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Bush League Hangs On to Win Jason Memorial

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On another absolutely perfect day in ‘sunny Southern California’, the 2018 Mac & Madelyn Jason Memorial was contested between Chris Maloney’s Twin Palms aggregation (Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Mason Wroe 4, Mia Bray -1) and Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson’s Bush League group (Kyle, Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4).
A close game was expected by most and it most certainly was at the end. What was not expected perhaps, were the rather large ‘swings’ that favored both teams.
With a handicap award of one at the outset to favor Twin Palms the anticipated closeness was certainly played out in the first as both foursomes counted a goal and the first ended with the Maloney Group ahead by one at 2 – 1.
Bush League opened it up in the second and the first so-called ‘swing’ occurred as the orange & black scored three times – to none for Twin Palms – to take a lead of two to the third chukker at 4 – 2.
The scoring advantage continued to favor the rural group with a pair of goals to one for Twin Palms and it was 6 – 3 Bush League at halftime.
Maloney and Co. created their first ‘swing’ of the game in the fourth period as they counted two goals to none for Bush League and the country lead was now just one at 6 – 5 going to the fifth.
The momentum changed again in that fifth as Bush League scored four goals and the Maloney crew were only able to grab one. The result was a four goal advantage for the orange men with one chukker left in regulation at 10 – 6.
Twin Palms needed goals in the sixth and they got three of them (one a penalty number 1) as the pendulum swung once again and counting down to the thirty second warning horn they were within one and just several yards away with an opportunity to force an extra stanza. It wasn’t to be however as the horn ended play and Bush League had barely hung on to win the Jason Memorial by a final tally of 10 – 9.
For the winners, Escapite and Rice (one foul) scored four times each and Robertson had a pair.
Twin Palms scoring saw Wroe count five (one foul) and Malony grabbed a pair (one foul). The penalty one and the handicap award completed their total.
With an aggressive effort and two very timely goals in the fifth, Robertson was accorded the honor of Most Valuable Player and Kenny, owned and played by Rice in the second chukker, was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Thermal Runs Away to Win 30th Annual World Gym Title

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Reg Whyte and David Carlson’s Thermal polo team (Whyte, Carlson, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Felipe Sordelli 2) ‘ran the table’ and went through the 2018 World Gym 4 goal tournament – the 30th annual – without a loss.
While Thermal came to the final undefeated, their opposition, Shannon Smull-Mendez and Lamar Rutherford’s Manolo Polo (Smull-Mendez -1, Rutherford -1, Luis Saracco 3 – sub for Santiago Mendez 2, Rodrigo Salinas 3) arrived via a shootout victory.
The final was a rematch of the previous Sunday’s meeting of the two foursomes which saw Thermal win with little trouble by a score of 6 – 1.5. This weeks offering would not be the same – at least not in the first half.
With Saracco substituting for the injured Santiago Mendez, Manolo Polo started quickly as Salinas scored off the initial throw-in. Thermal jumped back immediately as Ezcurra converted a penalty number 3 award. Salinas regained the lead with his second (a penalty 2 from the spot) but Sordelli scored for Thermal to tie the count going to the second (2 – 2)
The second chukker was open and provided a lot of good team polo as both were able to run with the ball. Surprisingly, only two goals were scored – Salinas for Manolo to briefly lead and Ezcurra for Thermal to get even. The half ended with the count at three each.
The third period was nothing like the first two as Ezcurra scored twice (one a penalty 3) and Whyte – with a great read – struck once for Thermal with absolutely no reply from Manolo Polo and it was 6 – 3 to favor the Whyte and Carlson pairing.
With the Manolo offense all but gone, Thermal was able to keep it going in the fourth with a continuing complete team effort as Carlson – under full sail – grabbed his first and Whyte scored his second. Saracco replied for Manolo but that would be it and Thermal – the 2017 World Gym winners – had successfully defended their title by a final tally of 8 – 4.
On hand to present the distinctive World Gym trophy – as they were 30 years ago – were Mike and Claudia Uretz.
Because of his aggressive play on the front end – whether he had the ball or was making openings for others – Carlson was selected as the Most Valuable player to his team.
Ezcurra’s oft played U2 was awarded the Best Playing Pony blanket.

Tony Gregg

Antelope Jr & Thermal Win on Ketel One Opening Day

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On an absolutely perfect opening day afternoon – presented by Ketel One – in front of a huge crowd, Grant Palmer’s Antelope Junior (Grant Palmer, Patrick Uretz 4, Jimmy Wright 3, Carolyn Anier 1) and Reg Whyte and David Carlson’s Thermal (Reg Whyte, Daved Carlson, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Felipe Sordelli 2) polo teams were victorious in their 8 and 4 goal games repectively.

