Monthly Archives: March 2014

Los Banditos Makes Statement in Jason 12

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The Mack and Madelyn Jason 12 goal final came down to two teams which arrived based on the fact that they prevailed in a four team shoot-out after bracket play. On the one side Ron Mathison’s Highwood group and on the other Dave Dollinger and his Los Banditos quartet.

As it turned out, the only thing close regarding the teams – at least on this occasion – was the tie after the preliminaries and the fact that they arrived intact after the free throw competition.

From the outset, it was apparent that the day belonged to the bad guys as Jake Devane – literally brought out of pasture to fill in for the unavailable Chad Bowman – scored quickly to give Dollinger and Co. an early lead of one. Marcello Abbiati got that back for Highwood, but the early pressure belonged to Los Banditos as Mariano Fassetta converted a penalty two and Jesse Bray counted a field goal and the first ended with the outlaws ahead by a pair at 3 – 1.

The second was rather quiet with only one goal scored – that being a well thought out strike by Mathison after a goal mouth scramble. That brought Highwood to within one going to the third.

If the second was quiet, the third was loud – loud to favor Los Banditos as every player on the team counting at least one time. Dollinger, Bray, Fassetta, and Devane each scored a field goal and Bray added an open goal award. The explosion gave the bad guys a lead of six at the half by a count of 8 – 2.

Highwood grabbed one early in the fourth as Jake Stimmel converted a penalty three, but the outlaws got that back as Fassetta scored his third from the field. A Santiago Trotz penalty four brought Mathison and Co. back again, but Devane got that back with his second of the afternoon. Mathison scored his second of the game which seemed to lift Highwood as sustained pressure gave Stimmel another open goal opportunity and the lead had been reduced to four at 10 – 6 to end the period.

The bad guys continued to roll in the fifth as Dollinger and Fassetta scored to lead again by six. Stimmel counted from the field and on another penalty two but it was very apparent that this was Dolliger’s day with the count at 12 – 8 with just the final chukker to play.

With Los Banditos in an easy cruise mode, Trotz scored another penalty four that would be the only goal of the period and the final score was 12 – 9 in favor of Los Banditos. Not only did Dollinger’s gang win the Jason Memorial but his band of outlaws served notice that they are for real and will be contenders for the month.

Fassetta was named the MVP and Abbiati’s mare Nona (fifth) was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

2014 Mack and Madelyn Jason 12 Goal

Los Banditos 12 – Dave Dollinger 1, Mariano Fassetta 6, Jesse Bray 5, Jake Devane 1.

Highwood 12 – Ron Mathison, Marcello Abbiati 5, Santiago Trotz 5, Jake Stimmel 2.

Tony Gregg







6 Goal Jason Memorial Stays In the Family

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Since the inception of the Jason Memorial Tournament – initially to honor the memory of Madelyn Jason and now honoring Mack Jason as well – and first played for at Eldorado in 2011, daughter Lyn Cobb’s Coldwell Banker Menlo polo team has played in every final and has won the trophy twice. Cobb along with daughter Madelyn won in the first year and Cobb herself grabbed the spoils one year ago. In this year of 2014, it would be up to Madelyn Cobb to uphold the family prestige.

The final would be contested by Coldwell Banker Menlo and recent foe, Krista Bonaguidi’s Hanalei Bay – the third such showdown of these teams in as many tournaments. This final would, in fact, be the rubber match as each had won before.

The first period started rather slowly as neither team was able to do much in terms of offence. The only goal of the opener turned out to be the highlight of chukker as Tony Uretz snuck in behing the Coldwell defense and grabbed a perect pass from Jesse Bray and scored a beauty to end the period with the surfers up by one at 1 – 0.

Cobb and Co. came back in the second as Peter Blake got free to score off a perfect set-up from Jared Sheldon to tie and later on Sheldon converted a penalty three to lead by one. Bray counted his own number three and the second ended in a tie at two.

Sheldon – once again playing his rather elusive and energetic  style – was pretty much unstoppable in the third as he counted twice from the field to go to the half with a lead of two at 4 – 2.

The real estate people kept the pressure going early in the fourth as Sheldon again struck from the field and the lead became three. Remy Muller grabed his first goal of the game to bring the Bonaguidi pack to within a pair at 5 – 3 going to the fifth.

Hanalei Bay turned things around in that fifth frame and absolutely destroyed the Cobb group as Uretz played a career chukker to score three times. With another from Muller and Coldwell Banker unable to do anything the count was 7 – 5 in favor of Hanalei Bay with one to go.

Going to the sixth, many thought the Bonaguidi foursome had the trophy. Many that is, except the quartet wearing the shirts of Coldwell Banker Menlo. After all, they had been here before – just two weeks prior. With strong defensive play from Gregorio Mariscal and Cobb running the ball at the front and providing interference when needed, Sheldon scored quickly and Blake absolutely exploded to count back to back goals and real estate was alive and well. With the beach of Hanalei Bay now closed down, the Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial Trophy was, once again, in the possession of the Coldwell Banker Menlo Real Estate Group by a final count of 8 – 7. And Madelyn Cobb had upheld the family tradition.

