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A welcome letter for the 2013 Season from Ron Bonaguidi.

We check in with Prince Harry and Sentebale on their 2012 accomplishments and see what’s planned for 2013.

HISTORY  OF  POLO Our 27th year in Rancho Santa Fe and our 107th year in the city of San Diego.

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A  POLO  LEGACY An in-depth look at Willis Allen, the Collins Family and their long connection to the San Diego Polo Club.

HOW  TO  WATCH A guide to game rules, terms, equipment and how to watch polo.

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SOCIAL  SCENE

Meet the players and learn more about their passion for polo.

Travel with us as we explore the mecca of polo.

Pictures from the sidelines and social events of the 2012 season.


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welcome A warm hello to all of our friends who have attended polo games and functions at the San Diego Polo Club over the years. We greatly appreciate your continued support in keeping polo here in San Diego. In 2013, we will continue our focus to have the polo fields used and enjoyed to the maximum community benefit. Currently, the polo fields are home to the nationally recognized Surf Cup Soccer Tournament each summer during July and August, as well as the Surf Cup National College tournament in November. Simultaneously, Surf Soccer utilizes the polo fields for practices and clinics twelve months out of the year. Two national lacrosse tournaments, and a national women’s soccer tournament have already utilized the facility and the fields in 2013. More youth and adult sports events are scheduled throughout the remainder of this year.

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Bob Filner, Council Member Sherri Lightner and all City Administration members who have helped keep polo, soccer, and youth sports alive and working together. Because of their efforts and ours, we are able to remain stewards of these fifty acres of beautiful open space and fields.

Going forward, I invite all of you to join us here for a Sunday polo event. You can purchase advanced seats or just tailgate with the family and a picnic basket. It’s a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon in San Diego. All the best,

In addition, this year the polo club will be hosting polo matches to benefit Sentebale, American Heart Association, and REINS Therapeutic Riding Program. As always, we are thankful for the ability to use such ideally located facilities here in the heart of San Diego’s equestrian country. Our appreciation goes out to Mayor

RON  BONAGUIDI President

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COLLEEN  WILSON

ELLEN  GREENHILL

CHRIS  COLLINS

DIRK  WRAY

KRISTA  BONAGUIDI

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founding members Laith Alsarraf, Nourdean Anakar, Howard Birndorf, Ron Bonaguidi, Lisa Bosstick, Brian Boudreau, Marc Brutten, Chris Collins, Harry Collins, Georges Daou, Scott Dlugos, Suzanne Figi, Ted Gildred, Ellen Greenhill, Bob Harman, William Hoyman, Dick Laventhol, Ann Mallinckrodt, Chris Maloney, Ed Masterson, Pat Nesbitt, Norma Owen, Leslie Reeder, Doug Sheehan, Nick Stonnington, Harrison Tyler, Dudley White, Jim Williams, Colleen Wilson, Dirk Wray

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Dear Polo Enthusiasts, The USPA would like to congratulate the San Diego Polo Club on its 27th season as being one of the premiere polo clubs in the United States. Bob Puetz brings a wealth of polo experience with him as the club manager. We often are attracted to the skilled polo players and the magnificent things they do on the polo field, but we don’t want to overlook the true athletes of the sport of polo, which are the polo horses. Watching them is like watching a ballet. They are truly incredible performers. It is estimated that a polo horse will run 10 miles in one short seven minute chukker. Another background factor to the San Diego Polo Club that doesn’t get much mention, but is so important to the development of the sport, is the lesson program. Graham Bray, Kimo Huddleston and the San Diego Polo Club have wonderful and fun programs from beginner polo to fine tuning your polo game. Whether you are a spectator, beginning polo player, or an experienced player, the USPA wishes you the best for this 27th season of polo at the San Diego Polo Club. See you on the field,

Dennis Geiler Governor, USPA Pacific Coast Circuit United States Polo Association 4037 Iron Works Parkway Suite 110, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 Tel: 850.219.1000 Fax: 859.219.0520 www.uspolo.org uspa@uspolo.org

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’m very excited to be a part of the San Diego Polo Club and the 2013 season. I have great memories of playing polo here back in the 90’s during the club’s early years. A lot has changed since those days but the fantastic setting, ambiance and perfect location of this club remain as strong and desirable as ever. I look forward to being a part of this organization and to bringing my years of experience in polo, sports and event management to the team. We have a wonderful group of people who are committed to improving the club for both our members and guests. Whether you are a first time visitor, a social member, a polo playing member or a guest at a special event, our goal is to ensure that your experience is enjoyable and that you continue to frequent the San Diego Polo Club for many years to come.

POLO  SCHOOL  COORDINATOR GILLIAN  YOUNG school@sandiegopolo.com

GENERAL  MANAGER BOB  PUETZ bob@sandiegopolo.com

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POLO  MANAGER GRAHAM  BRAY graham@sandiegopolo.com EVENT  &  MARKETING  DIRECTOR LINDSEY  CHRONERT lindsey@sandiegopolo.com POLO  SCHOOL  INSTRUCTOR KIMO  HUDDLESTON kimo@sandiegopolo.com


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SUMMER  2013 09 OPENING  DAY  -­  JUNE  9 Come join us for an afternoon of action-packed polo, luxury car rides provided by Land Rover and Porsche of San Diego, high fashion, charity, and of course, bubbly! Be sure to stick around for the 7th Chukker After Party presented by RIVIERA Magazine.

16 FATHER’S  DAY  -­    JUNE  16 Whether you arrive in an antique biplane or in a classic car, Dad will love spending the afternoon sipping bourbon and watching polo with the family!

23 FAIRBANKS  CLASSIC  -­  JUNE  23 The Fairbanks Classic will be held this year on Field Five. Come join for us an afternoon of polo and an opportunity to mingle with club members and polo players. All Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.sandiegopolo.ticketleap. com and please remember to use the East Gate entrance.

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SAN  DIEGUITO  CUP  -­  JUNE  30

WOODFORD  RESERVE  CLASSIC  -­  JULY  14

This year, the San Dieguito Cup will benefit Protect the San Dieguito River Valley Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open spaces surrounding the San Diego Polo Club.

We’ll be hosting the 2nd Annual Woodford Reserve Classic and the bourbon will be flowing! Purchase any Woodford Reserve specialty cocktail and receive 2 free tickets to Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack!

RED  BARON  BASH  -­  JULY  6

MOVIE  NIGHT  -­  JULY  18

We are taking the Red Baron Bash to new heights this year. Along with an antique biplane fly-in, we will be offering tethered hot air balloon rides. Members Only.

We’ve rented out an entire theatre at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas for a special viewing of Disney’s summer blockbuster, The Lone Ranger! Members Only.

