Debbie and Alan Nash hosted a polo fundraiser on July 8 for Wounded Warriors Family Support at their farm outsideWarrenton,Virginia. The fundraiser attracted a good crowd for the polo match, postponed by high winds and heavy rain; but the party relocated to the barns for the pig roast and spirited socializing. Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, Ski Johnson performed.
American Polo player Nic Roldan’s stunning good looks are being noticed. Sidelines did a story on Nic and his polo accomplishments in the August issue (page 8) and now the New York Times has followed suit. Nic is truly an ambassador for the sport of polo!
Catherine Connor (daughter of longtime Gulfstream Polo Club manager Marla Connor) married John Zacharidis. Catherine recently wrote an article for Sidelines about the Gracida family. (August issue, page 52)
Rumor mill says Zacara polo manager Matthew Gonzales also tied the knot in a small ceremony in California.
The United States Polo Association’s Team USPA program is making waves all over the country! From clinics inSheridan,Wyoming with Hall of Fame inductees to members playing (and winning) tournaments inCalifornia,Texas andNew York, seems like the future of polo is in good hands! They are even entering a Team USPA team in the fall 8 goal series inHouston. For updates, “like” the Team USPA page on Facebook.
The only current 10 goal arena player, Tommy Biddle, captained his team to a win in the National Arena Open Championship held at Country Farms Polo Club on Long Island. Tommy faced off against Nacho Figueras. Tommy’s horse Mufasa (previously featured in Sidelines) took best playing pony honors at 20 years old!
Tommy Biddle’s daughter, Lauren, was selected as part of theUSA 18 and under team which will travel toChina to compete against other nations.
New fields are under construction in Houston at both Cristi Payan and Chris Nevins’ farms inTexas, adding two more fields to the Houston Polo Club; the nation’s largest recognized club membership!
2012 is seeing the comeback of the Pacific Coast Arena League inCalifornia, a cooperative effort to boost summer polo at arena clubs all overSouthern California. One weekend hosted two 12 hour days of polo!
San Diego Polo Club hosted its first ever Chukkers For Charity event. For photos and results, visit www.sandiegopolo.com.
The summer 20 goal series is underway in Santa Barbara and awaiting the arrival of superstars Gonzalito Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso, as well as American Nic Roldan, who are all finishing playing engagements in England.
Also, Shane Winkler, former field’s manager and announcer for IPC, is taking over as the 2013 Chairman for the Sheridan Wyoming Rodeo.
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