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CONTENT

10 PRESIDENT’S LETTER 25 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 34 HISTORY OF THE SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB 37 A LIFE IN POLO: BILL MAYBERY 43 HOW TO WATCH POLO 50 TOURNAMENT RESULTS 58 PLAYER’S CORNER 74 TRAVEL: NEW ZEALAND 82 POLO FASHION 87 COCKTAILS 92 SOCIAL SCENE 109 DINING GUIDE 6

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PRESIDENT

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elcome to the 28th Season here at the San Diego Polo Club. This summer we are looking forward to 15 action-packed weekends of polo! We have some great things in store for everyone this summer and some exciting new changes including: increased social member seating, a weekly contest for the best tailgate, and more charitable involvement. We are also thrilled to announce that we have a great group of sponsors and advertisers this year. We will be welcoming back Land Rover, Brown-Forman, Raphael’s Party Rentals, Best Beverage Catering and Charco Design and Build as season sponsors.

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The future of the San Diego Polo Club is always on our minds, and we are currently working with Surf Soccer to form a new organization so that we can secure a long-term lease on the property. We have been working with the Mayor’s office, and all of the stakeholders in the San Dieguito Valley to make a long-term plan for the facility that will include polo, soccer, and other youth sports. We are excited about this partnership and very appreciative of the efforts that Surf Soccer has made to improve our fields. This year, Surf Soccer has spent over $250,000 on field renovations and we

promise that all of our playing members will be able to see the difference it has made. Thank you Surf! We look forward to working with all of you to secure polo’s future in San Diego and we thank you for your continued support. Here’s to a great polo season! Sincerely,

Chris Collins CHRIS COLLINS President


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STEERING COMMITTEE We are pleased to welcome the San Diego Polo Club’s Steering Committee, a new group created to give feedback and direction to the Board of Directors.

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

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Dear Polo Enthusiasts, The USPA would like to congratulate the San Diego Polo Club on its 28th season as being one of the premier polo clubs in the United States. It is amazing to think that 28 years ago a few dedicated polo players, including new president Chris Collins, joined together to turn a river slough into such a magnificent polo club. Offering five grass polo fields, stabling for over 400 horses, an exercise track and an outdoor arena, it’s no wonder people flock to the San Diego Polo Club. The San Diego Polo Club has become an outdoor tourist attraction, welcoming both local residents and international polo fans. Polo players come from all over the world to enjoy the sunshine and great climate of the region. During the many special polo events at the San Diego Polo Club, the surrounding restaurants, hotels and businesses enjoy its popularity. Whether you are a spectator, beginning polo player or experienced player, the USPA wishes you the best for this 28th season of polo at the San Diego Polo Club. See you on the field,

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JUNE

JUNE 1 | OPENING DAY Join us for Opening Day presented by Land Rover of San Diego. Enjoy a fashion show by Raina Leon and 7th Chukker After Party hosted by Riviera Magazine and DJ Here.

JUNE 8 | RANCHO SANTA FE CUP Enjoy two action packed polo matches with intermission entertainment by the Power Paragliders.

JUNE 15 | FATHER’S DAY Join us for a family-friendly afternoon with antique biplanes and a fundraiser to support Wounded Warrior Homes.

JUNE 22 | FAIRBANKS FINALS Come out for our charity tournament to benefit Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), an organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.

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JULY

JULY 6 | PAN-AMERICAN CUP FINALS Wrap up your 4th of July weekend at the San Diego Polo Club. Be sure to wear your red, white and blue.

JULY 13 | WOODFORD RESERVE CLASSIC Join us for the 3rd Annual Woodford Reserve Classic. Our friends at Woodford Reserve will be hosting a complimentary tasting throughout the day. Come sample some Kentucky bourbon and learn about their unique distillery process.

CINEPOLIS MOVIE NIGHT | TBD SDPC Members are invited to a complimentary night at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas for a private showing. *Members Only

JULY 20 | GUTIERREZ MEMORIAL CUP Join the Estudillo Family for the finals of the Fernando Gutierrez Memorial Cup. Free Wheelchair Mission Project will be hosting their 2nd annual fundraiser, and we will also welcome back the Ivy League Alumni. Be sure to stay for the 7th Chukker After Party hosted by the Estudillo Family.

NO POLO We take a short three week break and will be closed on July 27, August 3 and August 10.

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AUGUST AUGUST 16 | POLO AT THE RACES SDPC Members will enjoy complimentary admission to the Del Mar Racetrack for the Gourmet Food Truck Festival. *Members Only

AUGUST 17 | ALOHA SUNDAY Aloha and welcome back to the second half of the polo season. Enjoy Hawaiian treats and beats on this island-inspired Sunday. TheTwentySIX & DCoopMedia is our luxury media partner.

AUGUST 24 | WILLIS ALLEN MEMORIAL CUP FINALS Join the Collins Family as they crown the winners of the Willis Allen Memorial Tournament Finals. We’ll also be welcoming back the MIT Alumni.

AUGUST 31 | USPA ROSSMORE CUP & WHITE PARTY The USPA-sanctioned Rossmore Cup kicks off with the White Party. Dress in white or light colors and enjoy the 7th Chukker After Party with DJ P.

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SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 7 | USPA ROSSMORE FINALS & MILITARY APPRECIATION Join us for the highly anticipated finals of the USPA Rossmore Cup and a fundraiser to benefit the Veterans Research Alliance.

SEPTEMBER 14 | HERRADURA CUP Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with the 3rd Annual Herradura Tequila Cup. Fashion Group International will be hosting a fashion show and silent auction.

SEPTEMBER 21 | USPA SPRECKELS CUP Things heat up with the first half of the USPA Spreckels Cup Tournament. Local non-profit, Art for Barks will be joining us to help raise funds for their literary education programs which assist people in making humane and informed choices about their animals.

SEPTEMBER 26 | SPRECKELS PARTY Look back on the 2014 Polo Season and celebrate with San Diego Polo players and members at the Clubhouse. *Members Only

SEPTEMBER 28 | CLOSING DAY & USPA SPRECKELS CUP FINALS Join us for the USPA Spreckels Cup Finals presented by Woodford Reserve. Enjoy an exhibition by the Santa Fe Hunt and 7th Chukker After Party. MATCH at 2pm.