WILLIS  ALLEN  MEMORIAL  -­  JULY  7

FERNANDO  GUTIERREZ  MEMORIAL  -­  JULY  21

Join us as we pay tribute to the life of Willis Allen at the Willis Allen Memorial Tournament. Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will benefit REINS Therapeutic Riding Program, where Willis’ sonin-law, Harry Collins, currently rides.

Join us for the Annual Fernando Gutierrez Memorial Cup. Members of the family will be in attendance to help us celebrate and remember Fernando’s life and his passion for polo. NO POLO JULY 28, AUGUST 4, AUGUST 11. 2 0 1 3  /  S A NDI E GOPOLO.COM 21


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ALOHA  SUNDAY  -­  AUGUST  18

WHITE  PARTY  -­  SEPTEMBER  1

If you missed Opening Day, here is your second chance as we start the 2nd half of the 2013 season. This Hawaiian themed Sunday will feature shave ice, hula dancers, and a polo demonstration by our very own Maui native, Kimo Huddleston.

Summer might be coming to an end but the most competitive polo is just getting started! Grab your friends and join us for the first week of the Freedom Cup and White Party. With Labor Day just around the corner, this might be your last chance to wear white!

VOLUNTEER  DAY  -­  AUGUST  24

FREEDOM  CUP  FINALS  -­  SEPTEMBER  8

Help us give back! We’re planning a volunteer day in San Diego and we’d love for you to join us. Please check www.sandiegopolo. com for more detailed information.

Join us for our annual event to benefit military families within San Diego. Whether you’re a veteran, on active military duty, or a family member, we’d like to thank you for all that you do. Bring your military ID or badge for free admission.

USPA  ROSSMORE  CUP  FINALS   &  GO  RED  FUNDRAISER  -­  AUGUST  25

HERRADURA  CUP  -­  SEPTEMBER  15

Join us as we launch the 1st Annual American Heart Association’s Go Red Fundraiser. The day’s event will include a red-themed ‘Strut’, judged by celebrity guests, as well as a silent auction.

What’s a fiesta without tequila?! Join us for the Herradura Polo Cup as we celebrate Mexican Independence Day and start the first week of the USPA Spreckels Cup. Enjoy the sounds of a 12-piece mariachi band during intermission.

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LITTLE  BLACK  DRESS  CLASSIC  -­  SEPTEMBER  22 The battle for the Spreckels Cup wages on! Our friends at Little Black Dress Vodka will be helping us keep the party going with special blueberry infused vodka drinks. Dress to impress!

CRASH  &  BURN  PARTY  -­  SEPTEMBER  28 Crash & Burn is our annual year-end party to celebrate our brave players and their harrowing falls. Yes, we’ve been keeping tabs. Join us for an evening of fun and laughter as we wrap up the 2013 season. Members Only.

CLOSING  DAY  &  FINALS  -­  SEPTEMBER  29 Join us for a Gatsby-themed day as we crown the winners of the 2013 USPA Spreckels Cup! Be sure to wear your favorite outfit from the Roaring Twenties. Match is at 2pm.

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TICKET  SALES Purchase your tickets in advance at SanDiegoPolo.TicketLeap.com

ATTEND  THE  EVENTS Join as a Social Member and you and a guest gain access to all of the fun social events.

HAVE  YOUR  OWN  PARTY Social Members are welcome to use our Clubhouse for a personalized party! Email for more info: lindsey@sandiegopolo.com


GREAT ST YLE BEGINS WITH GREAT TASTE

POSITIONS There are 4 players per side. Each player plays a position numbered 1 – 4 and they wear corresponding numbers on their team jerseys. The number 1 plays primarily offense and is normally one of the high scorers in the match. The number 2 is the work horse of the team whose primary job is to defend and neutralize the number 3 on the opposing team. The number 3 is like the centerman or quarterback of the team. He is normally the strongest player on the team and his main objective is to strategize ways to set up offensive plays for his team while breaking down the offense of the opposing team. The number 4 primarily plays defense and must be able to execute strong back shots from both sides of the horse. The number 1 marks (defends against) the number 4, the 2’s mark the 3’s. Unlike hockey, polo is an open field sport. There are no zones or off sides in polo except during penalty shots and knock-ins so players will often interchange positions throughout the match.

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charity spotlight: American Heart Association For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease as part of The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. They have proudly worn red, shared their stories of survival and have raised awareness about women’s heart health and prevention measures. While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women in the United States; fewer women are dying every year. Thanks to campaigns like Go Red For Women, more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved. On August 25, 2013, Go Red For Women will be teaming up with the San Diego Polo Club for the inaugural Go Red Strut to benefit the American Heart Association. The Go Red Strut will be a Fashion Show during the intermission between polo matches. Fifty participants and their respective teams will strut down the runway with their red inspired outfits and will then be judged on their style and overall creativity by our celebrity guest judges. One winning team will take home an amazing prize! There will also be a silent auction featuring spa trips, entertainment tickets, and many other great items! The American Heart Association would like to invite everyone to come out, wear red, and learn more about what they can do to prevent heart disease in women. Please contact Mary Ostrander, Go Red Director at the American Heart Association at 858.410.3834 for more details on the event or for an application to participate in the Go Red Strut. For tickets, please visit, www. sandiegopolo.com.

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charity spotlight: Sentebale The San Diego Polo Club is delighted to welcome back Sentebale for the 2013 season. Sentebale is a charity that was founded in 2007 by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The organization partners with grassroots movements within Lesotho to help children who are the victims of extreme poverty and the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sentebale’s mission is to help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Sentebale means “forget-me-not” in Sesotho, the language spoken in Lesotho. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso came up with this name and

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formed the charity as a way to honor their late mothers. Both Princess Diana and Queen Mamohato worked with children and people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the charity is a way to follow in their mother’s footsteps, as well as keep their legacies alive. Lesotho is a beautiful country, but it suffers from one of the world’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS, with around 23 percent of adults aged 15-49 being HIV positive. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has inflicted severe damage on society in Lesotho. In 2006, the average life expectancy was only 41 years. Lesotho’s problems are compounded by extreme poverty, unemployment and poor

infrastructure. More than half the country depends on food assistance to survive. Sadly children suffer most acutely but Sentebale is actively working to alleviate these problems. The Mamohato Network is one of the grassroots organizations that Sentebale is supporting within Lesotho, and it was named in honor of Prince Seeiso’s late mother. The Mamohato Network runs camps that provide essential life-skills and psychosocial support to children living with HIV/AIDS, subsequently reducing the spread of HIV through education about the disease. These camps were created in response to research that showed how children


