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Table of Contents 2013

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Welcome to Polo Executive Message Salute to Sponsors Tournament & Events Calendar Facilites Map Calgary Polo & Riding Academy v

Polo at a Glance Player and Pony Gear Winner's Circle 2012 Canada's Best Social Gallery Annual Awards 2012 Club League Women's Heart Cup Junior Polo Action on the Field Meet the Players Ranch House & Corporate Members


y r a g l Ca You are invited to the First Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Canada. Join us for an event that encapsulates the traditions of the polo sport, combined with the strength and power of outstanding horses and their highly skilled and adept riders. The Veuve Clicquot Calgary Polo Classic invites Calgarians, celebs and socialites to indulge in a day of polo, stargazing and French Champagne. Guests are encouraged to dress chic and glamorous! CALGARY POLO CLUB SUNDAY AUGUST 11TH, 2013 11AM - 5PM GENERAL ADMISSION

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EXPERIENCE SUNDAY POLO! July & August, Sundays at 2pm Spend Sunday afternoons at the Calgary Polo Club this July and August enjoying fast-paced, world-class polo matches! Admission is free – bring your family and friends for an afternoon of inspiring athleticism and horsemanship. Everyone is welcome!

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Welcome to Polo

‌Your polo journey begins here!


olo is one of the most ancient sports in the world, tracing its roots thousands of years back to Persia. Established in 1890, the Calgary Polo Club is the oldest club in Canada. Each summer season, the club hosts local and international players, making it THE destination for polo in Western Canada. We are keen to welcome visitors and guests to our outstanding facility, whether it is on the sidelines, on the field, or at an elegant event in the Ranch House. To get you up-to-speed on this high-speed sport and the polo lifestyle, here is your essential guide.

The people Calgary Polo is known internationally as an accessible and friendly club that caters to players and spectators alike. There are many social events throughout the year where visitors and guests can meet players, sponsors, members and other polo and equine enthusiasts. Social highlights for 2013 include the Wild Game Dinner, Stampede Dinner, Lobster Night, Italian Night, and the President’s Ball. See the schedule on page 19 for dates, and pictures of last year’s events starting on page 44.

The game Polo is played over 4 to 6 chukkers, or periods of play. There are 4 players per team. Games extend anywhere from 1 to 2 hours and promise to deliver heart-stopping action, inspiring horsemanship and impressive athleticism. For more information about the game see Polo at a Glance on page 25.

The ponies Each player brings their own “string” of ponies to the field. Ponies are largely thoroughbreds that have undergone years of professional training. Many ponies understand the game, and players often admit that their success on the field is up to 80% pony talent, 20% player determination. For a quick lesson in player and pony gear, see page 28.

Contact our friendly staff (page 14) with any questions, or visit for more information about the sport of polo. We are keen to share details on tournaments, sponsorships, events, directions, the Calgary Polo & Riding Academy, and facility rentals.

The passion

Calgary Polo Club Phone: 403-938-0182 Fax: 403-938-8205 Email: 306002-24 Street West, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A2 Mailing address: Box 17, Site 9, RR2, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A2

Almost everyone who tries polo becomes addicted to the sport! The best place to begin your polo career is in the Calgary Polo & Riding Academy. After learning swing mechanics on the back of “Woody,” the wooden hitting cage mount, players hit the field to learn the game in a safe and friendly environment. Players range from 8 to 80 years old, and no experience is required to enroll! See page 23 for more information.


Executive Message 2013


n behalf of the Calgary Polo Club, we would like to welcome you to the 2013 polo season. The Calgary Polo Club looks forward to hosting and celebrating another exciting year of polo in Alberta, and welcoming new and returning sponsors, members, players, social members, visitors, and spectators to the “Sport of Kings.”

