2022 Santa Barbara Polo Magazine

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Table of Contents PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

44 A VILLAGE DEFINED

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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

50 POLO STYLE

20 FROM THE POLO MANAGER

57 GALLERY

22 CELEBRATING CHARLES WARD

67 TENNIS EXTRAORDINAIRE

23 TOP HONORS

68 FROM THE COURTS

24 INSPIRED IMPROVEMENTS

73 TOURNAMENT WINNERS 2021

25 RISING STAR

85 LEARN TO PLAY!

26 MEANT FOR MORE

87 2022 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

32 POLO AFICIONADOS

88 VISITOR INFO

37 MIRAMAR & BEYOND

90 RULES OF POLO 6

Cover: Jimmy Wright & Iñaki Laprida, 12 Goal League (Image by Kerri Kerley)

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President’s Message At this writing, we appear to be on the other side of the worst effects of COVID-19 and its latest variant Omicron. Outdoor mask mandates have disappeared in Santa Barbara County, and we look forward to a robust season of polo in 2022.

LEIGH BRECHEEN Board Member

Polo worldwide has seen a resurgence, as indicated by the number of teams registered and currently playing in Florida in the Gold Cup and slated to play in the U.S. Open. We are seeing similar demand, with a full slate of tournaments in the 12 Goal league in May and June and the High Goal league in July and August. We are fully subscribed for our 8 Goal Rincon league this summer as well. We are preparing for full attendance at all of our tournaments, from general

MICHELE SALTOUN Board Member

attendance to box owners and social members, to corporate sponsors and special events in our Mountain and Ocean tents. I believe our fans are “spring loaded” to get outside and view some great, competitive polo. We welcome one JUSTIN KLENTNER Board Member

and all to participate in our season – you do not have to be a club member to attend a match. Please join us to experience Polo in Paradise in 2022.

Sincerely,

JOHN MUSE President, Santa Barbara

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From the Polo Manager Poetry in motion. It is how we describe the perfect pass to a teammate, the fluid action of a thoroughbred polo pony changing directions mid-stride to carry its rider to the ball, or the sound of hooves galloping across the historic fields of Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. In a world where current events can range from the mundane to the senselessly sad, we all need a little magic and beauty in our lives. People play polo or spend time around polo for a variety of reasons. For some it’s the speed, thrill, and pure adrenaline. For others, it’s the terrific telepathy of playing a team sport with both equine and human teammates, and the joy that comes from the “Thwack” of striking the polo ball on its sweet spot. Spectators enjoy and admire well-bred polo ponies as they perform intricate maneuvers of athleticism. Regardless of what draws anyone to the sport, polo aficionados are full of passion, excitement, and admiration for a robustly beautiful and dangerously attractive sport. Part of the enchantment of polo is that for a sport with such an elite past, it has a very egalitarian future. The club has spent years building up its Polo Academy and encouraging newcomers into the sport. When a new player experiences the alchemy of becoming a polo player and unites with a horse on a good play for the first time, that is as magical as a high goal player winning the Pacific Coast Open. The epic poem of a polo season can cover a lot of ground and is meant to be shared with a cast of thousands. There is usually an unexpected plot twist. And sometimes a villain becomes the hero. Plenty of drama is leavened with humor. All set to the rhythm of hoofbeats. Sincerely,

MELANJA JONES | Polo Manager

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Celebrating Charles Ward “Charles was always poised for any occasion. He was dapper and distinguished in every way. A true southern gentleman! He was thoughtful, creative, and strategic and the ultimate networker. Charles considered everyone his friend, and he genuinely meant it. He was the heart and soul of our business – his ideas, his dreams, and his passion were inspiring. I was fortunate to share in his many adventures and accomplishments.” ~ Katie Turpin, Idea Works Global

Last June, the polo community lost a beloved colleague, member and friend. Charles Ward spent 18 years with the Santa Barbara Polo Club, playfully referring to it as his “favorite summer job.” His dedication to the sport and sharp business acumen helped expand Santa Barbara’s reputation as one of the top polo destinations in North America. Ward was a talented marketing expert who worked with many influential luxury brands. He began his career in Texas, graduating journalism school and becoming a news anchorman in Austin. He launched his first marketing company at just 26 years old and then moved on to work in California, opening an office in La Jolla and spearheading large-scale sponsorship and marketing campaigns in partnership with the San Diego Yacht Club. Later returning to Dallas, Charles founded Idea Works Global, a marketing and brand development firm where he would spend the rest of his career. His strength was forging strategic alliances between brands such as Maserati, Bombardier, Tiffany & Co., Lamborghini, Cartier, and several of the nation’s most prestigious polo clubs. In honor of Charles, flags were flown at half-mast over Holden Field during the first match of the Pacific Coast Open last August. Charles Ward’s tenacity, work ethic, and friendship will be dearly missed by the polo community at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

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CELL TOWER With her back legs kicked high in the air, Jesse Bray’s sassy red bay mare, Cell Tower, makes her presence known on the polo field. Standing at 16.1 hands tall and possibly just as wide, Cell Tower’s powerful thoroughbred physique is not one of a traditional polo pony, but her quick movements surely are. Originally owned and trained by Matthew Gonzalez, Graham Bray put the finishing touches on the mare before handing the reins over to his son, Jesse. Standing at 6’3, Jesse also shirks typical polo player stereotypes, handling his strength and force on the field with the finesse of a true athlete. Cell Tower quickly ascended rank within Jesse’s playing string, opening almost every game of the 16 Goal Series with power and poise. The confidence Cell Tower imparts on Jesse is evident. “Cell Tower’s best attribute on the field is how small she moves. She’s a big, strong mare who moves like a cat. I have had her turn inside plays that I wouldn’t attempt with just any horse,” he admits. Cell Tower was named Best Playing Pony of the USPA Silver Cup in 2021 and her pilot Jesse, Most Valuable Player.

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The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club team have been dreaming of renovations to the tennis clubhouse for years. The opportunity to make the dream a reality came with the temporary closing of indoor facilities due to COVID-19 regulations. While members made use of the outdoor facilities during COVID-19, Bob Young and his team of experts at Young Construction went to work on bringing the clubhouse back to life. The decor and atmosphere of the clubhouse was, as they say, “stuck in the past,” with dark tones and clunky rock walls. The tennis clubhouse was transformed into an airy and welcoming destination with an inspired new layout, furnishings, décor, and artwork. The gorgeous Honorable Market, where members can browse the cold cabinet display for a chilled beverage (including beer & wine), charcuterie snacks, candy, and more, has become a high-value addition to the communal space. The Market opens up to the member’s lounge with comfy couches, a working fireplace, and a large TV. The lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a cold drink between sets or watch the big game with friends. The clubhouse also now offers a large game room with attached boutique, where members can shop new SBPRC merchandise and other swim and tennis items. Large windows open the game room onto courts 1 and 2, so guests can mingle during memberhosted mixers. The locker rooms received attention as well: updated amenities ensure members’ comfort after their workouts and games. The back patio ties together the communal feel of the clubhouse, creating an incredible indoor/outdoor flow with its extralarge accordion door, picnic tables, and scenic views. The light, airy, and serene new clubhouse is the perfect central location for all members to come relax and enjoy. With every change and update, the SBPRC has its members in mind, optimizing the experience, amenities, and atmosphere to create a most welcoming destination.

