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Lakeside Wins weekend NYTS Tournament

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With two wins over the two days of the USPA National Youth Tournament Series, Lakeside (Riley Jordan, Garrett Bankhead, Thomas Phelps, Cory Williams) grabbed the winner’s spoils.
Victory number one came at the expense of Alegria (Alonso Cruz, Piers Bossum, Hope Kerley, Cassidy Wood) by a score of 10 -2 and the second triumph consumed Antelope (Grant Palmer, Charlie Walker, Zack Coleman, Maya Tantuwaya) by a final count of 4 – 3.
Second spot in the weekend event went to Antelope with a 5 – 1 win over Alegria.
The all-star awards were presented to Palmer, Cruz, Jordan, Bankhead, and Williams.

NYTS Schedule for Sunday Jan. 21st

Daily Game Schedule

NYTS 2018




1:00 PM Field- #1

Lakeside (1-4)   Alegria (1,2,5,6) Antelope(3,4,5,6)
Riley Jordan B Alonso Andrade          1 Grant Palmer                A
Garrett Bank B Hope Kerley                 B Charlie Walker           A.5
Thomas Phelps B.5 Cassidy Wood             A Zack Coleman            B.5
Cory Williams A Piers Bossom               B Maya Tantuwaya         B

UMP:  Fergus Gould

REF:  Tony Gregg

Pro Pool Schedule for Sunday Jan. 21st

Daily Game Schedule


SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2018

10:00 AM  Field- #4

Lakeside Eldorado
Molly Agee Erin Brittin
Nicole Bankhead Nicole Deberg
Lee Robinson Jemma Contreras
Francisco Guinazu Danny Juarez

 UMP: Luis Rios & Rodrigo Salinas

REF:   Bob Rambo

8 Goal Schedule for Sunday Jan. 21st

Daily Game Schedule

USPA Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup- 8 Goal


10:00 AM Field- #2 


UMP: Andy & Darrell

REF: Tim Rudy

*Each team brings 2 umpire horses


10:00 AM Field- International 


UMP: Ka’aina & USPA

REF:  Shane Rice

*Each team brings 2 umpire horses


11:30 AM Field- #1


UMP: Fergus & Dirk

REF:  Robert Payne

*Each team brings 2 umpire horses


12:00 PM Field- International 


UMP: Danny J. & Darrell

REF:  Jimmy Wright

*Each team brings 2 umpire horses


4 Goal Schedule for Sunday Jan. 21st

Daily Game Schedule

Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup- 4 Goal


12:00 PM Field-#2


UMP: Ka’aina & USPA

REF:  Topo Mendez

*Each team brings 1 umpire horse


3:00 PM Field- #1


UMP: Fergus & USPA

REF:  Diego Cossio

*Each team brings 1 umpire horse


Practice Chukkers for Sunday Jan. 21st

Daily Game Schedule

Practice Chukkers

SUNDAY January 21st, 2018

5 Chukkers 10:00 AM Field #6

 Blue Red

Alvaro T. (1-5)

Carol H. (1,2,3,4)

Armando (1-5)

Roisin (2,5)

Robert P. (3)

Ronda (1,4,5)


Kim K. (2,3,4,5)

Craig R. (1,2,3,5)

Dylan F. (1,2,3,4)

Robert P. (1,2,4,5)


January 8 Goal – Standings, Schedule – Jan 21

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USPA Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup 8 Goal

A – LUNA POLO/STG (8) – Jennifer Alexy, John Zeigler, Max Menini 5, Diego Laregli 3.
B – TWIN PALMS (7) – Chris Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Mason Wroe 4, Mia Bray -1.
C – DOMREY (8/7) – August Roth/Jenny Alter -1, Joseph Stuart 3, Peter Blake 3, Doug Blumenthal 2.
D – FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK (8) – Danny Walker 2, Malia McCoy 1, Mariano Fassetta 5, Catlin Dix.
E – ANTELOPE JUNIOR (8) – Grant Palmer, Patrick Uretz 4, Carolyn Anier 1, Jimmy Wright 3.
F – BUSH LEAGUE (8) – Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4
G – REMAX (8) – Gordon Ross, Dayelle Fargey 2, Jared Sheldon 4, Felipe Sordelli 2.
H – ANTELOPE (8) – Geoff Palmer, Santiago Trotz 5, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3, Tommy Costello.

Two teams with best record will play in final.
USPA shootout rules will break ties with one shooter per team.
If any games are cancelled, two best records from fully completed games will advance to final.

