With round one of the 2018 Cartier Queen’s Cup barreling toward a conclusion, this week’s three days of respite from play sees Talandracas and La Indiana already through to quarters. The round one matches continue Tuesday and Wednesday for group positioning, but Monterosso has been eliminated from Group 1 regardless of the result in their upcoming game against power team RH Polo, which wraps up round 1 on Wednesday. Round two starts Saturday, June 5 with the quarterfinals.
Last week’s matches were a mixed bag for Clinova, with one win (10-8 over Park Place) and one loss (a blistering 14-9 to El Remanso). El Remanso also went 1-1, losing 9-7 to Talandracas. RH Polo powered on with two wins: a 10-7 takedown of Emlor and 7-6 over a fired-up Valiente. La Bamba de Areco, who had blasted into the tournament with three straight wins, suffered a narrow defeat by La Bamba de Areco (10-9).
The action resumes tomorrow with La Bamba taking on Clinova at Zacara and El Remanso opposing Park Place (a new team this year) on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club, the tournament’s longtime host. Tuesday’s matches are set for noon and 3 p.m. respectively, and all times are local.
Full Queen’s Cup results to date: https://www.guardspoloclub.com/tournaments-and-results/cartier-queens-cup-2018
All matches are being filmed and may be viewed in their entirety the evening after each match at: guardspoloclub.com/guards-tv.
NINE NEW TEAM USPA MEMBERS TRY THE “THREE-TOUCH” RULE
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 in Aiken, South Carolina. The nine players spent three days immersed in polo and related activities at New Haven Farm, owned by Adam Snow, and Isinya Farm, owned by Owen Rinehart. They engaged in two fast-paced practices with coaching provided by Snow, Rinehart, Carlucho Arellano and Julian Daniels. Snow and Rinehart instituted a “three-touch” rule, forcing players to think about their next play and positioning before arriving at the ball, which quickened the pace of the game. The players also worked with Snow and Rinehart on the USPA Polo Development, LLC riding pattern, which was designed to test all aspects of riding used in a match. Each player’s swing was also filmed and reviewed.
USPA LAUNCHES EQUINE DISASTER RELIEF FUND
The United States Polo Association has established an Equine Disaster Relief Program to provide assistance to polo ponies in critical emergency need. A nominal monetary reserve fund will be available with there is no other immediate means to provide urgent care, feed or supplies. All USPA members may apply for support for horses endangered as a result of natural disasters or other catastrophic situations, or when dire animal welfare needs are verified as not being met. To apply for funding submit the Equine Disaster Relief Application: PLEASE MAKE THIS A HOTLINK https://www.uspolo.org/uploads/2018-EDR-REIMB.pdf. Send questions about the program to: email@example.com.
15 TEAMS DUKE IT OUT AT COWDRAY PARK
The 18-goal Duke of Sutherland Cup is sporting a big field this year, with 15 teams in contention. Today’s three games are: Altamira K v. Emlor, Four Quarters Black v. Bardon, and Marchfield v. El Remanso/El Paraiso. The final is next Sunday, June 10 at Cowdray Park.
Some top players on the field: Eight-goaler Facundo Sola and Luke Tomlinson (6 goals) are propelling Murus Sanctus. Fran Elizalde (8) and Negro de Lusarreta (7) provide the firepower for Talandracas. Diego Cavanagh (8), who also has his hands full at the Queen’s Cup, is playing for VPS Healthcare Sifani in the Duke of Sutherland Cup. Freddie Mannix (7), back from playing a solid month in Argentina, is the linchpin for Hurlingham 1875. Ignacio Laprida (8) is playing for HB Polo la Forge.
Complete schedule, results and rosters: https://cowdraypolo.co.uk/tournament/9/
PHOTOGRAPHY: Snoopy, Images of Polo, Alex Pacheco