with HIV often felt isolated, receiving little support in their homes and communities. The Mamohato Camps have been shown to have a significant impact in these children’s lives in terms of their self-confidence and selfworth and how they understand their illness. The Mamohato Camps are fully funded and managed by Sentebale. The funds to support the Mamohato Camps and other humanitarian efforts within Lesotho come through a variety of events, and the sport of polo is taking an ever-increasing presence in these fundraising efforts. The biggest names in polo are stepping up to help Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, chief among them is Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras. Nacho, a world-renowned high-goal player, has played alongside Prince Harry in numerous Sentebale charity matches, and in March of this year, he visited Lesotho. Nacho was deeply moved by this trip and by the children he met, many of whom were orphans suffering from AIDS or other disabilities. He said the visit fueled his passion for the charity and his desire to help. Upon his return, he was appointed one of the international ambassadors for Sentebale. Nacho was deeply honored by this appointment and said that it was a “privilege to be able to help Sentebale carry out this vital work.” Last year, through their various fundraising efforts, the charity was able to raise just over 3 million USD, $37,539 of which came from the event at the San Diego Polo Club. Sentebale hopes to surpass those numbers in 2013 and so far, things are off to a wonderful start! In March, Prince Harry, Prince Seeiso, and Nacho Figueras traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Sentebale Gala Dinner. In May, Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut to play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. Later this summer, the San Diego Polo Club will be hosting its 2nd Annual Celebrity Polo Cup to Benefit Sentebale, where the goal is to raise $100,000. The event will take place in September of 2013, and world famous high-goal player, Nic Roldan, will be competing. Nic is the latest celebrity polo name who is stepping up to support Sentebale, and in addition to his impressive polo career, Nic has an extensive background of charity work. Nic is host of the annual Charity Polo Classic in Southhampton, and he is also the recipient of the prestigious Harriman Cup, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of polo.

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1906 POLO  FOUNDED   IN  SAN  DIEGO

While somewhat unknown, the City of San Diego has a long-held tradition of Polo; one that dates back to the start of the twentieth-century. San Diego was the home of the first significant polo match in California, and its organizer, John D. Spreckels, is often referred to as the grandfather of the sport. Spreckels was an entrepreneur from San Francisco and during a business trip to San

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Diego, he was captivated by Coronado. Spreckels immediately began investing in the area, most notably in the emerging Hotel Del Coronado, and eventually he became the owner. Hoping to entice wellto-do visitors to the hotel, he built the Coronado Country Club on the property. It featured an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, an arena for national horse show competitions and most importantly, three polo fields.

In 1906, Spreckels sponsored the first major polo tournament in Coronado. He imported a team of English Lords to play against the American team, which was comprised mostly of Naval officers. This match garnered significant attention, and Coronado quickly became known for the quality of its fields, the perfect climate, and most importantly for the skilled players and horses it was attracting. Over the years, many


prestigious polo tournaments were held on Coronado Island and the best players and teams would travel from around the world to compete alongside millionaires and movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin. The grandstand often held the nobility and aristocracy of Europe as well as Americans of great wealth and distinction.

the names of our current champions are engraved alongside the polo greats of the early twentieth century The most notable of these matches was the Polo Challenge. In 1909, Spreckels commissioned a two-foot silver trophy to be presented to the winners of the Polo Challenge and the tournament then became known as the Spreckels Cup. Each year, the trophy was engraved with the names of the winning team members. The Spreckels Cup was played every year from 1909-1921 (with the exception of the World War I years), and the last team to capture the trophy was the famous Midwick Country Club team led by Carleton F. Burke. After he passed, his widow donated the Spreckels Cup to the California Thoroughbred Association. Not fully understanding the trophy’s historic significance, it was stored away. Interest in polo began to decrease with the emergence of World War I and there was less of a European participation, most notably amongst the English teams. Professional teams had to be brought in to replace the English ones but these costs significantly increased the club’s expenses. By the time the Second World War had come to an end, so had Coronado’s opulent polo era. Coronado Country Club was eventually sold to developers who quickly transformed the area into housing tracts and overnight, polo in San Diego disappeared. While the sport continued to be played, it would take over 40 years before polo would find a permanent home in San Diego again.

There was a resurgence of polo in the 1970s and 1980s and a man named Willis Allen set out to establish a new club He began searching for a location in Rancho Santa Fe with his son-in-law Harry Collins and his grandson Chris Collins. Allen had a deep connection to the sport. As a youth, he had played arena polo at the Coronado Country Club. After years of tireless work, the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club opened its gates, and in 1987, the first match was held on the same fields where we play today. Over the past twenty-seven years, the club has welcomed countless players and fans from around the world and in 1995, the name was officially changed to the San Diego Polo Club.

restored to its previous splendor and every year since, it’s filled to the brim with red roses and presented to the winning team of the Spreckels Cup. It is one of the many tangible links that connects our current club to the Golden Age of polo. The names of our current champions are engraved alongside the polo greats of the early twentieth century; and the tradition of polo in San Diego continues on.

In 1988, the glory of the Spreckels Cup found its way home as well. In the previous year, Julie Mulvihill-Mayer was able to locate the Spreckels Cup at the California Breeders Association. At that time, it was being used as a punch bowl. However, with the help of Jessops Jewelers, the trophy was

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Since the San Diego Polo Club opened its doors in 1986, our fields have welcomed four generations of polo players from the Allen & Collins families and needless to say, they have been an integral part of this club. The family legacy of polo started with Willis Allen, who along with his son-in-law Harry Collins, played an instrumental role in the formation of the San Diego Polo Club. Over the years, Willis Allen, his son-in-law Harry, his grandson Chris and his great-grandson Chris Jr. have all played polo on our fields.

A Horseman Like No Other Allen was a talented horseman and he had a deep connection to polo. He was first introduced to the sport in the early 1920’s while visiting family in San Angelo, Texas. His uncle was a polo player and gave Willis his first lesson. After Willis returned home to Connecticut, his uncle sent him his first horse, which he named Concho. By the age of 13, Willis started regularly playing in Connecticut and when he moved to California, he continued with the sport, playing arena polo at the Coronado Country Club. He carried polo with him through the many chapters of life and even played when he was stationed in New Caledonia during WWII. His family fondly shared stories of how even during those difficult years of war, he was able to put together a polo field and bring in horses to play. Allen was truly a man like no other and 34

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it was often said, “they broke the mold when they made Willis.” A true benefactor of the sport, he fostered the development and growth of polo on the west coast and always sought to cultivate the skills of aspiring players. He had an egalitarian view of the game and never thought of polo as a sport that should be exclusively reserved for the wealthy. Throughout his life, he encouraged everyone to play. For Allen, polo was never about title or status but instead about passion for the game and his connection to the horses.

Throughout his life, he raised awardwinning polo ponies and many people credit his polo talent to his deep connection with the horses. He loved his animals and one of his greatest joys and passions was breeding ponies. For the majority of his polo career, he worked as his own groom and only hired one later in life, when he physically required the assistance. Until that point, he had always taken care of his ponies, believing that it was important to develop a deep connection to the animal.

In addition to the San Diego Polo Club, Willis was one of the original founding members of the Eldorado Polo Club in Indio, California. Willis also served as a USPA Governor from 1969-1974 and played on numerous national and international teams.