The Calgary Polo Club Executive and Staff are committed to making the 2013 season a huge success. The Executive is proudly made up of: Anne Evamy, President; Rob Foster, Secretary; Pat Powell, Director; Richard Cote, Social Director; Bill Lloyd, Treasurer; John Rooney, Chairman; and Cam Clark, Past President. Our returning Polo Manager, Rob Roenisch, brings years of polo management experience to the Calgary Polo Club. Sue Bird continues her important role as Administration and Events Manager, and Tim Mills brings his vast knowledge of polo fields, grounds and amenities as the polo club’s Facilities Manager. Kyle Fargey returns as Director of the Calgary Polo & Riding Academy, providing individual and group lessons, and special clinics for the next generation of players. James a’Court will be coordinating the Club League and new marketing initiatives throughout the season. We are grateful for the ongoing support of many generous sponsors for the 2013 season, including: After Eight Interiors, Bonnett’s Energy Services, Gordon W. Ross Remax, Royal Bank of Canada – RBC, Veuve Clicquot – Charton Hobbs, and Triangle Steel Ltd. We look forward to hosting a series of exciting polo and social events throughout this season, in partnership with these important corporate partners. The Calgary Polo Club’s location, just 10 minutes south of Calgary and 10 minutes northwest of Okotoks, makes it the ideal getaway for a variety of tournaments and social events. The club boasts 200 acres of land with eight full-sized playing fields, an outdoor polo arena and a hitting cage. The elevated berm running along the Lilac, Ranch House and Centre fields is the perfect place for spectating and tailgating. The Calgary Polo Club Cantina is a great place for a casual BBQ and the Ranch House hosts regular club functions and is also available for private events. We are pleased to welcome the Ranchmen’s Club back as the official caterer at the Ranch House for the 2013 season. We welcome all Ranchmen’s Club members to enjoy dinners at our location. For 2013, we are offering a range of polo including Junior Polo, Club Chukker League, 4-6 Goal Tournament League, invitational weekend tournaments, and international high-goal match games. Spectators are welcome to attend games free of charge. For more information about our summer season, to learn more about the sport of polo, or to schedule an event at our beautiful facility, please visit the Calgary Polo Club website at, or call the polo office at (403) 938-0182. Again, a huge welcome to all members, visitors and guests, and good luck to all players and teams in 2013!


Sincerely, The Calgary Polo Club Board of Directors Anne Evamy • Rob Foster • Pat Powell • Richard Cote • Bill Lloyd • John Rooney• Cam Clark


Polo Manager Rob Roenisch Phone: 403-975-9002

Administration and Events Manager Sue Bird Phone: 403-938-0182

Director of Calgary Polo & Riding Academy Kyle Fargey Phone: 403-998-7260


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Facilities Manager Tim Mills Phone: 403-875-7210

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Tournaments & social events

June Dan Colhoun Arena Trophy

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July Big Rock Trophy 4-6 Goal Gilgit Trophy

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Ranch House Events Wild Game Dinner, Ranchmen’s Club

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Whether you are a seasoned rider or player, or a determined athlete looking for an exciting new sport, the Calgary Polo & Riding Academy can teach you the skills, rules, mechanics, and strategies of the game. Individual and group lessons are customized according to your riding experience, level of play, and comfort level.

The sport of polo is very addictive—after only one game, you can become hooked for life! —Kyle Fargey

The Calgary Polo & Riding Academy offers: • Introductory polo clinics • Horses and equipment • Private and group lessons • Corporate challenges • Hitting cage and foot mallet polo • Coaching League • Video review and analysis of swing mechanics and games • Beginner and intermediate riding lessons

Kyle Fargey is a 3-goal professional player who serves as the Director of the Calgary Polo & Riding Academy in Alberta, and the Eldorado Polo & Riding Academy in Indio, California. Kyle played for Team Canada at the FIP World Cup in Mexico City in 2008, and has also played polo in England, Africa, and China.


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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 2008 Cdn. High School Bull Riding Champion • 2009 BCRA Bull Riding Champion • 2010 CPRA Rookie of the Year • 2010 Pro Rodeo Permit Holder of the Year • 2012 CPRA Bull Riding Season Leader • 2012 PBR Cdn. Finals Champion • 2012 Tour Finals Champion • Two-time Cdn. Finals Rodeo Qualifier • Three-time Cdn. PBR Finals Qualifier • Three-time Calgary Stampede Competitor • PBR World Finals Qualifier (Las Vegas)

Polo at a Glance Â

Near-side Players mount and dismount on the left-hand side of the horse. It is referred to as the near-side as it is the side nearest to the player as they get on and off their pony. When a player hits the ball on the left-hand side of the horse, it is referred to as a near-side front shot or a nearside back shot.

