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Table of Contents 14 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
56 POLO STYLE @HOME
17 SEASON SPONSORS & CLUB PARTNERS
62 FROM THE COURTS
20 INSIDE THE LINES
66 TOURNAMENT WINNERS 2020
24 RISING STARS: WILL BUSCH & CABLE MAGNESS
74 TOP PONIES 2020
29 MEMORY FIELDS
78 2021 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
38 KEN BERRY: A JOURNEY THROUGH POLO
80 VISITOR INFO
42 IN CELEBRATION: 80 YEARS OF ART
82 RULES OF POLO
TRUSTEES Glen Holden Jr., Chuck Lande, Pat Nesbitt, Geoff Palmer, Pat Ringer, Wesley Ru, Michael Sheller, Daniel Walker, Henry Walker TRUSTEES OF DISTINCTION
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Megan Kozminski BOARD OF DIRECTORS ART DIRECTOR
President John Muse | Vice President Rhys Williams
Treasurer Kevin Nimmons | Secretary David Sigman
Daniel Walker, Leigh Brecheen, Justin Klentner, Michele Saltoun
General Manager David Sigman
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President’s Message As we all know,
2020 was a challenging year for our
nation and the world, with the death toll from COVID-19 at over a half of a million Americans and rising. Many of us never thought that a health crisis like this would be realized in our lifetime. We were fortunate to be allowed by Santa Barbara County to operate our polo tournaments last summer with stringent public health protocols. Our members and players were diligent with all rules of social distancing, testing, and protective masks and, as a result, not a single case was recorded during our polo season. Looking forward, we are planning for an exciting 2021 season with robust participation at all levels. We are hoping to begin the season with members allowed to spectate 12-Goal matches with social distancing and by July we may be able to have limited general admission attendance, depending on the County infection rate and its implications for gathering at sports events. That outcome is difficult to forecast, but we will make that known when we have more information. We have many polo enthusiasts from all over the world that enjoy Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club during our summer season. They are anxious to come back, and if our online streaming engagement from last summer is any indication, they are “spring loaded” to come and join our members as they enjoy Polo in Paradise.
JOHN MUSE | President, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
2021 BOARD OF DIREC TOR S
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DAVID SIGMAN General Manager
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YO GA FOR THE POLO COMMUNIT Y MEGAN LL AMBIAS P: 630.809.8580
We almost did not make it to the 110th Anniversary of Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. A nasty little virus nearly brought an end to the tradition of Polo in Paradise. But our people rallied around the abbreviated 2020 season, not only for the sake of the teams and the players, but for the grooms, farriers, feed stores, veterinarians, grounds crew, and hard-working support staff that are the pillars of our polo community. Polo is all about teamwork, and sometimes the most important teamwork happens off the field. I am reminded of this every year as we put the season together. In 2020, it felt like we assembled the season over and over again as we went through each stage of quarantine, and our players and teams worked together like champions to make it happen for everyone. For 110 years, we have been nurturing our polo paradise. It is more than a polo field by the beach – it is a multi-generational community that strives together
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to create a haven of family and horses, competition, and fair play. After so many years, it can be easy to start taking paradise for granted, but after nearly losing our little slice of heaven, I invite you to enjoy the 2021 season with fresh eyes and enjoyment of the camaraderie and intense competition that is our club’s trademark. Sincerely,
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With no public access to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, the last year truly became the year of the family. And while the pandemic put a damper on gatherings and festivities, many members of the polo community still realized major milestones. Most remarkably...so many polo babies! Remy Du Celliee Muller and Tica Bengston welcomed their first child; Billy Agnes Du Celliee Muller on the 5th of May. Kristen and Jim Wright also became firsttime parents, welcoming Anamarie Jackson Hiller into the world on October 16th. Anita Avendaño and Santi Wulff welcomed their third child, Lucas Wulff-Avendaño, on September 8. Love was also in the air on October 1st with the marriage of Jesse Bray and Hayley Heatley. Both raised by long-time polo families, Hayley and Jesse met at the Santa Barbara Polo Club in 2013 and always dreamed of marrying here, surrounded by friends and family. With an intimate ceremony and gathering at Klentner Ranch, their dream finally came true. Congratulations also goes to polo member Dominique 20
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Mielle, who recently published Damsel in Distress: My Life in the Golden Age of Hedge Funds, an entertaining and inspiring story from one of the most successful women in the investment industry over the past two decades. The club staff family expanded over the past year with two important new appointments: Shayna Cogan became the Director of Operations in late 2020 and Kenneth de Alday joined as the Staff Accountant in 2021. Both Shayna and Kenneth are great new additions to the club’s team moving into the 2021 season. Also new to the club: the Fieldside Grill managed by Best Beverage Catering (BBC). BBC are experts in polo hospitality, bringing years of experience at Empire, Eldorado and San Diego polo clubs. The BBC team is headed by General Manager Erin Miller, Bar Operations Manager Rachel Evans, and Executive Chef Peter Zimowski. Enjoy food and drinks hosted by BBC at the Fieldside Grill throughout the year!