Willis’ passion and enthusiasm for polo was infectious and he continued playing until the age of 93, participating in his final polo match just two weeks before he passed. He died on June 13th, 2004 at his home in La Jolla, surrounded by family and friends.


The Willis Allen Cup Each year, a special tournament is held in Willis Allen’s name, to recognize sportsmanship, horsemanship, and teamwork amongst young players within the San Diego Polo community. This summer, The Willis Allen Memorial Cup will take place on July 7th, 2013 and the proceeds will benefit the REINS Therapeutic Riding Program (www. reinsprogram.org).

Opposite: Willis Allen, Harry Collins, Chris Collins, Chris Collins Jr. Above: Judy and Harry Collins, Chris and Alice Collins and their children: Christopher, Molly and Patrick. Catie not pictured. Below: Willis Allen & Chris Collins Jr.

The REINS Therapeutic Riding Program is a non-profit organization, located in Fallbrook, California, and their mission is to provide physical and emotional therapy to a wide range of disabled children and adults through the use of carefully supervised horseback riding. They currently serve over 200 students each week, coming from all over southern California and ranging in age from 2 – 83. The students have a variety of disabilities including: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, seizure disorders, developmental delays and other mental and physical challenges. The benefits of this therapy are both mental and physical and include normalization of muscle tone, increased balance and coordination, developments of speech and language, and improvements in body awareness and self-esteem. Harry Collins participates in therapeutic riding and his family credits this program for the tremendous improvements he’s made since his 2003 polo accident. The Collins family is a huge supporter of the work that the REINS Therapeutic Riding Program is doing and they are thrilled to partner with them for the 2013 Willis Allen Memorial Cup.

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Willis Allen’s last polo match at the age of 93.

Throughout his life, Willis Allen exhibited passion, energy, enthusiasm and most importantly, a generosity of spirit. It was an honor to sit down with the remaining three generations of his family and hear their first hand stories and memories of Willis and learn more about their family’s long and rich history with the sport of polo and the San Diego Polo Club. Harry Collins, Chris Collins Jr., Willis Allen, Chris Collins, Jared Sheldon, and teammates.

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How would you describe Willis Allen as a person? As a player?

What is a special memory you have with the SD Polo Club?

Where would you like to see the sport head in the next 10 years?

He was a wonderful father and father-inlaw and overall just a really genuine and honest man. People loved him because he was a really kind and fun person to be around. He was Harry’s best friend and he taught Harry everything that he knows about horses and polo. Before Harry and I had met, he had hardly been around horses but my father introduced him. Eventually, they started breeding and raising ponies together. It was my father’s passion and he loved his horses so much. He had a connection to the animals and he loved to watch them grow. And he just loved polo! It was his life.

While Harry was a regular player at the San Diego Polo Club, I never got seriously into the sport. I played with my father as a child but back then women weren’t competitively playing polo like they are today. I always rode horses though. Harry on the other hand, fell in love with the sport and he loved to play, especially at the San Diego Polo Club. Over the years, our family has had so many wonderful memories that it’s hard to pinpoint just one. Anytime Harry could play with Chris and Chris Jr. it was special for him.

That’s an interesting question and I’d probably have to reflect back on my father when answering. See, Dad was not big on huge tournaments, and he preferred the low-key nature of clubs like Lakeside. He also never had grooms, though I will say that when I was a kid, he would sometimes pay me 0.25 cents a weekend to walk his horses. He didn’t really believe in hiring pros either and he never thought polo should be a sport that was just for the wealthy. His view of polo was pretty simple. He loved the game, he loved and respected the animals and he valued teamwork, horsemanship and sportsmanship, and I think that’s the direction he’d want to see the sport move in.

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Cadie, Chris, Patrick, Chris Jr., Molly, and Alice Collins.

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How would you describe Willis Allen as a person? As a player?

How would you describe Willis Allen as a person? As a player?

For Willis, polo was only about one thing – the horses. If you ever asked Willis about polo he would start off by telling you about the horses. He bred ponies for almost 70 years, many from the same original bloodline. He also never hired a groom because he enjoyed doing everything with the horse. As a player, Willis was always the happiest guy on the field. He played every week and competed with some of the best players in the world. At the height of his game, he reached a 3 goal ranking. He was always running with the ball and one of his signature moves was dribbling the ball down the field between his horse’s front legs. Willis also really enjoyed teaching people the game, firmly believing that everyone should have the opportunity to play polo. He really wanted the sport to be accessible to everyone.

Strong!! I don’t know that many people who can play polo well into their 90’s. Willis was an inspirational man, not only to me, but to my entire family. His patience gave him a connection with the horses that most people will never have. As a polo player, I think everyone who had the pleasure of playing with or against him, knew that he could hit a tail shot 100% of the time. You would have never known he was ninety-two years old when he got on a horse and got into the line-up. You don’t meet very many legends in your life and my great-grandfather was certainly one!

What is a special memory you have with the SD Polo Club? Our family has so many wonderful memories with polo but one that stands out was the four-generation match we competed in. Playing with my grandfather, my father and my son is a very special memory for me. I also remember a time when Harry was injured and so Chris Jr. had to fill in for him. He was only 13 years old at the time but it was amazing to get to play together. Where would you like to see the sport head in the next 10 years? Lately, it seems like only the very wealthy play polo and Willis would never have thought that was right. He really believed that you needed a cross-section of people to play and that the sport should be accessible to everyone. I think we need to get back to that. The number of players is decreasing every year and so I think that we need to do something to bring more people into the sport. Polo needs to be revitalized and we really need to start encouraging younger kids to play. It’s important that we introduce them to polo at an early age and then foster their development and growth. It’s the only way our future generations of polo players are going to have a true competitive edge.

What is a special memory you have with the SD Polo Club? Having the opportunity to play with my Dad, my grandfather, and my great-grandfather, is definitely one of my best memories at the San Diego Polo Club. I was only 11 years old but I can still remember how nervous I was before the game. Another great memory is winning the Spreckels Cup for the first time in 2010 with my dad. Finally, even though I’m not sure how much of this I actually remember, one of my best memories was attending my first polo match just two days after I was born. I was in a stroller on the sidelines for the very first game at the San Diego Polo Club. Where would you like to see the sport head in the next 10 years? We need to keep the sport growing and continue to get more people involved, informed and in love with this amazing game. I want to see more people taking lessons and I strongly encourage everyone to do so. I think the USPA has done a great job with Team USPA in farming young American players and giving them opportunities they would have never had 5 years ago. If we can keep improving young polo players we will improve the sport here in the U.S. and make us even more competitive on a global scale.

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Polo is often referred to as hockey on horseback. The object of the game is to hit the ball between the uprights (goal posts) at opposite ends of the field. By doing so a goal is scored. A goal is worth 1 point and the team with the most goals at the end of the match is the winner. Matches normally consist of either 4 or 6, 71/2 minute periods. A period is called a chukker. There is a 4 minute break between each chukker and a 10 minute break at half time for the players to change horses.

