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Letter from the Editor/Contributors
2015-16 Tournament Winners
Cover: Photo by Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions (803) 474-3094 / Ohschmidt.com
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About New Bridge
New Cottages Under Construction
A Charmed Life
Chukkers of Hope
Stables at New Bridge
Winter at New Bridge
Los Modelos: Ponies of New Bridge
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Fitness Tips from a Pro
Forging New Passions in Aiken
Setting the Bar
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letter from the editor
Welcome to the fourth edition of New Bridge Polo & Country Club’s magazine, an insider’s guide for players and spectators. This publication captures not only the thrilling, competitive sport of polo; it also gives readers a view into New Bridge and Aiken’s unique equestrian lifestyle. Thanks to the many people who share our vision to produce a beautiful and informative publication. Our advertisers make it possible and our contributors are the stars of the show. They are experts in their respective fields who give us their insight and experience. Most of all, thanks to our readers who share our passion for everything equestrian. Join me in celebrating polo at New Bridge!
Katie Roth holds a degree in Journalism/Public Relations and has experience in advertising and promotion. Her career began in the motorsports industry in event/media management. Katie competes in dressage with her mare, Taiga.
Editor & Publisher, Katie Roth
contributors Jen Easters is the manager of The Stables at New Bridge Polo & Country Club. She has vast experience in the horse world and oversees the care of horses boarded at The Stables as if they were her own. Jen enjoys showing in the Hunter/Jumper ring and photography.
Chris Powers is the Chairwoman of Women Beyond Cancer, a non-profit corporation that offers free retreats for women dealing with any type of cancer. Chris owns Two Sisters Farm in Aiken and graciously donated her styling expertise to “Clothes Horse” on page 74.
Brittany Halstead is the Executive Director of ReplayPolo, a 501c3 therapeutic horsemanship organization. She has worked in the hunter/ jumper, polo, and therapeutic riding worlds and is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) instructor. Brittany survived a severe traumatic brain injury in 2014 and it has always been her dream to start a therapeutic riding program for people with disabilities.
Kenny Ray Personal Fitness is a private personal training facility in Aiken. Kenny Ray and Bill Cunningham have a combined 18 years of experience implementing methods to make Aikenites feel better, move more efficiently and increase strength. Kenny Ray Personal Fitness is a training facility where professional and amateur athletes, seniors, young professionals, and students all achieve their goals under the same roof.
Karin Jeffcoat is the owner of Cote Designs, a floral boutique in historic, downtown Aiken. Her floral design artistry and event planning expertise have received many accolades and her work has been featured in several national publications. Her creative touch is highlighted in the “Setting the Bar” on page 102.
Shelly Marshall Schmidt of Oh Schmidt Productions brings both photography and creative direction to the magazine. This is the fourth edition that she and Katie Roth have collaborated on. Shelly’s studio is located at 311 Hayne Ave S.W. in downtown Aiken and her website is www.ohschmidt.com.
Raza Kazmi is the general manager of New Bridge Polo & Country Club. He is instrumental in every facet of New Bridge, including the magazine. Raza assists with photo shoot preparations, procuring talent and content development. Raza can usually be seen with Bacon, his Jack Russell terrier, who has modeled in many New Bridge magazine photo shoots.
Susan Victor is a co-owner and a lead designer for Nandina Home & Design with locations in Aiken and Atlanta. With years of experience in all aspects of interior design, Susan shares her expertise in “Setting the Bar” on page 102. Visit Nandina at 158 Laurens Street in downtown Aiken or www.nandinahome.com
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Welcome On behalf of New Bridge Polo & Country Club, I’d like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 polo season and the fourth edition of our magazine. I think you will agree that this magazine reflects the character of our community. Our focus is polo, but New Bridge means much more to the residents that live here. It’s about the scenic countryside, the good friends and neighbors and the ability to live in a special place where we can enjoy our horses, no matter what discipline. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, advertisers, members and guests for their continued support and loyalty. We look forward to building on what we’ve already accomplished to make New Bridge even better than it is today. Aiken is a town whose equestrian past was founded more than a century ago on the perennial influx of the wealthy “Winter Colonists” from the Northeast and their pastimes of racing, carriage driving, steeplechasing, hunting, and polo for men and women. Polo has played a special part of the rich history here. More than a dozen members of the national Polo Hall of Fame are from Aiken. Today, competitors and enthusiasts travel from all over the world to play here. Many amateur and professional players have chosen to make Aiken their home. Our fields are in superb condition and we are looking forward to bringing you top-notch tournaments. Games are open to the public and I invite you to bring your friends and family. Updated tournament information and field locations can be found on our website (www.newbridgepolo.com) or call our information line at (803) 644-7706. See you on the field!
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New Bridge Polo & Country Club 862 New Bridge Road Aiken, SC 29805 Phone: (803) 648-3699 Fax: (803) 648-3830 Stables Manager - Jen Easters email@example.com (803) 648-3699 or (803) 634-7505
General Manager - Raza Kazmi firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 648-3699
Polo Manager - Haley Bryan Hbryan2485@aol.com (803) 215-3577
Sponsorship/PR/Magazine Katie Roth email@example.com (803) 341-8800
Real Estate - Willie Hartnett firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 979-1617
Polo Information Line: (803) 644-7706
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September 21 - October 9 USPA President’s Cup 8 Goal
September 23 - October 8 Holley Tractor Cup 6 Goal Presented by Wagener Polo Club
October 5 - October 30 USPA Bronze Trophy 12 Goal
October 12 - November 6 Copa de Plata Cup 8 Goal
October 13 - October 29 USPA Master Cup 6 Goal Presented by Wagener Polo Club
For information, please contact us at 803-522-1898 or e-mail email@example.com © Shelly Marshall Schmidt
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USPA Northrup Knox Cup 12 Goal Winners: Crestview Genetics Pedro Manion, Alan Meeker, Hugo Lloret, Tommy Biddle MVP: Pedro Manion BPP: “Sky” Adam Snow
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USPA Continental Cup 12 Goal Winners: Crestiview Genetics Alan Meeker, Hugo Lloret, Pedro Manion, Tommy Biddle MVP: Hugo Lloret BPP: “Rubia” Hugo Lloret
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USPA President’s Cup 8 Goal Winners: Las Vinas Cuko Escapite, Kegan Walsh, Stacie Simpkins, Cesar Rangel, Pelon Escapite MVP: Pelon Escapite BPP: “Brujito” Alan Martinez © Katie Roth
Copa de Plata 8 Goal Winners: Las Vinas Pelon Escapite, Kegan Walsh, Cesar Rangel, Stacie Simpkins MVP: Del Walton BPP: “Dama” Pelon Escapite
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USPA Pete Bostwick Memorial 12 Goal Winners: Amista Polo Lucas Arellano, Julio Arellano, Hope Arellano, Agustin Arellano MVP: Agustin Arellano BPP: “Muneca” Jake Flournoy © Katie Roth
New Bridge Members Classic 8 Goal
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Winners: Foxdale Equine Mason Sease, Kegan Walsh, Alan Martinez, Hugh Worsham MVP: Alan Martinez BPP: “Ruterra” Alan Martinez
New Bridge Spring Classic 8 Goal © Katie Roth
Winners: LBL Polo Tyler Morris, Alison Patricelli, wPelon Escapite, Cuko Escapite MVP: Pelon Escapite BPP: “Dona Fluer” Pelon Escapite
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About New Bridge
ew Bridge Polo & Country Club is a 861-acre private, gated community in a natural, wooded setting only minutes from downtown Aiken, a known haven for horse enthusiasts. Here we successfully combine the modern concept of an equestrian community with traditional southern hospitality. Residents and members enjoy five world-class, championship polo fields, an all-weather GGT arena, premier boarding facility, a colonial-style clubhouse with outdoor asado, pool and tennis, an exercise track and miles of groomed, dirt roads perfect for riding and enjoying the countryside. Cottage-style bungalows and residential homesites (half or full acre in size) are available alongside the wide expanse of a polo field, bordered by shady tracks, woodlands and board-fenced pasture. Larger, horse-friendly lots (from four to forty acres) are offered in a variety of locations throughout the community.