Player positions Team strategies are closely linked to player positions on the field, as designated by numbers one to four displayed on team jerseys. Player One assumes offensive duties on the field and focuses on neutralizing the opposing team’s Player Four. Player Two is the mover and the shaker, a transition player who backs up Player One, and aggressively seeks to move the ball upfield. Player Three is the quarterback, focusing on game strategy, field advantage, and moving the ball. This player is often the highest rated player on the team. Finally, Player Four is primarily defense, responsible for guarding the goal.

Off-side The right-hand side of the horse. A player can hit an offside front shot or an off-side back shot on the right-hand side of the horse. All polo players must carry the mallet in their right hand; left-handed play is not allowed.


Ride-off (or bump) A defensive move in which two ponies and players make contact and “bump” shoulders. The objective of a rideoff is to prevent an opposing player from taking a shot or to drive the player off 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, or “line.” 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.

Neck Shot A player uses the flexibility of the bamboo mallet shaft to hit the ball under the horse’s neck.

Hook In this defensive technique, a player uses his or her mallet to interfere with an opponent’s swing.


Sideboards A polo field is 300 yards long by 150 yards wide (slightly larger than nine football fields!). Sideboards, usually made of wood, run lengthwise down the sides of the fields, to help keep the ball in play. Players and ponies can be outside of the sideboards during the course of the game; play continues as long as the ball remains within the parameters of the polo field.

Chukker A period of play in polo. There are four chukkers in low-goal games and six chukkers in high-goal games in regulation outdoor polo. Each chukker is seven-anda-half minutes long, and players have four minutes between each chukker to change horses. A half-time break takes place after the second or third chukker, allowing players to rest and prepare for the second half of the game.

Handicap (also, goal rating) A player’s handicap is a rating between -2 (or C) and 10. A rating committee decides the handicap of each player based on playing ability, horsemanship, team play, horses, and knowledge of the game. The handicap of a team is the sum total rating of all of its players, and the final score of a match is adjusted according to discrepancies in the two teams’ handicaps. North American players’ handicaps are updated and published by the United States Polo Association twice a year.

Umpire Two mounted officials are on the field ensuring safety and enforcing rules. In case of disagreement, a sideline referee (called the Third Man) has the final say. Each infraction of the rules of play is given a rating between one and nine by the umpire, with the severity of the infraction determining the level of penalty awarded, and the placement and conditions of a free hit.


Player and Pony gear

| A series of leather strapping, a metal or | Hard-surfaced, cushioned protection for 1 Bridle 5 Helmet copper bit, and supports to provide the player control the player’s head from swinging mallets and racing in maneuvering and stopping the pony.

polo balls. Face guards can be attached for extra protection.

| Leather strapping that crosses the 2 Breastplate pony's chest and prevents the saddle from slipping

Pads | Protection for the player’s knees during 6 Knee play, especially during ride offs (or “bumping”).

backwards during the game.

Reins | Attached to the bit and the saddle, 3 Draw these reins enhance control over the pony.

| A flexible shaft and hardwood head, ranging 7 Mallet in length from 49 to 54 inches, depending on the size

of the horse. A player uses the side of the mallet head to hit the polo ball.

| A leather and elastic strap that fits behind 4 Girth the pony’s front legs and secures on each side of the

| A leather strap that runs from the girth 8 Martingale to the bridle, under the pony’s neck, that helps to

saddle to hold it securely in place.

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Tail | Ponies’ tails are braided and secured to Mane | Ponies’ manes are clipped to 9 Plaited 13 Roached avoid getting tangled in mallets during the game. eliminate interference with players’ reins during Ball | A polo ball is made of solid hard plastic 10 Polo and measures 3 to 3-1/2 inches in diameter. Bandages | Commonly referred to as “polo 11 Polo wraps,” these lower leg bandages support the pony’s

legs and provide protection for tendons against contact with mallets, polo balls and other ponies’ legs.