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positions There are four players per team and each player’s position is represented by the numbers on their polo jersey. The Number One player primarily assumes an offensive role and is normally one of the higher scoring players in the match. He is responsible for neutralizing the opposing team’s Number Four player who is playing a defensive role. The Number Two Player is the “work horse” of the team and his primary job is to defend and neutralize the Number Three player on the opposing side. The Number Three Player functions similarly to a quarterback and he is normally the strongest player on the team. His main objective is to strategize ways to set up offensive plays while at the same time, breaking down the offense of the opposing team. The Number 4 Player plays defense and must be able to execute strong back shots from both sides of the horse. Players will often interchange positions throughout the match.

Patrick Uretz (red) attacks the play as Chris Maloney chases close behind.

the rules & line of the ball The rules of polo are complex and designed primarily for the safety of the players and their horses. They also afford players the opportunity to create strategic plays and in essence out-smart their opponent. The primary rule is that play follows the line of the ball. Once a ball is hit, the player who is closest to the ball with the narrowest angle has the right of way. Opposing players cannot cross the line too closely to the player who has the right of way, nor can they approach the “on line” player at too sharp an angle, or they risk a foul and subsequent penalty.

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Mariano Gutierrez looks to the umpire for a foul but Jesse Bray (green) hits the ball out of the air at full gallop.

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Polo is a contact sport and one of the best defensive tools a player has is his horse. The ride-off or bump, is when a player uses their horse to push their opponent off the play or keep them away from the ball. A player may only bump their opponent if they are traveling in the same direction and at the same speed as their opponent and must make contact saddle to saddle at less than a 45 degree angle.

A foul occurs when a player commits an infringement of the rules, whether accidental or intentional. Most fouls occur when a player crosses the line of the ball, makes a play on the ball when not having the right of way, or makes a play that the umpire deems dangerous. When the umpire blows the whistle, play immediately ceases and the time clock stops. The severity of the foul depends on how dangerous the infraction was to the horse or player. 2 0 1 3  /  S A NDI E GOPOLO.COM 41


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A penalty shot is awarded when a foul is committed. Each foul is given a rating between one and nine by the umpires. The severity of the infraction, whether the foul was committed by the offense or the defense, and the intent, all determine the level of penalty imposed. There are 5 different penalty shots that may be awarded to the team that the foul was committed against and they can be taken from various points on the field.

Play begins, or is resumed, when the umpire throws the ball into play. For a throw-in, teams line up at centerfield in position one through four, facing the umpire. The start of each chukker begins with a centerfield throw-in and after each goal is scored, the teams line up again. A throw-in also occurs when the ball goes out of play, but it is done from the point where that the ball was hit out. A throw-in is also done to begin play after a time-out or negated penalty.

When a player on the offensive team hits the ball over the end line of the field of the defending team’s goal, the defending team will be awarded a knock-in. A knock-in is a free hit from the end line of the field from the point where the ball crossed the end line. No defending player may be closer than 30 yards from the ball until it is hit.

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When a defending player hits the ball over the end line of their goal, whether intentionally or accidentally, play is stopped and the umpire awards the offensive team a free hit which is taken from the 60 yard line. The defending team must remain at least 30 yards away from the ball.

All players are awarded a handicap by the United States Polo Association (USPA). Polo handicaps range from -2 goals to 10-goals and are based on a comparison scale with other players of similar skills and abilities. A -2 goal player would be a beginner and a 10 goal player would be among one of the very best players in the world. It is difficult to attain a 10-goal handicap and there are less a dozen players worldwide with that ranking. Polo tournaments and leagues are handicapped in order to make the matches as fair and competitive as possible. The sum of a team’s handicaps are always equal or can be less than the tournament or league handicap.

umpires There are 3 officials for each match and they are responsible for ensuring safety and enforcing the rules of play. The 2 mounted officials are the umpires and the 3rd official is the referee. If the 2 mounted umpires ever disagree on a foul or the penalty number to be awarded, the decision is given to the referee who views the match from the center field sideline.

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A BRIDLE consists of a head stall, nose band, brow band, a bit, reins and martingale and is the key component to a rider’s overall control of the horse. 1. A HEAD STALL is the portion of the bridle that fits over the top of the horse’s head and down along its cheeks and holds the bit in place. 2. A NOSE BAND fits around the horse’s face over the nose area and secures the martingale to the horse’s head. 3. A DROP NOSE BAND is most often used in conjunction with a gag bit and prevents the horse from opening its mouth and getting its tongue over the bit. 4. A BROW BAND is a piece of leather that fits over the horse’s forehead and aligns the head stall on each side of the horse’s head. 5. A BIT is the metal part of the bridle that fits in the horse’s mouth providing the connectivity between the horse and rider. 6. Attached to the bit, the REINS connect the rider’s hands to the horse’s mouth providing the rider with connectivity and control. 7. DRAW REINS are a second set of reins designed like a pulley system from the girth to the bit to the rider’s hands and allows the player more control in steering and steadying the horse. 8. A MARTINGALE is a strap that is connected from the girth to the nose band to inhibit the horse’s head from raising up and hitting the rider. 9. A GIRTH is the strap that secures the saddle on the horse. 10. An OVER GIRTH is a strap that fits completely over the saddle and girth as an added safety measure in case of failure of a girth or billets. 11. BILLETS are the straps on the saddle used to connect the girth to the saddle. 12. A BREAST COLLAR is a strap that extends from the girth across the horse’s chest to prevent the saddle from sliding back on the horse’s back. Most items available a LaMartina.com 46

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1. A POLO SADDLE is an English style saddle designed to allow minimal interference to the rider while providing maximum safety for both the rider and the horse. 2. A polo HELMET is a hard surfaced hat worn to protect the rider’s head. Some are built with face-guards. The helmet is the only piece of equipment that is required under U.S. Polo Association rules. 3. ELBOW PADS are used to protect the rider’s elbows from being hit by an opponent’s mallet or the ball. 4. LEG WRAPS are used to protect and support the horse’s legs between the ankle and knee on the front legs and the ankle and hock on the rear legs. 5. KNEEPADS & BOOTS provide player’s knees protection from bumps and balls, while boots protect the lower portion of the leg. 6. A POLO MALLET is an instrument used in the game to hit the polo ball. A mallet shaft is highly flexible and can make a complete arc under a pony’s neck or tail when swung hard enough. Mallets come in different lengths from (48”- 54”) to accommodate player’s swing and the size of their pony. A mallet is made from bamboo cane with a hardwood head. 7. STIRRUPS attach to each side of the saddle and hold the rider’s foot in place. 8. STIRRUP LEATHERS connect the stirrup to the saddle on each side. 9. TENDON BOOTS (polo boots) fit on the horse’s legs over the leg wraps to provide added support and protection especially over the tendon area of the leg. 10. BELL BOOTS attach below the horse’s ankle and above the hoof to protect the coronet band from the mallet, the ball or from being stepped on by an opponent’s horse. Also protects the horse’s hind hooves from over reaching the front hooves. 11. POLO HORSE SHOES are specially designed steel shoes that help provide the right amount of traction on grass surfaces as well as allow the horse to make fast maneuvers while helping to protect them from injury.