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The architectural landscape at New Bridge Polo & Country Club is as diverse as it is unique. Whether you are looking for a turnkey equestrian operation, or simply want to share in the ambience by living in a dream house on the edge of the polo fields, New Bridge Polo and Country
Club provides the perfect location. During polo season (spring and fall) member practices are offered three times a week where pros and amateurs play together. In addition, visiting players and teams participate in tournaments hosted by the club.
New Cottages Under Construction at New Bridge New Bridge Polo & Country Club is pleased to announce two new cottages are now under construction and will be available late 2016. The cottages are being built by Cooper Home & Stable, who has recently completed two other homes in New Bridge. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to build these homes in New Bridge,” said J.D. Cooper, founder and owner. “This is my favorite equestrian development in Aiken because it feels like a private preserve with wonderful wide open spaces. Being a polo player, I also love the fields here – they are the best around,” he said. The Indigo Cottage sits high overlooking polo field #3, giving it a commanding view of the polo action. The cottage is nestled on over an acre lot with mature live oak trees. Designed by North Carolina architect William Poole & Associates, this Carolina lowcountry style cottage is a three bedroom/ two and a half bath/ two car garage home featuring open vaulted ceilings in the great room and kitchen areas giving it a spacious living feel. Plus a second story semi-finished bonus room and bath can be used for home office/ den or guest accommodations. Classic wrap around open and screened porches invite you to sit and enjoy the afternoon breeze. The Polo Cottage is an arts and crafts bungalow style home on polo field #2. It sits on a shady lot surrounded by pine trees, and has a perfect view of one of the most favored polo fields in New Bridge. The two bedroom/ two bath home (plus semi-finished upstairs bonus room and bath) is a refinement of the original bungalows at New Bridge with upgrades such as vaulted ceilings, wrap around porches/polo field facing rear deck and an attached carport. It was designed by local architect Martin Buckley, who made modifications to enhance the open, spacious floor plan.
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Cooper Home & Stable is a unique design-and-build company specializing in equestrian properties, historical renovations and custom built homes. J.D. Cooper, a polo player, started the company in Louisville, Kentucky. He relocated to Aiken in 2006 and has built an impressive local clientele.
For more information on the cottages contact J.D. Cooper, Builder/Broker at 502.417.2307
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A Charmed Life
in the New Bridge Bungalows By: Katie Roth Photography by: Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions
he bungalows are a quaint collection of cottages within the 861 acres of New Bridge Polo & Country Club. Located on the sidelines of Field #1, these homes feature welcoming front porches and the best view of the polo action. Cindy Kelly purchased a bungalow in 2007 and used it as a second home. Originally from Texas, her primary
home was in Aspen, Colorado and she came to Aiken to get out of the snow and play polo. She searched for a home all over Aiken, but loved New Bridge right away and knew the bungalows were the right fit for her. Along with best friend and fellow polo player Cecelia Cochran, Cindy spent a few years at New Bridge each spring and fall, and decided that she did not
want to leave. She has been a full-time New Bridge resident since 2010 and purchased a second bungalow in 2012. “New Bridge is a very special place. It is much more than a horse community,” said Cindy. “I enjoy the camaraderie here and I’ve made many life long friends. During polo seasons, we are like a family.”
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â€œNew Bridge is a beautiful, friendly, safe community. Living here makes me feel like I am always on vacation.â€?
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New Bridge offers many amenities to its residents and Cindy uses all of them. As an avid tennis player, she frequently uses the clay courts. She also swims in the pool, dines in the clubhouse and plays polo in the club practices. During polo season, the club offers practices three times a week. “Club chukkers are so much fun. Everyone from the pros to those just learning polo can play together,” said Cindy. “Haley, the club manager, does a super job of balancing out the teams so everyone has a great time. It is also really fun to see families playing together, such as the Donaheys,” Cindy said. The clubhouse is one of Cindy’s favorite spots. “I love to go to the asados and burger nights during polo season. It is always a fun evening and a nice mix of people,” she said. Cindy also enjoys looking at the clubhouse from her front porch. ‘It is such an impressive building, especially at sunset and under the stars.” Cindy has been the Managing Director of the New Bridge Property Owner’s Association for the past five years. “All of the improvements that owner Russ McCall has made to the property have been very well received,” she said.
Cindy was raised on a small farm in Texas and was horse crazy from the beginning. She competed as a professional and coached in the hunter jumper world, but grew tired of the horse show scene. “I got involved in polo and loved it – probably because it was not my profession,” she said. Cindy has played 4, 6 and 8-goal tournament polo. She eventually sold most of her polo ponies, but has kept her favorites, Gaucha and Manteca. “I loved polo, but my focus changed and I decided that I would like to have a career in the medical field,” she said. Cindy went back to college for a degree in nursing and has been a critical care cardiovascular RN for the past four years. She works at University Hospital in Augusta. “My commute to work is a non-issue. Nursing is a very challenging profession with long hours and living at New Bridge gives me the balance in life I need to excel in my job,” she said. Fall and spring polo seasons are Cindy’s favorite times of year, but she also enjoys the quiet summers. The winters bring many equestrians from the north to train in the warm weather. “I love the mix of people and how the New Bridge environment changes with the seasons,” she said. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else.”