Pony | Thoroughbreds, or part thoroughbred 12 Polo and part quarter horse, are selected and trained for polo based on their agility, speed, endurance, and intelligence.

the game.

| Fitted and secured closely to the horse’s 14 Saddle back and withers, saddles are relatively flat and have little padding under the leg, allowing for maximum movement.

Iron | A metal frame that holds the player’s 15 Stirrup foot. The irons are attached to each side of the saddle by a long strap of leather (the stirrup leather).

Boots | Protection for the pony’s legs from 16 Tendon contact with other ponies, mallets, and the ball.


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Osler Cup Winners | Northern Blizzard Fergus Gould, Horacio Onetto, Juan Curbelo, John Rooney Presented by Pam Somers, RBC Runners-Up | Alegria Julian Mannix, Joe Henderson, Marcelo Abbiati, Alan Martinez

Heart Cup (A Flight) Winners | Coldwell Banker / Rocky Mountain Ranch Dayelle Fargey, Madelyn Cobb, Ruth Peters, Catherine Hartley Presented by Hershell & Lyn Cobb Runners-Up | Black Diamond Polo Amy Gace, Jessica Schneider, Alide Vermaak, Cheryl Schindel


Heart Cup (B Flight) Winners | The Shooting Edge Jessie Reeske, Megan Kozminski, Tiffany Burns, Eileen Duffy, Delfina Abbiati Presented by Don & Carol Pennycook Runners-Up | Identity Candice Crosby, Stephanie Davidson, Andrea Douglas, Kendal Day, Natasha Ellison

Chipman Cup Winners | South Africa Catherine Hartley, Alide Vermaak, Amy Gace, Kate Holmes Runners-Up | Calgary Cathy Butler, Anne Evamy, Jessica Schneider, Ruth Peters

Big Rock Trophy Winners | Gordon W. Ross Remax Gordon W. Ross, Nacho Varela, Juan Curbelo, Richard Cote Presented by Dorys Gagne Runners-Up | Thermal Reg Whyte, Fergus Gould, Dayelle Fargey, Greg Schindel


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Mountbatten Plate Winners | Gordon W. Ross Remax Gordon W. Ross, Juan Curbelo, Nacho Varela, John Tasdemir Presented by Triangle Steel Runners-Up | Land Rover Calgary Mitch Horne, Cole Horne, Marcelo Abbiati, Drew Luplow

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J.C. Palmer Memorial Winners | Northern Blizzard Joe Henderson, John Rooney, Scott M. Cunningham, Alyson Rooney Presented by Byron & Laura Palmer Runners-Up | Gordon W. Ross Remax Gordon W. Ross, Juan Curbelo, Nacho Varela, John Tasdemir


Fish Creek Cup Winners | Alegria Fergus Gould, Horacio Onetto, Juan Curbelo, Julian Mannix Presented by Jan & Gary Moore, After Eight Interiors Runners-Up | Northern Blizzard John Rooney, Joe Henderson, Marcelo Abbiati, Alan Martinez

Roenisch Memorial Trophy Winners | Thermal Reg Whyte, Fergus Gould, Dayelle Fargey, Cam Clark Presented by Julie Roenisch Runners-Up | Northern Blizzard John Rooney, Alyson Rooney, Joe Henderson, Scott M. Cunningham

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lberta-born Fred H. Mannix is the highest rated Canadian polo player and the first Canadian in 65 years to compete in the Argentine Triple Crown, the most prestigious series of polo tournaments in the world. The Calgary Polo Club is thrilled to welcome Fred to its fields for the 2013 polo season, and recently caught up with him to learn more about his exciting international career. What are your fondest memories of growing up in polo?  There was a great group of instructors at Eldorado Polo Club in California, and my father was really supportive and gave me some great ponies to play when I was young. I was very competitive and wanted to play against the big kids as soon as possible! When I was sixteen, I got to play for Canada in the Federation of International Polo World Cup Qualifier. We were the underdogs, but with great coaching and hard work, we beat the US team! I felt that we really earned the right to play in the World Cup Finals and it meant a lot for me to play for Canada. Did you always aspire be an international polo player? My aspirations and perspective on the game definitely evolved. I remember playing with Jeff Hall in California when he got the call to play in Florida with Memo Gracida. I realized then that polo existed far beyond the fields of Eldorado and I set my sights on the bigger picture. I was lucky to get to play in Florida shortly after that, and in 2005, I was invited to play in Argentina. This opened my eyes to a whole new level of polo and I realized that Argentina was where I wanted to really establish myself. Who have been your mentors in the sport? I would not be where I am without the help of so many players, friends and family. Julio Zavaleta played polo with my father for 17 years and he taught me some really important things about field tactics and sportsmanship. Joe Henderson taught me the mechanics of hitting the ball and helped me with game strategy. More recently, I have benefited from the advice of Clemente Zavaleta. He manages our string and breeding operation in Argentina and he understands my game so well: he helps me arrive to the field both mentally and physically ready to play.