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A  DAY  IN  THE  LIFE Polo is a sport where you constantly rely on your teammates, but what most people don’t realize is that the most important member of your team is your pony! If your horse is not well cared for, then you won’t be able to compete at your optimal level. There is far more care and preparation for our equine athletes than meets the eye. Before a pony even sets foot on a polo field, they have spent years training for the sport. In the United States, more than 50% of polo ponies have been bred in Argentina and these ponies have come to be known for their size, agility, speed and stamina. Ponies also come to polo by way of the racetracks or from polo breeding operations. Caring for these beautiful animals is an around-the-clock task, as each one has a uniquely personalized diet and exercise program. Needless to say, having a responsible and diligent staff is essential. If you want to excel in polo, you have to keep your star player happy, healthy and ready for play!

Pre-Game The ponies are walked to the field to prepare for their 3:00pm match. The ponies are then wrapped and tacked. Ponies are prepared in the order that they play, often times with an extra pony on the sidelines.

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Exercise After breakfast, ponies are taken out for a walk or a light workout to prepare them for their 3:00pm match.

Game Time After playing a hard seven and a half minute chukker, the ponies are stripped of tack, bathed and support wraps are applied to their legs.

Bath Time The ponies’ manes are trimmed, as well as their body hair. The ponies are bathed and their tack is prepared.

Relax & Pamper The ponies are taken back to the barn to ice or poultice any new or preexisting injuries. Ponies are fed a meal of hay and grain and given a blanket to rest.

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FATHER’S  DAY  CUP  -­  ADEPTUS/HANALEI  BAY Colleen Wilson, Joseph Stuart, Mariano Fassetta, Krista Bonaguidi

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THREE  GOAL Last year we introduced 3-goal polo to the San Diego Polo Club, and it proved to be a huge success! We were thrilled to welcome many new players from around the world including Guillermo Steta, President of the Mexican Federation of Polo. Here is a quick recap of last year’s winners and highlights.

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Imagine playing golf with a 52 inch golf club going 35 miles an hour…oh, and while riding a horse. Well, that’s polo. It’s the most challenging and thrilling sport I’ve ever tried. I’m hooked.

Chris Maloney

PLAYER’S CORNER We’ve all seen them darting down the field at lighting speed or enjoying a post-game drink at the bar, but we wanted to know more about these amazing athletes! The San Diego Polo Magazine decided to sit down and chat with some of our players. In their own words, each one of them told us why they love polo or how they started playing, and a few simply passed along their wishes for a safe and successful season. Join us as we take a closer look at our Polo Stars!

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Roberto Estudillo Esquivel Robertoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maternal and paternal heritage comes from prominent ancestry. The Estudillo family was one of the first European settlers in southern California and have lived in this land for over 200 years, from when it was the territory of New Spain, then Mexico and today the United States. They lived in Casa de Estudillo, considered the finest house in Mexican California; it is located in Old Town San Diego and is now a Museum and National Historic Landmark. His maternal lineage comes from Yucatan, were the family was well known in the region for their cultivation of the henequen plant. His maternal grandfather was a very distinguished, award-winning Civil Engineer and served as Governor of Baja California. Roberto studied law and is a licensed attorney. His professions are entrepreneur, merchant, and real estate developer. He also studied Polynesian martial arts in the style of Lima Lama. He was introduced to polo by his brotherin-law Fernando Gutierrez Barron . His polo career started in Rosarito, Baja California, where they played polo at Rancho San Fernando. This is the reason Robertoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team name is San Fernando. He currently owns over 20 polo ponies distributed amongst San Diego, Mexico City, and Rosarito. He has been a member of the San Diego Polo Club for over 15 years, one of the few members to have continuously played during that time. Roberto sees polo like life; beautiful, exciting, and no matter how many chukkers you play, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never enough! His philosophy on life is simple: We are all here for a purpose, we each have a mission to fulfill; we must find it, accomplish it, and when we leave this world we will have made it a better place.


I play polo because I love the sport!

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Alisha & Dirk Wray Dirk and I wish to express our sincere gratitude To all of The SDPC Community, fans and members alike for your generous support and Grand efforts in keeping Safe Our Amazing San Diego Polo Club~Cheers, Well Done!! We have been fortunate to have shared 10 beautiful years together at SDPC along with all the Awesome Pro players, fellow Polo Mates, People who make all the magic happen , and you know who you all are, and last but not least this Amazing San Diego Polo Fan Community. “Thank you” for all the memories. My thoughts about Polo: Humility goes without saying in “The Sport Of Kings” Which in my humble opinion should now include Queens. What has Polo taught me? How to have a good laugh and that is worth all The Silver. xo Best of luck to every playing Member this 2013 Season. ~ God Bless and Keep you Safe~


Krista Bonaguidi The Bonaguidi Family and Hanalei Bay Polo Team wish everyone a safe and successful 2013 season at the San Diego Polo Club!

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Mercedes Mafara Mercedes is one of San Diego’s newest polo members. As an accomplished competitive athlete, she has taken to her newest hobby rather quickly. What originated as a gifted Groupon, has turned into a full-fledged lifestyle… see there is NO such thing as a free lunch! Initially what attracted the flamboyant 26 year old was the aristocracy and sophistication in combination with the charming Argentine players that surround the sport. What kept her there was her competitive nature. Polo is a constant challenge for the left hander, who has been pushed to overcome the obstacles surrounding her in a right-handed sport. On the field, this proud Italian embraces her family roots, from her hand painted mallets representing the Italian flag, down to her pony’s green and red socks. And even more appropriate, her string of ponies are named after Italian sports cars. When asked where she gets most of her inspiration, she answered, “My Father. He has taught me so much about life, working hard, and that balancing a checkbook is a waste of time. He is my best friend, coach, and confidant. I cherish every moment we spend together.” Mercedes is looking forward to polo Sundays, sipping champagne, making memories, and spending time with the people she loves the most. The elegance surrounding such a regal sport seems to be the perfect fit for this young girl from sunny San Diego.


Ramon Richard

San

Judas polo team

The Richard Family and San Judas Polo Team would like to wish everyone at the San Diego Polo Club a great season!


Mariano Fassetta

“ ” I’ve been riding since I was three. I am doing what I like to do and I’m getting paid. It’s the perfect job!