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Top Honors Meet the recipient of the Best Playing Pony Award in the 2020 Pacific Coast Open: Chala. Chala is an 8-year-old chestnut mare owned and played by Geronimo Obregon. Having arrived in the United States from Argentina two years ago, Chala played in the U.S. Open as a 6-year-old. Right away, Obregon realized the depth of the mare’s talent in a ride-off against Lucas Diaz Alberdi: “We were coming flat out, I went to bump him, and she launched across into him so hard that I almost knocked him down. I remember thinking, Wow! This horse is very strong.” Chala is now one of the top horses in Geronimo’s string, and he believes that her best is still to come. She is extremely agile and quick on every play. But what makes her most memorable, according to Obregon, is her head for the game. Chala is always ready to compete, continually anticipates her next move, and has great respect for the ball – setting up Geronimo for clean hits again and again.
When Tobi arrived at Sarah Siegel-Magness’ farm two years ago, sight unseen, the unique Argentine-born paint mare was originally intended for her son Cable. Plans quickly changed when Sarah first sat on Tobi and instantly felt a connection; and the two have continued to grow together ever since. Whether competing in 8-Goal, 20-Goal, or more recently the Women’s Open in Florida, Sarah relies on Tobi to give her a consistent, confidence-building chukker. “I used to save Tobi for my last chukker, but now I play her first because I know I will always start my game strong.” To top it off, Tobi is one of the most photogenic horses on any field and never takes a bad picture. It’s no surprise that Tobi was awarded 2020 Club Pony of the Year or that Sarah has decided to keep Tobi’s bloodline in her string for as long as possible, having recently bred the mare to Adolfo Cambiaso’s stallion Festival via surrogate. “She’s a great horse, in every way. When you think she can’t get any better, she does.” 21
Lighting Up Arena Nights Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club addressed the longstanding need for expanded teaching hours at the Polo Academy with six new arena lights. Leading the project was Westmont Alum and twotime Intercollegiate National Champion, Tony Uretz. The brilliantly illuminated arena nestled amongst the foothills of Carpinteria is now able to accommodate evening practices and games throughout the winter. In partnership with Polo Training Center Santa Barbara, a fundraising campaign facilitated the project. The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Westmont College call the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club arena home. During project manager Tony Uretz’ tenure at Westmont, he and brother Patrick Uretz spent countless hours practicing. With daylight hours being a limiting factor during the winter, Uretz was intimately familiar with the need for new lighting. Fast forward several years, Tony completed an internship and accepted a full-time position with Justin Klentner at Western Built Construction. When the club approached Klentner, he knew Tony was the perfect person to lead 22
the project. “It feels like I have come full-circle with this light installation. This was my summer and college polo home. Installing arena lights will allow the club to host activities after business hours and introduce locals to the sport. I am excited to see the club continue to grow,” says Uretz. The arena’s expanded operating hours had an immediate impact on the Polo Academy’s activities. During the winter, the Interscholastic team practiced twice a week in the evening and all Intercollegiate players were able to practice 3 times a week. Polo Academy Director, Jeff Scheraga, hopes the flexible playing hours will also encourage people in the local community to come try polo after work hours. The polo arena is now in fine form to accommodate students and players throughout the year.
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Rising Stars WILL BUSCH
Will Busch and Cable Magness are the newest additions to the crew of handsome young polo players at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. With a longstanding tradition of polo in the Busch family, Will returns to the sport after graduating from University of San Diego. Magness stepped into the saddle more recently and shares a serious passion for the sport with his mother, Sarah Siegel-Magness, and father, Gary Magness.
“I really enjoy the fact that I can play polo with my parents. It’s a sport where age really doesn’t matter.” Cable Magness
On taking up the sport Magness: I learned how to ride first and then I began playing polo about 3 years ago. Busch: I've been playing polo since I can remember. There are photos of my brothers and me playing in Florida and Santa Barbara when we were just little guys.
On best playing ponies Magness: I would have to say my horse named Saint. She’s so reliable and there isn’t a moment where I don’t feel comfortable while riding or playing her. Busch: My favorite horse is a mare of Santi Wulff’s named Mandella. She is a horse that has everything: athleticism, power, handiness, and speed. It’s fairly common to find one or maybe two of those attributes in a horse, but when they have it all, they are pretty special.
On what they love most about polo Magness: I really enjoy the fact that I can play polo with my parents. It’s a sport where age really doesn’t matter. Busch: The horses.
On pre-game rituals Magness: I often stop at Starbucks and get a sausage and egg sandwich before a game! Busch: I’ve tried to make myself a pre-game ritual because some of my favorite athletes have them, like Rafael Nadal lining up his water bottles label out before every game, or Shaun Alexander eating spaghetti and meatballs the night before. But nothing has really stuck with me yet!
On their favorite field Magness: I love to play on my own fields at Cancha de Estrellas in Santa Barbara. Busch: The field at Folded Hills is my favorite – it’s home for me. Zack Sayler also does a hell of a job managing it!
On the must-go polo destination Magness: I think playing in Dubai would be absolutely amazing. Busch: Argentina, without question.