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By: Katie Roth Photography by: Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions
ach spring marks the return of polo to New Bridge Polo & Country Club. Enthusiasts are anxious to pack up their chairs and coolers to tailgate after the winter months and watch the best competitive polo in the area. In spring 2016, spectators and players were in for a special surprise during the Pete Bostwick Memorial 12-goal tournament. It will be remembered as the first time the Arellano family played as a team. You may see fathers and sons or brothers playing polo together, but it is very unusual to have the top rated American player and his three children all on one team. Crowds packed the sidelines of every game to watch a bit of history and the Arellano family did not disappoint. They not only played together, they won the Pete Bostwick Memorial. Each member of the family is a skilled, talented player and winning their first tournament is a testament to their dedication to the sport. 2 0 | 2 0 1 6 | N e w B r i d g e Po l o
Julio Arellano, well-known 8-goal player, encouraged Agustin (18), Lucas (16) and Hope (13) through each chukker while their mom, Meghan, coached and supported them from the sideline. The Arellanos played each game with strategy and precision and won 12-10 over Upatoi Green/Foxdale Equine in the final. The family can boast an undefeated record at the tournament. The Arellanos played under the banner of Amista Polo. The team name derived from Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish. Colorful jerseys with their first names on the back made it easy for spectators to keep track of who’s who during the action. The Arellano children are not only following in their father’s footsteps, but those of their mother, grandfathers and greatgrandfather. Polo is in their blood; in fact it might be part of their DNA. Meghan and Julio exposed their children to many different sports and activities while they were growing up. They consciously never pushed polo, but that’s where all three kids ended up. In Hope’s case, they tried to get her to do anything but polo, but she picked up a mallet and her passion for the sport was undeniable. Maybe that’s because Meghan was five months pregnant with Hope in 2002 when she won the women’s tournament in Aiken. Agustin, Lucas and Hope could not have better teachers as Julio and Meghan provide sound feedback and guidance to all three children. Julio, a former 9-goal player and currently the highest rated player in the U.S., has played competitively all over the
U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Canada and England. A recipient of the Seymour Knox Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Open finals in 2005 with Skeeterville, Julio’s career as a professional player is inspiring to his children. Julio was born in Nicaragua and moved to Wellington when he was seven years old. He started playing polo at age nine and by 14, knew that he wanted polo to be his career. “My father played polo and that’s how I started riding and playing,” said Julio. His brothers also play - Carluccho is a 5-goal player and Diego plays for fun. Julio has enjoyed playing for the Johnston family for 12 years, the first two years with Skeeter Johnston, the next two with Will (nephew) and the last eight years with Skeeter’s sister Gillian. “I am very fortunate to have a sponsor like Gillian. She is very close to our family and the kids adore her,” he said. Meghan was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in California. Both her grandfather and her father played polo. Meghan went to Chicago for a summer job in 1992 and met Julio. They got engaged shortly thereafter and have been married for 20 years. Polo has shown the Arellanos the world, but they chose to set up their farm in Aiken in 2000. Former 10-goal player and Hall of Fame member Owen Rinehart and his wife Georgina convinced Megan and Julio to relocate to Aiken just like they did. Meghan and Julio felt strongly about raising their kids here. “We love
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everything about Aiken; the beautiful scenery, weather, pace of life and that it is horse country,” said Julio. The Arellano’s farm in Aiken has scenic vistas, flower gardens, and of course, polo ponies. But – there are many other animals that call it home including a Zeedonk (zebra donkey cross), llamas, a cow, goats, and a pig and a pony that are best friends. “They don’t know they are different, they think they are the same, “ said Meghan. The Arellanos have a house in the historic horse district of Aiken, but will soon be moving out to the farm since they spend so much time there. Even though the family travels often for polo (and often in different directions) they make it a priority to spend as much
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time together as possible. Julio plays in Florida during the winter months and Wyoming in the summer. As the kids get older, the travel schedule gets more hectic as Agustin and Lucas are hired to play all over the U.S. But, they are all happy to return to their home base in Aiken. One reason why the family is so close may be due to the yearly trip they take together. For the past ten years, they have taken the first three weeks in June to explore the country in their RV. They have traveled up I-95 to Maine to see the East Coast, and from San Diego to Vancouver Island on the West Coast. They enjoy this time together, without polo and horses to reconnect as a family.
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Agustin, the eldest, is currently a 2-goal player. He attends FAU (Florida Atlantic University) – his father’s alma mater. He has a major in Art History and a minor in Spanish. “Agustin is outgoing, vivacious and loves polo,” said Meghan. His smile and laugh are contagious. “Lucas is kind-hearted and loves animals,” said Julio. Not just his polo ponies, but all animals. His gentle spirit is evident in his demeanor, but make no mistake that Lucas is a very strong polo player. He was recently raised to 1-goal. Lucas excels in math and loves building and architecture. Hope is a fashionista and an excellent player for her age and size. At -.5 goals, she is focused, determined and a perfectionist. Hope was recently awarded MVP at her first Women’s Tournament in Florida. Her fashion sense is unmistakable as her ponies rocket down the field in hot pink polo wraps, glittered boots and blingy bridles. Small but mighty, Hope is a serious player who will surely rise in the sport. The Arellanos are a special family. Close, caring, and gracious to each other and everyone around them. And – they can really play polo. We look forward to seeing them gallop down Field #1 at New Bridge again soon with the crowd at the clubhouse cheering them on.
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Players: Players are rated on a handicap system from -2 to10; 10 being the best in the world. Players are not limited by gender or age. Polo Pony: Polo ponies are usually Thoroughbreds, selected for their speed, agility, endurance and intelligence. Most players believe their polo pony accounts for up to 75% of their game. Polo Ball: The ball is 3” in diameter and made of hard, white plastic that dents after continuous hits. A: Helmet Helmets are required equipment for protection against swinging mallets, flying balls and spills.
B: Mallet Mallet lengths range from 49” to 54” to best fit a player’s swing and size of pony. They are constructed of bamboo cane with a tipa wood head. C: Roached mane Manes are clipped to prevent them from getting tangled with the reins and out of the player’s face. D: Bridle: Leather bridles are customized to fit each pony. The most common bits used in polo are the gag, snaffle and pelham.
F: Boots/Wraps: Used to protect the pony’s legs from the ball and mallet while providing additional support. G: Boots/Knee Pads: Leather boots protect the rider and knee pads guard again injury in a “ride-off.” H: Shoes: Give the pony better traction. I: Tied tail: Tails are tied to eliminate interference with the mallet.
E: Draw Reins: A second set of reins for better control extends from the girth, through the bridle to the rider’s hands.
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By: Katie Roth Photography by: Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions
arolina blue skies and sunshine provided the perfect setting for an afternoon of high goal polo at the inaugural Chukkers of Hope at New Bridge Polo & Country Club on October 24, 2015. A large crowd gathered in the clubhouse and on the lawn to watch the 21-goal match benefitting two worthwhile causes; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Will Tankard’s horses. Championship field #1 at New Bridge played the perfect host as spectators lined up fieldside, anxious to see the return of high goal polo. The match featured many crowd favorite players from Aiken, Wellington and Argentina. Teams for the 21-goal game included Julio Arellano (8), Willie Hartnett (4), Horacio Onetto (4) and Ulysses Escapite (4) playing for SIG Polo Team. Wesley “Whistle” Uys (5), Alan Martinez (5), Sebastian “Sapo” Borghi (5) and Pelon Escapite (6) played for Taylor BMW. Clubhouse VIP ticket holders enjoyed fine wines and food while cheering on their favorites as the game came down to the wire. Taylor BMW jumped out to an early 4-1 lead due to strong play by Argentine Sapo Borghi, a newcomer to polo in the United States. Steady two-way polo by Horacio Onetto and Willie Hartnett during the second and third chukkers brought SIG back into the game. Much of the second half was played back and forth with the teams exchanging goals. Entering the sixth chukker, the sense was the team making the last offensive push would ultimately win, which is precisely what happened. SIG Polo Team defeated Taylor BMW 9 - 8 on a last minute Penalty 3 conversion by Julio Arellano.
Special thanks to Chukkers of Hope sponsors: SIG Taylor BMW Southern Bank and Trust Company Olathe Boot Company
Chukkers of Hope is the brainchild of New Bridge member Mandeep Singh. Bridgestone “St. Jude and polo are two passions of mine so it was a natural fit to bring them together,” he said. Singh is relatively new to New Bridge and the Aiken Aiken Saddlery polo scene and wanted to bring awareness to St. Jude and to New Bridge. “In my short time here, I’ve had a fantastic time playing polo in this amazing community and hosting a high goal exhibition is a great way for me to share Powerserve my passion,” he said. When asked why St Jude, Singh remarked, “I have always enjoyed working with organizations that help children. I was first introduced to St. Jude a few years ago at a fundraising event in Palm Springs, CA. Hearing a patient’s family speak about St. Jude had a significant impact on me and I made a promise to visit the St. Jude hospital in Memphis, TN. After that first visit, I was sold. Not only does St Jude have some of the best business practices in terms of healthcare, but they really go above and beyond to let kids be kids while receiving treatments,” he said. “What makes St. Jude special is that patients and patient families never receive a bill for healthcare, living costs, and travel expenses. St. Jude relies on people who are in a position to facilitate change to help raise the nearly $1.9 million daily budget.” Chukkers of Hope also benefitted the care of Will Tankard’s horses. Tankard, a beloved polo player and Aiken resident tragically passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the summer of 2015 while hauling his horses to a match. Seven horses survived the accident, but were in need of medical care. New Bridge Polo & Country Club has a history of hosting high and medium goal tournaments. “An event like Chukkers of Hope compliments our regular tournament season”, said Raza Kazmi, General Manager. “We have strong spectator base for our fall and spring polo and Chukkers of Hope brought in a new audience that became new polo fans that day.” N e w B r i d g e Po l o | 2 0 1 6 | 2 9
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â€œRiding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire, it is a grand passion.â€?