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What do you consider your greatest polo accomplishment so far?  I qualified four times to play in the Argentine Open and this past season, I did not have to qualify in order to play. The Polo Association of Argentina raised my handicap to 8 goals, allowing me to play in the Open without having to play the qualifying tournaments. It was great to receive this recognition amongst the best players in the world. What is the most challenging aspect of the sport for you?  Being mounted to play at the highest level of the sport is very challenging. There are never any guarantees when it comes to your polo string; it is a combination of breeding, talent, training and care that allows a pony to reach its

full potential. I have made mistakes with ponies and I have come to appreciate how unique each pony is. Great ponies come in all shapes and sizes, but generally we aim to breed ponies that have great speed, stamina and agility. We also look towards temperament; the more calm and confident a horse is on the ground, the better it often performs in partnership with the player on the field. What advice would you offer to other players in the sport?  If you are a non-rider who is taking up the sport, spend as much time in the saddle as possible. Many beginners are so anxious to hit the ball, that they overlook the importance of proper riding skills. As for experienced riders coming to the sport, I suggest that they continually look for ways to improve their game. Stick and ball as much as possible and always seek out advice on your game and swing from professionals. Try to take something away from every practice session and game that you play.


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above | 1 Kimo Cup team of Francisco DeJesus, Andres Felix, Tiffany Burns, and Lacey Winterton | 2 Reg Whyte hits the Lilac Field | 3 Brittany Wise plays for Tekarra in the Heart Cup | 4 The women’s team from South Africa in Smithbilt Stampede hats | 5 Juan Curbelo and Fergus Gould shake hands after an exciting high-goal match game | 6 Richard Cote brings his A-game for the Big Rock Cup final | 7 Reg Whyte, Fergus Gould, and Dayelle Fargey finalize a win in the Roenisch Memorial | 8 Kimo Cup Mercari Team of Deidre Lake, Lee Pettigrew, Eileen Duffy, and Megan Kozminski | 9 Junior polo players have a blast in the wind-up tournament



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above | 1 Bev Jarvis and Bill Lloyd | 2 Rob and Jennifer Foster | 3 Sheila Lammiman, Catherine Evamy, Rick Stelmachuk, Anne Evamy, and Geoff Evamy Hill | 4 Richard Cote and Gordon W. Ross | 5 Sam and Graham Mitchell | 6 Vanessa Mannix and Carla Diewart | 7 Paula, Donna, Veronica, John, and Alyson Rooney | 8 Hollis, Horacio, Delores, and Inez Onetto | 9 Virginia Smith, Andrew Kondi, Bonnie O’Neill and Jaime Janko | 10 Chris Fochuk and Leah Androkovich opposite | 11 Li-Anne and Julian Mannix | 12 Daniel Roenisch and Sara Inkster | 13 Anne Evamy presents Marie Gonneville of Charton Hobbs with a sponsor prize | 14 Dorys Gagne and Doak Horne








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above | 1 Polo Manager Rob Roenisch on the sidelines | 2 Rob Foster heals on horseback | 3 Deidre Lake takes in the games | 4 Bev Jarvis and Julie Roenisch tailgating at the J.C. Palmer Memorial final | 5 Don Powell and Richard Cote share polo injuries fieldside | 6 Women’s team of Jessie Reeske, Delfina Abbiati, Eileen Duffy, Megan Kozminski, and Tiffany Burns celebrate with Heather Dofoo of The Shooting Edge | 7 Fred P. Mannix with Cam Clark take in the Mountbatten Plate Match Game | 8 Cathy, Jessie and Levi Butler at the Heart Cup tournament