QUICK-FIRE Q’s SPEED or HANDLE? Magness: Speed Busch: Handle COFFEE or MATE? Magness: Coffee Busch: Morning coffee, afternoon mate BAY or GREY? Magness: Bay
Busch: That’s a tough one - Grey
OVERTIME or PENALTY SHOOTOUT? Magness: Overtime Busch: Shootouts are the worst! Definitely overtime. BEACH DAY or POLO MATCH? Magness: Beach day Busch: Polo match NETFLIX or LIVESTREAM POLO? Magness: Netflix Busch: both!
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In honor of 110 years of polo in Santa Barbara, we uncover some undocumented memories behind the prestigious Pacific Coast Open tournament. The memories from the field, the team dynamics, the opponents, the ponies, and ultimately, the win. Based on interviews with past winners, we shed new light on the exciting unwritten memories of players who battled in tournament finals to win the ultimate: their names forever etched onto the prestigious PCO trophy.
1977: Iñigo Zóbel, Ronnie Tongg, Wendy Kerley, Tom Conant
a polo passport A native of Hawaii, Ronnie Tongg caught the polo bug at a young age from his father Ruddy, who had a vision of polo as a passport to the world. The 1962 PCO was one of Tongg’s first big wins alongside his mentor Billy Linfoot, the legendary Bob Skene, and Ronnie’s childhood friend from Hawaii, Harold Merck. Later that same year, the team of Ronnie, Billy and Bob traveled to Chicago and won the U.S. Open – with Roy Barry Jr. playing instead of Harold and Tony Veen as their horse transport manager. “Billy Linfoot was a great team General, and a lot of credit goes to him for our wins,” reflects Ronnie. Billy and Ronnie won the PCO again in 1966 alongside Bill Atkinson and Tom Hughes: “Bill Atkinson was a bit unorthodox, but he played a great back. And Tom
1962: Harold Merck, Bob Skene, Billy Linfoot, Ronnie Tongg
Hughes was a charger up front.” Ronnie notes that between 1961 and 1966, Santa Barbara had the best nucleus of high-goal polo players anywhere in the US, with Skene at 10 goals, Billy Linfoot and Roy Barry, Jr. at 9 goals, and himself, Bill Atkinson, Bud Linfoot and Alan Scherer at 6 goals. Come 1977, the PCO tournament handicap was lowered as fewer high-rated players were available to play, and Ronnie Tongg pulled together a last-minute entry: “The son of a good friend of mine from the Manila Polo Club, Iñigo Zóbel, decided to come play and I let him decide about the team jerseys. He wanted to wear something fun and different, so we wore Mickey Mouse shirts. Our team ended up winning – it was a surprise to everyone!”
1966: Bill Atkinson, Billy Linfoot, Tom Hughes, Ronnie Tongg
1979: Corky Linfoot, Carlos Gracida, Mike Conant, Tom Gose
Golden Games & Gambles Corky Linfoot was a freshman in college in 1968: he wore bell bottoms, sported a long, shaggy hairstyle, and considered shoes to be optional. At the same time, he was a natural horseman and a talented young player. The Greenhill team needed a #4, so Billy Linfoot enlisted his son Corky on horses supplied by their generous teammate Hap Sharp. “Harold liked to have fun with me,” admits Corky, “and he declared that if we won the tournament, he got to cut my hair however he pleased.” Two weeks later, after securing the ‘68 PCO, Harold sent Corky to his favorite barber, who sheared Corky’s long locks down to the bare skull. Harold gave Corky another special bonus for his efforts in the game: a little Argentine mare that was one of Corky’s very first ponies. A few years later, Corky Linfoot received a phone call from Bob Skene: “Corky, I just broke my arm and I need you to come play for me – the semi's are on Friday.” Corky boarded a plane and arrived to replace Skene in short order, joining the team alongside Antonio Herrera, who they warmly referred to as the “Golden Mexican” because of the sizable gold chain and cross perpetually adorning his neck. Rated 6 goals
at the time, Corky and the 9-goal rated Herrera had a strong lead going into the final chukker. This lead was a blessing in the end, remembers Corky: “There were a few minutes left and Antonio is off his horse, walking the field near the forty-yard line, while the game is on! His gold chain and cross broke and he got off to find it, without finishing the game first. Luckily, we got the win, and he also found his golden treasure.” In 1979, Corky Linfoot achieved big wins in the Palm Beach Open in Florida and the U.S. Open in Texas, and had limited horsepower remaining for the PCO final in Santa Barbara. But he pulled together a string and joined the Retama team alongside Tommy Gose, Mike Conant, and Carlos Gracida. In the final, Corky was mounted on a less-than-impressive pony named Bobcat Bernie:“The pony had no run, and was almost no help to me on the field.” After an uneven ride-off, Bobcat ran Corky straight into a goal post, leaving him on the ground with a melon-sized contusion forming on his left side. Corky finished the game and his team secured the win; the infamous Bobcat Bernie did not make any subsequent appearances on Field 1.
