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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cost of travel, housing, ground transporta- tion and salary for one umpire. •The number of USPA national or cir- cuit tournaments, not sanctioned (out- door and/or arena), 8-goals or below, that are eligible for a PUMP/8 umpire per year, per club: three •Tournaments must have a minimum of four teams participating. •Clubs must reserve an umpire with a minimum of 14 days' notice prior to the beginning of the event. •Clubs must pay a $500 fee (per tour- nament), before an umpire will be sched- uled. Clubs will receive one umpire per tournament, and all their expenses will be paid by USPA Umpires, LLC (travel, hotel and salary). •Tournament must be played and completed within 10 consecutive days for a PUMP/8 umpire. •Clubs must follow USPA tournament conditions and USPA rules. Tournaments must have two mounted umpires, plus a referee for outdoor tournaments. •Clubs, which already acquired a pro- fessional umpire under contract, will be credited for games played. •Clubs must send a schedule of all tournament games played. •Club requests for credit will not be considered or accepted after 60 days of the tournament end date. •Umpires are limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, please con- tact Umpire Manager Maggie Mitchell, 941-928-4600 or mmitchell@uspolo.org. Chicago Polo on the Rise The Chicago Polo Association announced it will support the advance- ment of polo by organizing and promot- ing the sport through activities in and around the metropolitan Chicagoland area. Chicago Polo is comprised of six USPA recognized polo clubs, 12 polo facilities and over 130 registered USPA playing members. Together, the group runs two polo schools, 15 grass polo fields and seven indoor/outdoor polo arenas—five of which operate year-round. "Chicago Polo will build on the suc- cess of existing member clubs by consoli- dating resources and leveraging advertis- ing, marketing and outreach to drive participation in polo schools, tourna- ments, leagues and youth polo through one central organization," explained Pam Mudra, executive director of Chicago Polo. Chicago Polo member facilities are located in the north, west and south sub- urbs of Chicago, making it convenient and accessible for anyone to watch, play a nd learn the sport of polo. "We are cur- rently running polo schools in Boling- brook and Barrington Hills," added Mudra. "No experience is necessary and beginners or experienced riders are also welcome." Club members of Chicago Polo include Arranmore Farm and Polo Club, Barrington Hills Polo Club, Blackberry Polo Club, Chicago International Polo Club, Due West Polo, Morgan Creek Polo and Oak Brook Polo Club. "Through the support of the USPA Polo Development, LLC, we have been able to bring these clubs and facilities together with a single calendar of schools, practices and tournaments to offer all lev- els of polo to Chicagoans and suburban- ites," said Bob McMurtry, Central Circuit Governor of the USPA. "We are very excit- ed to have Pam Mudra at the helm as our executive director. She has years of expe- rience developing and growing polo in communities such as Houston, Texas." Chicago's polo history dates back to 1879, when the first recorded match was played in Lincoln Park in Downtown Chicago. Over the next 140 years, the sport of kings prospered in and around Chicagoland with as many as 50 polo clubs hosting competitive professional and amateur polo. Several well-known Chicago families were avid polo players and helped bring attention to the sport, including the Wrigleys, McCormicks, Armours and Butlers. For more informa- tion, please visit chicago-polo.com. Published by the United States Polo Association Offices at 9011 Lake Worth Rd. Lake Worth, Florida 33467 (800) 232-USPA Chairman: Chip Campbell President: Tony Coppola Secretary: Stuart Armstrong Treasurer: Sam Ramirez Chief Executive Officer: Robert Puetz POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 7 Member clubs hosting a USPA national or circuit event, 8-goals or under, may be eligible to receive one umpire through the Professional Umpire Management Program's umpire initiative.

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