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above | 1 Cathy Butler and Brittany Wise at the Stampede Party | 2 Natasha Ellison and Jenn Bohn win Coaching League prizes | 3 Veronica, Alyson, and Paula Rooney with friends at the Fish Creek Cup | 4 Gary and Jan Moore of After Eight Interiors kick off the Fish Creek Cup Match Game | 5 Junior Polo Camp pyramid! | 6 Anne Evamy presents Pam Somers of RBC with a sponsor gift | 7 Julian Mannix, Stephanie Clark, and guests at Lobster Night | 8 Madelyn Cobb, John Tasdemir, and Dayelle Fargey at the Stampede Party | 9 DK and Dorothy Ladell with Steve Benedictson and guests at the Mountbatten Plate Match Game | 10 Julie Roenisch, Sue Stanbury, Kim Garsed, and Fergus Gould at Lobster Night













above | 11 Kyle Fargey, Frank Galdon, Andrea Douglas, and Candice Crosby | 12 TJ and Kendal Day with Emma Tooth at the Stampede Party | 13 George Dill with Sue Bird at opening weekend | 14 Marcelo and Delfina Abbiati at the Heart Cup | 15 James a’Court and Derek Dalton | 16 Scott and Byron Palmer and friends at the Ranch House | 17 Megan Kozminski and Jodi McCulley at the Junior Polo Camp Wind Up | 18 Shannon Powell and Susan Abbiati with the fiddling fisherman at Lobster Night | 19 Calgary Opera Singers Natalie Fagnan and Michelle Minke | 20 Richard Cote and guests at the Calgary Opera Ranch House event



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Calgary Polo Awards 2012


Groom of the Year

Most Improved Player


Juan Curbelo presented by Darcia M. Siryjenko

Manuel Rios Rodriguez presented by Anne Evamy

Rick Stelmachuk presented by Anne Evamy

Nacho Varela presented by Anne Evamy

In recognition of the player who displays exemplary skills in attaining the highest level of performance from each mount.

In recognition of outstanding skills and dedication in the care of performance polo horses.

In recognition of the player who exhibits athletic improvement, dedication, and integrity in all aspects of the game.

In recognition of the player who exemplifies the characteristics of sportsmanship inherent to the sport of polo.

Rookie of the Year

Most Valuable Player

Player of the Season

Richard Cote presented by Anne Evamy and Gordon W. Ross

Dayelle Fargey presented by Anne Evamy and Gordon W. Ross

Fergus Gould, Juan Curbelo

In recognition of the player who exhibits promising horsemanship and polo skills throughout the season.

In recognition of the player who consistently contributes to the achievements of his or her team throughout the polo season.

In recognition of the player(s) who competed throughout the season to win the most games at the highgoal level.


Alfred & Phyllis Balm POLO A CH I E V E M E N T TROPHY

This trophy is presented annually to a junior or novice polo player who exhibits enthusiasm and dedication to the sport of polo. The Calgary Polo Club Junior polo program is generously supported by Alfred & Phyllis Balm.



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The Ranch House is available for booking May through October Contact Sue Bird at the Calgary Polo Club for additional information: sue.bird@calgary (403) 938-0182

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he Club League at the Calgary Polo Club is a fun and competitive low-goal league. You can drop in for a weekend tournament or participate throughout the season! Whether you are new to polo and developing your string or you are a seasoned veteran looking to participate in recreational polo that is also competitive, the Club League is for you!

Many of the current players in the Club League are alumni of the Calgary Polo & Riding Academy. Each team is assigned a professional player who transitions plays and helps Club League players with their game. Running mid-June through mid-September, the Club League is held Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Monthly Club League tournaments are held and players have a chance to compete for the Gilgit Trophy, Hull Cup and Rocky Mountain Cup. For more information on participating in, or supporting, the Calgary Polo Club League, Contact James a’Court at 403-616-4454.