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olo players are driven, competitive and passionate. The strong bonds that form within the polo community lend to a compassionate, interconnected group that learns from each other, leans on each other, and lends a hand when a teammate is in need. It is perhaps because of this generosity within the community that charity and polo are so closely associated. Charity and polo have a long and storied history. Known as the sport of kings, polo has always been aligned with luxury and class. This prestige has offered charitable organizations unique opportunities for raising money and spreading awareness within the polo-playing community. Since its first season in 1986, the San Diego Polo Club has partnered with a diverse range of local, national and international charities, from the American Heart Association to Sentebale, an international charity started by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Charity events at the polo club raised over $50,000 in 2013 alone. The club is excited to partner with several new charities for the 2014 season. Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is dedicated to educating, empowering, supporting and connecting families affected by autism. They serve a community of about 38,000, with an average of 600 new families joining each month. Free Wheelchair Mission Project is an international non-profit organization that partners with a vast network to deliver wheelchairs to impoverished disabled persons in developing nations. To date, Free Wheelchair Mission has delivered over 640,000 wheelchairs to 84 countries. Wounded Warrior Homes provides transitional housing to veterans who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. The housing gives them a place to stay that is close to medical facilities, and combats homelessness among veterans as they acclimatize to life after service. Veterans Research Alliance partners with private enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and private citizens to fund innovative, life-saving medical and clinical research to preserve the health and welfare of our veterans. Fashion Group International is an international non-profit professional organization for the fashion industry. Its charitable arm, Fashion Group Foundation, promotes public service, scholarships, counseling services, and educational programming.

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CHARITY PARTNERS Adopt A Block | All Hallows Academy | American Cancer Society | American Heart Association | American Red Cross | Big Brothers and Sisters | Boys and Girls Club of Encinitas | Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego | California State University San Marcos | Canine Companions for Independence | CANTER | CERF | Challenged Athletes Foundation | Child Abuse Prevention Foundation | Childrens’ Hospital | Community Campership Council | Crime Victims Fund | Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Dress for Success | Encinitas Community Resource Center | Fashion Group International | Foundation for the Children of the Californias | Fresh Start Surgical Gifts | Free Wheelchair Mission | Gillespie School | Grossmont Hospital Foundation | Habitat for Humanity | Hands Across the Border | Heal the Bay | Helen Woodward Animal Center | High Tech High | Home of Guiding Hands | Home Start – Child Abuse Prevention | Horses Joining Forces | Hospital Infantil de Las Californias | Inner-City Games | John Wayne Cancer Institute | Junior Seau Foundation | Kids At Heart | Kids Korps | La Jolla Country Day School | Las Damas de San Diego | Liam Foundation | Make a Wish


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Foundation | March of Dimes | National Kidney Foundation | Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation | Nine-Eleven Relief Fund | Palomar College Foundation | Project Concern International Rotaract | REINS Therapeutic Riding Program | San Diego Brain Injury Foundation | San Diego Opera | San Diego Senior’s Center | San Diego Symphony | San Diego Veterans | San Dieguito Academy | San Dieguito River Valley Collation | Saving Horses, Inc. | Scripps Breast Cancer Center | Scripps Foundation for Medicine & Science | SD Breakfast Rotary | SDSU Recreational Polo Lesson Program | Sentebale | SERVE San Diego | Spots ‘n Stripes Ranch | Stella Maris Academy | Stevens/Scripps Cancer Center | Sunset View Foundation | TACA | Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce | TERI Inc. | The Bishop’s School | The Child’s Primary School | The Rhoades School | Thousand Smiles Foundation | Tijuana Home Building | TROTT | UCSD Recreational Polo Lesson Program | UCSD Regional Burn Center | Union of Pan Asian Communities | United Pegasus Foundation | Veteran’s Reseach Alliance | Vets360 | Vistas for Blind Children | WiLDCOAST | Women for Women International | World Wildlife | YMCA

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1906 POLO FOUNDED IN SAN DIEGO

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hile somewhat unknown, the City of San Diego has a long-held tradition of polo; one that dates back to the start of the 20th century. San Diego was the home of the first significant polo match in California, and its organizer, John D. Spreckels, is often referred to as the grandfather of the sport. Spreckels was an entrepreneur from San Francisco and during a business trip to

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

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


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

the names of our current champions are engraved alongside the polo greats of the early twentieth century The most notable of these matches was the Polo Challenge. In 1909, Spreckels commissioned a two-foot silver trophy to be presented to the winners of the Polo Challenge and the tournament then became known as the Spreckels Cup. Each year, the trophy was engraved with the names of the winning team members. The Spreckels Cup was played every year from 1909-1921 (with the exception of the World War I years), and the last team to capture the trophy was the famous Midwick Country Club team led by Carleton F. Burke. After he passed, his widow donated the Spreckels Cup to the Coronado Historical Society. Not fully understanding the trophy’s historic significance, it was stored away. Interest in polo began to decrease with the emergence of World War I and there was less European participation, most notably amongst the English teams. Professional teams had to be brought in to replace the English ones, but these costs significantly increased the club’s expenses. By the time the Second World War had come to an end, so had Coronado’s opulent polo era. Coronado Country Club was eventually sold to developers who quickly transformed the area into housing tracts and, overnight, polo in San Diego disappeared. While the sport continued to be played, it would take over 40 years before polo would find a permanent home in San Diego again. There was a resurgence of polo in the 1970s and 1980s and a man named Willis Allen set out to establish a new club.

He began searching for a location in Rancho Santa Fe with his son-in-law Harry Collins and his grandson Chris Collins. Allen had a deep connection to the sport. As a youth, he had played arena polo at the Coronado Country Club. After years of tireless work, the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club opened its gates, and in 1987, the first match was held on the same fields where we play today. Over the past 28 years, the club has welcomed countless players and fans from around the world, and in 1995, the name was officially changed to the San Diego Polo Club.

gible links that connects our current club to the Golden Age of polo. The names of our current champions are engraved alongside the polo greats of the early 20th century, and the tradition of polo in San Diego continues on.

