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2010 Season

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2009 Chester County Hospital Day

Left side (left to right): Team Livin’ The Vision – Jake Brown, Dr. Cindy Mason Buchanan, Pablo Avalos.

2009 Women’s Tournament

Left to right: Team Brandywine – Julia Smith, Grace Brown, Devin Cox, Kiley Eldridge, Martha Brown.


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2010 Schedule* Month




Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


Sun. Polo, Walker Field, 3pm

Opening Day Opening Day


June 4

Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


Sunday Polo, 3pm

Proposition Cup


0-2 Goal Amateur’s Cup, Arena


Chester County Hospital Day

CC Hospital


Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


McHugh Finals

Eastern Horticulture

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Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm Sunday Polo, 3pm

✤ Phila. Raquet Club


BPC Women’s Tournament


3-6 Goal Mallet Hill Trophy, Arena


Sunday Polo-3pm

Hat Day



Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


Sunday Polo, 3pm

Dupont Capital Management


East Coast Arena Tournaments (Interscholastic)


Sunday Polo-3pm


Twilight Arena Polo-7pm


Brandywine Challenge Cup Finals


Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


Sunday Polo, 3pm

English Officers Club of Phila.


6-12 Goal BPC Open, Arena


Sunday Polo, 3pm

RIGJ Memorial


Twilight Arena Polo-7pm

Welcome to Brandywine Polo . . . This year marks 60 years of continuous play at Brandywine. We are all excited about the coming polo season with our facilities in top shape, a roster of players that exceeds forty and eight tournaments in this year’s calendar. Our non-playing membership is excited as well. We have brought back the social membership with an upgraded members area and series of accoutrements to enjoy watching polo like the good old days. Field side parking has grown and there are a number of new things for children to see and do. We also have several new sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. With all the new the old things that kept us going for 60 years remain. Attending a Sunday afternoon polo match at Brandywine continues to be a great way to spend time with family and friends. Our team looks forward to seeing you at Brandywine this year. – Brandywine Polo Club

President Scott W. Brown Club Manager Juan Martinez Baez Polo Development Manager Dominic State Playing Interns Chad Bowman & Jesus Ontiverus



Gerald Balding Finals


Twilight Arena Polo-7pm


Polo Ponies Finals

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Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


Sunday Polo


Twilight Arena Polo, 7pm


Sunday Polo, 3pm


Twilight Arena Polo-7pm


Sunday Polo-3pm

Season Finale Season Finale

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*Polo can be a dangerous sport and the Brandywine Polo Club cannot be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage to any person or property. Whether or not there is a game in process, all spectators and visitors on the Brandywine Polo grounds are present at their own risk. Please keep a safe distance from the field of play, horses, pony lines and all areas used for practice.



he fast paced, rough and tumble horseback sport of polo is a game of finesse and strategy when high-goal players take the field. To help you better understand and enjoy the game, here are a few guides to the game and some of the terms used on and off the playing field. The Field The polo field is 300 yards by 160 yards; goal posts are placed 24 feet apart at each end. The field is not typically marked except for the boundaries. If the field is “boarded,” 6-inch upright boards are used to mark the sides of the fields and to keep the ball in play. If the field is not boarded, the boundaries are marked with white lines.

Polo 101

The Teams Two teams of four mounted players compete to control the ball and score with it. While all players on each team have offensive and defensive duties and generally mix it up on the field, their specific roles or positions are designated by the numbers on their jerseys. Number 1 – Is the forward player responsible for offense; Number 1 runs interference with the other team, especially their Number 4. Number 2 – Also plays offense and supports the efforts of Number 1. Number 2 is usually the second highestrated member of the team. Number 3 – Is usually the highest-rated team member and usually captain. Number 3 works to take possession of the ball from opponents, has good stick-and-ball control and is an accurate passer and long-ball hitter.

Number 4 – Is responsible for defending the goal and returning the ball to teammates. Each player has a handicap or rating that reflects his or her experience and skills. The ratings run from B to 10 goal and reflect the value of the player on the team, not to the number of goals expected to be scored. Ratings are reviewed semi-annually and designated by a handicapping committee that relies on peer evaluations. Game Rules The object of polo is to move a ball downfield and between the opposing team’s goal posts. The game is divided into six periods of play called “chukkers.” Whenever the ball is struck, the direction the ball travels becomes the “line of the ball” and is an imaginary buffer to help avoid collisions between the riders going after the ball. Mallets are always in the players’ right hands. When the ball is driven between the goal posts, a point is scored and the teams switch ends of the field. The game is controlled by a referee located at the side of the field, two mounted umpires and a goal flagger between each set of goal posts who signals a score. ●

Polo Terms Bowl in (or Throw in): The umpire rolls the ball onto the field between lined up teams to start or resume play. Chukker: A 7-minute period of play. Each game has 6 chukkers with 4 minutes between chukkers. Hook: The use of a mallet to interfere with an opponent’s mallet that is trying to strike the ball. Out of Bounds: When the ball crosses the boundaries of the playing field, the umpire throws a replacement ball from the point of exit onto the field between the two teams, the clock does not stop. Penalty: Depending on the severity of the foul and where it occurred; the fouled team is allowed a free hit from a set distance from the goal. Ride-off: The pushing that occurs between the riders and horses to keep or gain control of the ball.