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opposite | 1 Tom LeBoldus carries the ball downfield in the Rocky Mountain Cup | 2 Barry Siebel takes a neck shot to goal in the Kimo Cup | 3 Deidre Lake on the ball for Cam Clark Ford | 4 Tekarra team ringer Jennifer Foster | 5 Brittany Wise marks Chris Fochuk in the Hull Cup final | 6 Jonathon Gonzales goes to goal | 7 Rick Stelmachuk goes to Fergus Gould in the Hull Cup



Gilgit Cup Winners | Fochuk’s Corner Cole Horne, Chris Fochuk, Megan Kozminski, Barry Siebel, Tom LeBoldus, Jennifer Foster Runners-Up | Wise Divas Deidre Lake, Rick Stelmachuk, Brittany Wise, Waylon Wise, Mitch Horne

Hull Cup Winners | Wise Vets Waylon Wise, Drew Luplow, Brittany Wise, Dayelle Fargey, Barry Siebel Runners-Up | Horacio Onetto, Jessie Reeske, Kim Garsed, Chris Fochuk, Saad Hasan

Kimo Cup A Flight Winners | Rick’s Identity Rick Stelmachuk, Jessie Reeske, Kim Garsed, Jonathon Gonzales Kimo Cup B Flight | Team CPC Carlos Rodriguez, Frank Galdon, Sara Inkster, Andrea Douglas, Emma Tooth, Kelli Fry

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he Calgary Polo Club has hosted the Heart Cup Women’s Polo Tournament for the past several seasons, inviting both local and international women to share in great summer polo. In 2012, a group of very special visitors participated in the Heart Cup: a team of four talented players from South Africa. South African players Amy Gace, Alida Vermaak, Kate Holmes, and Catherine Hartley joined more than 20 other Canadian and American women players, to make the 2012 Heart Cup a truly international affair!

Ruth Peters, and Jessica Schneider. The strong talent of the South African team led them to a commanding victory, and the exciting game highlighted the unique camaraderie, sportsmanship, and competition that is distinct to women’s polo today. In May of 2013, the Calgary women’s team headed to South Africa, keen to tour the region and experience polo graciously hosted by the South African team.

Six teams competed over the course of the weekend tournament. In the A flight, the Coldwell Banker/Rocky Mountain Ranch, DC Bank, and Black Diamond teams battled for the cup. The Coldwell Banker team of Dayelle Fargey, Madelyn Cobb, Ruth Peters, and Catherine Hartley were victorious, with Madelyn Cobb also taking Best Playing Pony honours for Lemonicello, a pony owned by Dayelle Fargey. MVP in the A flight was awarded to Amy Gace and the Sportsmanship Award went to Cathy Butler. The Shooting Edge, Identity and Pink Velvet teams took to the fields in the B flight, with The Shooting Edge team of Megan Kozminski, Eileen Duffy, Jessie Reeske, Delfina Abbiati, and Tiffany Burns narrowly taking the win. MVP in the B flight went to Tekarra’s Brittany Wise, Sportsmanship went to Emma Tooth, and the Best Playing Pony award was given to Flurry, played by Candice Crosby. The weekend of women’s polo culminated in a match game between the visiting South African women’s team and Calgary amateur players Anne Evamy, Cathy Butler,


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3 above & left | 1 Chris Fochuk in the J.B. Cross Cup | 2 John Tasdemir goes to goal for the Gordon W. Ross Remax team | 3 Cole Horne plays for the Land Rover Calgary team | 4 Pat Powell carries the ball down the Lilac field | 5 Rob Foster for Tekarra/Black Watch | 6 Alyson Rooney for Northern Blizzard | 7 Gordon W. Ross plays high-goal polo