In 1988, the glory of the Spreckels Cup found its way home as well. In the previous year, Julie Mulvihill-Mayer was able to locate the Spreckels Cup at the California Breeders Association. At that time, it was being used as a punch bowl. However, with the help of Jessops Jewelers, the trophy was restored to its previous splendor and every year since, it is filled to the brim with red roses and presented to the winning team of the Spreckels Cup. It is one of the many tan-

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rowing up the child of a 20th Century Fox casting director in 1940s Hollywood, Bill was treated to many days of riding with stuntmen at the studio barns in Burbank. When Bill was gifted his first horse, Red, by one of the studio stuntmen, he sought out a place to play polo. In exchange for taking up the duties of flagman, scorekeeper and grandstand peanut sweeper at the Riviera Polo Club (then called the Beverly Hills Polo Club), Bill was able to board his horse and play some polo. Bill’s mantra is “I always follow the sun around with polo”— though some would say that the opposite is true: wherever Bill travels, the seeds of a polo community seem to take root and grow. When Bill went off to ROTC training at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State), he and friends Bill Lyle and Marv Beeman created their own small club, which remains to this day. When he graduated, Bill entered the Air Force and was stationed in Yuma, AZ, where a new polo opportunity opened up.

While stationed in Yuma, Bill started spending time in Palm Desert and playing arena polo. When the game times in Yuma conflicted with his broom polo duties on the base, his commanding officer arranged for young pilots to build up their flight time by flying Bill to his Palm Desert arena games after broom polo was done. Not a bad way to spend his time in uniform. (His uniform: Levis and polo boots.) When Bill and his Palm Desert polo compadres, Lyle Nixon and Willie Tevis, decided to look for a space to play outdoor polo, they found and leased a grassy runway next to the Desert Air hotel (perfect for flying in from Yuma!). When their circle of polo players eventually outgrew their little patch in the desert, they found the land that would become the first Eldorado Polo Club, in Palm Desert. He and his polo partners hit the Eldorado fields for the first game in 1957.

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Over the next decade, Bill started his career in banking as a loan consultant, eventually moving into real estate development. He started a family with then wife Susie, who gave birth to twins Billy and Hillary in 1970. Billy went on to become quite a polo player in his own right, playing professionally until 1991. Bill’s daughter Hillary, who he describes as “a good horse gal,” is a professional photographer who has traded in her saddle for a snowboard and skis. When Bill started his career, he was based out of Los Angeles, and over the next few years, he divided his time among the local clubs: Santa Barbara, Eldorado, Hollywood Park, and a newly leased field in Will Rogers State Park. “When we lived in Los Angeles, I played at Will Rogers, which was one field and all local people. They would tell me how many chukkers they wanted and I would set it up. We’d all get together and go out there and play. And that’s the fun way to start polo. That’s how we started Eldorado. A bunch of guys get together and play.” Bill continued to support the Eldorado Polo Club and when they decided to move to the new land in Indio in 1975, he was a part of the Lake Farm group who raised the capital to make the move. Bill was chairman of the new club and hobnobbed with royals. In 1986, Bill had the opportunity to meet and play with Prince Charles. “I was chairman of the club at the time, so I got to play. It was a lot of fun and a good crowd. Prince Charles was charming, and you could not believe the security. They had a little plane flying around with guys with guns. It was about 80 degrees that day, in February of 1986. He got out of the Jaguar, and Top: Bill Maybery & Peter Baldwin

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I was first in the receiving line. He said, ‘I hear you have a daughter and son that play.’ He was well-schooled. Sarah Ferguson’s father had been out three weeks before and they gave him a dossier of all the players that played. I played on his team with Glen Holden and Joe Baker. (We won by the way.)” As chairman of Eldorado, Bill also played host to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, when they were attending a game organized for her father, Major Ferguson. If you get the chance, ask Bill about his behind-the-scenes stories of the royals’ visits—or just about his general adventures in polo. His vantage point has afforded him some priceless candid moments. When Bill’s friend Harry Collins approached him about starting a club in San Diego, he thought this was a great new opportunity. Bill teamed up with Harry,

Willis Allen, Ron Bonaguidi and Ted Gildred and found a piece of property that was owned by the City of San Diego. “Harry got the lease from the City of San Diego,” recalls Bill. “My thing was to raise the money. We all signed notes. All my guys from Santa Barabra signed notes to get the club going. Many of the original guys still have their interests in the club.” “When we started the field down here in San Diego, we had a lot of fun,” reminisces Bill. “The fields were new and a lot of wealthy people were horse people and were starting to play polo. It was more of a player-based club—we didn’t get the great crowds like we do now. Since the population has exploded, we get a lot more people out—they come out on a sunny Sunday afternoon and mingle with the horses and people. It is great for people watching.”

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You can still find Bill out every Sunday to watch polo and share stories. He keeps his eye on the up-and-coming players at the club. “The great thing about polo is that you meet interesting people of all levels of society—from grooms all the way up to Prince Charles. I have to say, a lot of the success in my career, it was all because of polo. People I knew and people I did business with over the years—it was launched from polo. Some of my closest friends still are polo people.” If you talk to anyone who has been active in West Coast polo in the last six decades, do not be surprised to find Bill Maybery’s name weaving in and out of their tales. Polo has shaped Bill’s life, and he has been there at every turn to support and grow the California polo community. He has given his life to the sport, and it has given as much in return. “Polo has been fantastic in my life,“ Bill smiles. “Doesn’t everybody play polo?” Thank you to Kerin Friden of the Polo In California Oral History Project for sharing her interview with Bill.

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how to watch Whether it’s your first polo match or you’re a seasoned fan, the rules of the game can sometimes be confusing. We want you to enjoy every action-packed minute of play, so we’ve put together this guide on how to watch. With these simple terms and rule explanations, you’ll be a polo aficionado in no time. Game on!

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he object of the game is to hit the ball between the uprights (goal posts) at opposite ends of the field. By doing so a goal is scored. A goal is worth one point and the team with the most goals at the end of the match is the winner. Matches normally consist of either four or six, 7 ½ minute periods. A period is called a chukker. There is a four minute break between each chukker and a 10 minute break at half time for the players to change horses. The rules of polo are complex and designed primarily for the safety of the players and their horses. They also afford players the opportunity to create strategic plays and out-smart their opponent. The primary rule is that the play follows the line of the ball. Once a ball is hit, the player who is closest to the ball with the narrowest angle has the right of way. Opposing players cannot cross the line too closely to the player who has the right of way, nor can they approach the “on line” player at too sharp an angle, or they risk a foul and subsequent penalty.