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T Professional Players

Pablo Avalos

Juan Martinez Baez

Chad Bowman

Jesus Ontiverus

Jose Pasten

Molly Smith

Dominic State

Grace Brown

Chloe Carabasi

Devin Cox

Phoebe Herring

Jason Hillman

Sean Lyons

Alan Medina

Bill Miller

Tess Schiavello

Dylan Smith

Julia Smith

Emma Vanden Terrell

Jackie Viens

Emily Walsh

The Star Players . . . X Interscholastic Players


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T Adult Players

Jake Brown

Martha Brown

Scott Brown

Cindy Mason Buchanan

Justin Flood

Martin Garzaron

Maureen Hall

Tim Jones

Leo Kenny

Dan Marano

Sean McCaully

Louis Micolucci

Dennis O’Flynn O’Brian

Andy O’bryne

Sara Runnells

Bruce Sibson

Tory Sieglaff

Dixon Stroud

Kathy Whitman

Bob Zelnio

. . . of Brandywine Polo



sach polo match consists of 4 to 6 chukkers (periods) that last seven and a half minutes with a warning bell at seven minutes and a final bell thirty seconds later (unless a team scores after the warning bell which stops the chukker immediately). The game is played on a field with goal posts on each end. The players try to hit the ball between the posts (no matter how high), to score one point. After each goal, the teams change sides. Two mounted umpires accompany the players, (four on each team in outdoor polo, three on each team in arena polo) and a “third man” sits near the middle of the field to referee in case of a disagreement between the mounted umpires. The whistle is blown to indicate a foul, and stops the clock. At the end of the chukker, the players change horses.

The Game

The Players Each team consist of four players. #1) An offensive player #2) The offensive midfielder #3) The pivot, often the highest rated player #4) The defensive back Each player is expected to cover his or her man (or woman) who is the numerical opposite on the field. Note: In arena polo, each team consists of three players.


Polo Ponies The horses traditionally called ponies, are well trained equine athletes. Able to stop and turn on a dime, they are considered faster than racehorses over short distances. Polo ponies are the most essential part of the game. Handicaps “A polo handicap is your passport to the world.” – Sir Winston Churchill In polo, a handicap is required and considered a good thing. Players are rated from minus two to ten. Ten is the best. Each team’s handicap is the sum of the players’ handicaps. In an Open tournament, teams play “on the flat” meaning that no scoring advantage is given to the weaker team. In a handicap tournament, points are given to the weaker team based on the difference of handicaps between two teams. For example, if a sixteen goal (handicap) team plays against a seventeen goal (handicap) team, then one point is awarded on the scoreboard for the sixteen goal team at the start of the match. Fouls (See facing page) To the layman, fouls in polo are very hard to see. Even professionals have a hard time, but one can usually tell a foul by listening to the players after the whistle blows. A foul is basically a dangerous play, mostly stemming from crossing in front of the man with the ball. When the ball is hit, it creates an invisible line and the players must follow it as if they are driving on a make-believe road. Each time the ball changes direction, the road changes as well. Penalty shots are awarded depending on where the foul was committed, or upon the severity of the foul. Lines on the field indicate where midfield, sixty, forty and thirty yard penalties are taken from. If the ball is hit past the back line by a defending player, a sixty-yard shot facing the spot where the ball went across the line is awarded. ●

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1. Black may hit white and force him across the line of the ball and then take possession.

2. Black may bump white at right angles in scrimmage or in fencing for the ball at slow pace and no foul would be called because there would be no real danger.

3. Two players riding at a ball in the open must both give way to the left and take the ball on the right side.

4. In a bump or ride-off, black would commit a foul if at the instant of contact black’s mount’s shoulders were ahead of those of the white man as in diagram.

5. At slow pace, black could cross white and no foul would be called. At full speed, the 20 feet would not be a safe margin and the cross would mean a penalty against black.

6. Even though the angle may be slight, black may not cross the line of the ball if the pace is fast.

7. It is not necessary for black to come parallel with white before bumping. Black may bump white at full gallop at an angle not to exceed 45 O. Beyond 45 O there would be grave danger of a fall.

