Our condolences to Sidelines publisher Samantha Charles on the loss of her dachshund, Mojo, April 1998-June 2013. Samantha said, “It is with great sadness I say goodbye to my loyal companion of almost 16 years, Mojo. We had so many good years together and he started a legacy of “Mo’s” in my life. Mojo traveled the Sidelines trail with me and has seen so many changes in my life, it is difficult to let go when some little soul loves you so much and is so unconditionally loyal. But he will romp in greener pastures with a bunch of “our” best friends including Buddy! Thank you Mojo for gracing my life.”
Sidelines was saddened to learn that Trudy Peet passed away in April. Samantha Charles played polo with Trudy in Sun Valley about 15 years ago. She was a character of the biggest magnitude and well known on the horse show scene in Aspen and the polo circuit in the desert. She is survived by her dearest friend, Jerry Knapp, who continues to run her ranch in McLain Flats outside of Aspen, Colorado.
Scott Lancaster from St. Louis Polo Club and Polo Girls Society hosted a women’s polo tournament at the Blue Heron Polo Club with Mallet Hill vs. Little Creek Ranch. In the first chukker Mallet Hill lost a teammate to a snapped hamstring. Instead of forfeiting, Mallet Hill’s team captain Lybbie Lewis decided to forge on. Mallet Hill’s trio took on the Little Creek Ranch team which included mother Molly Sansone and 15-year-old daughter Ava Sansone. The struggle of being short a player wasn’t enough to hold Little Creek Ranch from taking the win over Mallet Hill. The match final score was 4 to 2.
The San Diego Polo Club (SDPC) will kick off the second half of its 27th summer polo season on Sunday, August 18th with the USPA Rossmore Cup and Aloha Sunday. SDPC is happy to be teaming up with ILoveMusubi.com for an island-inspired Sunday polo. Spectators will be treated to watching Hawaii’s own Kimo Huddleston, and Polo Pro at the San Diego Polo Club, perform an introduction to polo, featuring rules and hitting techniques. Kimo’s wife, Stephanie Huddleston, will perform a hula dance routine. Fans are encouraged to stick around to enjoy the seventh Chukker After Party featuring Kieljhon of Ezzrah.
Unveiling a newly renovated backdrop for fast-paced high goal polo, Two Trees Farm is once again hosting the 17th season of the Bridgehampton Polo Club. It was a model opening day, as supermodel Christie Brinkley tossed the coin before Peter Brant’s White Birch team took on Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas. For six consecutive Saturdays, from July 20th through August 24th, fans will descend upon the world-famous polo grounds to enjoy great polo, celebrity watching and a fun family day.
The oldest rivalry in U.S. polo is coming to national television. NBC Sports will broadcast the action from the 2013 Westchester Cup on Sunday, Aug. 11th at 4:00 p.m. The broadcast exemplifies polo’s recent growth and evolution as a more mainstream sport in the U.S. This year’s match, which will take place on Sunday, July 28th, at Guards Polo Club in England, representing a storied rivalry between the United States and England dating back to 1886 and marks only the 16th time the competition will take place.
In August, Piaget will partner with Nacho Figueras and Joe and Diana DiMenna to host an exhibition polo match and cookout to benefit Robin Hood. The festivities will take place at Equuleus Polo Club in Watermill, New York, the private polo compound built by the DiMennas. It will feature top players from around the world, as well as ‘local legends’ competing for the second annual Piaget Hamptons Cup. Following the match, guests will be treated to an authentic Argentine asado.
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