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

Positions on the Field There are four players per team and their positions correspond with the numbers on their jersey. The Number One Player has an offensive role and he is responsible for neutralizing the opposing team’s defense. The Number Two Player has both an offensive and defensive role, and his primary job is to defend and neutralize the Number Three Player on the opposing side. The Number Three Player functions similarly to a quarterback and he is normally the strongest player on the team. His main objective is to set up offensive plays while at the same time, breaking down the offense of the opposing team. The Number Four Player has a defensive role and must be able to execute a strong back shot from both sides of the horse. Players will often interchange positions throughout the match.

Defensive Plays Polo is a contact sport, and one of the best defensive tools a player has is his horse. The ride-off or bump is when a player uses their horse to push their opponent off the play or keep them away from the ball. A player may only bump their opponent if they are traveling in the same direction and at the same speed as their opponent, and they must make contact saddle to saddle at less than a 45 degree angle. 44

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

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

Throw-in Play begins, or is resumed, when the umpire throws the ball into play. For a throw-in, teams line up at center field in positions one through four, facing the umpire. The start of each match begins with a center-field throw-in and after each goal is scored, the teams line up again.

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

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equipment

polo PLAYER HELMET

polo saddle

Leather construction with stirrups. Differs from jumping saddle which has extra pads and from Western saddle’s horn mount.

Hard surface, lined, strapped, and some have face-guards. The helmet is the only piece of equipment that is required under U.S. Polo Association rules.

CLIPPED MANE

Eliminates interference of pony’s mane with player’s rein hand.

polo BREECHES

BRIDLE

Regulation white – Double seated traditional and functional for polo.

This series of strapping and support gives the player the ability to steer and stop the pony.

DRAW REINS

KNEE PADS

Pulley design from head to girth allows the player more control in steering the pony.

Provides player’s knees protection from bumps and balls.

RIDING BOOTS

polo MARTINGALE

Provides additional protection for the player’s lower leg.

Used to inhibit the horse’s head from raising up and hitting the rider.

BRAIDED TAIL

BREAST PLATE

Polo Pony

MALLET

Allows less interference with swinging mallets.

Secures the saddle forward.

May be a thoroughbred/part quarter horse. Selected for their agility, speed, endurance, and intelligence.

wraps

Protective wraps used for support.

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BELL BOOTS

Protects the horse’s front hooves from overreaching hind hooves.

Made of bamboo cane with a hardwood head. Head is beveled on one end to allow for full swing flush to the ground. Mallet shaft is highly flexible and can make a complete arc under a pony’s neck or tail when swung hard. Mallets come in different lengths from 48” to 54” to accommodate player’s swing and size of pony.


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2013 tournament

winners Last summer we had 13 action-packed weeks of polo, all leading up to the 27th Annual USPA Spreckels Cup. Take a look back, as we revisit the players and teams who graced our winner’s podium.

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TOURNAMENT WINNERS OPENING DAY RANCHO SANTA FE CUP - ADEPTUS/STARMEADOW Colleen Wilson, Colton Bancroft, Graham Bray, Daniel Juarez OPENING DAY RANCHO SANTA FE CUP - BEST PLAYING PONY Leo owned by Colleen Wilson FATHER’S DAY CUP - ADEPTUS/HANALEI BAY Guillermo Steta, Diego Velarde, Gaston Von Wernich, Chris Maloney SAN DIEGUITO CUP - MONTEVERDE/SAN JUDAS Ellen Greehill, Martin Ravina, Ramon Richard, Kimo Huddleston WILLIS ALLEN MEMORIAL CUP - TWIN PALMS Ebe Sievwright, Ashton Wolf, Gaston Von Wernich, Chris Maloney WOODFORD RESERVE CLASSIC - WOODFORD RESERVE Graham Bray, Colton Bancroft, Ellen Greenhill, Martin Ravina 52

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TOURNAMENT WINNERS GUTIERREZ MEMORIAL CUP - SAN FERNANDO/TWIN PALMS Diego Velarde, Roberto Estudillo, Gaston Von Wernich, Chris Maloney

FERNANDO GUTIERREZ MEMORIAL CUP - BEST PLAYING PONY Pilar owned by Chris Maloney

USPA YOUTH TOURNAMENT - SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB Mia Bray, Colton Bancroft, Jessica Wodleigh, Austin Finch

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TOURNAMENT WINNERS GO RED TOURNAMENT - STARMEADOW/MONTEVERDE Ellen Greenhill, Colton Bancroft, Martin Ravina, Graham Bray

USPA ROSSMORE CUP - ADEPTUS Colleen Wilson, Jim Wright, Jesse Bray, Daniel Juarez

USPA ROSSMORE CUP - BEST PLAYING PONY P1 owned by Mia Bray

USPA ROSSMORE CUP - MVP Jesse Bray

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TOURNAMENT WINNERS USPA SPRECKELS CUP - MONTEVERDE/STARMEADOW Colton Bancroft, Graham Bray, Martin Ravina, Ellen Greenhill

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I love polo because it is unlike any other sport in the world. It is not just you on the field. You are riding an animal that is both bigger and stronger than you are, and you have to respect that. It is truly an amazing feeling.

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“ ” player’s corner No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. - Sir Winston Churchill

We sat down with some of our favorite players to understand why they get in the saddle. They shared with us the reasons they play, their passion for the sport and their love for the beautiful horses. A few were able to sum it up with in an inspirational quote of their own, while others simply asked that we pass along their wishes for a safe and successful season. Join us as we get know our Sunday Polo Stars.

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Roberto Estudillo Esquivel

san Fernando Roberto’s maternal and paternal heritage comes from prominent ancestry. The Estudillo family was one of the first European settlers in southern California and have lived in this land for over 200 years, from when it was the territory of New Spain, then Mexico and today the United States. They lived in Casa de Estudillo, considered the finest house in Mexican California; it is located in Old Town San Diego and is now a Museum and National Historic Landmark. His maternal lineage comes from Yucatan, where the family was well known in the region for their cultivation of the henequen plant. His maternal grandfather was a very distinguished, award-winning Civil Engineer and served as Governor of Baja California. Roberto studied law and is a licensed attorney. His professions are entrepreneur, merchant, and real estate developer. He also studied Polynesian martial arts in the style of Lima Lama. He was introduced to polo by his brother-inlaw Fernando Gutierrez Barron . His polo career started in Rosarito, Baja California, where they played polo at Rancho San Fernando. This is the reason Roberto’s team name is San Fernando. He currently owns over 20 polo ponies distributed amongst San Diego, Mexico City, and Rosarito. He has been a member of the San Diego Polo Club for over 15 years, one of the few members to have continuously played during that time. Roberto sees polo like life: beautiful, exciting, and no matter how many chukkers you play, it’s never enough! His philosophy on life is simple: We are all here for a purpose, we each have a mission to fulfill; we must find it, accomplish it, and when we leave this world we will have made it a better place. 60

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“ ” life is not a dress rehersal.