1985: John Hall, Corky Linfoot, Mike Conant, Kevin Ittig
Best ponies & big hitters In 1984, Fred Mannix’s Fish Creek team included Joe Barry, Rob Roenisch, and Kenny Fransen. It was the first time Fred played with the big hitting Joe Barry: “Joe hated hitting penalty 4’s at the south end of the field because his balls always ended up on the freeway causing a screech of tires. At the north end, the penalty shots always ended up traveling through condominium windows!” One of Fred’s best chukkers was on a pony named 011 (Oh Eleven), a Tommy Wayman horse who went on to teach all the Mannix kids how to play. Fred’s eldest son Frederick was there to witness his dad’s first PCO win, although he was only a few months old at the time.
1984: Joe Barry, Kenny Fransen, Rob Roenisch, Fred Mannix
In the 1985 PCO final, the Old Pueblo team were the reputed underdogs: John Hall, Corky Linfoot, and Mike Conant signed up Kevin Ittig to join their team, although Kevin had limited high-goal experience. “Kevin was light on speed in his string, so I lent him one of my talented go-to ponies, Constant Comment. In the practice game, all I can hear Kevin saying is ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa’ and he returned her to me shortly after the chukker. A little too much fire, he complained! Somehow our long-shot team managed to win. My wife Kathy likes to remind me that our team was not a natural fit, but Mike and I adapted well and made a success of the team by working together,” remembers Corky.
Around the same time, Glen Holden was in search of a 9-goal player for his Gehache team. He reached out to friends in Argentina, who highly recommended Daniel Gonzalez. Daniel and his family made their way to Santa Barbara, and he and Glen became excellent teammates and life-long friends.“I am lucky to have played with him and have his expertise in finding talented horses in Argentina. I am also grateful that Daniel introduced me to Alfonso Giannico, who was my long-time horse trainer and polo manager.” Holden claims that his best chukker in the 1986 PCO final was on a mare named Rotunda, who he almost sold less than a year prior because she was such a handful on the field. But Alfonso convinced Glen to keep the mare while he invested months of training into her. “And as it turns out, Rotunda became one of the best horses that I played in my lifetime,” Glen admits. F.D. Walton describes his ’86 PCO experience with the Gehache team akin to playing football on a team with Tom Brady: “Daniel Gonzalez was that good at passing up the ball. I was lucky to join such an organized and seasoned team. Daniel put me at #1, which had not always been my favorite position. But I had great players behind me.”
Dr. Norman Ringer, Glen Holden, Ken Walker
Walton relied on a string of ponies that he trained himself to mount up against some of the best players in the U.S. that Sunday afternoon. Having started training horses when he was just 12 years old, in an attempt to keep up with his older brothers on their Ranch in Modesto, Walton’s horsemanship and sensibility near goal made up for his lack of experience in high-goal polo. Gehache put a lot of faith in Walton and he really delivered, scoring 6 of the team’s 7 goals to win: “I’m glad that I made good on the great opportunity that Glen Holden offered to me – it was a team and a game of a lifetime.” The following season saw Maui secure the PCO win, with Joel Baker, Bill Mayberry and Peter Baldwin recruiting a young Joe Henderson from his arena polo success out onto the grass. “It was a really hard game. Joel Baker had great knowledge of high-goal polo, so we deferred to him and he led us to victory. It was one of my very first wins on the grass,” remembers Henderson. His best chukker that afternoon was on a horse from Scott Cunningham, a mare named Trixie who almost flipped over on him the first time he tested her breaks. “Everyone presumed Corky’s great mare Equal Rights would get the Best Pony prize – I was surprised and thrilled when they gave the prize to my Trixie instead!” The 1991 PCO saw Fish Creek qualify for the final, although Mannix was absent for many of the qualifying games, with his wife Li-Anne expecting their son Julian in Calgary. Mannix put his groom Julie Roenisch in to play on his behalf: “Fred never hesitated to put me in, and neither did Julio. They could have found some 1-goal superstar kid, but they always went with me instead,” remembers Roenisch. Mannix flew down from Calgary in time to play in the final game, but he refused to do so. He called Julie over and said,“I’m not going to play, you got us to the finals, I want you to play.” Roenisch not only had the backing of her boss, many other players were also supportive of her game: “I never felt like I was treated differently by the men in the tournament. I was just another player out there on the field. My teammates and also Bob Skene were always very encouraging and gave me helpful advice about my games.” Roenisch was the first woman to win the PCO and went on to become the first woman to play in the U.S. Open in 1992.