8. Or he may, as above, come in from an angle, parallel to the line of the ball, and play as indicated if he can do so without interfering with white’s mount. If he should cross the line to the dotted position, it would be a foul.



ant to learn to Play Polo? Brandywine offers beginner and intermediate polo lessons that are perfect for anyone with a solid riding foundation and a desire to try something new and exciting. Most lessons cost only $50 for a group class and you are provided with an experienced polo pony and 1 1/2 hours in the saddle. Polo can be affordable! As your skills increase, Brandywine can move you up to the next level with Friday night arena polo and maybe

Brandywine Polo Academy

2009 Arena Tournament Winners.

even a Sunday afternoon match for the exceptionally skilled players. In 2009, Brandywine became one of only five nationwide Polo Centers supported and subsidized by the US Polo Association. With over 25 experienced ponies and trained instructors from three continents, the Academy has what it takes to get new adult or interscholastic players into the game. Already know how to play polo? Brandywine Polo Academy offers quality horses for rental for both arena and grass polo. The rated player can participate in club matches and tournaments on our horses supported by our staff. You can find out more at or contact Scott Brown at 302-897-0912. â—?


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randywine Polo Club is pleased to offer a sponsorship program which gives select companies the opportunity to partner with one of the most prestigious polo clubs on the east coast. As a Brandywine Polo Club sponsor, your company will receive high visibility in an elegant and sporting social setting. Spectators and players come to Brandywine from all over the mid-Atlantic region. The competitive play, spectacular settings and popular social events held each

behalf! That’s right a team will play that day in your corporate logos. Use the end of game awards ceremony as a photo opportunity to publicize your company. Display your corporate banners throughout the club, set up a display booth and admit up to 20 guests in the member’s area. A great venue to entertain customers or acknowledge co-workers. { $1,000 per Sunday } (limited availability). Event Sponsor: Sponsor an entire day at Brandywine Polo Club. Why not use BPC as your venue for your next group event. Contact us for more details.

Sponsorship & Membership year draw thousands of players and spectators annually to our events. We encourage you to become a part of this exciting and unique segment of Unionville’s equestrian lifestyle.

Non-Playing Membership Options

Season Pass: Admission for one person to all 17 scheduled Sunday games plus 15 Friday Night Twilight Polo sessions. { $200 } Season Parking Pass for Sunday Afternoon Polo: Personalized field side parking place up close to all the Sunday action-Free admission to all of our 17 scheduled Sunday games for your car load of family and friends. { $400 } Season Parking Pass for Friday Night Twilight Polo: Personalized parking space overlooking the arena with the best view of the action. Free admission to all of our 15 scheduled Twilight Polo games throughout the season for your car load of family and friends. { $250 } Social Member: Enjoy the Sunday game from our new members area. Canopies with tables and chairs available to entertain from and enjoy the game field side. Members can book their table in advance through our hostess who will also be there to greet you plus provide set ups, ice and light refreshments. Meet the Brandywine professional players and participate in the clubs social events throughout the season. { $500 per season for the member and one guest } (Additional guests $20 per Sunday). ●

Sponsorship Options Sponsor: Display your corporate banner at each of our Sunday polo games and in our media pieces and website. In addition you will be listed in our weekly polo newsletter and recognized by our announcer at each Sunday game. { $500 } Game Sponsor: Sponsor a polo game at Brandywine and you will have an entire polo team playing on your

Enjoy the benefits of canopies with tables and chairs.

We Want to Thank the Following Businesses for their Generous Trophy Donations: Leather halter and a wooden grooming box by Equine Exchange • Picture frame by Bove Jewelers Two wool coolers by Unionville Saddlery • Rider’s belt by Bartsville Harness • Caps and T-shirts by YANA


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Mini Bacon, Tomato, & Basil Sandwiches Yield: Makes 12 appetizer servings Ingredients 9 slices ready-to-serve bacon, halved 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 garlic clove, minced 9 slices extra-thin white bread slices 3 plum tomatoes, sliced 12 fresh basil leaves

Preparation 1. Heat bacon according to package directions until crisp. 2. Stir together cheese, mayonnaise, and garlic. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly onto 1 side of each bread slice. Layer 3 bread slices, mayonnaise sides up, with 3 bacon slices each. Top bacon evenly with 1 bread slice, tomato slices, and basil. Top each with remaining bread slices, mayonnaise sides down. Cut each sandwich into quarters.

Tailgate Recipes

Crab Dip Yield: 6 cups Ingredients 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 1 (4.5 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained 1 cup seeded and chopped tomato 1 small clove garlic, minced 1/4 to 1/2 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 lb. fresh jumbo lump crabmeat, drained Garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Preparation Combine first 11 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet; place over low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gently fold in crabmeat. Spoon into serving bowl, and garnish, if desired. Serve with French bread slices toasted with Casino Butter.