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Eighteen-year-old Ryan Kerley was a member of the undefeated Sol de Agosto team in the 8 Goal league last season. “Winning all 4 tournaments was definitely the highlight of my polo career so far,” he admits. Ryan was also called up as a substitute player for the BenSoleimani.com team in the High Goal league, played for FMB in the 12 Goal, and was awarded MVP in the Intra-Circuit Subsidiary Cup. But he doesn’t let any of this success go to his head: year-round, Ryan remains hard at work at the barn and on the field. Ryan started playing when he was 10 years old, under the careful instruction of his father Mike Kerley, a respected horse trainer and player in the U.S. and Canada. From the start, Ryan demonstrated natural horsemanship and quickly progressed up the ranks of Junior Polo into more competitive leagues. Ryan is modest and unassuming about his accomplishments to date: “I owe all my progress in the sport to my family, especially my dad. He has done everything in his power to help me succeed.”

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Ryan’s family ties to Santa Barbara go back more than 60 years. His grandfather Wendell started working at the club in 1958 when he was just 12 years old. Wendell turned pro at a young age, earning a handicap rating of 4 Goals, and winning two Pacific Coast Open titles.

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With a current handicap rating of 1 Goal, Ryan strives to become one of the top-rated American players and horse trainers. Working with the horses one-on-one remains his favorite aspect of the sport. “What you put into your horses, you get out of them. They are such an important part of my life and I enjoy them every single day.”

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Meant For More Charlie Walker grew up playing polo in Santa Barbara surrounded by friends and family. A talented athlete and a beloved team player, Charlie graduated from Interscholastic polo to become captain of his Intercollegiate team at Colorado State University. But in June of 2020, at the age of 21, Charlie was diagnosed with a very serious stage of Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s. With the unwavering support of his parents, extended family, and the tight-knit polo community, Charlie prevailed. “Through the struggles, I kept a positive outlook knowing that I was meant for more.” Charlie stayed connected to polo throughout his cancer journey, helping to manage operations of his CSU team. His leadership and commitment to the team earned him the Polo Training Foundation Intercollegiate Player of the Year Award in 2021, an honor that inspired his determination to get back in the saddle.

Q: Who has had the most impact on your game and involvement in polo?

Charlie: I am lucky that my dad Henry got me started when I was very young, about 5 years old. As I grew up, lots of people helped me improve – like Megan Judge, Jason Crowder, and Santi Wulff to name a few. Patrick Uretz helped me with my defensive skills, I learned to stare down and really impact my opponents thanks to him. It takes a village to become a good player, I think I have learned a little bit from everyone in polo. Q: What is your fondest polo memory? Charlie: I went to the Interscholastic regionals with the Central Coast / Santa Barbara team of myself, Cory Williams, and Jake and Luke Klentner. We spent a lot of time as a team – traveling, living, and training – and we got to know each other very well. We had a wonderful time playing together and made lots of memories.

Charlie started riding again this past January with a new outlook on life, unwavering faith, and enduring family support. He shared a few thoughts with Santa Barbara Polo Magazine, as did some of his closest friends and family.

“When a member of the family gets cancer, the whole family has cancer, and we all go on the journey together. The support of friends and family during this journey was enormous to our stamina and faith.” —Henry Walker

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Discovering Polo Santa Barbara Polo Pony Club recently hosted a Discover Polo Clinic in the Polo Arena. The event welcomed 16 youth to the club to learn all about the sport and try their hand at the game.

“Charlie is authentically himself; you can’t help but want to spend time with him and support him. His unwavering strength, genuine heart, and wonderful sense of humor has brought him through this journey. He has shared these qualities with us in polo and in his relationships with others.” —Cory Williams

Q: What role did polo play during your cancer journey and now your recovery? Charlie: First of all, everyone is so kind. A friend is someone who is there when you need them. I have so many great friends in polo. Some are close by, and some are abroad, and even though I might not see them I know that they are there. My polo friends near and far show up for me with so much support. As much as I was able to, I stayed involved with my CSU team – making schedules, arranging horses, and helping organize the program. It was the only way I could stay connected to the sport I love.

Q: What does the Santa Barbara Polo Club mean to you? Charlie: The people at this club make it a very special place. It is a small, close community. I believe our friendships are stronger than at other clubs because we engage with each other every day – in the barn, at the track, and on the field. You have to be diplomatic, because your friends are sometimes your teammates, and sometimes they are your opponents. Q: Who are Charlie’s Angels? Charlie: There are too many of them to count. My mother, my father, my sister, my extended family, my caretaker Alma, Jess, my friends, and all of the amazing staff and experts at City of Hope Medical Center.

“Charlie been an inspiration for a lot of people, not just in polo, but everyone who knows of his journey. He has always been a very determined person on and off the field, and I think his determination continued to give us all hope that he would find a way to overcome such a difficult challenge. I can't wait to see him at the club this summer and share the field with him again soon.” —Patrick Uretz

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Participants learned to swing with foot mallets, practice in the hitting cage, then after braiding their tails, they headed into the Arena to gain polo riding skills and learn more about the game. Several of the youth are keen to continue in the sport and will be training this spring with Claudia Uretz, on ponies provided by by Jef and Katie Graham (former Barrossa Team ponies). Pony Club District Commissioner Katie Graham invites all young horse enthusiasts to come out and enjoy Pony Club, where horsemanship, sportsmanship, and lifelong friendships are born. “My passion for Pony Club began 25 years ago with my own children. My daughter and I have made so many friends though Pony Club around the country, and even the world! It has been an amazing journey. I am happy to continue that journey here in Santa Barbara.” —Katie Graham


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Both Matt Yonally and Dominique Mielle took up polo as adults. Learning to ride and swing a mallet while chasing a ball has a steep learning curve, but the exhilaration that comes from galloping into competitive league play is unmatched for these successful finance professionals.