Sonya Berg Sonya started playing polo with her daughter several years ago and from the first day, she was addicted to the sport! She plays because she loves horses, loves speed, and loves competition. She also feels it’s therapeutic for her mind, body and spirit! The focus and intensity of polo helps to keep her mind clear and her body toned and stressfree. When she’s not on the field playing polo, she stays busy in her community through her involvement with various charitable and non-profit organizations as well as hosting a TV segment dedicated to fashion, healthy & beauty on KUSI Channel 9.

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Ellen Greenhill continues to surprise and delight her fans around the globe with her unusual style of play and magnificent sense of humor. She is always at the forefront of social elegance and charitable generosity - when not working behind the scenes. She is known to be relentless on the field of play while sporting a mischievous grin that can be seen from any vantage point. Many have said that when opportunity knocks and she’s not there, opportunity waits. Tales of her many escapades and accomplishments repeatedly make their way into the social pages around the world, all of which are eagerly read by her adoring fan base. In fact, it can be said her reputation is expanding faster than the universe! Following the 2012 San Diego Polo season, Ellen made her way across the pond to Spain at the invitation of her dear friend, billionaire Amancio Ortega Gaona. There, she was whisked away on a private excursion aboard the luxurious El Transcantabrico Railway along with many of Senor Gaona’s closest friends. The group traveled from Leon to Santiago de Compostela along the shores of the Cantarbrian Sea through Basque country. Speaking 9 languages in 29 dialects, including fluent Arabic, Ellen peaked the interest of many of the esteemed guests, including Saeed Al Muntaliq of the Jumeirah Group, who insisted that she be his special guest at the Royal Suite at the esteemd Burj Al Arab in Dubai to watch the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge.

Ellen Greenhill

In addition to her legendary international polo exploits, it was last reported that Ellen was off to Mcleodganj, India to converse on the upcoming Monlam teachings at the Main Temple in Dharasala before receiving the prestigious Kalachakra Initiation. Not surprising, since she has won the Lifetime Achievement Award, twice! She then traveled to Davis, Switzerland to speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 on the subject of volatile wine pricing. Once while sailing around the world, she even found a short cut! With such a hectic schedule, she reluctantly accepted a much needed holiday at the request of Sir Richard Branson to visit his exclusive private retreat situated on the Ulusaba Game Reserve in South Africa to discuss her passionate interest and long-time commitment to the preservation of African wildlife. Ellen never wears a watch, since time is always on her side. She has returned to San Diego just in time for the upcoming 2013 Polo Season! Ellen is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. At least now she is rested and tanned from her ongoing world travels. One thing remains certain - she will continue to play polo until her health or cash runs out, whichever comes first! 2 0 1 3  /  S A NDI E GOPOLO.COM 69


KERSTIE  ALLEN Pro, Handicap 0

JOY  BANCROFT Sponsor, Handicap -1

RON  BONAGUIDI

JESSICA  BAILEY

COLTON  BANCROFT

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SONYA  BERG

MARCOS  BIGNOLI

KRISTA  BONAGUIDI

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LISA  BOSSTICK

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JESSE  BRAY

GRAHAM  BRAY

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JAKE  BRUMBY

TRACEE  BRUNETTI

CHRIS  COLLINS

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GERMAN  COPPEL

DIEGO  COSSIO

GEOERGES  DAOU

ROBERTO  ESTUDILLO

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ELLEN  GREENHILL

MARIANO  GUTIERREZ

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WILLIAM  HOYMAN

KIMO  HUDDLESTON

DANIEL  JUAREZ

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MIKE  KERLEY

MEL  KURTULUS

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DEB  LOVING

MERCEDES  MAFARA

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Provisional Member Handicap -1

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CHRIS  MALONEY

KELLY  MALONEY

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RICK  PAICIUS

JOCELYN  PARKER

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RAMON  RICHARD

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up and coming player: Colton Bancroft 2011  RECIPIENT   OF  THE  WILLIS   ALLEN  AWARD The San Diego Polo Club has a long-held tradition of cultivating young polo players. We value sportsmanship, horsemanship, and teamwork, and we hope to teach our players these vital skills. We sat down with one of our up-and-coming polo stars to learn a little bit more about him and his passion for the sport! Q. How old were you when you started playing polo? I started playing when I was 10 and haven’t stopped since. Graham and Jesse Bray have taught me everything I know. Q. How do you feel about playing in front of such large crowds on Sundays? I love having the crowd there, however, when I am playing I do my best to just ignore them. Q. When you aren’t on the field, what other hobbies or sports interest you? I play lacrosse for my high school, but polo is much more serious for me. Q. Do you have any long-term aspirations for your polo career? If so, tell us about them! I would love to eventually go pro and get paid to do what I love. Q. What is one of the most important lessons you have learned, either from playing polo or your fellow players? The most important lesson I have learned from polo is to be grateful for everything that I have, and never take any of it for granted. I am extremely lucky to be able to do what I do!

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argentina Sir Winston Churchill once said, “A polo handicap is your passport to the world.” His words hold true, now more than ever, as polo is one of the most internationally recognized sports in the world. There are numerous low and medium-goal tournaments hosted around the globe each year, and high-goal polo is played within 15 countries including: China, South Africa, Australia, The United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, and of course Argentina!

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the mecca of polo

Argentina has embraced polo like no other, and its name has become synonymous with the sport. We decided to take a closer look at this South American country to hopefully gain a deeper understanding of their history with polo, their horses, their players and most importantly their passion for the game. Join us as we travel to Argentina to explore both polo and the many wonders that this beautiful country has to offer.

history Polo is one of the oldest team sports with origins dating back over 2,500 years to the Persian Empire. In its earlier days, polo was adopted as a training method for the armies of Kings. With time, the sport evolved to become the aristocratic pastime of the world’s elite and soon garnered the fitting title, “The Sport of Kings.” British officials were first exposed to the sport in India. It was then brought to Argentina by British cattlemen and thus began Argentina’s love affair with the sport. Polo was picked up quickly by the Argentines and their expansive estancias were the perfect place to host early matches. In 1922, the Argentine Polo Association was formed and two years later, Argentina celebrated its first gold medal in the Paris 1924 Olympic Games. Over the years, the love affair has only grown and the country has come to be known as the “Mecca of Polo”.

horses Argentina has earned a reputation for breeding exceptional polo ponies, and the quality of their horses has helped them to lead the way in the sport. Estancia owners have mastered the art of combining the agility and speed of a thoroughbred with the diligence of a Criollo horse, to create a pony that is often referred to as a Creole. Argentine horses are bred to propagate good qualities rather than keep equestrian bloodlines pure, and they have come to be known for their size, speed, stamina and competitive nature. In the last century, Argentine horses have become the breed of choice for both high and low goal players, and in the United States, more than 50% of polo ponies come from Argentina.