1986: F.D. Walton, M. Gonzalez, Glen Holden, Daniel Gonzalez
1991: Julie Roenisch
team traditions Pat Nesbitt recalls a devastating loss in the final 30 seconds of the PCO final in 1996. Come 1997, his Windsor Capital team fought their way through the tournament and were determined to get the win. When J.W. Hall was injured in the semi-finals, the team enlisted Matthew Gonzalez as a substitute: “Matthew was a great all-around player and was instrumental in our win.” Windsor Capital faced Tim Gannon’s Outback team in the final, whose winning streak stretched back 3 tournaments. “We weren’t supposed to win,” suggests Nesbitt. However, Outback reportedly hosted a team party the night before the final – maybe in anticipation of the trophy. Nesbitt recalls, “Our team fought hard to get to the final and weren’t taking anything for granted. We wanted the win and played hard to get it. And they might have been a little tired from their previous night’s festivities!” Duende team patron Mike Hakan fondly recalls the perpetual excitement that surrounded the annual PCO Calcutta throughout the ‛90s. “Every year, on the final day of the America Cup, the winner would open up the clubhouse bar in celebration. Then as the Champagne flowed, each team in the tournament would be auctioned off. There was a lot of jostling and joking amongst the teams and players, but there was a pretty serious side to it as well.” Hakan’s Duende bought their own team in 1998, and reportedly “made out like bandits” with the Calcutta pot after their win. Santi Trotz describes the 1998 Duende team (he, Francisco Lanusse, Mariano Gonzalez, and Mike Hakan) as “the greatest of friends.” The foursome was very superstitious and maintained a regular
1998: Duende team meetings at Stacky’s in Summerland
game day routine of eating breakfast at Stacky’s down the street in Summerland. Sitting at the same table each morning, the team would go over their horse lists and prepare their game strategy. When the day of the PCO final came, the team arrived at Stacky’s and found their usual table taken. They were accustomed to waiting for it to clear occasionally, but this day the customers did not seem to be in a hurry to leave. “After waiting 15 minutes, I walked over to the table and explained to the people sitting there that it was our team table. We had a big final that day and we had to eat at the specific table because we could not break our routine. They laughed at us but picked up their things and moved to a different table. We won that day!”
2017: Dan Walker, Justin Klentner
building the win Mike Conant, who claimed an epic total of six PCO wins, reflects on his success with a quote from Santa Barbara legend Vic Graber: “The game of polo is played on horses.” With these sage words in mind, Conant always arrived to games with more horses than he needed, including some extra horsepower to share with teammates if required. “In 1990, there were 10 tournament games and then a final. We had to make sure to keep our best horses sound and ready for the final game, and not run them down during the qualifiers. We watched the other teams and their lineups, and we were smart about which horses we played in each game.” Conant’s best advice in becoming a polo champion: “Build your win with your string.” More recently, a team with superb horsepower claimed both the 2017 and 2019 PCO titles: Farmer’s & Merchants Bank. Their first win in 2017 ended in a dramatic fashion, playing almost two full overtime chukkers. Team owner Danny Walker, reflected on their celebration, “I was so exhausted I could hardly enjoy the after party. But in 2019 my adrenaline was so high that the after party started as soon as we got off our horses and continued until the next morning. Our 2019 team earned the nickname Band of Brothers, as our lineup changed almost weekly due to injury.” The FMB team earned their way to the 2019 final, winning most of their games by a strong margin, but found themselves in an unusual position: down 5-8 in the final chukker of play. “We fought back, scoring four unanswered goals. It was an amazing win that I’ll never forget.”
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Ken Berry: A Journey Through Polo BY SARAH EAKIN
It was a combination of surf and turf that landed Ken Berry at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. His wife, Joanie, suggested a weekend trip from their Hollywood home to the coast to lure him to the ocean, but he got distracted by a stop at the polo club instead. From day one, Ken, like so many before him, was hooked on polo. Instead of hitting the beach, he and Joanie were off to the polo club each weekend: Ken on the field and Joanie in the north corner box for every chukker of every game her husband played from 1973 to 2016. Ken’s foray into the sport of kings proved to be no ordinary polo journey. Ken was told from the start that if he wanted to learn to play, he first needed to learn how to ride. He immediately commenced riding lessons with a reputable horsewoman named Susie, who happened to be the wife of polo player Joel Baker. The induction into polo continued when Ken met Owen Cathcart, a former English Army Officer. Ken commuted each weekend to the military man’s private polo arena in Montecito. Before long, he was ready for his debut at Santa Barbara. Will Rogers’ grandson Chuck
was the first person he met at the club, and he sold Ken his first horse on September 15, 1973: the day he played in his first practice game. A highlight of Ken’s polo career saw him compete in the 20-goal with teammate Owen Rinehart, an American player who went on to attain a 10-goal handicap and be an inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame. Ken has a distinct memory of the experience: “Turning after my back shot, Owen picked up the ball, hit it way up in the air, and I looked up to the most beautiful blue sky, small white clouds, and polo ball above... And at that moment I thought to myself ‘I’m in heaven.’” Ken’s brushes with polo legends did not stop there. While a polo player’s ultimate dream might be to take the field in Palermo in the Argentine Open, few will achieve it. Ken managed the next best thing in breeding a high-goal champion who made his mark on the hallowed ground. Chocolate, a bay gelding, was born in June 2003 in the Santa Ynez Valley out of a mare owned by Ken, Empress − the best mare he says he ever played.