ANTELOPE JUNIOR 6 0 def Bush League, Remax, Twin Palms, Luna/STG, Domrey, Farmers & Merchants
BUSH LEAGUE 5 1 def Antelope, Remax, Twin Palms, Farmers & Merchants, Domrey lost Antelope Jr
ANTELOPE 4 2 def Remax, Farmers & Merchants, Twin Palms, Luna/STG lost Bush League, Domrey
DOMREY 3 3 def Luna/STG, Antelope, Remax lost Farmers & Merchants, Antelope Jr, Bush League
TWIN PALMS 3 3 def Luna/STG, Farmers & Merchants, Remax lost Antelope Jr, Bush League, Antelope
FARMERS & MERCHANTS 2 4 def Domrey, Luna/STG lost Twin Palms, Antelope, Bush League, Antelope Jr
LUNA POLO/STG 1 5 def Remax lost Twin Palms, Domrey, Farmers & Merchants, Antelope Jr, Antelope
REMAX 0 6 lost Antelope, Antelope Jr, Bush League, Domrey, Luna/STG, Twin Palms

Jan 5 – Luna/STG vs Twin Palms, Remax vs Antelope
Jan 6 – Domrey vs Farmers & Merchants, Antelope Jr vs Bush League,
Jan 7 – Domrey vs Luna/STG, Twin Palms vs Farmers & Merchants, Remax vs Antelope Jr, Antelope vs Bush League
Jan 12 -Domrey vs Antelope, Farmers & Merchants vs Luna/STG.
Jan 13 – Antelope Jr vs Twin Palms, Bush League vs Remax.
Jan 14 – Remax vs Domrey, Twin Palms vs Bush League, Antelope vs Farmers & Merchants, Luna/STG vs Antelope Jr.
Jan 19 – Antelope vs Twin Palms, Remax vs Luna/STG.
Jan 20 – Farmers & Merchants vs Bush League, Domrey vs Antelope Jr.
Jan 21 – Antelope vs Luna/STG, Twin Palms vs Remax, Bush League vs Domrey, Antelope Jr vs Farmers & Merchants.
Jan 26/27 – Twin Palms vs Domrey, Farmers & Merchants vs Remax, Bush League vs Luna/STG, Antelope vs Antelope Jr.
Jan 28 – Final


Sunday Polo 2018

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Coachella Valley 4 Goal – Standings Jan 21

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2018 Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup 4 Goal

A – PALM DESERT/FILM FINANCE(4) – Leigh Brecheen, Dan Horn, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3, Antonio Juarez 1.
B – IDENTITY POLO (4) – Anne Evamy, Alex Green-1, Kyle Fargey 3, Diego Cossio 2.BRACKET 2

C – SEATTLE POLO ROLLS ROYCE (4) – Debra Vermoch -1, Cameron Smith 1,Tim Rudy 3, James a’Court 1
D – THERMAL (4) – Reg Whyte, David Carlson, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Felipe Sordelli 2
E – MANOLO POLO (3) – Lamar Rutherford -1, Shannon Smull -1, Rodrigo Salinas 3, Santiago Mendez 2.

IDENTITY POLO 2 0 66% def Seattle Polo Rolls Royce, Thermal
THERMAL 1 1 50% def Palm Desert/Film Finance lost Identity Polo
PALM DESERT/FILM FINANCE 1 1 33% def Manolo Polo lost Thermal
MANOLO POLO 0 1 lost Palm Desert/Film Finance
SEATTLE POLO ROLLS ROYCE 0 1 lost Identity Polo

Teams will play out of bracket.
USPA shootout rules in effect.
Two best records (percentage) will play in final

Jan 20 – Palm Desert/Film Finance vs Thermal, Identity vs Seattle Polo Rolls Royce
Jan 21 – Thermal vs Identity, Manolo Polo vs Palm Desert/Film Finance
Jan27 – Manolo Polo vs Identity, Seattle Polo Rolls Royce vs Palm Desert/Film Finance
Jan 28 – Final