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Credits: Photography: Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions Styling: Jen Easters and Chris Powers Models: Kathleen Malmborg, Cornelia Dorr, Ellis Adam, Grace Bartolotti, Leslie Bartolotti, Jennifer Chapin, Nancy DiGregorio, Heidi Adam, Katelin Villiers, Marisa Collins, Polly Merrill Horses: Ted, Lukas, Hugo, Wilona, Corino, Matty, Percy
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iding is a competitive sport; but it also has a social aspect. Many equestrians find lifelong friendships at the barn with fellow riders. Equestrians can all agree that they share a bond with their horses - no matter what type of riding or breed of horse. This atmosphere is what you will find at The Stables at New Bridge, a full service equestrian facility open to all riding disciplines. The 24-stall center aisle barn and GGT all-weather riding arena are just the beginning of a community that caters to equestrians and their fourlegged partners. The Stables prides itself on offering the best care and facilities to all equines. Horses enjoy luxury accommodations in large stalls (12x12) equipped with wall-to-wall comfort matting, fans, large windows and a fly spray system. The Stables is a full-care facility that includes feeding, blanketing, turnout and night check. Riders are also well taken care of with a comfortable lounge offering the perfect place to relax after time in the saddle. The climate-controlled tack room offers individual storage for helmets, boots, bridles, and saddles, plus two full bathrooms and laundry facilities. This multi-discipline training facility offers numerous riding areas including a 30,000 square foot jumping ring with all weather GGT footing. The arena has hunter derby style fences and a perimeter of hedges. New Bridge offers many other riding areas including miles of bridle paths and a shaded galloping track. Trail riders enjoy the countless unpaved roads perfect for hacking through the quiet countryside of the community. New Bridge can accommodate individual turnout needs throughout the 70 acres. Pastures range in size from a quarter acre to 20 acres â€“ all secured with four-board fence and an abundance of lush, green grass. The Stables is open to non-residents and New Bridge residents. For more information, please contact Jen Easters to schedule a tour. (803) 648-3699 / (803) 634-7505 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“There is no other sport like polo. It is the only team contact sport where a father and son can play for many years and share a love of the game.”
~Rick Hartnett © Shelly Marshall Schmidt
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at New Bridge Advanced level 3-day event rider Babette Lenna shares why New Bridge is her second home. By: Katie Roth
abette Lenna, an accomplished advanced level event rider and ICP Level 2 eventing certified instructor, has been coming to Aiken to train her horses for many winters. She has chosen to stay at New Bridge Polo & Country Club for the past six years in a row. What is it about this property that keeps her coming back? Is it the gorgeous views, the superb footing, the expansive space or the friendly community? According to Babette, New Bridge is all of those things wrapped up into one property. “New Bridge feels like home to me,” said Babette. “I can’t imagine going anywhere else. It is quiet and beautiful, the horses are so happy here and the people are very supportive and helpful.” The goal of winter training in 3-day eventing is to get the horses fit and prepare them for major competitions in the spring. At New Bridge, that task is easy for Babette. “There are so many great places to ride here,” she said. “We use the track for conditioning, hack out on the grass areas and ride on the dirt roads. The roads are maintained meticulously which gives us the ability to ride throughout the 800+ acre community. The riding areas are superb, and there are many variations we can use to optimize our training. The attitude at New Bridge is like no other place. I love the no drama, friendly atmosphere and that’s why I keep coming back,” she said. Babette has rented various barns and homes at New Bridge in previous years, but last winter she also rented a portion
of The Stables. This full service boarding facility has been receiving accolades since its opening in 2014. “Being at The Stables allowed me to focus on training my horses. My clients were very happy and we enjoyed getting to know the full-time boarders,” said Babette. “New Bridge continues to update and evolve as an equestrian community and they have a lot of positive momentum right now.” When she is not in Aiken, Babette is the resident trainer at Gathering Farm in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. This multi-discipline, professional boarding and training facility has a rich history in eventing that continues under Babette today. Owned by the Bartolotti family, Gathering Farm is located in the heart of Hamilton with access to open space that Hamilton has preserved for riding. The Bartolotti family has continued to update the rings and barns at Gathering Farm so they can provide top-notch services and training. The facility has allowed Babette to build her teaching and competition business over the years. Babette’s journey to Aiken started with her family over 25 years ago. Her aunt (Babette Brandt) was a big part of the Aiken driving community, and at the age of 15, Babette spent time at her aunt’s house, which was near the Aiken Training Track. Some of her fondest memories of visiting here are waking up early to go to the track and watch the horses breeze. Even today, her parents winter here along with Babette and enjoy Aiken’s lifestyle.
Babette’s mother and aunt began riding horses later in life and when Babette was two years old, they put her on a horse. From then on, riding would become her passion and her career. While she was growing up, she was privileged to learn from some of the best instructors in the sport including Caroline Atherholt, Phillip Dutton, Kelli Temple, Sally Cousins, Eric Horgan and Ashley MacVaugh. Babette currently trains with Virginia-based team rider Jan Byyny. Babette’s primary goal in the beginning of her career was to become a successful instructor. Her clients range in age from 10 to 60 and she specializes in those who want to compete. She likes to teach people how to train their horses, not just how to ride. Babette’s students will tell you she is a knowledgeable and compassionate instructor and many have chosen to stay under her tutelage for years. She also has a niche with difficult horses those with quirks that other trainers may not want to deal with. Known as a problem solver, Babette takes on the more difficult horses and strives to help them be the best they can be. Her quiet, calm demeanor is definitely one of the reasons why she is so successful. Now that Babette’s teaching career is flourishing, it is time for her to also focus on her riding career. She knows that maintaining balance is a key piece to her success. “It definitely takes a team to support you as you get to the higher levels of competition. I am very aware of that and thankful to have family and friends who will N e w B r i d g e Po l o | 2 0 1 6 | 5 3
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“Watching the sunset over Polo Field #2 is one of my favorite places on the property. The sunrise over the paddock is beautiful too, but the sunsets at New Bridge are some of the most spectacular I have ever seen anywhere.” be behind me as I hopefully ride a 4-star event in the near future,” she said. Equestrian sports are based upon the partnership of horse and rider. In Babette’s case, her competition equine partners are two geldings that could not be more different. Little Oliver, a 2002 Thoroughbred (Oliver’s Twist x Little Dyna) is a well-known horse in the eventing world and beyond. He’s so popular that he even has his own FaceBook page, “Fans of Little Oliver”. Supporter Pam Eckelbarger bought Oliver for Babette in 2008 to take him up the ranks and now, thanks to social media, many people are following along on their journey. Such a popular horse should have a lot of personality, and Little Oliver certainly does. “He has tons
of character, is very smart and has a lot of presence, ” she said. “He thinks everything in the world has been put there just for him.” Although Little Oliver has been recovering from some injuries, Babette continues to bring him along slowly. She now has sole ownership of Oliver and is excited for his future, whatever he wants it to be.
nuzzle and has an infectious personality, “ she said. “He is the consummate gentleman and he loves attention. ” He is a very talented jumper, so Babette concentrated on improving Coco’s flatwork in Aiken last winter. She plans to take her time to correctly train Coco and is very optimistic about his future.