MATT YONALLY An Ohio native, Matt Yonally is an avid traveler, skier, golfer, and all-around athlete. He is a 37-year veteran of Wall Street who lives in Santa Barbara and Paris with his wife and son. Having always enjoyed polo from the sidelines, Matt took the leap into playing 20 years ago and he’s not looking back, unless of course, it’s for a pass upfield! WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO POLO? I was entertaining friends at the club about 20 years ago and commented to my wife that it looked like fun. Later that year she bought me three polo lessons with John Westley for my birthday! I’ve been blessed to be playing ever since, whether it be in the U.S., France, Uruguay, or Argentina. I played mostly arena polo until about five years ago. Melanja Jones encouraged me to play in the pro pool and low goal tournaments and that’s really where it took off. WHAT ASPECT OF THE SPORT DO YOU VALUE MOST? Of all the sports I’ve played, it’s the most exhilarating, challenging, fast, and fun! I really love to play, it is what I would choose to do on any given day. WHO HAS HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOUR POLO EXPERIENCE? John Westley taught me the basics of the game, and since then, Maco Llambias and Santi Wulff have been amazing in coaching me, helping me improve my game, and progress. Maco’s also been vital in helping me build and manage my string. WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT SBPRC? The friends I have made in the last 20 years – SBPRC is professionally managed, and it has great fields and great people. Melanja Jones has been a huge influence, always trying to put me together with tournaments and players to maximize fun and my ability. WHAT ARE YOUR POLO GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS? I don’t really have an ultimate goal. I would like to just keep playing and improving. I’m happiest when I’ve taken a step up to the next level. Plateauing is a disappointment. I’m always challenged to be a better player, a better horseman, and a better decision-maker on the field. Any improvement is satisfying. ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO GET INTO THE SPORT LATER IN LIFE? We’re incredibly fortunate to have polo of all levels in Santa Barbara - get out there and try it! It’s much more accessible than most people think! Matt will play in the 8 Goal league this spring and summer. This fall, he plans to play polo in Paris, France, and over the winter months he enjoys playing at Eldorado Polo Club in Indio, California.

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DOMINIQUE MIELLE Born and raised in Paris, France, Dominique Mielle did not grow up around horses. Instead, she dedicated her life to the world of finance where she has broken new ground, recently publishing the first hedge fund memoir by a woman: Damsel in Distressed. Dominique currently splits her time between writing for a variety of publications, including Forbes, serving on several boards, and as much possible, competing in polo. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO POLO? I lived next to the last polo field in L.A., at the Will Rogers Club. Watching people come in and out intrigued me so I decided to sign up for lessons. That was about 10 years ago. I grew up in Paris and really did not ride horses or play any sports, so it was all new to me. WHAT ASPECT OF THE SPORT DO YOU VALUE MOST? There are many things I value about polo. I enjoy the speed of the game, the collaboration with my polo manager Radhika May, the team players, the act of riding, and of course the competitiveness. WHO HAS HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOUR POLO EXPERIENCE? My polo manager Radhika has helped my riding, and there have also been many others along the way who have had an influence on me: Justin Klentner who invited me to play with him, and Melanja Jones, who adds to the experience at SBPRC, to name a few. WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT SBPRC? It is a beautiful setting, and they have polo at every level, including very experienced professionals. It is just a very pleasant place to spend time. WHAT ARE YOUR POLO GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS? I would like to play at the beautiful fields at the Paris Polo Club at some point. Other than that, my polo career is more about the journey than ultimate goals for me. ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO GET INTO THE SPORT LATER IN LIFE? More so a comment than advice, but polo is very involved with respect to both time and money. Be ready to commit a considerable amount to both.

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84485 61ST AVE., THERMAL $2,995,000. One of the best locations at Deer Creek Equestrian Center, is the Linfoot residence on approx. 10 acres. Custom adobe home, tack room + pastures and direct access to the community polo field and track as well as to Avenue 61.

52500 VAN BUREN, COACHELLA $8,500,000. Leja Farms, a 35+ acre Date Farm on the corner of Ave. 52/Van Buren. Zoned General Commercial and medium density residential, approx. 1475 date trees, 2 warehouses and two homes on 3 distinct parcels. Family owned and operated since 1960.

85501 61ST AVE., THERMAL $1,775,000. 20 acre working horse layup facility with multiple homes, a 10 stall barn, hay barn, private well + ag water to the pastures with lush grass. Newer horse safe fencing (2018), and a private, gated driveway, this farm is near HITS and a short drive from the polo club.

57310 JACKSON ST., THERMAL $4,500,000. 10 Acre equestrian estate featuring a 5 bed/4 ba home, 7-car garage, caretakers mobile + hay barn. 2 incredible barns with a total of 17 stalls w/a Bathroom/ changing room in one barn. 3 horse wash rack, and an arena. Private well and Ag water for the multiple fenced, grass paddocks.

20291 FORD AVE., DESERT HOT SPRINGS, $899,000. Privately fenced and gated 5 acre farm with outstanding down valley views. Direct access to miles of trails with preserve land directly behind the property. 2018 Park Model home, 3 car garage, 4-stall Barn, round pen and only 20 minutes to Palm Desert.

61290 COVERED WAGON TRAIL, ANZA $1,400,000. Private 20 acre farm surrounded by mountains, with a 20 ft. deep private lake stocked with fish. Over 700 trees, a private well, hand hewn exterior fencing, custom Arena, 8 stall barn, multiple paddocks, 3/2 ba main home, a bunkhouse, a 1 bed/1ba guest home.

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With its unparalleled beauty and perfect climate, Santa Barbara has earned its moniker as the American Riviera. Yet the region is much more than simply a coastline, boasting some of the nation’s finest dining, shopping, wine tours, museum exhibits, polo events, and more. At the epicenter of this idyllic, luxurious playground is a renowned destination for visitors and locals alike: Rosewood Miramar Beach.

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Stay. Spread across 16 acres of prime coastal real estate, the Rosewood Miramar Beach is the only property in Southern California to offer guestrooms set directly over the sand with unparalleled views of the Pacific – perfectly in keeping with the name Miramar, “to behold the sea.” History of the Montecito destination dates to the 1870s, when the beach was home to a private residence and collection of cabins that came to be known as Miramar by the Sea. Fast

WHAT MAKES MIRAMAR BEACH SO SPECIAL, BEYOND THE INCOMPARABLE SETTING, IS ITS HISTORY AS A BELOVED ICON OF HOSPITALITY – IT’S SIMPLY EMBEDDED IN THE LAND.”

— RICK CARUSO

forward 150 years, and a lot has changed thanks to the work of Caruso, the company behind some of the world’s most acclaimed lifestyle destinations. It took more than 12 years and a cast of thousands to transform the original Miramar destination into a brand new masterpiece of landscaping and architecture; yet the spirit of the original beachfront retreat carries forward to the present day.

Play. Time is a luxury at the Miramar, allowing endless opportunities for activity and adventure. Mornings are best for an exhilarating beach run, relaxing outdoor yoga, or an early-morning stand-up paddle board. The entire resort is pet-friendly, and pups enjoy surfside adventures followed by long naps in the elegantly appointed petbeds. The resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring indoor and outdoor treadmills and high-performance equipment, draws guests throughout the day. When the sun hits high noon, the Cabana Pool beckons adults only with its luxurious cabanas and serpentine-edged pool. The familyfriendly Manor Pool is an equally favored destination, as are the open-air bocce and shuffleboard facilities for some friendly competition. To relax and re-energize, Sense Spa offers unique treatments such as the Montecito Sage Purification, inspired by healing traditions and indigenous plants of the region. A variety of luxury services, along with unforgettable relaxation rooms, steam rooms, saunas, and treatment rooms make Sense Spa the only Forbes five-star recognized spa in Santa Barbara.