Bill Atkinson Memorial


On January 7, 2018, one month before his 91st birthday, Bill Atkinson, retired West Coast 7 goal polo player, passed away after a long struggle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Connie and his two step daughters, Jenny Vargas and Roxy Keyfauver, his older brother, Glenn (wife, Nancy), and his three children, Joe (wife Cordi), Jennifer Newell (Steve) and Jesse Biglow (Russ) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 “Uncle” Bill Atkinson was born in 1927 in Okeechobee, Florida. Though his legal name was Gordon Atkinson, his father called him “Billy Buck” after a famous Seminole Indian. The nick name stuck and his name was later changed to William Gordon Atkinson. Bill’s early education was spent between Okeechobee and Jacksonville, Florida where he developed his skills as a natural athlete, whether it was shooting marbles on an elementary school playground, to being awarded a full scholarship for track  at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

During his teenage years, Bill’s father, Joe Atkinson, had a famous trick horse named Ot. Bill’s job was to “pass the hat” during Ot and Joe‘s performances at horse shows.  At Hyde Park in New York, Bill spoke of meeting Franklin Roosevelt as he sat in his open air car watching the performance. After the performance, Eleanor Roosevelt, asked Bill how much money Franklin contributed to the hat, then she doubled the amount.

Ot’s fame spread, the decision was made to relocate to the west coast to be closer to Hollywood.  In Los Angeles, Ot proved to be a sensation and landed starring roles in the 1946 movies, “Gallant Bess” and “The Horse With A Human Mind.” Being on the MGM set with Ot and his father, young Bill meet a variety of film stars from Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Durante, all wanting photos with Ot.  Ultimately, the family returned to Florida where Bill graduated from Lee High School in Jacksonville with a track scholarship to the University of Florida. In addition to his success as a runner, Bill was equally talented in basketball. As a “Florida Gator”, besides being on the track team, Bill was a high scorer for the Gator’s basketball team and captain in his senior year. He participated in several sports and elected Vice President of his university class, while maintaining an “A” average in his academics.

After graduation from college, Bill returned to California. Though he had been accepted into veterinary school in Washington, he shifted his career when he met his first wife, Carol Smith.  At that time, he was playing on a semi pro basketball team in Santa Maria, CA and employed as an athletic coach at the local army base. Bill and Carol finally settled in Atherton, California and Bill began working with his father-in-law, L.C. Smith, in the road paving industry.

It was L.C. Smith who introduced Bill to playing polo at the age of 27, a sport. Bill played passionately for 43 years.  Playing mostly on the Concar team, Bill’s goal rating quickly grew even though his career limited his playing time to weekends. However, he played with and against the best players of his time such as Roy Barry, Charles Smith, Billy Linfoot, Tommy Wayman, John Oxley , Michael Butler, Ray Harrington, Bobby Beverage, Billy Mayberry ; the list too numerous to mention all polo’s super players of this era. Polo career highlights include winning the US Open in 1969 and again in 1973. He also won the prestigious Santa Barbara’s Pacific Coast Open numerous times.

Through Polo, Bill traveled to many places in the world. He played anywhere there was a polo field and being a scratch golfer, a golf course nearby. From the hunting fields of Mt. Kenya, to Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, England and Jaipur, India, his adventure stories about his polo travels made him a wonderful dinner guest at any table.

Bill’s greatest joy in the sport of polo was playing with his brother Glenn and his son, Joe and nephews. Jeff, Larry and Greg. These Atkinson men and boys made Menlo Circus Club, Santa Barbara Polo Club and Eldorado Polo Club great polo destinations. Following his divorce from Carol, Bill decided to play polo full time. Taking himself and his horses to Santa Barbara Polo Club, he did much to improve the stabling conditions by building the many tack rooms upon the hill.

People who love polo, especially those living on the West Coast, have more than one “Uncle” Bill Atkinson story to tell. He did much to give opportunities to many individuals wanting to be a part of the wonderful world of polo. His long list of those he helped along the way with his infectious smile and words of encouragement; giving players horses when they needed them, tips on their game, sharing his home, made him a super hero. He looks like Captain America, observed Eileen Duffy after looking at the photo walls at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, In 1996, he met Connie Keyfauver through an introduction by her daughters, Jenny and Roxy. They were married in 2002. “These will be the best years of your life” he told her as she was adjusting to her empty nest situation. Bill was right. Over the past 20 years together their adventures included much traveling throughout the world, being with family and watching them grow, raising and training young horses for polo and providing a program for junior polo players living in Coachella Valley at Empire Polo Club. What a man! What a life! What a loss!

A celebration of Life for Bill Atkinson is planned for January 26, to be held at Empire Polo Club’s Lake Medjool beside Field one between 2:30 to 5:00. A special thank you to Al Haagen for providing for this service.

Please bring your stories to share with everyone. Bill would love that.

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