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.

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Good luck to all the teams participating this year!

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

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JENNIFER ALEXY

NOURDEAN ANAKAR

JESSICA BAILEY

COLTON BANCROFT

Founding Member, Handicap 0

Professional Handicap 1

Sponsored Member Handicap 0

SONYA BERG

KRISTA BONAGUIDI

RON BONAGUIDI

Provisional Member Handicap -1

Founding Member Handicap -1

Founding Member Handicap 0.5

JESSE BRAY

GRAHAM BRAY

TRACEE BRUNETTI

Founding Member Handicap 0

Professional Handicap 4

Professional Handicap 4

Sponsored Member Handicap -1

CHRIS COLLINS

CHRISTOPHER COLLINS

SHAUN CORNELL

DIEGO COSSIO

Provisional Member Handicap -1

Professional Handicap 4

Sponsored Member Handicap 0

JOY BANCROFT Sponsored Member Handicap -1

LISA BOSSTICK

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ROBERTO ESTUDILLO

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STEPHAN GOSS Provisional Member Handicap NR

MARIANO FASSETTA

SUZANNE FIGI

Professional Handicap 6

Founding Member Handicap -1

ELLEN GREENHILL

MARIANO GUTIERREZ

WILLIAM HOYMAN

Founding Member Handicap -1.5

Professional Handicap 5

Founding Member Handicap 0

KIMO HUDDLESTON

SHANNON JOHNSON

DANIEL JUAREZ

MIKE KERLEY

Professional Handicap 2

Arena Member Handicap NR

Professional Handicap 3

Professional Handicap 2

KHANNA NAVIN

MEL KURTULUS Provisional Member Handicap -1

VIRGIL KYLE

ED LOMBARDI

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Sponsored Member Handicap -1

Provisional Member Handicap -1


DEB LOVING Provisional Member Handicap -1

MIKE MANNO Sponsored Member Handicap 0.5

MERCEDES MAFARA Provisional Member Handicap -1

ED MASTERSON Founding Member Handicap 0

CHRIS MALONEY

KELLY MALONEY

Founding Member Handicap 1

Founding Member Handicap 0

SANTIAGO MENDEZ

CYRUS MOINZADEH

Professional Handicap 2

Provisional Member Handicap -1

JEFF NASH

RICK PAICIUS

JOCELYN PARKER

MARTIN RAVINA

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Sponsored Member Handicap 0.5

Provisional Member Handicap 0

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RYAN ROBERTSON

DAVID SAMANIEGO

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Founding Member Handicap 0

HARRISON SAMANIEGO

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JULIA SAMANIEGO Founding Member Handicap NR

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GUILLERMO STETA

Professional Handicap 4

DIEGO VELARDE

MAYA TANTUWAYA

JEFF TROUT

Provisional Member Handicap -1

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GASTON VON WERNICH

BRYON WARD

Professional Handicap 5

COLLEEN WILSON Founding Member Handicap 0 SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB

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ASHTON WOLF Professional Handicap 3

JOSEPH STUART

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LOKESH TANTUWAYA

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Harrison and David playing together at the San Diego Polo Club in 2012.

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As a member of the Westmont College’s intercollegiate polo team, David has contributed to national wins in the 2013 and 2104 seasons. David was the recipient of the 2013 Willis Allen Award for the most promising player under 25 and the 2014 NIC Connie Upchurch Sportsmanship Award. What is your most memorable game? It would have to be this last win at the USPA National Intercollegiate Championship. We didn’t want to be seen as the lucky team that upset all the good ones last year. I played one of my best games ever in the finals. Have you had a chance to travel with polo? In February, I went to the SUPA [Schools and Universities Polo Association] national tournament in England as part of the co-ed intercollegiate Team USA. They have one big tournament a year where everyone competes, and then the top four play in the finals. There were 500+ players involved. It was really cool because they shut everything down for our game, so everyone was watching. It was a great experience. Harrison Samaniego

Harrison came up through interscholastic polo, playing out of Poway for his teenage years. He was chosen to participate in the prestigious Team USPA program last year, which gave him the opportunity to learn from some of the best polo players in the U.S. and become a mentor to upand-coming players. What is your most memorable game? I was playing on a 12-goal team at the Flying H Polo Club with Julio Arellano, the highest rated U.S. player (9 goals). The strategies that he taught me made me understand how important that position was in the play.

Who has helped you shape your game? My coach John Westley. I train with him five days a week and he has helped me improve my game. Also, when I was playing with Ron Bonaguidi last summer, he really guided and taught me along the way. What do you love about polo? When I got into high school, the competitive aspect of the game really drew me to it. The more I played, the more I appreciated the horses. I took care of them and really focused on one at a time to get to know their individual quirks. Now I see them as my friends and partners—not just machines that I ride out there.

How was your Team USPA experience? I went to the International Palm Beach Polo Club in February for a clinic, and then over the summer I went to Big Horn, WY for training. I was there for 6 weeks with five other Team USPA players. We were mentored there by a lot of different professional players, like Owen Rinehart. Once a week, I would go out to run a polo school, helping out beginner players. The experience opened up a lot of opportunities to play. What polo player do you admire? I learned lot from Kimo Huddleston at the San Diego Polo Club. He has coached me for many years, playing both with him and against him. What do you love about polo? I love the fact that horses are involved—it adds a whole other factor of difficulty. Once you get good at it, it feels good to be able to ride like that. It adds a whole other level of excitement being on an animal during play.

