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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6 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Westchester Cup Following the Hurlingham Polo Associ- ation's acceptance of the United States Polo Association's challenge of the W estchester Cup, the historical event is set to be played Saturday, July 28, at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The USPA will be cheering on the strong team of Julio Arellano (8), Nic Roldan (8), Jeff Hall (7) and Mariano "Peke" Gonzalez (5) as they fight to bring home the trophy to the United States. Polo fans are encouraged to cheer on their country via livestream. Please check uspolo.org for details. American players will proudly sport U.S. Polo Assn. performance wear jerseys, vest, jackets and hats and will be outfitted in custom Lucchese boots. Prior to the playing of the Westchester Cup, a youth team will take to the field to represent the United States. These young players will compete against their English peers in an international match on Friday, July 27. The Junior Westchester Cup team to represent the U.S. will include Hope Arel- lano, Bayne Bossom and Lucas Escobar, with a fourth player yet to be named. Please visit uspolo.org for additional information. Equine Disaster Relief Program The USPA board of governors has approved a new Equine Disaster Relief Program for 2018. The program was developed to provide lifesaving and life changing assistance to horses in immediate need. Our purpose is to have a nominal monetary reserve fund available for the aid of distressed polo ponies in emergency situations where there is no other immediate means to pro- vide urgent care, feed or supplies. There are three categories of support available to all USPA Members • Catastrophic Scenarios: Fund will be available to provide an immediate equine lifesaving monetary assistance contribu- tion to horses in an emergency care situa- tion. This disbursement may be made after evaluation of the imminent need at t he sole discretion of a USPA authority such as the Equine Welfare Committee, board of governors or the executive branch • Underfed or Neglect Complaint: The fund may be used to provide a last chance solution to aid distressed ponies being denied basic needs for survival (under- standing the USPA and EWC in no man- ner condone the mistreatment or lack of care of any horse for any reason). In the case of an animal welfare com- plaint or investigation, this fund is meant to provide feed, supplies or veterinary assistance in an extreme situation, espe- cially in circumstances that warrant a fear that the horses may be moved or hid- den without rectifying the situation. This portion of the fund must meet strict poli- cy guidelines and enforcement. Monies, if any, will be paid directly to vendors only and not to individual owners or caretak- ers. A restitution requirement and mem- bership suspension to USPA members may be implemented if deemed warrant- ed. A time limit to remedy and monitor the situation will be enforced. The EWC chairman and a USPA authority will set forth conditions on a case-by-case basis. • Disaster Relief: The Fund may pro- vide partial reimbursement of expenses incurred to rescue, relocate, transport, and feed displaced ponies due to natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake, sinkhole, hurricane, etc. All reimburse- ments must be requested in writing with receipts provided and will be subject to review and approval. These funds are only to be used to cover expenses incurred as a result of the disaster situation and are not to be used to provide any temporary loss of income caused by the disaster. A specif- ic disaster relief form provided by the EWC must be used to request these funds. To apply for funding through this pro- gram please contact equinewelfare@uspo- lo.org. PUMP/8 USPA Umpires, LLC is continuing the Professional Umpire Management Pro- gram's umpire initiative. Member Clubs hosting a USPA national or circuit event 8-goals or under are eligible to receive one umpire. The program will cover the This U.S. team will be competing in the Westchester Cup on July 28 at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, England. A Junior Westchester Cup will also be played.

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