ENGAGE. A wide array of stimulating programs ensure that visitors of all ages stay inspired and active. Programs are seasonal, and highlights include: Stars & S’Mores: A stargazing experience with astronomers from the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. Learn about the constellations and stars then head to the resort’s cozy fire pits to indulge in custom Miramar S’Mores kits by the fire. Dive-In Movies: After night falls at the Manor Pool, family-friendly films are displayed on a huge screen adjacent to the pool, accompanied by popcorn, ice cream, and other late-night treats from the poolside Scoop Shop. The Falconry Experience: Visit with the resort’s resident falconer and the Miramar Harris Hawks, Jekyll and Hyde, to learn all about falconry and enjoy a photo moment with Miramar’s hawks.

Stray. Just a stone’s throw away from the resort is the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The club welcomes spectators to enjoy a Happy Hour polo marketplace on Friday afternoons as well as Sunday Polo events throughout the season. The club’s Fieldside Grill is the perfect place for an early dinner, and the historic field-side clubhouse is the ideal spot for rubbing shoulders with players after the game. Coast Village Road is another key destination in Santa Barbara; and the best way to experience the historic strip is in one of the resort’s three custom designed “Jollys.” The playful pink, turquoise and yellow open-air Jollys boast polished wicker seats and striped canopy roofs, reminiscent of the picturesque taxis of Capri.

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DINE. Executive Chef Massimo Falsini Chef Massimo brings more than 30 years of international experience to his role as Executive Chef at Rosewood Miramar Beach, including stints in Michelin-starred restaurants Solage in Napa and Harry’s Bar in Rome. A testament to his talent and expertise, the resort offers an ambitious variety of culinary experiences. Massimo’s Garden is an elegant yet casual outdoor dining experience featuring seasonal coastal cuisine harvested from the surrounding garden. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Chef Massimo demonstrates his skills and shares tips as he prepares each course of the menu, customized for intimate gatherings. At Caruso’s, the resort’s romantic oceanfront restaurant, authentic Italian inspires contemporary Californian cuisine. Chef Massimo likes to describe the menu as “alive” – it is dynamic yet remains true to his commitment of respect towards the environment, animal welfare, and health. Alive is exactly how one feels after an evening at this Michelin-recommended eatery. For a more casual evening after a day of shopping or at the polo grounds, visit the Miramar Beach Bar, where Chef Massimo recommends watching the sunset over the Channel Island Halibut Carpaccio paired with a glass of La Spinetta Il Rosé di Casanova.

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EXPERIENCE. Kendall Conrad Through the international PlaceMaker program, Rosewood introduces community innovators in the areas of art, style, food, sustainability, health, and more. Rosewood’s first PlaceMaker native to Santa Barbara is Kendall Conrad: a handbag and accessories designer who is an expert in style, design, Santa Barbara living, and the connections among them. Kendall maintains an active list of ways to best experience Santa Barbara. An avid hiker, she suggests visiting the Santa Ynez hills for a moderate-level hike at Red Rock, where a series of swimming holes offer respite for the weary. For a delicious post-hike meal in Montecito, she highly recommends Pane e Vino (get the puntarella that is available in early spring) or Loquita in the Funk Zone for Spanish tapas and palomitas. Whether enjoying nature, or visiting the latest new restaurant, Kendall embodies Santa Barbara style in three words: easy, elegant, and comfortable. She has a few favorite spots that speak to her personal style: “I love shopping at The Webster and James Perse at the Miramar as well as Diani on State Street.” And when it comes to home stores, there are too many to count, but she loves to frequent Pierre Lafond Upstairs and William Laman in Montecito, and Garde and Porch in Summerland. Back at the resort, Kendall is continually drawn to Miramar Beach for long walks with her dogs at sunset. Enjoying lunch with family or friends at The Revere Room or celebrating milestones at Caruso’s are also occasions she especially recommends. No visit to the resort goes without meaning for Kendall, she admits: “Growing up, I went to the Miramar every summer... I have such a special place in my heart for it, and there are so many places on the property that are nostalgic for me. When it first re-opened as the Rosewood, my mom and I went, and we were so happy to see it come back to life..." ◊

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Just west of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Coast Village Road steadily hums. The historic lifestyle and business district has embodied the quiet elegance of Montecito for more than 60 years. At the heart of Coast Village Road are dozens of family-owned and operated businesses, and the loyal community who gather around to enjoy the fruits of such labor.

GRAND PLANS In 1960, architect and businessman Sherrill Broudy envisioned an upscale business area along the Old Coast Highway in Montecito. Broudy was a man of action, and his vision soon came to fruition. Within one year, he had founded the Coast Village Association and initiated a grand plan for development. At the same time, the city of Santa Barbara annexed the land, and the name was officially changed from Old Coast Highway to Coast Village Road. Quaint offices and retail buildings went up quickly, and professionals, luxury stores, and charming restaurants moved in. Recognizing that the volume of vehicle and foot traffic was increasing, in 1968 Broudy joined with a few other property owners to petition the city to alter the driving lanes, parking lanes, and landscaped boulevards. With these changes realized, and the addition of wooden street signs at each end of the strip, the perfect village was born. Today the original charm and upscale atmosphere of Coast Village Road draws regular visitors from nearby Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Europe and overseas. For guests and tourists, the area is a quintessential Santa Barbara experience – complete with afternoon-long strolls up and down the strip, and endless shopping and dining opportunities. The current professionals, restaurants, and stores are the same ones many locals have been frequenting for years, and sometimes generations. Business owners and clients are friends and neighbors. And many of their children grew up together.

FAMILY STYLE A Santa Barbara native, Laura Dinning first started working at the Coast Village boutique Antoinette in 1984. Her fashion career eventually took her away from home – to Beverly Hills, New York, Milan and back again – as she became one of the top specialists in Italian fashion in North America. Laura always knew that she wanted to return to Montecito; Coast Village Road lingered in her mind and in 2013, she found herself walking the familiar sidewalks. She passed the Turk Hessellund Nursery, crossed the road, and stopped dead in her tracks. The ideal corner storefront with wraparound windows had a small sign in the window: For Lease. Dinning knew immediately that this was a dream location: “I always knew that I wanted my own fashion expression to come to life in retail and finding this corner location was a dream come true.” 44