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LEARN TO PLAY POLO

BEGINNER TO ADVANCED LESSONS | ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED |1-HOUR LESSONS |AGES 12+ We are excited to announce the Shaka Polo School at the San Diego Polo Club, managed by Hawaiian polo professional, Kimo Huddleston. The Shaka Polo School offers beginner and advanced lessons from ages 12 and up. We provide all the equipment, including a helmet, mallet, and safe school horse for your hour lesson. Group lessons are offered throughout the week. Private lessons available. More info: school@sandiegopolo or 619.247.4448

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ravel is one of the great joys of life, but sometimes it is difficult to get a horse lover out of the barn and on the road. There is no better carrot to dangle in front of a polo player than the promise of a game. New Zealand is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it has an exciting polo season that affords all that a player might wish for: big glitzy tournaments; visitor-friendly clubs that dot both islands; and polo schools that afford instruction, interaction with local players, and a chance to play on New Zealand thoroughbreds. As you travel between polo clubs, you just might get a chance to take in all that these two lush islands offer. Polo has a long and remarkably organized history in New Zealand. In line with its history as a military game, polo was

brought to New Zealand by visiting naval officers in 1888. The first game was organized by E.D. O’Rourke in Auckland, on the North Island. In his enthusiasm, he also brought the game to Christchurch, on the South Island. The sport grew enough that in 1891, players from the many informal clubs that had sprung up gathered to form the sport’s regulating body, the New Zealand Polo Association. Polo flourished in New Zealand, its growth only interrupted in times of war. The New Zealand Polo Association currently recognizes 24 clubs in the country, with over 300 active members.


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The game New Zealand’s polo season starts with club league play in November that runs to early April, with the major high-goal tournaments of the season happening in January and February. Teams are structured differently in New Zealand than they are in North America. Instead of a patron hiring a team of pros, club selectors put together teams based on the players at their clubs. There is a lot of mobility throughout the season, with players and teams traveling from club to club on the weekends for matches. Playing polo in New Zealand is a spectacular experience, from the lush couch fields to the landscapes. “The polo in New Zealand is unique for a number of reasons,” says Nina Clarkin, who owns the Mystery Creek Polo Club with her husband, John-Paul Clarkin, the country’s top polo player. “I love it because we play on fantastic grounds, in beautiful settings, with good weather. More importantly, I think, is that no matter what level you are playing at, 4 goal or 20 goal, it always incredibly competitive, open, and fast running.”

The Matches In 1890, the first major New Zealand tournament was organized around the donation of a silver cup by Captain Savile (aide-de-camp to the governor). Four teams competed in that first match, which was played in Auckland, including a team made up of visiting naval officers and a visiting team from South Island (who took the cup). In 2014, the 124th Savile Cup was won by the Cambridge Polo Club. It remains one of the most prestigious annual tournaments in New Zealand, played at a different club venue each February. If you are planning your polo trip to New Zealand, the peak time to catch the best high-goal tournaments and the season’s top social events is from the end of January to the end of February. The Dewar Cup starts off the season’s major tournament play at the end of January, followed by the International Polo Day. Held at the Kihikihi Polo Club in the interior of the North Island, International Day boasts a match between the North and South Island teams, which leads into the main event: the International Test Match between the Australian team and an invited international guest team. The Keyte Watson tournament, held at Cambridge Polo Club, and the Tiger Building Charity Weekend, held at Auckland Polo Club, are also season highlights. All of these tournaments are 16 goals or higher and are supported by teams from around the country as well as international players. The highlight of the polo season is the BMW New Zealand Polo Open, held at the Auckland Polo Club in February. Unlike in club play, this is a more commercial tournament composed of teams with three professionals and one patron. In addition to the high-goal international polo, this year’s week-long event featured Fashion in the Fields, a high-end fashion show that was complemented by celebrity fashion judges circulating to find the best dressed among the attendees. Food trucks lined the outskirts for the hungry attendees and a DJ spun at a fieldside dance floor between matches. The week culminates with a swanky cocktail party, which was hosted at the Britomart Country Club in 2014. The event’s opulence and popularity are aimed at keeping the profile of polo high enough to stimulate the interest of new players each year.

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Destination: North Island Mystery Creek Polo Club, Mystery Creek, North Island The Mystery Creek Polo Club is owned and operated by the family of the best polo player in New Zealand. With his 8-goal handicap, John-Paul Clarkin is the highest-ranked polo player in the country. His father, Paul Clarkin, was a popular polo player in his own right who was known on the international circuit as “Mr. Polo.” When Paul died tragically in a polo accident in 2013, Nina and John-Paul joined his mother Chele and cousin Simon in running the family polo club, Mystery Creek. The club features a bed and breakfast and great “farm chukkas” for players of all levels. Stick and ball is available every day (except Mondays) and there are organized polo chukkers three days a week in the mornings. Match polo with 4- and 5-goal players is played in the afternoons. A number of top players are based out of the club and they offer the opportunity to compete in tournaments on the weekend. Individual coaching and stick and ball sessions can also be easily arranged. If you are coming directly to New Zealand from North America, you can fly into the Auckland International Airport and have an adventure on your way to Mystery Creek. Of course, your first stop should be the BMW New Zealand Open at the nation’s largest club, the Auckland Polo Club, in February. The club is just 25 minutes from Auckland International Airport, and nestled in Clevedon Valley, known for its fresh oysters, vineyards, and, of course, polo. The North Island offers many cultural experiences as well as high-octane adventures. You can arrange to a visit a traditional Maori Tribal grounds or organize a wine-tasting tour with New Zealand Wine (www.nzwine.com). The Waikato Bay of Plenty is a popular wine region that is just a short drive from Mystery Creek. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can explore the active volcanoes of the north, or even explore Middle Earth on one of the many Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings tours.

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Destination: South Island Mark Harris Polo School, Christchurch City, South Island Christchurch is the hub city of the south, boasting South Island’s international airport. Just a 15-minute ride from Christchurch, the Mark Harris Polo School is an incredible polo experience. Mark Harris represented New Zealand on the international polo stage for many years. He has hosted polo players at his property from all over the globe for the last 15 years. Catering to all ages and levels of experience, Mark focuses on one-on-one instruction on his high-quality ponies and lush property. The local polo community is strong and Mark is happy to arrange some local club play for players who are interested—he can even set up some friendly chukkers on the nearby beach. He has a self-contained apartment on the property for guests, though there are many hotels and motels nearby for those who prefer to stay off-grounds. In addition to polo, the club’s location gives you access to a full range of New Zealand experiences. In Christchurch, you can spend your days in open-air markets and public gardens, and your evenings in the city’s buzzing nightclubs and restaurants. Once you leave the city, the unspoiled splendor of New Zealand’s spectacular landscape offers an endless number of adventures. You can ride the Mount Cavendish gondola, trek the beautiful Milford and Heaphy tracks, and go rafting in the gorges. Spend relaxing days sunning on the beach, or learn to surf at Kaikoura and Dunedin. And if you want to practice your other swing, there are many lush golf courses to choose from within 15 miles of the polo school.