Sweet and affectionate, Marketscan, or “Coco” as he is called in the barn, is the polar opposite to Little Oliver. The 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding out of Young Blackie was bred by Irish breeder Donal Barnwell and trained by British team member Gemma Tattersall. Babette, along with her aunt, acquired Coco in 2013 at the Gorebridge Go for Gold sale in Ireland. “Coco likes to
As summer turns to fall, Babette makes her winter training plans and knows she is always welcome at New Bridge. For the past six years, she has enjoyed being a part of the community and has forged many lasting friendships.
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Ponies of New Bridge Owned and played by Stacie Simpkins
Photography by: Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions
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“The little engine that can”
“Known to distract”
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Candida “Super special”
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ew Bridge Polo & Country Club is an active community with its own style. Behind the gates are a collection of individuals who all share a love of horses, no matter what
breed or discipline. Join us as we celebrate personal style and our relationships with our equine partners. Photos by Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions
“True elegance can’t exist if freedom of movement is not respected.” ~ Coco Chanel
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~ Coco Chanel
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“You can have anything in life if you dress for it.” ~ Edith Head
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“Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.”
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“Clothes aren’t going to change the world. The women who wear them will.” ~ Anne Klein
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Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.â€?
~ Rachel Zoe
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Photography: Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions Styling: Chris Powers Models: Jim Anderson
Horses: Colonel, owned by Sharer Dale
Picasa, owned by Mandeep Singh
Gaucha, owned by Cindy Kelly
Prince, owned by Chris Powers
Innocence, owned by Hope Arellano
Snow Cone, owned by Lucas Arellano
Norman, owned by Ann Kinney
Sweet Stuff, owned by Hope Arellano
Munnings, owned by Chris Powers
Waverly ISF, owned by Carol Pexa
“Having swag isn’t about what you wear or your hairstyle but about being confident in yourself” ~Anonymous
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Fitness Tips from a Pro Rule #1: Don’t Hurt the Client So you’ve made the decision to get healthier and change your lifestyle. You’ve found a gym and a trainer that you feel comfortable with. Where do we begin? As coaches, we have the task of learning who you are as an individual and how you move. We practice a simple rule here and that’s to protect and not harm the client or in the words of Dr. Gray Cook, “protect before you correct”. This starts with screening, a collection of exercises scored on a point system. The screen compartmentalizes individuals into three groups: individuals with medical problems, individuals with movement problems (corrective movement) and individuals with neither medical or movement problems (strength, conditioning, and physical development). The screen is our traffic light… a red flag indicator. A red light means that we should stop and seek help from a medical professional. Many times in our practice, there are red lights, especially when dealing with adult populations. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue on our journey, it just means that we should refer you out and get the advice of someone trained in that field of expertise. A yellow light means that we should proceed with caution. And a green light, obviously, means its ok for us to step on the gas.
Then, we progress through the stages that lessen or eliminate pain, and build the desired level of function. This all starts with a standard of movement… a baseline, minimum of competency, if you will. In terms of human movement, we have a set of movements that we believe is where everything starts. Because most of our endeavors in everyday life and sports are performed using ones own bodyweight, these movements are not loaded. The movements are minimally cued. We don’t want to coach the movements. We want to know what lives inside of you as far as movement because patterns reside in our brains. Coaching is our intervention. Lastly, they are modifiable. What good is it looking at an audit process of we can’t change it? Why should this be important to you? This should be important to you because we screen for risk of injury. We look for risks while we’re training but we also look for risks in our end stage activity. They are different because our end stage activity doesn’t always resemble how we train so it needs to transfer.
Where do we go next in terms of changing this baseline standard? Depending on the information gathered during the screen, we decide which route we need to take. For example, do we need to do a lot of mobility work or do we need to go into motor control? This will take us from squatting to a chair with a band around the knees to squatting with a kettle bell in your hands. Once we know the route, we can start to apply corrective exercise to achieve our baseline minimum standard. Here, satisfactory is the goal. We aren’t looking for excellence. When these standards are met, we then, focus on locomotion. We start with part to whole, slow to fast, and simple to complex (which includes sagittal > frontal> transverse planes). We first get the client strong by training the brain because, again, this is where movement lives. Kenny Ray is owner and fitness coach at Kenny Ray Personal Fitness. He has over fifteen years of experience and has received his certification from the National Federation of Personal Trainers.
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etired veterinarian Dr. Jeff Springer had a small animal practice near Boston, Massachusetts. It was very successful and busy career. He found that in his down time, making something with his own hands provided a therapeutic escape from the office. Jeff started by crafting his own bows and arrows for hunting. Then, one day, a blacksmith, who later became a good friend, brought him an anvil and a forge. Jeff was intrigued to think that he might be able to make his own set of sporting knives. He began researching the process, finding helpful information and tutorials on the Internet. “When I decided to give this a try, I learned that knife makers enjoy sharing their knowledge with each other. There are many people who helped me get my start that I call friends now,” he said. Creating a handmade knife from start to finish is a labor of love, which also requires a lot of skill. Instead of using newer methods, Jeff prefers the historic way of
forging the steel and hammering it into a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art. “Forging allows the knife making process to be more creative an flexible,” said Jeff. “It is inspiring to see a piece of steel and be able to make something out of it that is both beautiful and useful.” In Jeff ’s workshop, a sign reading “Tippet Knives” proudly hangs above the doorway. The sign was made by Jeff ’s son Zach, also a blacksmith in Crested Butte, Colorado. A tippet is the end of a fly fishing rod and the name gives a nod to Jeff ’s life as a sportsman. Upon entering the workshop, you can tell this is not just a workspace, it is also an art studio filled with Jeff ’s handmade bows and knives. Different types of steel and wood are neatly stored and ready to be crafted into works of art. Once a piece of steel is chosen, there are many small steps in the process. Each is a building block to the final product. Jeff starts with a plan down to the tiniest detail. The process is calculated and time
consuming, but also allows for creativity and freedom of expression. The steel can be configured many ways with different looks, such as Damascus, which can be folded into 300 layers or more to create beautiful patterns. “Working with steel is like working with taffy,” said Jeff. “Sometimes the original idea for a knife will change in the process.” The knife handle is just as creative as the blade. It can be made of many different types of wood, horns or ivory. Jeff has a piece of pecan wood from George Washington’s property and a piece of walnut from Thomas Jefferson’s property. “I love the historical significance that I can make a knife with a wooden handle that has so much history inside of it,” he said. Upon completion, each knife is finished with Jeff ’s personal stamp, an “S” with an arrow through it. Jeff ’s knives are mostly utilitarian, including hunting knives and pocket knives. He has also done many for 1850’s Mountain Men re-enactments. Jeff ’s new
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venture is chef ’s kitchen knives and all metal blacksmith knives. Jeff has traditionally given away most of his knives to charities to use as auction items. He has been donating knives to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the last ten years. Whenever possible, Jeff will invite the knife owner over to participate in the forging to make it a personal experience. Many friends have started to request his knives, so he does have some for sale. Jeff and his wife Molly came to Aiken in 2009. They decided to spend winters in the warm South Carolina weather and summers at their home in Maine on the lake near their grandchildren. Molly, a 3-day eventer and foxhunter, has always been the one interested in horses. She competes in shows and is very much part of Aiken’s horse community. Horses did not interest Jeff – until a grey mustang named Sweet Annie walked into his life, and into his heart. 9 4 | 2 0 1 6 | N e w B r i d g e Po l o
Recovering from shoulder surgery in 2015, Jeff watched movies to pass the time. He saw “Wild Horse, Wild Ride” and was hooked. This documentary about the Extreme Mustang Makeover chronicles the 100-day quest to tame and train a wild Mustang. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the event to recognize and highlight the value of the mustang breed. At the start, trainers pick up a mustang that has been virtually untouched by humans. The horses learn to build trust and develop a relationship with the trainer. By the end, they can be led, ridden safely and often can do some pretty amazing tricks. After the makeover, the mustangs go up for adoption at public auction. Jeff attended a five day clinic with the HorseTenders Mustang Foundation in New Hampshire. After the clinic, Jeff went to the Extreme Mustang Makeover event in Topsfield, Massachusetts with the intent of possibly adopting a mustang. At the end of the two-day competition, the horses are auctioned off. Sweet Annie, who had just
won the whole competition, was the first horse up and caught his eye. Jeff placed his bid right away and she became his. Sweet Annie, now 6 years old, was caught as a yearling and spent four years in a holding pen. The 14.3 hand BLM (Bureau of Land Management) branded mustang’s future did not look bright, until she was chosen for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Her transformation would prepare her for her new life with Jeff. Sweet Annie has a gentle nature and is very well trained. Jeff enjoys taking her on trail rides and they have a very special bond that is evident when you watch them together. “Who would have thought that at 70 years old, I would get my first horse and it would be wild mustang?” he chuckled. Even though he is retired, Jeff is as busy as ever, spending time with Sweet Annie and forging knives.