Laura soon faced the daunting task of trying to stock a retail store for opening in under two months. She contacted her favorite designers and closest friends in Italy and the U.S. and called in any, and all, favors owed to her. She grappled with the perfect name and was inspired by the beauty of the Italian language: Allora is used as a pause for thought or as a transition in Italian speech. It suggests, “pay attention, I am about to say something profound.” Allora by Laura quickly became a much-loved fashion destination and has been through the good times and the bad with the support of many loyal clientele. Laura’s daughter TJ joined the business from the start and is now Fashion Director. “TJ keeps things current and has an amazing eye for fashion. To start, I had to learn to surrender some of my ideas for hers, but it was always the right decision. There has been a natural flow to our relationship and the business,” admits Laura. Just down the road, the owners of The Tennis Shop, Tony and Libby Hammond, also understand the importance of family symbiosis when it comes to business. The husband and wife team moved to California from Australia in 1996 and started their U.S. careers at a country club in Los Angeles. They would often visit Santa Barbara on the weekends and fell in love with Montecito’s village-like atmosphere, which reminded them of their hometown overseas. They jumped on the opportunity to purchase a local tennis business, invested in a location on Coast Village Road, and for almost 20 years since, their shop has been a much-loved Montecito institution. One of the greatest challenges for the Hammonds remains the 7-day a week commitment to retail that it takes to maintain a successful business – especially in light of the fires, mudslides, and then COVID-19. Yet the couple are both former pro tennis players, which means they have a deep passion for the sport. This passion has kept The Tennis Shop in fine form and strengthens their bonds with clientele: “Many of our clients have become good friends. We don’t often advertise, and we don’t do social media. We rely on the strong local community and word-of-mouth for our business.” Like the Hammond’s, the work of husband-and-wife duo Michael and Carole Ridding, owners of Silverhorn Jewelry, is an absolute labor of love. The Riddings were drawn to Montecito from Alberta, Canada, over 30 years ago. They knew almost immediately that their business belonged along Coast Village Road and found a two-storey location that served them well for more than two decades. Five years ago, the Riddings decided that it was time for a change. Silverhorn relocated to 1235 Coast Village Road: a destination where design, gallery, and retail spaces became one. The design studio section of the single-floor setting features Old World desks, tools, and exposed utilities, while the gallery portion features modern, contemporary displays. At all times, there is a member of the Silverhorn family present to take care of clients, whether they are international visitors, regular clientele, friends, or neighbors. Noel Bendle, Silverhorn’s head designer since 1997, is extended family to the Riddings, and the couple's dogs are almost as well loved as the exquisite jewelry pieces themselves. A visit to Silverhorn is one that visitors do not forget. And the same is true for any experience along Coast Village Road – a charming, elegant village with a great history and strong future. Showcasing local and international designs, luxury goods, and professional services, the village remains the heartbeat of Montecito, where neighbors and visitors alike will recognize a familiar face and a warm welcome with every visit. ◊ 45


INTRODUCING N ETJ ET S I N C. 2 0 2 2 S P O N S O R A N D T H E U LT I M AT E T RA V E L S O LU T I O N

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The front crossed, cropped panels put a modern spin on a classic garment. Simple, subtle, and elegant, this blouse pairs with your favorite pair of jeans or a fabulous patterned high waisted skirt. Thewebster.com

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Hand stitched and lined in black suede, this Benjamina bag is all you need for a day at the polo field. This luscious bag is an absolute showstopper and must-have accessory. Kendallconraddesign.com

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This Kai Linz statement piece is the ultimate in everyday luxury. Made with emeralds and rhodium, this stunning bracelet is one of a kind in more ways than one. Allora.com

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Stomp divots in style in these platform leather heels. You’ll never sacrifice comfort for fashion again with these 90s-inspired beauties. Allora.com

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Sunday Polo never looked so good! Turn heads in this high waisted, Italian printed midi skirt that will keep you cool on a hot summer’s day. Allora.com

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Handwoven in Mexico from palm leaves, this sunhat gives off serious vacation vibes. Elevate any Sunday polo look with this simple yet classic addition. Goop.com

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The vintage inspired silhouette and gradient lenses of these Loewe sunnies will keep you shaded and comfortable all day, whether you’re hanging fieldside or enjoying Sunday brunch. Thewebster.us

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Spritz on the scent of sun-warmed apricots, fresh hay and summer afternoons when using this Orchard eau de parfum. Goop.com

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Playful yet refined, these 18 Karat gold hoops will elevate any outfit. Beautifully crafted, they are still great for everyday wear. Silverhorn.com

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With a fun fringe and supple suede, these Lucchese boots are made for...you know the rest! Wear fieldside to cheer on your favorite team, or out to dinner afterwards. Lucchese.com

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Flirty ruffled straps and a flowy skirt easily take this dress from day to night. Dress it up or down to achieve the perfect summer look. Whiskeyleather.com

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To say this Oliver Thomas bag is a carry all is an understatement. Made with tons of internal organization and lightweight material, this duffle takes you from the court or gym all the way to your next adventure. Theoliverthomas.com

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Show your club pride with a colorful SBPRC hat featuring a logo’d leather patch and available in a variety of colors so you can mix and match. SBpolo.com

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Enjoy your rosé all day in this limited edition Vinglacé wine chiller and matching glasses. Made with double walled stainless steel, bottles of any size will stay chilled for hours. Vinglace.com

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Don’t leave home without it! The super lightweight and satiny feel of Supergoop Mineral Sheer SPF 30 sunscreen is a favorite for every day on the court. Supergoop.com

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MEET STIFEL’S MONICA WILLIAMS

Q:

WHAT LED YOU TO THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY?

MW: My mother was one of the few women in what was once a man’s world, starting her career as a broker at Merrill Lynch back in the ’70s. I literally grew up “in the business,” playing on Mom’s office floor, and I loved the excitement of it all so much that I never seriously considered anything else.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? MW: Building and preserving wealth through the generations. I love both the near-term decision-making of managing a portfolio and helping clients navigate the big-picture legacy planning questions. Helping clients work toward their wealth goals and having an effect on the wealth of their children, grandchildren, and even their great-grandchildren is profoundly gratifying.


Q: WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR RETIREES TODAY?

MW: My answer to this question last year was “Relying on bonds for income” because I felt the onset of rising rates. This year, my eye is on inflation.

Q: WHAT EXCITING AND NEW HAPPENED

FOR YOU IN 2021 (THE YEAR TIME FORGOT!)?

MW: After being a member of the polo club for five years, I moved from being a spectator to a player, and I’m loving it! I started taking lessons in July, joined the coaching league, and bought my first polo pony, Malawi, in August. I’m thrilled to be a part of the polo community in one of the most beautiful settings in the world!

I’m thrilled to be a part of the polo community in one of the most beautiful settings in the world!