Blake – because of his ability to think quickly and react correctly – was selected as the MVP and the Uretz family mare Racey, played by Uretz in the fifth chukker, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

2014 Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial

Coldwell Banker Menlo 6 – Madelyn Cobb, Jared Sheldon 3, Peter Blake 2, Gregorio Mariscal 1.

Hanalei Bay 6 – Krista Bonaguidi -1, Jesse Bray 4, Remy Muller 2, Tony Uretz 1.

Tony Gregg




Bobcat/Melody Ranch Runs to Trione Senior’s Win

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The 33rd renewal of the Trione Vineyards Senior’s Tournament  turned out to be the proverbial walk in the park for the Bob Edmundson and Paul von Gontard sponsored Bobcat/Melody Ranch polo team.

To earn the right to play in the Sunday final, the eventual champions defeated the defending champion Buffalo foursome as Shanghai was taking care of Hacienda de las Trampas during play on Saturday.

The concluding game saw Bobcat/Melody Ranch prevail in a rather one-sided contest by stopping Shanghai by a score of 8 – 2.

Buffalos defeated Hacienda de las Trampas in the consolation final.

Craig Ramsby was honored as the MVP and Mora, owned and played by Gina Padia, was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

2014 Trione Vineyards Senior’s Tournament

Bobcat/Melody Ranch – Bob Edmundson, Craig Ramsby, Jenny Phipps, Bonnie Corner.

Shanghai – Steven Armour, Gina Padia, Scott Walker, Mike Jordan.

Buffalos – Ross Adam, Glen Hart, Lee Neilson, Cameron Diggon.

Hacienda de las Trampas – Mike Ward, Leigh Brecheen, George Conkwright, Armondo Gonzalez.

Tony Gregg

Pheasant Hollow Farm Wins Women’s Challenge


Debra Vermoch and her Pheasant Hollow Farm polo team had little trouble capturing the 2014 USPA Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge on the traditional ‘down’ weekend. With both teams taking victories over Ocean Mist/Prime Time in earlier round-robin play, the final came down to a battle of Vermoch and Co. against Luna Polo.

With a handicap award of three goals – based on a difference of five goals – Pheasant Hollow never trailed as they took a first period lead of 4 – 1 and dominated to take a four goal advantage to the half at 5 – 1.

Luna Polo reduced the gap to three goals in the third (6 -3) and scored once in the fourth, but it wouldn’t be near enough as Vermoch’s group ran away with a 6 – 4 victory.

Brooke Faber, Dayelle Fargey, and Lacey Safonovs scored for the winners, while Abby Riggs counted twice and Malia McCoy and Jennifer Alexy struck once each for the runners-up.

Fargey was chosen as the MVP and Alexy’s mare, Hugs, garnered Best Playing Pony honors.

2014 USPA Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge

Pheasant Hollow Farm 7 – Debra Vermoch 1, Brooke Faber, Lacey Safonovs, Dayelle Fargey 6.

Luna Polo 12 – Megan Kozminski 1, Jennifer Alexy 2, Malia McCoy 4, Abby Riggs 5.

Ocean Mist/Prime Time 9 – Jana Elordi, Amelia Gilroy 1, Jessica Bailey 4, Roxi Kefauver 4.


As well as the Women’s Challenge, two C Flight tournaments were played as well.

In the C1 Flight, Deer Creek (Krissy Devane, Susan Guggenheim, Becky Clark, Julie Empey) defeated Las Senoritas (Leigh Brecheen, Kit Neacy, Lynni Hutton, Judith Baker).

The C2 Flight saw Triangle Bar (Hope Kerley, Karin McCoy, Sydney Jordan, Briana Heilig) win over Polo Riding Academy (Dana Bates, Kate Campbell, Heidi Clark, Emma Tooth).

Tony Gregg



Barrossa Takes WCT Qualifier at Very End


Katie Graham and her Barrossa polo team came away with a deserved 7 – 6 win in Sunday’s USPA WCT Qualifier over the Jeff Kazmark sponsored Estancia Venterron – but only with some last second heroics.

After an extremely slow start that saw Barrossa – having to give up a women’s handicap award of one – down by four goals to  the Estancia Venterron quartet with less than four minutes gone in the first chukker, scramble back to grab one and trail by three after the first.

The recovery continued in the second period as Barrossa scored three times to none for Estancia Venterron and the count was tied at four going to the half.

Estancia Venterron grabbed a pair in the third to lead by two until Barrossa scored indirectly off a penalty four to come back again – this time to within one at the end of three chukkers.

In the fourth, Barrossa drew even – for the second time – about half-way through and it appeared that overtime might be necessary to decide a winner. However, in the final 30 seconds, Dayelle Fargey grabbed a loose ball thirty yards out and scored to give Graham and Co. the victory.

For the winners, Fargey and Abby Riggs scored three goals and Isabella Wolf counted one.

For Estancia Venterron, Malia McCoy struck three times with Jessica Bailey and Cybele Jordan counting one each. The handicap award completed the total.

Wolf was selected as the MVP and Pie, owned and played by Fargey (fourth chukker), was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

2014 USPA WCT Qualifier

Barrossa 16 – Katie Graham, Dayelle Fargey 6, Abby Riggs 5, Isabella Wolf 5.

Estancia Venterron 15 – Kate Weber 4, Jessica Bailey 4, Malia McCoy 4, Cybele Jordan 3.

Tony Gregg