Chocolate’s pedigree was instigated by polo professional Santi Trotz, who saw a perfect match made on the polo field. He was playing polo on Joel Baker’s horse Morning Star and told Ken that he should breed Empress to the stallion. “The stallion moved well and had a very good head for a stallion,” said Trotz. “I played Empress in the 20-goal in Santa Barbara. The way the mare moved was amazing. You could feel the difference immediately.” Ken fondly remembers playing Chocolate for about three years before Trotz encouraged him to sell him into high-goal polo. Valiente’s polo patron Bob Jornayvaz purchased Chocolate and, before long, his potential was realized in an on-field partnership with the legendary player Adolfo Cambiaso. A string of memorable appearances followed for the gelding − and a series of unprecedented accolades for an American-bred polo pony. “It is not unusual to hear that the Argentines have the best polo horses,” wrote Gwen Rizzo in Polo Player’s Edition after Chocolate, played by Cambiaso, won the Lady Susan Townley Cup for Best Horse in the 2013 Argentine Open final. “Admittedly, they have produced some amazing equine athletes, but so have the Americans. And in the most recent Argentine Open, the Californiabred Chocolate proved that some American horses are even better than Argentine horse flesh.” Chocolate’s story continues; he is now playing under Adolfo’s talented son Poroto Cambiaso.
Adolfo Cambiaso on Chocolate (photo courtesy of United States Polo Association)
Ken’s wife Joanie passed away in 2018, but her ruse to lure her husband to the beach had led to a lifetime of shared memories that he will never forget. She watched her husband achieve a 3-goal rating as an amateur and play in almost every low- and mediumgoal tournament that Santa Barbara offers. Ken’s commitment to the sport led to a polo tour of the world: "I was fortunate to play many times and meet many friends early on in Argentina, India, and Pakistan." He also has played in England, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A polo trip to Jamaica resulted in a memorable undefeated two weeks of polo in 1975, playing alongside his traveling companion, Ross Leighton from Australia. When foreign teams came to Santa Barbara, Ken would reciprocate the overseas hospitality given to him and provide horses for visiting players. “Joanie and Ken probably helped more new people in SB Polo over the years than anyone PERIOD,” wrote Steve Crowder in his Polozone column, shortly after Joanie’s death. Ken lives in Hollywood and is still a regular weekend visitor to the club that changed his life: “Santa Barbara gave me the opportunity to travel the world, play the sport I love, and meet many amazing people.”
Ken and Joanie at the club in 1992
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In Celebration: 80 Years of Art The transformation of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is nearly complete. In the summer of 2021, the Museum will celebrate the completion of a five-year, $50 million renovation campaign. The 1912 building has been updated from the foundation to the roof to better serve the Santa Barbara community. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has been a center for arts and education since 1941, a cultural destination for locals and visitors alike, and an arts institution recognized and valued around the world. Visitors will find an extensive selection on view from the 27,000-piece permanent collection, as well as special exhibitions, an interactive Family Resource Center, and a beautifully curated Museum Store.
CONTEMPORARY ART In its 80-year history, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art has exhibited and collected challenging work by contemporary artists but never had a gallery dedicated for their display. Flooded with sunlight and perched at the top of the building, the new Contemporary Gallery's inaugural installation will be anchored with a shining mirrored orb by Anish Kapoor. Anish Kapoor Turning the World Inside Out, 1995 Cast stainless steel, ed. 3/3, 60 x 70 in. Santa Barbara Museum of Art purchase, 20th Century Art Acquisition Fund and funds provided by Eli and Leatrice Luria and the Luria Foundation, Lillian and Jon B. Lovelace, Smith Richardson and the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and the SBMA Visionaries © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved, DACS, London/ ARS, NY 2021
ASIAN ART The Museum’s extensive Asian Art collection, spanning a 5,000-year history, covers the art of China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. Selected works to be displayed will feature ancient bronze vessels, significant funerary figurines, and Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. In addition, selections of scroll paintings, screens, lacquers, porcelains, and textiles will further demonstrate the region’s shared yet diversely rich aesthetics. Such a collection is not only a tribute to the artistry of the vastly diverse cultures they represent, but it is also reflective of the sophistication and cosmopolitan taste of donors and patrons in the Santa Barbara community.
Attributed to TOSA Mitsuoki, Japanese, 1617-1691, The Tale of Bunsho, the Salt-maker, Calligraphy by SANEKAGE Mushanokoji (1662-1738), calligraphy dated 1688. Ink, color, gold, and silver on paper; set of three handscrolls 12 7/8 x 560 5/8 in. (each) SBMA, Museum purchase with the Peggy and John Maximus Fund and SBMA Friends of Asian Art.
Upcoming Exhibitions THROUGH VINCENT’S EYES: VAN GOGH AND HIS SOURCES
FEBRUARY 27 TO MAY 22, 2022
Enter into the visual world of Vincent van Gogh in this much anticipated international loan exhibition. The show features works of art by Van Gogh, and more than 100 works of art that reconnect him to the many artists and authors that he admired. Encounter stunningly beautiful canvases by this legendary modern master and discover the depth of Vincent’s visual fluency in the art and literature of his time.
FACING FORWARD: PORTRAITS FROM THE COLLECTION SUMMER 2021 Drawn from the Museum’s distinguished collection, photographs in this exhibition span the history of the medium and feature the human face as their central and absorbing subject matter. A highlight is an ethereal photograph by Eva L. Watson, one of the major artists of the Pictorialist movement. Watson was one of the founding members of the landmark Photo-Secession group that artist Alfred Stieglitz established in 1902. In this subtle yet immediate work, Watson transformed a traditional photographic studio likeness into a far more introspective portrait that resonates with the sitter’s inner life and subjectivity. One of the artist’s better-known images, A Study Head was included in Camera Notes, the Camera Club of New York’s ca. 1901 journal. This volume also contains photographs by Gertrude Käsebier, Rose Clark, Elizabeth Flint Wade, and Emilie V. Clarkson, just a few of the women associated with Pictorialism in its earliest years
Eva L. Watson (American, 1867-1935), A Study Head, ca. 1899, printed 1901. Photogravure. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Michael G. Wilson and the Dana and Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Trust.