Monica Williams

Senior Vice President/Investments

(805) 957-1858 williamsm@stifel.com

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Top row (L to R): Dawn Jones and her pony Reinosa; Team BenSoleimani.com celebrates their semi-final win; Erin MacAlpine Baum & Shane Baum Middle row: Nico Escobar, Chuck Lande & Lucas Escobar Bottom row (L to R): Michaela Saracco; JC Polo celebrates 8 Goal Pro-Am win; Folded Hills guests at Sunday Polo 57


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Top row (L to R): Margarita Lande & Katie Turpin; Techi Michelson & Quino Laprida; Mike & Claudia Uretz & Luigi Troiani; Robert Ooley, Brooke & Monica Williams, Rodney Baker; Glen Holden, Jay Ray & guests; Graham Bray & Santi Trotz 2nd row (L to R): Sierra Dunbar; Andrew Bossom & Luis Escobar; Paige Beard & Cammora; John Muse & guests 3rd row (L to R): Brian Fagan & guests; Julia Solomon & guest; Marcus, Mikaela & Miguel Torroba; Cable Magness, Jason Crowder & Geronimo Obregon; Amelia Llambias & Molly Quigley; Sunday best spectators Bottom row (L to R): Anamarie, Kristin & Jimmy Wright; Dan Walker & guests; David Sigman & John Muse; Mindy & Charlize Mahy; Sunday polo guests; David Sigman & Sy Zahedi

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Top row (L to R): Bob Fell & Geoff Palmer; Begonia de Narvaez, Lucia Llambias & Paz Garcia del Rio; Paul & Gilbert Delagnes & guests; Maco, Inda, Megan & Lucia Llambias 2nd row (L to R): Pat Nesbitt & guest; Jake, Vivi & Justin Klentner & Amanda Masters; Ursula Nesbitt & guests; Will & Kim Busch 3rd row (L to R): Wesley Ru, Victoria Firestone Ru & guests; Chris & Mindy Denson & guests; Wiley, Sophie & Tom Uretz; Avery Lutter & Cory Williams; Kerri Kerley & Billy Muller; Lucas Criado Bottom row (L to R): Joel & Doreen Ladin & guests; Dr. Richard & Annette Caleel; Jemma & Jeff Contreras; Leigh Brecheen & Melanja Jones; Finnegan Robins, Ivor Gould & Wilder Robins; Walter, Jolie & Malie Moran

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Top row (L to R): Andrea Rodriguez & guests; Luke, Tanner & Michelle Ebbin; Emily Kasp, Patrick Uretz, Jesse Bray & Hayley Heatley Bray; Ken Berry & guest; Torrey Ripinsky & Ale Gonzalez 2nd row (L to R): Santi Wulff & Anita Avendaño Wulff; Juan Curbelo, David Shofer, Nicole Ball & Catlin Dix; Margarita & Chuck Lande; team BenSoleimani.com with family and friends 3rd row (L to R): Andy Busch Jr. & guests; Mark & Susan Bradley, Wendy Darling & Stephen Bryne; Judith Baker’s big birthday; Rowena Maloco & guest; Jazmin & Santi Trotz Bottom row (L to R): Andrew & Bea Broeren; Nigel Gallimore & guests; Judith Baker & Mia Bray; Paco, Francisco, Juan & Pacquito Narvaez; Keko Magrini, Lucas Escobar, Conrad Kissling, Bayne Bossom, Nico Escobar & Lucitas Criado; Emilia Wulff & Sierra Dunbar

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TENNIS EXTRAORDINAIRE A native of Goleta, Bart Hillock is an institution of tennis here in southern California. He was a Singles and Doubles star throughout college, a two-time Doubles All-American, Doubles winner at the Ojai Tennis Tournament, and a runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Champions. Bart first worked as an Assistant Pro at Cathedral Oaks Tennis Club and was then promoted to Interim Tennis Director. In 1987 he was hired as Tennis Director at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, and the rest is history! For over 17 years, Bart led all tennis activities and taught lessons to players of all levels, from beginners to national champions. He then took a sabbatical to pursue his dreams of traveling and fixing up and flipping homes. Just over three years ago, Bart returned to SBPRC as Tennis Ambassador. The club is like a second home to him, and he refers to the members as his “extended family.” Monica Finley and Stephanie Stone recently caught up with Bart to reflect on his epic career and service to the tennis community.

Q: What makes a good tennis pro?

Q: What is it like to have such a great tennis career?

Bart: Being involved in the facility, and the clients, members, and other staff and coaches. We are like one big happy family.

Bart: I feel like the luckiest man on earth! I get to work with the best tennis professionals in all the country, at the best facility, with the most awesome members.

Q: What makes Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club special?

Q: What is your best piece of coaching advice?

Bart: When I played at the club as a teen, there were only two courts but by the time I was hired as a pro, the club had eight courts! It's grown into a beautiful facility – I love the membership and what we have built. I have been to many other clubs and the thing I love most about our club is the people.

Bart: Win the last point. Q: When did your hair turn gray? Bart: When I hired Steph! Q: Is there anything you would do differently over the course of your career?

Q: Do you have any funny memories from lessons over the years? Bart: Many years ago, some of the clients I would train would take Nitroglycerin pills for their hearts before the lesson. I told them I wasn't going to teach them anymore because I didn't want to give them mouth-to-mouth!

Bart: Absolutely nothing.

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From The Courts The club welcomes members and guests for competitive leagues, training and lessons, clinics, social gatherings and, as always, a friendly atmosphere. Eight championship tennis courts provide ample space for players of all ages to practice their skills and there are exciting improvements in the works! Courts 1 and 2 are undergoing a complete overhaul from the ground up. The brandnew post-tension courts will serve as the primary exhibition courts for the club. The six satellite courts are also undergoing improvements, with resurfacing and fresh paint in 2022. New LED lighting will be installed for the six lit courts, improving play and safety for all members. The club also welcomes Tennis Professional Byron Wu to the staff team. Bryon is a skilled player and instructor who played club tennis for UCSB and has years of coaching experience in the Nike Tennis Summer Camps and the Brady Tennis Camps. In addition to his tennis skills, Byron is also a certified spin instructor, a trained opera singer, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. There’s nothing Byron can’t do! Byron joins Tennis Director Stephanie Stone in leading tennis camps and events this summer season. Assisting with the camps are Luke Williams and Austin Stone, two talented young players who are graduates of the summer camp program. Luke and Austin bring hands-on experience and lots of enthusiasm to their new role as Junior Tennis Assistants. The tennis team holds the club and its members near and dear to their hearts, and curates a selection of programs tailored specifically to member players. From league play and clinics to peewee tennis and golden year mixers, the club strives to provide a welcoming environment for all tennis members, new and old.

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Fitness & Swim

Summer Camps Junior Tennis Camp runs from mid-June to mid-August, and children of all levels are welcome! Half-day and full-day options are available for kids ages 6 and up and camps offer a series of drills, instruction, games, and activities to keep the next generation engaged and entertained. We wind up each full day with a supervised fun swim in the club pool. Each week winds up with a pizza party and t-shirt for every tennis camper! Visit sbpolo.com to register.

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Come enjoy our amazing fitness and swim facilities in 2022. There are options for members and guests of all ages and interests: •

The Fitness Center is equipped with ellipticals, treadmills, exercise bikes, and circuit training equipment, as well as free weights and more.