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Opening day

Presented by land rover san diego & porsche san diego June 9th marked the 27th Opening Day and 107th season of Polo in San Diego. With record breaking attendance of over 2,700, guests enjoyed the day with two exciting polo matches, great food, champagne and craft cocktails, and live music. Land Rover of San Diego and Porsche of San Diego added to the lavish luxury of the afternoon by displaying brand new vehicles for guests to enjoy. Riviera Magazine hosted their annual VIP party and Dress for Success was our official non-profit partner.

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father’s day Presented by willis allen airways The sun shined brightly on Father’s Day at the San Diego Polo Club, and families of all ages celebrated this fantastic day with their loved ones. Willis Allen Jr., son of our founding father, flew in eight antique biplanes and the Wavecrest Woodie Club drove out their prized automobiles for guests to enjoy. San Diego European brought out Aston Martin to lead the parade of teams with their 2013 Vantage Coupe. VIP and Player’s Club guests were treated to Woodford Reserve Bourbon tastings and specialty cuisine from The Wild Thyme Company.

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san dieguito Cup

to benefit Protect san dieguito river valley coalition The San Dieguito Cup was held in late June to benefit Protect San Dieguito River Valley Collation, a citizen-based organization that supports open spaces surrounding the San Dieguito River which parallels SDPC. Guests enjoyed a silent and live auction to benefit the PSDRVC. San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts threw in the ceremonial first ball.

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willis allen memorial cup to benefit reins therapeutic riding program Since the San Diego Polo Club opened its doors in 1986, our fields have welcomed four generations of polo players from the Allen & Collins’ families and needless to say, they have been an integral part of this club. We celebrated the Willis Allen Memorial Cup by welcoming REINS Therapeutic Riding Program as the beneficiary of the event. Harry Collins is currently the oldest participant in the REINS Therapeutic Riding Program, and the charity is very important to the Collins’ family.

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woodford reserve classic On July 14, we welcomed back Woodford Reserve as the presenting sponsor. Woodford Reserve‘s guests enjoyed specialty cocktails including the classic mint julep, peach tea, and a twist on the old-fashioned, all while enjoying tasty tray-passed appetizers in the reserved Polo Pavilion. Land Rover of San Diego led the Parade of Teams for the feature match and finals.

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gutierrez memorial cup presented by land rover of san diego to benefit free wheelchair mission project Fernando Gutierrez once played polo on our lush fields with his brother-in-law, Roberto Estudillo. After his passing, the Estudillo & Gutierrez Families created an annual memorial tournament in his honor. Roberto Estudillo has since named his team San Fernando, meaning “Saint Fernando.� Monique Estudillo Gutierrez, wife of Fernando and Roberto’s sister, and son, Fernandito Gutierrez support this wonderful event every year, and in 2013, the entire Estudillo Family, including their 101 year-old Grandmother, was present. We are honored to host this tournament every summer and help to celebrate the life of Fernando Gutierrez.

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aloha sunday Presented by ilovemusubi.com We kicked off the second half of our season with Aloha Sunday in partnership with ilovemusubi.com. Kimo Huddleston, Maui’s finest polo player, and his youngest daughter, Uakea, gave a polo demonstration. Kimo’s wife, Stephanie, and his older daughters, Illihia, & Hi’ilawe, danced native Hawaiian hulas. Guests sipped on pineapple mimosas and enjoyed tasty island treats by the Wild Thyme Company, while stomping divots and watching polo. The Seventh Chukker After Party featured Kieljhon Dela Pena from Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

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go red fundraiser Presented by porsche of san diego to benefit the american heart association The finals of the Pacific Coast Polo Tournament marked the American Heart Association’s, inaugural Go Red for Women Campaign and San Diego STRUT. Emceed by ABC’s Bachelorette runner up, Kiptyn Locke, the event promoted heart health in women and featured a red themed fashion show as well as a silent and a live auction. The Polo Club was decorated in rouge tones and guests sported their favorite red couture. Porsche of San Diego brought out their luxury automobiles, including the 2014 Porsche Cayman. Black Stallion Winery hosted a tasting booth featuring their red wines.

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white party The Labor Day holiday weekend started off with an 8-goal tournament match and intermission entertainment by the Victorian Roses, a re-enactment group from Southern California. Guests donned their finest white outfits and enjoyed a complimentary glass of champagne during the Korbel California Champagne Divot Stomp.

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military appreciation Presented by daou vineyards to benefit horses joining forces We kicked of the USPA Rossmore Cup and honored our military, veterans, and first responders with a special ceremony. We warmly welcomed all military families, veteran support groups and charities that work hard to support our veterans in the community. Among them were Horses Joining Forces, a therapeutic riding program for veterans with PTSD. President of Horses Joining Forces, Former Major Glenn Cunningham, described the program and its benefits, giving the audience great insight about what horses can do for our mind, body and heart.

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herradura tequila cup We celebrated Mexican Independence Day with the 2nd Annual Herradura Polo Cup. Guests enjoyed authentic Mexican fare and the sounds of 12-piece mariachi band while sipping on their favorite tequila cocktails. The fiesta also marked the start of the USPA Spreckels Cup.

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chambord vodka classic The battle for the Spreckels Cup waged on! Our friends at Chambord Vodka helped us keep the party going with special blackberry flavored vodka drinks and samples of Chambord Liquor & Vodka. Fashion Group International entertained guests with a “Little Black Dress� fashion show featuring local boutiques.

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Spreckels Cup & Closing day Presented by land rover of san diego & porsche of san diego

The 2013 San Diego Polo Summer Season came to an end on Sunday, September 29, 2013 with the USPA Spreckels Cup Finals. Over 1,000 attendees enjoyed equestrian entertainment by the Santa Fe Hunt, an opportunity drawing to benefit Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, and 7th Chukker After Party presented by Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Land Rover of San Diego and Porsche of San Diego brought out a fleet of luxury automobiles, including the 2014 Porsche Panamera.

