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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8 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N National Youth Tournament Series National Youth Tournament Series Quali- fiers being held across the country are see- ing the highest participation numbers in program history. The Central Texas Polo Association hosted three competitive teams for its first ever NYTS qualifier. Horsegate (Lance Stefanakis, Joanie Jack- son, Chino Payan, Quique Garcia) emerged as the victor. All-Stars included Taylor Morris, Clary Mayer, Chino Payan, April Galindo and Anson Moore. Best Playing Pony was awarded to Ganela, played by April Galindo. For more infor- mation on the NYTS program please visit uspolo.org or email Amanda Snow, asnow@uspolo.org. Team USPA Team USPA welcomed Molly Agee, Lucas Arellano, Lauren Biddle, Mia Bray, Tony Calle, Justin Daniels, Grant Ganzi, Jake Klentner and Sloan Stefanakis to the program after the final stage of selections took place in Aiken, South Carolina. The players spent three days immersed in polo and related activities on Langdon Road, home to head coaches Adam Snow and Owen Rinehart, both Hall of Famers and former 10 goalers. Despite a gloomy forecast, players were able to play two good, fast practices with coaching provid- ed by Rinehart, Snow, Carlucho Arellano, and Julian Daniels. During practice the players followed a " t h r e e - t o u c h " rule, forcing them to think about their next play before arriv- ing to the ball, thus quickening the pace of the game. In addition to two practices, the players worked with Snow and Rinehart on the USPA Polo Devel- opment, LLC rid- ing pattern designed to test all aspects of riding used i n a match. Each player's swing was also filmed and reviewed. When not in the sad- dle, the schedule was packed with presen- tations and activities to help them improve and gain knowledge in the sport. Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Congratulations to the 2019 & 2020 USPA National I/I Host Sites. The National Intercollegiate Championships has been awarded to Virginia Polo Center and the Open and Girls' National Interscholastic Championships will be combined into one event hosted by Houston Polo Club. The USPA I/I awarded 97 players with 2018 Interscholastic Varsity Letters. To receive the award players met the follow- ing requirements: currently in grades 9- 12; active member of an existing inter- scholastic program; met all USPA IS eligibility requirements; played in at least four regular season I/I games; played in a preliminary, regional or national tourna- ment; and logged a minimum of 100 hours of riding/practice time. Congratulations to all our players on this outstanding achievement! Team USPA welcomed nine new players to the program. Anson Moore put in an All-Star performance in the NYTS qualifier held at the Central Texas Polo Association. MARTHA BAGLEY

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