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argentine open Polo is not just a sport in Argentina, but a way of life. Over the years, it has become the country’s favorite pastime! Every November and December, as many as 80,000 polo aficionados flock to Buenos Aires to experience the Argentine Open. The Argentine Open is the most coveted event in polo and it is the most prestigious social and sporting event on the Argentine calendar. The tournament is the fifth-oldest polo competition in the world dating back to 1893. Each year, Argentina welcomes 8 teams comprised of the top players and horses in the world. The handicap of the competing teams must be between 28 and 40 goals. The 2012 winner of the Argentine Cup was La Ellerstina with a 38-goal handicap led by Facundo Pieres. The team who has captured the most Argentine Open titles is Coronel Suarez with a total of 25 victories. In 1932, the United States team of Meadow Brook was the first and only foreign team to have won the Argentine Open. 78

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top players In Argentina, it is a common for boys to start polo at a very young age. They often begin developing their polo skills on their family’s estancia shortly after they learn to ride. Therefore, it is no surprise that a majority of the world’s most talented polo players are of Argentine descent. According to the World Polo Tour rankings, 9 of the 10 top players in the world are Argentine, including the 2 highest ranked players, Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres. Cambiaso is the highest ranked player in the world, with a ten-goal handicap followed by Pieres who was elevated to a ten-goal handicap at the mere age of 19. He upstaged Cambiaso as the youngest ten-goal player. Yielding more ten-goal players than any other country, Argentina is the leading the way in the development of the top competitors within the sport.

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MENDOZA

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Facundo Pieres, 10-goal player

IGUAZÚ FALLS

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One of the seven wonders of the world, the Iguazú Falls are situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Made up of 275 individual waterfalls that cascade throughout the national park; the falls are truly a sight like no other.

BUENOS AIRES

Adolfo Cambiaso, 10-goal player

The capital city of Argentina boasts countless historical monuments, museums, parks, restaurants and nightlife. We recommend exploring the city on foot. And be sure to save some time for your first tango lesson!

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Arrive in comfort and style with these iconic Pantofola d’Oro shoes. Ideal for strolling the polo fields, they are sure to get you noticed! Spoleto Leather-Bianco Sneaker, $189. Available at Pdoitalia.com

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Nothing says you’ve seen polo in Argentina like a La Matera belt, made from Argentine woven fabric that is hand-stitched onto premium vegetable tanned leather. Whether you are playing on the field or cheering from the sidelines, this piece is a must-have for a true polo aficionado. Bariloche Belt, $145. Available at Lamaterashop.com

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LOCAL Located just minutes away from the San Diego Polo Fields, Sushi in the Ranch has quickly become a local favorite with their incredible variety of the freshest Sushi and delicious entrees! Their unique menu which offers something for everyone including: inspired speciality rolls, a children’s menu, gourmet desserts, and unique vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. A wide variety of premium sakes and wines are also available to compliment any item on the menu. Sushi in the Ranch can cater any size event and can offer private Sushi Chefs for in-home catering. Sushi making lessons are also available and make a perfect gift idea. Come enjoy the elegance of this restaurant with its rich dark woods, custom Sushi bar and beautiful patio.

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Nestled in an inviting spot in the Ranch, Dolce Pane e Vino is where neighbors come to unwind over cocktails or simply to gather with friends for great wine, wood-fired deliciousness and conversation. As the brainchild of global leadership guru Tony Smith, Dolce Pane e Vino exudes a magical charm where vino and food will drive away both thirst and hunger. Cozy artisan furnishings and family-style seating lend to a welcoming atmosphere and Executive Chef Jon Wiemann’s cook-like-a-rockstar attitude elevates the local-seasonal, farm-to-table, California-Italian menu to new heights. Indulge in a craft cocktail or one of the myriad choices of outstanding wine. Operating Partner Steven Flowers is always on hand to offer advice on the perfect accompaniment to full entrées like the wood-fired Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon or lighter fare soups, salads, and pane rusticos. With the summer at hand, nights on the patio invite you to linger a little longer.

Known for incredibly fresh seafood cuisine, The Brigantine Seafood Restaurants are top-rated eateries that have been satisfying palates for decades. With the first location opening in Point Loma back in 1969, the popular restaurant chain now has six restaurants across San Diego which has garnered a large and loyal following. With a strong reputation as having the “Best Swordfish” around and award winning fish tacos the restaurant hosts an endless number of choice surf and turf options, perhaps the most popular may be The Brigantine’s “Catch of the Day” specials and fresh oyster bar. The ever so popular Del Mar location is ready for polo season after undergoing a remodel back in July 2012. This complete renovation gave the restaurant a new contemporary look, but kept the signature Brigantine feel and ambiance making it the perfect summer hot spot. Exquisite views of the racetrack and a cool Pacific Ocean breeze await you at The Brigantine Del Mar.


EATS Located adjacent to the Polo fields, Morgan Run Club & Resort features 28 West. This newly branded restaurant promises to hold true to three main objectives: simple, local, and seasonal. The relaxed coastal-ranch setting is the perfect atmosphere for the contemporary California cuisine of Executive Chef Aldo Negrete, recently recruited from La Jolla’s highly recognized Whisknladle. 28 West sets the bar for the casual and modern luxury of San Diego’s contemporary dining scene. In addition, the resort has undergone a makeover. Leaving behind the mahogany walls and “Old Fashioned” Club atmosphere, Morgan Run has reinvented club life with a 2 million dollar renovation. The newly remodeled clubhouse provides the ultimate lounge experience with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the unspoiled 27-hole championship golf course. Morgan Run is unquestionably the perfect destination for your next special occasion or a relaxing meal after Sunday Polo.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House believes their guests deserve the very best. Each steak is hand-selected from the top 2% of the country’s beef and broiled to perfection at 1800 degrees to lock in that delicious flavor. They serve only the most tender beef, prepared to perfection in the Ruth’s Chris signature way: sizzling on a 500-degree plate so that every last bite stays hot and delicious. And if you’re in the mood for something a little different, choose from their Chef ’s Seasonal Specials, fresh seafood selections, classic sides and homemade desserts to satisfy any craving. Come in for steak and beers with the guys, round up the girls for a delicious evening of cocktails and wine, or just unwind with your coworkers after a long day at the office. For an incredible steak experience, head into Ruth’s Chris in San Diego or Del Mar today. Visit ruthschris.com to make your reservation.

Ocean View Bar & Grill is committed to using fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients that support our community farms, businesses and Southern California region. Located at the newly opened Hotel Indigo Del Mar our venue offers the diversity of a getaway for even just the length of a meal. The menu lends itself to the enjoyment of the surroundings pairing well with its morning favorites and mimosas or its creative share plates and happy hour. Our terrace’s coastal view offers the perfect setting to enjoy a sensational sunset or one of our dog friendly weekend brunches. We invite you to “Embrace the Del Mar experience” through our always locally inspired plates and craft beverages.

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