The renovated locker rooms and clubhouse offer relaxation and a welcoming respite after a challenging workout or game. Towel service and water are available for member use.

Elevate your heart rate in group Cardio Tennis or benefit from personal training sessions, weight loss or athletic rehabilitation programs.

The Junior Olympic size pool is warmed to a comfortable 84 degrees year-round and offers two lap swim lanes and a spacious Jacuzzi.

Swim lessons are offered to all ages on a year-round basis by Red Cross-certified swim instructor Tiffanie Wright. Lessons are catered to students’ comfort level with the goal to build an organic love of the water and willingness to improve.


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Tournament Winners 2021

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Pacific Coast Open

16 G OA L S E R I E S

WINNERS: KLENTNER RANCH Jesse Bray, Tomas Garcia del Rio (sub.), Jake Klentner, Justin Klentner, Santi Toccalino

MVP: JESSE BRAY

BEST PONY: DISNEY

Owned and played by Jesse Bray

Farmers & Merchants Bank USPA Silver Cup

WINNERS: KLENTNER RANCH Jesse Bray, Justin Klentner, Jake Klentner, Santi Toccalino

MVP: JESSE BRAY

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BEST PONY: CELL TOWER Owned and played by Jesse Bray


Robert Skene Trophy

16 G OA L S E R I E S

WINNERS: KLENTNER RANCH Justin Klentner, Jesse Bray, Jake Klentner, Santi Toccalino

MVP: SANTI TOCCALINO BEST PONY: ROCOCCO Owned and played by Lucitas Criado

USPA America Cup

16 G OA L S E R I E S

WINNERS: BENSOLEIMANI.COM Tomy Alberdi, Iñaki laprida, Ben Soleimani, Santi Wulff

MVP: TOMY ALBERDI

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BEST PONY: KILOVATIO

Owned by Ben Soleimani and played by Iñaki Laprida


Folded Hills Pope Challenge

12 G O A L S E R I E S

WINNERS: QUITE ON Z Lucitas Criado, Felipe Vercellino, Jasmin Trotz (sub.), Alecia Seidler, Lucas Escobar

MVP: PATRICK URETZ

Lisle Nixon Memorial

BEST PONY: DISNEY

Owned and played by Jesse Bray

12 G O A L S E R I E S

WINNERS: BENSOLEIMANI.COM Remy Muller, Bayne Bossom, Iñaki Laprida, Ben Soleimani

MVP: IÑAKA LAPRIDA

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BEST PONY: VALENCIA

Owned by Ben Soleimani and played by Iñaki Laprida


Harry East Memorial

12 G O A L S E R I E S

WINNERS: DUNDAS II Jason Crowder, Geronimo Obregon, Luke Klentner, Tony Uretz (sub.), Cable Magness

MVP: JASON CROWDER

Vic Graber Cup

BEST PONY: QUE RAMONA Owned and played by Dan Walker

12 G O A L S E R I E S

WINNERS: FOLDED HILLS/FMB TOO! Will Busch, Lucitas Criado (sub.), Santi von Wernich, Santi Wulff, Henry Walker

MVP: LUCITAS CRIADO

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BEST PONY: CACHAMAY

Owned by Santi von Wernich and played by Lucitas Criado


Lucchese USPA Intra-Circuit

12 G O A L S E R I E S

WINNERS: KLENTNER RANCH Jake Klentner, Jesse Bray, Patrick Uretz, Justin Klentner

MVP: PATRICK URETZ

KOPU USPA Presidents Cup

BEST PONY: MYSTERY

Owned by Ben Soleimani and played by Remy Muller

8 GOAL SERIES

WINNERS: RANCHO POLO/ZAHEDI CHOGAN Jason Crowder, Ale Gonzalez, Torrey Ripinsky, Sy Zahedi

MVP: JASON CROWDER

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BEST PONY: FANTA

Owned and played by Jason Crowder


Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Wickenden Cup

8 GOAL SERIES

WINNERS: RANCHO POLO/ZAHEDI CHOGAN Torrey Ripinsky, Jason Crowder, Ale Gonzalez, Sy Zahedi

MVP: ALE GONZALEZ

BEST PONY: PUMBA

Owned and played by Ale Gonzalez

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Malibu Cup

Summerland Cup

RINCON SERIES

WINNERS: SOL DE AGOSTO Paco de Narvaez, Paquito de Narvaez, Ryan Kerley, Juan de Narvaez

MVP: RYAN KERLEY

BEST PONY: NIETA

Owned and played by Paco de Narvaez

WINNERS: SOL DE AGOSTO Paco de Narvaez, Paquito de Narvaez, Luke Klentner, Ryan Kerley

MVP: PACQUITO DE NARVAEZ BEST PONY: CONEJA

Carpenteria Cup James Colt Classic

Owned and played by Paco de Narvaez

WINNERS: SOL DE AGOSTO Paco de Narvaez, Paquito de Narvaez, Ryan Kerley, Juan de Narvaez

MVP: PACQUITO DE NARVAEZ BEST PONY: TORDILLA

Owned and played by Juan de Narvaez

WINNERS: SOL DE AGOSTO Paquito de Narvaez, Meghan Gracida (sub.), Maureen Brennan, Paco de Narvaez, Ryan Kerley

MVP: PACQUITO DE NARVAEZ BEST PONY: JUSTA

Owned and played by Paco de Narvaez

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Mixed Magic Invitational

WINNERS: PATAGONES/CENTRAL COAST Melanja Jones, Santi Wulff, Anita Avendaño, Megan Judge

MVP: SOPHIE GRANT

BEST PONY: REINOSA

Owned by Dawn Jones and played by Sophie Grant

Women's 12 Goal Invitational

WINNERS: SBPRC Mia Bray, Cory Williams, Elise Pardue, Judith Baker

MVP: JUDITH BAKER

BEST PONY: GOSSIP Owned and played by Mia Bray

Last Chance Tournament

WINNERS: SEATTLE Taylor Olcott, Felipe Vicente, Cam Smith, Dayelle Fargey

MVP: CAM SMITH

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BEST PONY: PETICION

Owned by Santi Wulff and played by Melanja Jones


A N N UA L AWA R D S ROBERT SKENE MVP AWARD

12 GOAL MVP

12 GOAL BEST STRING

SANTI TOCCALINO

IÑAKI LAPRIDA

ROBERTO ZEDDA

RINCON MVP

RINCON SPORTSMANSHIP

RINCON BEST STRING

CLINT NAGLE EQUINE WELFARE AWARD

PAQUITO DE NARVAEZ

SY ZYHADI

PACO DE NARVAEZ

JEMMA CONTRERAS

O’HANLON BEST GROOM OF THE YEAR

BILLY LINFOOT MOST IMPROVED

USPA CLUB HORSE OF THE YEAR

SPRING PRO POOL MVP

FALL PRO POOL MVP

HONORIO RAMIREZ

KC JAMES

“KIP” FOR CORY WILLIAMS

JENNY ALTER

DAN DE MEYER

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The 6S Ranch Family and Cotterel Polo Farms invite you to come play with us at our world-class facility and full-service polo club in Declo, Idaho. Make your 2022 summer polo easy and unforgettable. At Cotterel Polo Farms, all you have to do is show up and have fun:

“Cotterel is a world-class polo facility. The barns and lodge are beautiful and functional, and the top-level fields are some of the best in the U.S. On top of everything there is a great atmosphere to play polo and enjoy time after the game. I always look forward to going back and spending more time at Cotterel Farms.”