Video works from the Museum’s growing collection explore how the contemporary experience of nature has been shaped and influenced by current digital technologies. On view will be American artist Diana Thater’s 2008 Untitled Video wall (Butterflies), a mesmerizing six-monitor floor installation focusing on the fluttering wings of monarch butterflies; alongside two recent and newly acquired videos of yellow-flowering plants by the Taiwanese artist, Wu Chi-Tsung, which present fascinating slowly-changing images of nature that fuse and challenge Eastern and Western still-life painting traditions. Diana Thater, Untitled Videowall (Butterflies), 1998. Flat panel monitors, DVD player, synchronizer and orange gels. SBMA, Museum purchase, the Suzette Morton Davidson Art Acquisition Endowment Fund. © Diana Thater
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From The Courts Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club’s vibrant tennis community welcomes enthusiasts with competitive play, social gatherings and a friendly atmosphere. Eight championship tennis courts provide ample space for players of all ages to practice their skills in clinics and organized matches. From peewee tennis to golden year mixers and themed events, the club strives to provide a welcoming environment for all tennis members, new and old. Tennis Director Stephanie Baker Stone leads a dynamic team of well-known tennis professionals including tennis ambassador Bart Hillock, head tennis professional Lance Kronberg, Sara
Scott and Ishanka “Sharky” Mohottige. With over 40 years of combined dedication to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 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. Interclub and club leagues are offered for both men and women USTA levels 3.0 to 5.0. Lessons and organized match play are available to all members looking to get out on the court. Clinics are scheduled year-round to assist players in leveling up their skills and to introduce new players to the sport. A fun men’s league has grown in popularity over the past year, adding to the club’s many established programs.
Our New Tennis Clubhouse The club is proudly unveiling the newly renovated tennis clubhouse to kick off the 2021 summer. Featuring a new member lounge with an inside/outside bar for viewing the action on the courts, Coach’s Corner & Pro Shop, and a new Front Desk that includes
an honor market with locally sourced food and beverage products for our members' enjoyment. The enhanced clubhouse will host clinics, mixers and member events throughout the year.
Junior Tennis & Summer Camps An enhanced focus on developing young players in recent years has created a booming junior program. Clinics and training programs begin at age 4 and guide players through successful high school competitive play. Six local high schools are represented at the club, showcasing a talented group of players. Spanning eight weeks of summer, the club’s signature junior summer camp is designed to provide a basis for athletic skill development.
Games and drills led by instructors build on skills developed throughout the week. Pizza parties and afternoons spent in the pool round out a fantastic week of tennis camp. Two weeks of advanced camp designed for competitive high school players provides a high-level training opportunity for players looking to gain an edge on their competition over the summer.
Tournament Winners 2020 PACIFIC COAST OPEN
WINNER S: K LENTNER R ANCH Marquitos Alberdi, Geronimo Obregon, Justin Klentner, Jesse Bray
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WINNER S: LUCCHE S E John Muse, Facundo Obregon, Jeff Hall, Nico Escobar
MVP: NICO E S COBAR Presented by Danny Walker
USPA AMERICA CUP
WINNER S: SANTA CL AR A Santi Toccalino, Lucas Escobar, Fede Escobar, Luis Escobar
MVP: LUC A S E S COBAR Presented by Danny Walker
ROBERT SKENE TROPHY
WINNER S: FM B TO O! Henry Walker, Santi Wulff, Pipe Marquez, Joaquin Avendaño
MVP: PIPE M ARQUE Z Presented by Curtis Skene
LUCCHESE USPA INTRA-CIRCUIT
WINNE R S: DUNDA S Mariano Fassetta, Santi Torres, Juan Cruz Marcos, Sarah Siegel-Magness
MVP: JUAN CRUZ M ARCO S
FOLDED HILLS POPE CHALLENGE
WINNER S: ANTELO PE JUNIO R
WINNER S: DUNDA S II
Bauti von Wernich, Felipe
Geronimo Obregon, Jake
Vercellino, Grant Palmer, Juan
MVP: C ABLE M AGNE SS
MVP: GR ANT PAL M ER
KOPU LISLE NIXON MEMORIAL
Cable Magness, Jason Crowder,
JACKSON HOLE HORSE EMPORIUM USPA WICKENDEN CUP
WINNER S: B FB ST L AW Juan Curbelo, Cory Williams, Ale Gonzalez, Leigh Brecheen