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- Since 1981 -
The Saddle Doctor 538 Two Notch Road • Aiken, SC 29803
(803) 642-5166 Holly M. Spencer email@example.com Offering Quality Repairs and Custom Alterations to your Tack and Horse Clothing • Dressage boot zippers installed & replaced (black metal zippers)
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olo is a very demanding sport that requires an equine athlete be exceptionally agile and balanced, exhibit a great work ethic and be acutely responsive to the rider’s aids and body language. Eventually these athletes reach the point of retirement in their professional careers. Even when they can’t play at high levels anymore, these ponies are far from the end of their potential and have miles of experience to give. ReplayPolo specializes in rehoming retired polo ponies to pay it forward as therapy horses or members of an interscholastic or intercollegiate polo team to help teach children how to play polo. One of the primary goals of Replay Polo is to make sure these equine athletes receive the highest standard of care as they enter their second career. World-renowned 10-goal polo player, Pelon Stirling explained why most players choose to retire their mounts. “If the horse has not played extremely well and needs to be retired because of age, an injury, or has just played enough polo; it becomes complicated for us to find a very good home for them. The horses deserve to live a good life and it is important for us to be certain that the horse will be taken good care of.”
Helps Retired Polo Ponies Find Their Second Career By Brittany Halstead
James Armstrong, a former six-goal player, donated his polo pony, Azuri, because he felt it was time to reward her with a much-deserved retirement. Kylie Long, who has ridden at Saddle Up Therapeutic Riding Organization for 11 years, said Azuri is her favorite horse, which she describes as “sweet, dependable and smooth.” The two bonded as they both learned the techniques of dressage and later participated at the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding’s regional horse show. Kylie exclaimed, “I received my highest score ever in dressage. I was very surprised because Azuri performed better than the retired dressage horses.” ReplayPolo is beginning to make a lot of connections between owners of polo ponies and therapeutic riding organizations. It is delightful to know these retired polo ponies get rehomed and loved, while paying it forward to help people with disabilities live a better life. Adam Snow achieved a 10-goal rating, something only a handful of USA Polo Players will ever see. He believes “polo ponies are good for therapeutic riding because the quiet ones end up being the best, the hot ones don’t make good polo ponies. The level of desensitization is what makes polo ponies ideal; that is identical with a therapy horse as well.” Amanda Hogan, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Master Instructor and executive director of Windrush Therapeutic Farm, shared her thoughts on retired polo ponies. “Windrush’s founder Marj Kittredge started this program in 1964 with two retired polo ponies and an off-the-track Thoroughbred who became a terrific therapeutic riding horse. We have probably had about 10 more retired polo ponies in the time I have been here.” stated Hogan.
Juli Ezcurra and renowned 10goal player Adolfo Cambiaso
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Happy Trails Hawaii Horse Ranch graciously volunteered to start an Equestrian Assisted Psychotherapy program to help wounded veterans. The program’s horses are actively playing polo ponies and some are retired polo ponies. Sarah Teske, a US Marine, certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) instructor and polo player helped build this program. This program hosts equine sessions for wounded warriors. Sarah said, “Sometimes horses have a better idea of what to do than the humans.” The director of Happy Trails witnessed a miraculous moment between a wounded warrior with PTSD and a horse. It was the first time in 6 months, since the kid came off the battlefield, that he has smiled. —The horses are
found their voice suddenly has lots to say when to ball trickles over the goal line.” What do the players learn? “They learn about what a mallet is, about being on a team, the rules of the game, taking turns and what a goal is on and off the field. The astonishment on the faces of the parents when they witness their child riding down the arena heading towards the goal is simply amazing. This is confirmation that all of this is about the ability of each child, not the disability”, stated Guinan.
magical”. ReplayPolo will be reaching out to disabled veterans, to learn the ReplayPolo modified polo game. Hopefully these disabled veterans will learn, improve and begin to play polo with the Army and Navy. ReplayPolo modified polo game is in the process of being integrated into PATH international therapeutic riding organizations. Many of these organizations also host Horses for Heroes programs, for disabled veterans to learn to ride and heal with equine therapy. The USPA Armed Forces committee has graciously agreed to help ReplayPolo gear up to help our disabled veterans.
People with Disabilities Playing Polo Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is located in the home of USA high goal polo, Wellington, Forida. Playing polo is one activity that riders at Vinceremos enjoy as a part of therapeutic riding. However; the riders are not mounted on retired polo ponies. They use the center’s horses, which the staff acclimate to a 10-inch beach ball and polo mallets. ReplayPolo is hoping for a farm that will do the same but with only retired polo ponies. Susan Guinan also shares the therapeutic value of polo benefits. “Our riders play polo on a saddle pad with a surcingle. This is similar to the way kids learn to ride and play polo in Argentina. In polo it is all about getting the ball, our natural balance and instincts take over. The young man with autism who verbalizes every movement he makes in his weekly lesson focuses on the task at hand, and the noise and distractions around him disappear. The child who hasn’t
Juli Ezcurra, a 15-year-old with Down syndrome, son of Julio Ezcurra, a former six-goal professional polo player; has been learning to play polo for six years in Argentina, Florida and New York. Julio believes, “Playing polo has enhanced Juli’s concentration, alertness, core strength, selfesteem and social skills. Playing polo and the connection between horse and rider enhances the quality of life for people with special needs”.
Polo Ponies’ Career and Life Transition Mark V. Sedacca declares, “As the Chairman of the USPA Equine Welfare Committee, the newly organized ReplayPolo website is beneficial for people with disabilities, beginner riders, intercollegiate team, and for polo ponies. We are fortunate to have Brittany Halstead to help us continue to respect and protect our horses after they leave the polo field.” For more information on ReplayPolo, visit www.Replaypolo.com. If you are interested in rehoming a polo pony, please contact Brittany Halstead at Brittany@replaypolo.com
Beach polo Vinceramos and youth players from Grand Champions Polo Club.”
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The centerpiece of New Bridge Polo & Country Club is the rustic, colonial style clubhouse. Constructed of hundred year old wood shipped from Argentina and assembled onsite, it brings the history and ambiance of the Argentine way of life to South Carolina. The clubhouse is not only a gathering place during polo, it is also a popular site for events and activities. It offers plenty of indoor and outdoor space for weddings, parties, meetings and other private functions. Contact us at 803-648-3699 to reserve the clubhouse for your next event.