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local dining guide

DOLCE pan e vino dolcepaneevino.com | rancho santa fe, ca Right around the corner from the San Diego Polo Club is this inviting hot spot! It’s where Rancho Santa Fe locals come to gather with friends and unwind over cocktails while enjoying the delicious seasonal farm-to-table wood-fired cuisine. Dolce is open daily for lunch and dinner and also offers an excellent weekend brunch, where you will find a myriad of savory treats on the menu, including various prosciuttos and artisan cheeses from their formaggeria. You can even take your meal outside and enjoy dining al fresco on the sunset patio. Dolce also offers private off-site catering and “cibo da portare via” (food to go).

BIJOU french bistro BIJOUFRENCHBISTRO.COM | LA JOLLA, CA There’s passion in every bite at Bijou—where favorite French bistro recipes rendezvous with the finest California ingredients for an experience straight from the city of love to the heart of downtown La Jolla on Prospect Street. Chef William Bradley, the acclaimed executive chef of the Five-Star/ Five Diamond restaurant, Addison at The Grand Del Mar, collaborates with Chef de Cuisine Shaun Gethin, former sous chef of Addison, to create the Parisian-inspired menu featuring much-loved bistro classics, such as French Onion Soup, Quiche, Steak Frites, Coq au Vin and Veal Paillard, as well as Macarons du Jour and Chocolate Soufflé with Grand Marnier. Experience the new jewel of La Jolla’s dining scene for dinner daily.

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Sublime tavern sublimetavern.com | del mar, CA Located across the street from the San Diego Polo Club, Sublime Tavern offers a stunning view of the polo fields, in a beautiful second floor venue. With 50 craft beers on tap, we are able to offer selections from all over the world, but with a focus on the burgeoning local brew scene. Also offering 30 wines by the glass, Sublime Tavern offers an eclectic selection, including such names as Silver Oak, Duckhorn, and Gaja. The kitchen uses only the freshest of ingredients, offering what they like to call “gourmet comfort food.” From the 10 artisan pizza selections, 8 gourmet mac ‘n cheese offerings, fresh seasonal salads, fresh fish, or steak options, there is certainly something for everyone at this new Del Mar hot spot.

ARTERRA arterrarestaurant.com | del mar, CA Dine like a true Californian at San Diego’s Arterra at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. Executive Chef Jonathan Wills is one of the leading innovators in fieldto-fork dining, personally overseeing the high-quality ingredients sourced from local purveyors. His eclectic, inventive dishes—what he call “art of the earth”—perfectly pair with our artisan wines, handcrafted cocktails and local brews. Come celebrate Happy Hour. Dine inside or al fresco fireside at the chic and contemporary Outdoor Lounge. Or pull up a seat at the bar to savor “made-to-order” sashimi-grade sushi from Sushi Master Andrew Hoh.

Ruth’s Chris ruthschris.com | San Diego, CA Ruth’s Chris Steak House believes their guests deserve the very best. Each steak is hand-selected from the top 2% of the country’s beef and broiled to perfection at 1800 degrees to lock in that delicious flavor. They serve only the most tender beef, prepared to perfection in the Ruth’s Chris signature way: sizzling on a 500-degree plate so that every last bite stays hot and delicious. And if you’re in the mood for something a little different, choose from their Chef ’s Seasonal Specials, fresh seafood selections, classic sides and homemade desserts. For an incredible steak experience, head into Ruth’s Chris in San Diego or Del Mar today.

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Brigantine brigantine.com | del mar, CA With exquisite views of the racetrack and a cool Pacific Ocean breeze, The Brigantine Del Mar is the perfect summer hot spot. Known for their incredibly fresh seafood cuisine, The Brigantine Family of Restaurants are top-rated eateries that have been satisfying palates for decades. With the first restaurant opening in Point Loma in 1969, they now have six locations across San Diego. They offer an endless number of surf and turf options and are known for having the best swordfish in town. Be sure to also try the award-winning fish tacos, the fresh oyster bar and “Catch of the Day” specials.

SEARSUCKER searsucker.com | del mar, ca Searsucker’s atmosphere is relaxed, yet classy, and most importantly, fun! From our outdoor patio, to cozy couches and fire pits, it’s the perfect spot to hang out after a day of polo. Chef Brian Malarkey’s menu features classic new American dishes, (like the crab cake jumbo lump with Tabasco and caviar), and a variety of craft cocktails, beer and wine. Whether you stop by for a light bite at happy hour, a sit-down lunch or dinner or a pre-polo weekend brunch, Searsucker is sure to leave you satisfied. 

CASA SOL Y MAR casasolymar.com | del mar, ca Guests will sense the warmth and romance of Mexico as they enter Casa Sol y Mar, the newest dining destination to join Diane Powers’ family of restaurants, continuing the tradition of serving fine Mexican food throughout the county. The menu showcases traditional Mexican cuisine, which emphasizes flavor and freshness. Diners will enjoy a large selection of regional entrees made from scratch, flavorful homemade salsas and sauces, and six new healthy creations, all under 650 calories. Whether in the beautifully festive Cantina or lush outdoor patio, guests can enjoy a famous Bird Bath Margarita. Strolling mariachis Wednesday – Sunday evenings complete the dining and cultural experience. 2 0 1 4 | S A NDI E G OPOLO.COM 111


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year of the horse

2014 is the Year of the Horse. They say those born under this sign possess good communication skills and are cheerful. They crave success, are talented and often times popular. With every new year, comes new opportunities. On behalf of the President, the staff and everyone at the San Diego Polo Club, we hope that 2014 brings you good tidings and is a year worth remembering! 1 14

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The Surf Soccer Club Difference World-Class Coaches

We employ only professional coaches with advanced levels of training, many of whom have coached at the highest levels.

ECNL

We are the only club in San Diego eligible to participate in the Elite Clubs National League, which is the highest level of competition available in the U.S.

US Soccer Development Academy We are one of two clubs in San Diego that offer USSDA teams at every age group.

National Reputation

Every year, Surf Soccer teams are amongst the best in the nation playing at the highest levels.

Exposure

Many Surf teams play in Surf Cup, which is the premier competitive soccer tournament in the country, drawing 800+ college coaches each year.

College Scholarships

Established in 1980, Surf Soccer Club is the premier competitive youth soccer club in San Diego, California. Our mission is to build competitive soccer players with superior soccer skills, teamwork and sportsmanship to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

Most players on our top teams are offered college scholarships; over $25M in scholarships have been awarded to Surf players in the past 10 years.

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