MVP: JUAN CURB ELO
USPA PRESIDENT’S CUP
WINNER S: B FB ST L AW Ale Gonzalez, Leigh Brecheen, Cory Williams, Juan Curbelo
MVP: JUAN CURB ELO
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MALIBU CUP WINNER S: K LENTNER R ANCH Jesse Bray, Luke Klentner, Jake Klentner, Cable Magness
MVP: C ABLE M AGNE SS
SUMMERLAND CUP WINNER S: QUITE ON Z Keko Magrini, Ryan Kerley, Paquito de Narvaez, Paco de Narvaez
MVP: PAQUITO DE NARVAE Z
MONTECITO CUP WINNER S: B FB ST L AW Leigh Brecheen, Cory Williams, Lucitas Criado, Juan Monteverde
MVP: LUCITA S CRIAD O
JAMES COLT CLASSIC WINNER S: QUITE ON Z Paco de Narvaez, Alecia Seidler, Keko Magrini, Paquito de Narvaez, Cable Magness
MVP: PAQUITO DE NARVAE Z
CARPINTERIA CUP WINNER S: B FB ST Juan Monteverde, Leigh Brecheen, Cory Williams, Lucitas Criado
MVP: JUAN M ONTE VERDE 71
WOM EN ’S
WOMEN’S PACIFIC COAST OPEN
12 GOAL WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL
WINNER S: L A HERR ADUR A
WINNER S: JC P OLO
Dayelle Fargey, Izzy Parsons, Meghan
Dayelle Fargey, Maggie Papka, Taylor
Gracida, Suzette Yamani
Olcott, Jemma Contreras
MVP: DAYELLE FARGE Y
MVP: DAYELLE FARGE Y
LAST BIG CHANCE
WINNER S: CP C
WINNER S: WORLD GYM
Grace Mellis, Troy Crumley, Matt
Melanja Jones, Tony Uretz, Claudia
Schwartz, Ale Nordheimer
Uretz, Tom Schuerman
MVP: M AT T S CHWART Z
MVP: ELI S E PARDUE
2020 Awards PRO P O OL MVP (FALL)
PRO P O OL MVP (SPRING)
CLINT NAGLE AWARD
DAVID M ALENOIR- E VAN S & L AUR EN M CINTIR E
D OM INIQUE M IE LLE
JENNY ALTE R
RINCON SP ORTSM ANSHIP AWARD
ROBERT SKENE AWARD
CO RY WILLIA M S
PAQUITO DE NARVAE Z
JE SS E BR AY
BE S T S TRING AWARD
USPA CLUB HORSE OF THE YEAR
TO BI (SAR AH SIEGEL- M AGNE SS)
T WENT Y
Pacific Coast Open
Robert Skene Trophy
CHAL A (G e r o n i m o O b r e go n)
G AL A ( P i p e M a r q u ez)
Folded Hills Pope Challenge
Kopu Lisle Nixon Memorial
SA NDUNG A ( F e li p e Ve rce lli n o)
SA MUR AI (G e r o n i m o O b r e go n)
C Y PR E S S (S a nt i To r r e s)
USPA President’s Cup
Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Wickenden Cup
LO LITA ( J a s o n Cr owd e r)
D O B E L (A l e G o n ze l ez)
Farmers & Merchants Bank USPA Silver Cup
USPA America Cup
T WIGGY ( J e f f H a ll )
S C AR (Lu i s E s co b a r)
James Colt Classic
Malibu Cup (top)
Summerland Cup (bottom)
TERCA (Keko Magrini)
POPPY (Paco De Narvaez)
SCANDALOSA (Juan Monteverde)
POPPY (Paco De Narvaez)
CHAVA (Jim Wright)
Women’s Pacific Coast Open
12 Goal Women’s Invitational
Last Big Chance Tournament
Last Chance Tournament
GALPITA (Mia Astrada, Patagones)
EBONY (Dayelle Fargey)
PATRIOTA (Toto Socas)
CATCH 22 (Tom Schuerman)
For more than 60 years, there has been one polo club in the California desert that hosts competitive, internationalcalibre polo. Known for decades as a players club, this tradition continutes 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
12 Goal Series
Folded Hills Pope Challenge April 30–May 9 Lisle Nixon Memorial May 14–23 Vic Graber Cup May 28–June 6 Lucchese USPA Intra-Circuit June 11–20
16 Goal Series Robert Skene Trophy July 9–18
Farmers & Merchants Bank USPA Silver Cup July 23–August 8 USPA America Cup August 8 Pacific Coast Open August 13–29
USPA 8 Goal Series KOPU USPA President's Cup September 11–19
Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Wickenden Cup September 25–October 3
Other Leagues Early Bird Chukkers April 17–25
Spring Pro Pool League April 29–June 20 Rincon League 6-8 Goal Pro-Am July 8–August 28 Fall Pro Pool League September 9–October 3
Special Tournaments Mixed Magic Invitational September 3–5
12 Goal Ladies Invitational October 1–3 Last Chance Tournament October 8–10 Arena Tournaments throughout 2021 FOR 2021 POLO SCHEDULE UPDATES, VISIT SBPOLO.COM
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Visitor Info Grandstand Seating Map ROW 5 ROW 4 ROW 3 ROW 2 ROW 1
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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M E M BE R ENTR ANCE
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CLUBHOUSE & GRANDSTAND
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Rules of Polo The Basics 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.
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.
Game Day Glossary 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. 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-to-shoulder 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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