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Setting the Bar
The Art of Creating a Stylish and Functional Bar By Susan Victor, Nandina Home & Design Karin Jeffcoat, Cote Design Photography By Shelly Marshall Schmidt, Oh Schmidt Productions
he one enduring legacy of the "Mad Men" series is the return of the in-home bar. So many classic scenes centered around the mystique of the "cocktail". Setting a stylish and functional bar has become a design element that is not only glamorous, but functional as well. A beautifully set bar adds a hint of sophistication to your home and to any event. It invites your guests in and
sets the mood for festivity or quiet conversation. It is always fun to meet for happy hour at the hottest spot in town - now that "hot spot" can live right in the privacy of your own home. So let's drink a toast to setting the bar!
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The Stylish Bar Whether your bar is a permanent design fixture in your home, or an impromptu set up for a special event here are the five key elements to consider. 1. Use what you have An incredible bar does not have to be custom built at the tune of thousands of dollars. The most stylish bars we have seen have often been set on an antique piece of furniture, an old wooden farm table or on a beautiful bar cart that was the last minute addition to a room. 2. Choose beautiful glasswear. This is an element of the bar where you shouldn't just make due. Find vintage glasses, or cut crystal that expresses your personality and makes the bar sparkle with life. If you are a wine aficionado choose incredible wine glasses to add to your bar. If cocktails are your thing - make sure you have the perfect rocks glass.
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Right: Adding a small lamp, books, a custom leather tray and vintage black and gold glasses takes this bar cart from good to glamorous.
3. Mix Materials. A beautiful bar is not just a bunch of reflective glass and metal. It is important to bring in several different elements like horn, brass, ceramics, wood and stone. Mixing materials allows the bar to look curated, rich and collected. 4. Select decanters, bar tools and trays that make a statement. These elements are often the most pricy pieces of outfitting your bar, but the investment is well worth it. 5. Always add conversation pieces. To really create a statement you have to think beyond the functional. The wow factor of a beautiful bar is usually something beyond the tools, bottles, and glasses needed to make the perfect cocktail. This is your opportunity to express yourself. Think fresh flowers, books, urns, statues, serving bowls, cutting boards, vases, candles, and lamps. Even furniture and rugs around the bar add design elements that should be considered. Nothing is off limits if it fits the scale and style of the setting.
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Effortlessly transform your backyard space into a magical setting your guests will love. This “Bubbly Bar” is an old farm house table with Turkish towels for table runners and a mix of elements that proved to be an enchanting garden party bar.
The Functional Bar There are five considerations if you want a bar that is not only beautiful, but will turn out the perfect cocktail every time. How you stock the bar is based on several variables: • is it a specific bar for a special event like a garden party champagne bar or a classic bourbon tasting bar? • is it a home bar for a big event or for everyday use for a nightly cocktail? One thing to always keep in mind is to stock your bar with the quality of spirits that you enjoy. When choosing the spirits for my own home bar I have to confess - often the beauty of the bottle outweighed the quality of the contents! Ultimately the "home bar" is your bar. The Classic spirits to keep on the fully stocked bar: Vodka, Gin, Tequila (100% Blue Agave), Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Cognac Standard Liqueurs: Vermouth (dry and sweet), Cointreau, Disaronno, Campari Mixers: Grenadine, Rose's Lime juice, Simple Syrup, Bitters, Club Soda, Tonic Water, Cola, Ginger Ale. If you really want to step out of the box use artisanal mixers from online companies like Fever Tree, Q soda, and Sonoma Syrup. The tastes are incredible and the bottles are beautiful on the bar. Essential Tools: Metal mixing cup, Hoffman strainer, jigger, bar spoon, muddled, citrus peeler and a handheld citrus press Decanters and mixing tools have become like jewelry for the bar. Signature Cocktails: You wouldn’t serve your guests a bad steak, so why would you serve them an average cocktail? Have a couple of hand crafted signature cocktails up your sleeve that will have your guests raving about your mixology skills.
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C D E F G P O LO
A I D : Any signal given to a horse to prompt it to turn, change gaits, or perform some other maneuver.
A N N O U N C E R S : Sometimes employed by the club to announce games for the crowd, sometimes volunteers, these individuals possess varying amounts of talent, knowledge and wit.
A P PE A L : Claim by player for a foul, usually expressed by the
raising of mallet above their head. Overly demonstrative appealing is considered very bad form.
A RG I E : Player from Argentina, a country noted for producing top polo players and ponies. B AC K : The number 4 in a polo team is usually referred to as the “Back” rather than by a number lie the other members of the team. B AC K S H OT: Hitting the ball in a direction opposite to that which the player is travelling.
B A L L : (1) The entire point of a polo
match is to wallop the ball up the field and through the goal posts. Polo balls are about three and a half inches in diameter, weigh four and a half ounces and are made of hard wood or plastic. (2) A Black Tie or Fancy Dress event, usually consisting of dinner and dancing, sometimes benefitting a charity.
B I G S T I C K : The highest rated player on a team, a term usually reserved for players of considerable talent and showmanship. B I T: The mouthpiece to which the reins are attached.
B OA R D S : Made of wood or plastic, up to eleven inches in height, they run continuously along the sidelines of the field to help keep the ball in play and the game flowing. Players may ride outside the boards as long as the ball remains within them.
B U M P : A defensive maneuver on the field, which is one of the few contact moves allowed. A player attempts to ruin an opponent’s run with the ball by bumping his horse against the other player’s. This action is regulated by the angle at which the aggressor attempts it. It may never be executed at more than 45 degrees., and the faster the horses are running, the smaller the angle allowed.
Article reprinted courtesy of Calgary Polo Club.
C H U K K E R / C H U K K A : The origins of this term, meaning the “basic period of play,” are obscure, although it is thought to have come from India. There are between 4 and 6 chukkas of play (dependant on the level of polo being played) - each lasting 7 minutes. With 30 seconds left in play a bell is sounded to warn the players.
D I VOT S : Chunks of grass and earth that the horses have torn out of the field. The holes can cause bad bounces of the ball and other problems during play, so traditionally at half time the fans venture out to stomp divots, thus repairing the playing surface. E N D S : The back lines of a polo field, teams witch
ends (switch the goals they defend) each time a goal is scored to equalize weather and turf conditions.
F I E L D : Regulation polo fields are 300 yards by 160 yard, a space big enough to fit nine football fields into. The goalposts are set eight yards apart. F O U L : An infraction of the rules set forth by the
United States Polo Association (USPA), Fouls govern safe riding and the concept of the line of the ball.
G A I T: The manner in which a horse goes, based on the sequence and rhythm of its foot movements, walk, trot, canter, or gallop.
G OA L : A goal is scored every time the ball passes between the
goal posts, whether hit by an offensive player, defensive player, or pony.
G R E E N H O R S E : A term used to refer to a young or
G R E E N H O R S E P O LO : Special non-competitive games structured for the development of skills and confidence in young ponies. G RO O M : (a) Polo grooms are responsible for the care of a player’s ponies and their equipment. They feed, muck out, ‘tack up’, check horses for signs of injury, school and practice horses and liaise with vets and farriers. Grooms usually travel with a particular player and set of horses. The groom will therefore have particular knowledge of the needs of both the ponies and the player. Good grooms are highly respected and can contribute hugely to the success of a player. (b) The act of transferring the dirt from a horse to the individual grooming it.