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Three world-class fields

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Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Fieldside Grill is beautifully located along the famous Route 101 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, CA. Take in the picturesque views while you dine on Southern California fare, local wine, and fresh craft cocktails. We welcome locals and visitors from around the world, and look forward to serving you field-side on the same grounds our community has loved for over 110 years.

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The Polo Academy invites everyone age six and above to learn to play polo. USPA Certified Polo Instructor Jeff Scheraga heads the Polo Academy and welcomes new players to learn about polo and be part of the club through lessons, clinics, coaching league, and arena league for adults and youth. No previous riding experience is required! The Polo Academy has safe, reliable polo ponies that teach students to ride and play all at once. There are a variety of programs available for students at all levels. SBPRC is the home of the UCSB and Westmont USPA Intercollegiate teams as well as the high school USPA Interscholastic team. New players can take advantage of lesson packages that include horse, tack, instruction, and equipment. After beginner lessons, players progress to intermediate arena polo programs and coaching league games on the grass. The club also welcomes students from other clubs looking to take their polo to the next level. SBPRC and the Polo Academy would like to thank Polo Training Center Santa Barbara for its support of the Polo Academy initiatives. For more information on how Santa Barbara Polo Club can make your polo dreams come true, contact: Jeff Scheraga, Polo Academy Director Cell: (805) 755-8234 Email: jeff@sbpolo.com

MEET ROCKY The Scheraga family have owned “Rocky” (1994 Jockey Club name Spiced Rum), a chestnut gelding, since he was 5 years old. Jeff learned to play polo on Rocky in Central New York. Rocky’s playing career came to a halt when he suffered an injured tendon on the field, however, after a year of rest and recovery, Rocky has continued for 10 years and counting as one of the best teachers a player could ride. Rocky is known for his patience and his ability to show students how to find the ball. Since his time as a school horse, Rocky has helped more than 50 new players fall in love with the sport. Sign up for a lesson this season and find out what makes Rocky and his stablemates so legendary! 85


For 65 years, there has been one polo club in the California desert that hosts competitive, international calibre polo. Known for decades as a player’s club, this tradition continues with competitive polo from 2-Goal through 12-Goal, as well as Junior, Women’s, Pro Pool and Coaching Leagues throughout the winter season. Polo Manager: Graham Bray | (760) 774-2583 | eldoradopoloclub.com | Indio, California


2022 Tournament Schedule

12 Goal Series

Tournament games on Fridays and Sundays

Folded Hills Vic Graber Cup April 29–May 1 Folded Hills Pope Challenge May 6–15 Lisle Nixon Memorial May 20–29 Cheval Athletics USPA Intra-Circuit June 3–19

18 Goal Series

Tournament games on Fridays and Sundays

Rosewood Miramar Beach Robert Skene Trophy July 8–17 Farmers & Merchants Bank USPA Silver Cup July 22–August 7 USPA America Cup August 7 Netjets Pacific Coast Open August 12–28

USPA 8 Goal Series Tournament games on Saturdays and Sundays

Sentinel Net Lease USPA President’s Cup September 10–18 Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Wickenden Cup September 24–October 2

Other Leagues Early Bird Chukkers April 16–24

Spring Pro Pool League April 28–June 19 Rincon League 6-8 Goal Pro-Am July 7–August 27 Rincon League games played on opposite days from the 18 Goal

Fall Pro Pool League September 8–October 2

Special Tournaments Mixed Magic Invitational September 2–4

12 Goal Ladies Invitational September 30–Oct 2 Last Chance Tournament October 7–9 Arena Tournaments throughout 2022 MELANJA JONES, POLO MANAGER MELANJAJ@SBPOLO.COM

FOR SCHEDULE UPDATES, VISIT SBPOLO.COM

The tournament schedule and field assignments, including off-site fields, are at discretion of management. Weather-related schedule changes are at the discretion of management and may result in playing on different days/fields other than specified above. No refunds due to weather, injury, natural disaster, or change of mind are provided. Schedule change request policy: ALL GAMES are scheduled on noted dates. After the tournament draw, if two teams agree to change the game and field,and staffing allows, then the request may be considered.


Visitor Info Grandstand Seating Map ROW 5 ROW 4 ROW 3 ROW 2 ROW 1

SECTION OE

SECTION OD

SECTION OC

SECTION OB

SECTION OA

The club offers Grandstand seating for spectators in the polo Clubhouse. The south-side of the Clubhouse is for guests and the northside is for members only. For information on tickets for Sunday polo, visit sbpolo.com.

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PA R K I N G

POLO OFFICE

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ENTR ANCE

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CLUBHOUSE & GRANDSTAND

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POOL

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Club Map

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RULES OF POLO

The Basics

Game Day Glossary

The object of the game is to move the polo ball through the goal posts to score. Polo teams change direction after each goal is scored in order to equalize field and weather conditions. The rules of polo are intended to ensure the safety of polo ponies and players. The essential concept is the “line of the ball,” a right-of-way established by the path of the traveling ball. Any infraction of the game rules is a foul and most often results in the umpires awarding a penalty shot. Penalty shots range in distance from the goal end, depending on the severity of the foul.

Flagman: A goal observer who signals that a goal is scored by waving a flag overhead, or that no goal is scored by waving the flag below the waist.

By The Numbers Polo balls are made of plastic and measure approximately 3½ inches in diameter. A polo mallet is made up of a cane shaft measuring 51 to 54 inches with a 9-inch wooden head. Players use the wide face of the head to hit the ball. The polo field measures 300 yards long by 160 yards wide. A team is made up of 4 players and each player is assigned a handicap up to 10. The higher the handicap, the better the player. There are 7½ minutes in each chukker (period of play) and players are permitted 3 minutes between chukkers to change ponies. Top polo ponies travel as fast as 35 mph.

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Hook: Using one’s mallet to block or interfere with an opponent’s swing. Knock-in: When the ball travels wide of the goal mouth and over the back line, the defending team hits it back into play from just inside the back line. Ride-off (or Bump): A defensive attempt to move a player off the line of the ball by making shoulder-toshoulder contact with an opponents’ pony. Third Man: A Referee on the sidelines of the field who makes a final decision if the on-field umpires disagree. Throw in: To start or resume play, an umpire rolls the ball down the center of a line up of players and ponies. Umpires: Two mounted officials on the field who are responsible for enforcing the rules of play.


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