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POLO – THE SPORT OF KINGS Growing from its origins in Persia, polo is now an active sport in 77 countries. It is sometimes called “The Sport of Kings” as it was typically played only by nobility in early times. Its exclusivity was due in part to the expensive nature of the game, but its popularity continues to grow. Polo was introduced in the Summer Olympics at the 1900 Games. It was contested in another four Olympiads before being removed after the 1936 Summer Olympics. Although polo was no longer included as an Olympic sport, in 1998 the International Olympic Committee recognized it as a sport with a bona fide international governing body, the Federation of International Polo, which holds the World Polo Championship every three years. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has an amazing collection of artifacts and historical photographs of polo and many other sports. One outstanding artifact is the Grenfell Polo Challenge Cup, pictured here. The Cup is a copy of the Warwick Vase. It was presented by Mr. Arthur Grenfell of England’s Ranlagh Polo Grounds in 1910 to promote polo in Canada. It is emblematic of the Canadian Polo Championship, awarded annually from 1910 to 1939. Previously located in Toronto, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame moved to Canada Grenfell Polo Challenge Cup, donated Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta in 2011. to collection by Hartland MacDougall The award winning 40,000 square foot facility features 12 galleries and over 50 hands-on interactive exhibits. A visit to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is to view, feel, hear and experience Honoured Members’ magical moments, images, celebrations and treasured artifacts.

Team of 6 players, 3 men & 3 women, taken in 1948. Credit Toronto Star.

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X981.914.5.10: The Toronto Polo Club from 1937. Credit Toronto Star.

The players 2013

Marcelo Abbiati



Tomas Collingwood

Kendal Day

Kyle Fargey

Kim Garsed

Cole Horne





James a’Court

Richard Cote

Andrea Douglas

Chris Fochuk






Jonathon Gonzales

Sara Inkster


Tiffany Burns

Candice Crosby

Eileen Duffy

Rob Foster

Joe Henderson

Mike Kerley








Cathy Butler



Scott M. Cunningham

Anne Evamy

Jennifer Foster

Doak Horne

James Kidd






Cam Clark


Juan Curbelo


Dayelle Fargey

Frank Galdon

Mitch Horne




Megan Kozminski

Deidre Lake

Fred H. Mannix

Tomas Pieres





John Rooney

Barry Siebel

Mariano Uranga



Tom LeBoldus

Ron Mathison




Pat Powell

Donna Rooney



Darcia M. Siryjenko

Reg Whyte



Nicolas Llambias


Juan Martin Obregon

Manuel Rios

Gordon W. Ross




Richard Stelmachuk

Brittany Wise




Bill Lloyd

Pedro Orellana

Daniel Roenisch

Cheryl Schindel





John Tasdemir

Waylon Wise


Julian Mannix

Scott Palmer

Alyson Rooney

Greg Schindel

Emma Tooth






Ranch House Members

Marcelo & Susan Abbiati James a’Court Julie Adair Rowney Terry & Joan Allwarden R. William (Bill) Andrew Lynn Arsenault Alfred & Phyllis Balm Lisa Benitz Sue Bird Heather Braund Kim Brinkhaus Monica & Steve Brown Tiffany Burns Cathy Butler Allan & Heather Chatenay Cam Clark Ann E. Clipstone Tomas Collingwood Triss Cooper J.R. & Linda Cox Candice Crosby Scott & Laurie Cunningham Scott M. Cunningham Juan Curbelo Kendal & TJ Day Carri Daye Andrea Douglas Eileen Duffy Harris & Lynnette Dvorkin Maureen Eberts Ron Ellard Natasha Ellison Anne Evamy & Rick Stelmachuk

Dayelle Fargey Kyle Fargey & Megan Kozminski Chris Fochuk & Leah Androkovich Rob & Jennifer Foster Doug Fraser Frank Galdon Kim Garsed Marguerite Ginn Jonathon Gonzales T.J. (Jake) Harp Joe Henderson Cole Horne Doak Horne & Dorys Gagne Mitch Horne Paul & Bev Hughes Jaime Janko Bill & Barb Jones Michael Kaumeyer Mike & Kerri Kerley James Kidd Andrew B. Kondi Deidre Lake Nicolas Llambias Bill Lloyd & Bev Jarvis Tom & Laurina LeBoldus Bruce MacKenzie Fred H. Mannix & Kelsea Forzani-Mannix Fred P. & Li-Anne Mannix Julian Mannix Ron Mathison Ken & Gaye McLennan Ed & Linda McNally Tim Mills & Karen Rawlyk

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