Frozen Lemonade Slushy Preparation Combine one thinly sliced lemon and 1-2/3 cups superfine sugar in a bowl; mash with a spoon. Add 3 cups cold water and 1-1/4 cups lemon juice; let stand for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain. Puree half of lemon juice mixture and 4 cups ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into 4 chilled glasses; repeat. Serves 8

Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches Yield: Makes 80 mini sandwiches Ingredients 1 (10 oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 1 (10 oz.) block Swiss cheese, grated 1 1/4 cups light or regular mayonnaise 1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 20 thin white bread slices 20 thin wheat bread slices Garnishes: grape tomatoes & black olives, secured with wooden picks

Preparation Stir together first 6 ingredients. Spread half of mixture evenly on half of white bread slices; top with remaining half of white bread slices. Spread remaining half of mixture evenly on half of wheat bread slices; top with remaining half of wheat bread slices. Remove crusts with a serrated knife; cut each sandwich into 4 squares. Arrange, stacked in pairs, on a serving plate in a checkerboard pattern, alternating white and wheat. Garnish, if desired.

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olo is thought to have originated in China and Persia around 2,000 years ago. The name of the game may well come from the word “pholo” meaning ‘ball’ or ‘ballgame’ in the Balti language of Tibet. The first recorded game took place in 600BC between the Turkomans and Persians (the Turkomans won). In the fourth century AD, King Sapoor II of Persia learned to play, aged seven. In the 16th century, a polo ground (300 yards long and with goalposts eight yards apart) was built at Ispahan, then the capital, by Shah Abbas the Great. The Moguls were largely responsible for taking the game from Persia to the east and, by the 16th century, the Emperor Babur had established it in India. (It had already long been played in China and Japan, but had died out by the time the West came in contact with those countries). In the 1850s, British tea planters discovered the game in Manipur (Munipoor) on the Burmese border with India. They founded the world’s first polo club at Silchar, west of Manipur. Other clubs followed and today the oldest in the world is the Calcutta Club, founded in 1862. Malta followed in 1868 because soldiers and naval officers stopped off there on their way home from India. In 1869, Edward “Chicken” Hartopp, of the 10th Hussars, read an account of the game in The Field magazine while stationed at Aldershot and, with fellow officers, organised the first game. Then known as “hockey on horseback,” it was played on a hastily-rolled Hounslow Heath where a shortlist of about 10 rules was also hastily assembled.

A Short History of Polo

But, it was John Watson (1856-1908), of the 13th Hussars, who formulated the first real rules of the game in India in the 1870s. He later formed the celebrated Freebooters team who won the first Westchester Cup match in 1886. He was a key player at the All Ireland Polo Club which was founded in 1872 by Horace Rochfort of Clogrenane, County Carlow. The first polo club in England was Monmouthshire, founded in 1872 by Captain Francis “Tip” Herbert (1845-1922), of the 7th Lancers, at his brother’s estate at Clytha Park, near Abergavenny. Others, including Hurlingham, followed quickly. Handicaps were introduced by the USA in 1888 and by England and India in 1910. The first official match in Argentina took place on 3rd September 1875. The game had been taken there by English and Irish engineers and ranchers. In 1876, Lt Col Thomas St.Quintin, of the 10th Hussars, introduced the game to Australia. He is credited with being the Father of Australian Polo. Two of his brothers stayed on there as ranchers and helped the game to develop. In the same year, polo was introduced to the USA by James Gordon Bennett Junior who had seen the game at Hurlingham during a visit to England. Today, more than 77 countries play polo. It was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1939 and has now been recognized again by the International Olympic Committee. ●

“Let other people play at other things — the King of Games is still the Game of Kings”


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The early years.

Brandywine Yesteryear

1969 National 8 Goal.

1976 Delegate Cup.

The Brandywine polo Association receives its trophies for winning the 1956 National Open. From left to right: Billy Mayer, Clarance “Buddy” Combs, Capt. Ray Harrington and Dr. Raworth Williams. Brandywine won the final game by downing Aurora 11-10, in a thrilling 8-Chukker battle that was decided by a tremendous left-handed “assist” shot from Dr. Williams to Combs for the winning goal.



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2009 McHugh Tournament

Left side (left to right): Team Legal Polo – Teresa Butler, Kathy Fowser Whitman, Juan Martinez Baez, Justin Flood

2009 Richard I. G. Jones Memorial

Right side (left to right). Team Doe Run – Kathy Fowser Whitman, Tim Jones, Juan Martinez Baez.



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2009 Polo Ponies Memorial

From left to right: Team West Shore – Tom Huber, PJ Orthwein, Will Johnston, Max Hempt.

2009 Gerald Balding

From left to right: Team Doe Run – Justin Flood, Tim Jones, Will Johnston, Pablo Avalos.


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2010 Brandywine Polo Magazine  

2010 Edition of the Brandywine Polo Magazine.

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