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H A N D I C A P : The comparative rating of polo players awarded by the USPA. Handicaps are expressed in goals (to describe a player’s value to the team, not the number of goals he is expected to score,) and range from the beginner’s minus 2 to the best possible 10 goals. Player’s handicaps are added together to calculate a team handicap that is used to equalize competition. The difference in goals between two teams is awarded to the lower rated team before play begins. HANDS:
The unit of measurement for the height of a horse, one hand equals about four inches.
H I G H G OA L : Teams with total handicaps from 18 to 26
H I T - I N : A hit-in takes place when the ball goes over the back line, wide of the goal mouth. The defending team hits the ball back into play from the back line. This gives the defending team a free hit and can often change the momentum of play.
LOW G OA L : Teams with a total handicap of less than 8
M A D E P O N Y: A pony that is well trained for polo and has been playing for some time. M A L L E T: The instrument used to move the ball. Although fiberglass has been used in construction, the shaft is most often made of bamboo. The ball is hit with the side of the hardwood head. Mallets range from 48” to 54” and are selected depending on the size of the pony. M E D I U M G OA L :
Teams with a total handicap of 8-14
M Y L I N E : Words often shouted by a player to an opponent to indicate that (in his opinion) he has right of way to the ball. NEAR SIDE:
I J K N L O H O O K : One of the two defensive maneuvers allowed in the rules- the other is the ride-off. The mallet is used to block or interfere with another player’s swing at the ball although it must be used in an approved manner. Unsafe hooking or hitting into a pony is a foul. I N T E RVA L S : Three minute long rest periods between chukkas. Half time is ten minutes.
I RO N S / S T I R RU P S : Steel loops to support the rider’s feet, often with a wide flat base to provide more stability while standing to make a shot. J U D G E S / F L AG G E R S : Goal judges are positioned
behind each set of goal posts to observe and signal when a goal has been scored. A red flag waved in the air signals a goal; waved below the waist it indicates no goal.
K N O C K - I N : Should a team, in an offensive drive, hit the ball across the opponent’s back line, the defending team resumes the game with a free hit from their back line.
The left side of a horse.
NEAR SIDE S H OT: A ball hit
on the left side of the horse, players must hold the mallet in their right hand regardless of which side of the horse they hit from.
N E C K S H OT:
A ball is hit under the horse’s neck from either side.
O F F S I D E : The right side of the horse. The rules state that you must play right handed.
OUT OF B O U N D S : When the ball is hit over the sidelines, it is out
L E AV E I T: A player who feels he or she is in a better position to strike the ball will tell the teammate who is about to hit to “leave it” indicating that he should not touch the ball, but instead continue up the field for a pass.
of bounds. The clock continues to run. Teams line up at that spot and the ball is thrown in by the umpires. Deliberately hitting the ball out in the closing seconds of a match can be an excellent strategic play.
L I N E O F T H E B A L L : The imaginary line created by the ball in its sometimes capricious travels. The line of the ball may not be crossed or infringed except in special circumstances. This is the pivotal concept on which many fouls and infractions are based - the interpretation of the line of the ball is usually what the umpires are discussing after they have blown a foul whistle.
PAT RO N : The individual who pays to put a team together, usually hiring professional players. Often the team will be named after the Patron’s company.
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PE N A LT I E S : Fouls result in penalties being awarded to the offended team. The degree of the penalty is determined by the seriousness of the infraction committed. Designated from 1 through 6, penalties usually involve a shot on goal from a predetermined spot with the clock stopped. 1: An automatic goal. 2. A free hit from 30 yards to an undefended goal. 3: A free hit from 40 yards to an undefended goal. 4: A free hit from 60 yards to a defended goal. 5: A free hit from the point of the infraction or midfield. 6: Safety. (see below)
P O N I E S : Although termed ‘ponies’ they are in fact horses ie, above the 14.2 hands height of a normally defined pony. Most are of the Argentinean Criollo breed or pure or cross thoroughbreds. Their main qualities are speed and stamina; the ability to accelerate, stop and turn quickly; and temperaments that are amenable to the rigors of the game. There is no height limit for the ponies, although most are between 15 and 15.3 hands. Players admit that the pony can account for as much as 80 percent of their overall performance.
R E F E R E E O R T H I R D M A N : The referee positioned off the field, and has the final word if the two umpires disagree. R I D E O F F : Similar in concept to a body-check in hockey, a ride-off is used to interfere with an opposing player by moving him off the line of the ball or spoiling his shot. While dramatic, ride-offs do not endanger the horses because they must be made at similar speeds and safe angles.
R I N G E R : An under-rated player, usually hired because he plays above his rating. S A F E T Y: Penalty 6. When a defending player hits the ball across his own back line, the other team is awarded a free hit 60 yards from the back line with the ball placed at the same distance from the sideline as where it went out.
S E N T O F F : When an umpire sends a player off (signified by waving a red flag) the offending player may not return to the field, nor may he be replaced. His team must play the duration of the game short handed. S PA R E : A fully tacked up pony held on the sidelines so that a player can make a fast change from his tired mount to a fresh one. S P O N S O R : An individual or corporation of whom acts as a Tournament Sponsor. In consideration of a monetary contribution, the sponsor receives in return enormous recognition and exposure through the advertising of their corporation’s goods and services
No. 1: The most offensive player. This is similar to the forward position in hockey or soccer. This player should be an accurate hitter, but need not necessarily hit a long ball. No. 2: Primarily an offensive player but also responsible for defence, interchanging with the number 3 player. The number 2 player is often the second-highest rated player on the team.
No. 3: The quarterback and play maker. The “3” is usually the highest rated and most experienced player. This player must be able to hit a long ball accurately but be capable of close-in stick work and ball control. No 4: The back. This is a defensive position. However, a good back must be able to not only hit a good backshot, but to turn the play from defensive to offensive in a flash The number 4 player is the last line of defense.
QU E A S Y:
The feeling a player has just before a big game or
a bad fall.
QU I RT:
A short, thin whip.
A term for a player’s stable of ponies in work.
S U D D E N D E AT H : In the event of a tie score at the end of the last chukker, there will be a five minute intermission to allow the players to catch their breath and get a fresh mount before beginning a “sudden death” chukker in which the first team to score wins the match.
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T TAC K :
The equipment used on a pony.
TA I L S H OT:
A ball hit behind, or under the horseâ€™s
TA K E H I M O U T: An order (not an invitation) from a teammate to ride off an opponent and drive him away from the play.
U V W XY Z
T H ROW I N : The game begins with a throw-in where the umpire tosses the ball in between the lined up teams. T I M E - O U T:
An umpire calls time-out when a foul is committed, an accident occurs, or at his own discretion. A player may only call time-out if he has broken tack or is injured. No time-out is allowed for changing horses or replacing a broken mallet, although a player may do so at any time.
These are the on-field officials. Mounted on ponies so that they may follow the play, the umpires are identified by their black and white vertically striped shirts. Most polo umpires are active players, and while officiating they are responsible for enforcing the rules and keeping proper control of players and teams.
U S PA : United States Polo Association. Visit the U.S. governing body of polo at http://www.uspolo.org. V E T:
A veterinarian, or horse doctor.
V I C TO RY:
The result coveted by every player on the
The protective bandages the ponies wear on their
Regulation white breeches or jeans are traditional for tournament play.
X - R AY:
A frequent procedure undergone by players and grooms alike. Also available to ponies.
Words shouted by players to a teammate indicating that he, rather than an opponent, has the right of way to the ball.
Z E N : A relaxed, focused and centered state of being much sought after but rarely achieved by players.
ZO N E : The area around the field that is out of bounds for the spectators during play.
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