learning. Yet it was quite an occasion to see young play- ers from both sides of the Atlantic playing a sport that supposedly had fallen with the outset of the war. It was encouraging to realize that there could be found enough polo enthusiasts to send such a team abroad. The game proved to be great stimulus to the English, who realized that their young players had been neglected. The stimulus, however, is encouraging in that we now see that the interest is evident both in England and America. The Hon. George Bathurst sup- plied the ponies for the third game at Cirencester. Again the intercollegiates were victorious in a fast evenly-matched game, 6-3. The next day, the team played against Windsor at Windsor Park. A strong wind had set in, the play was difficult, yet the Americans again won in a near shutout, 5-1. It was then said in a Horse and Hound article, "On good ponies they (the college team) would take a lot of stop- ping by one of our 12-goal teams." The tour was over and the team was to return home, but the Americans were invited to play in two of England's best low-goal tournaments—the Gloucester- shire Cup at Cirencester and the Holden White Cup at Cowdray. With the helpful assistance of Judy Balding, Tom Barlow, one of the Cambridge players and Lord Cowdray, the team was able to gather a string together to play in these tourna- ments. The effort proved worthwhile as they won the Gloucestershire Cup, 6-3, over The Rest, after easily defeating three teams (Buccaneers 4-4; Barton Abbey 4-2; Farmington 3-1). Nineteen teams entered the Holden White Cup. Despite a vigorous schedule, plus weary ponies, the intercollegiate team managed to get to the semi-finals where they were finally downed, 7-3, by the eventual winners—Cheshire—thereby ending their streak of 10 consecutive wins. Following this, an exhibition game was played at Cowdray, the Americans win- ning, thereby allowing them to end their tour successfully. During the latter part of his life, Gerald Balding, who had played for both England and America in international games, devoted his talent to teaching young play- ers. It was his widow, Ellie, who housed the American team during much of their stay in England. In order to commemorate their visit and to return some of the gen- erosity shown to them, the team presented to England a trophy to be called The Ger- ald Balding Memorial Cup in memory of Gerald, his widow, their English hosts and Gerald's devoted interest in the young polo player. With the same interest at heart, the English likewise gave a cup to be played for in America. Through this exchange of cups it is hoped that the tournament will stimulate interest in the Balding tradition here and abroad; a tradition that deeply holds the interest of the young player at heart; a tradition that accepts the young, that teaches them, that eventually will make it possible to give to England and America young players who can carry on this great game. George Weymouth Jr., Peter Baldwin, Richard Riemenschneider and Stanley Woolaway traveled to England to play against other collegiate players from all over the British Empire.

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