Palmer’s win (14 – 10) came at the expense of Gordon Ross and his Remax group (Gordon Ross, Dayelle Fargey 2, Jared Sheldon 4, Felipe Sordelli 2).
The young pronghorns started very quickly and grabbed a first period lead at 4 – 1.
The youngsters continued the pressure in the second and then led by four at 6 – 2.
Remax found some common ground in the third and played Palmer and Company even at three each to keep the deficit at four (9 – 5).
The Ross team jumped out after halftime and outscored the calves in the fourth and narrowed the gap to just three at 10 -7.
The fifth chukker saw Remax continue to push with success to narrow the gap to a pair at 11 – 9 and were ‘back in it’.
The ‘comeback’ however was curtailed as Antelope Jr grabbed three counters in the final to just one for Remax to present a final score of 14 – 10 and in doing so were awarded – with the exception of the very young Palmer – bottles of Ketel One.
Uretz led all scorers with 10 goals (three open goal conversions) with Anier and Wright counting twice. Palmer scored the final goal of the game with a penalty two strike.
For Remax, Sheldon scored five times (three open goal), Sordelli had three (two open goal) and Ross counted one from the field.

With more bottles of Ketel One available, Thermal and Manolo Polo (Lamar Rutherford, Shannon Mendez, Santiago Mendez, Rodrigo Salinas 3) stepped to the line.

With a handicap award of one half, Salinas took the initial throw-in – by Ketel One’s Regional Sales Director Jose Villar – and scored to extend the gap at the outset but Thermal came back quickly and scored twice to lead 2 – 1.5 after the first.
Thermal counted three more times in the second and the halftime score was in their favor at 5 – 1.5.
The second half was quiet with the only goal – in the third – going to Thermal and the result was a 6 – 1.5 final count to favor the Whyte and Carlson partnership.
Sordelli and Ezcurra counted three each in Thermal’s win.
Scott Niwa, Ketel One’s Area Manager, was on hand to present bottles of Ketel one to the victors.

Tony Gregg

Cantina New Year’s Eve

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Cantina Season Opening Party Fri Dec 15

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The Cantina Restaurant at Eldorado Polo Club is now open and we are celebrating with a season opening party on Friday December 15 at 6pm! There will be sample appetizers that highlight the brand new menu along with Craft on Draft drink specials and 50% off entrees. A special appearance from Santa Claus for the kids at 6:30pm leading into DJ music and dancing late into the night. Come by and meet new General Manager Martin Aldana along with Johnny Catti and his staff of friendly faces behind the fully stocked bar. The Cantina will be open to the public Tuesdays – Sundays for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner throughout the polo season.

 

Linfoot Polo Clinic

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Click Here to download the Linfoot Flyer 2017

2018 Season Schedule & Membership

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Polo every Saturday & Sunday starting January 7 2018

Saturdays 12pm at the Cantina 

Sundays 10am at the Cantina, 12pm & 2pm the Clubhouse

Sunday Clubhouse Reservations (760)-831-POLO(7656)

 

Eldorado Polo Schedule 2017-2018

November
1 Club Open
December
2 Stick & Ball Field Opens
16 Club Chukkers begin Thurs, Sat & Sun
16 -17 Linfoot Clinic

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Team Practice begins
8 Goal Thurs, Sat & Sun
4 Goal Thurs, Sat & Sun
January
Pro Pool Every Saturday & Sunday
Club Chukkers Practice Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
6 – 14 USPA Mack & Madelyn Jason Memorial
8 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
6 – 14 World Gym Tournament
4 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
7 Opening Day – Sunday Polo matches begin
20 – 28 Coachella Valley USPA Officer’s Cup
8 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
4 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
February
Pro Pool Every Saturday & Sunday
Club Chukkers Practice Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
 3 – 11  USPA Carlton & Keleen Beal Cup 
8 Goal  – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
4 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
17 – 25 Fish Creek USPA Constitution Cup
8 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
4 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
March
Pro Pool Every Saturday & Sunday
Club Chukkers Practice Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
2 – 25 USPA Rossmore Cup Tournament – SKINS Match
12 Goal – Practice Wed, Matches Fri & Sun
 3 – 25  USPA Pacific Coast Circuit Governor’s Cup
6 Goal – Practice Thurs, Matches Sat & Sun
 April
March 31 – 1 USPA Pacific Coast Circuit Women’s Tournament 
WCT Qualifier – Multiple Flights

USPA National Youth Tournament Series Qualifier

    • All information is subject to change

 

Memberships –  Polo Manager Graham Bray – 760 774 2583 – grahamjbray@gmail.com
12 Goal – March
(Membership fees include Stick & Ball, Wed Practice, Trophies, Umpires, Flaggers & EMT)
6 Chukkers  Monthly
Per Team – March  $17,000*
SKINS Tournament Entry – Per Team  $5,000
* Discounts apply for team commitments by Oct 1
(50% non-refundable deposit required by commitment date)
8 Goal – Jan & Feb
(Membership fees include Stick & Ball, Thurs Practice, Trophies, Umpires, Flaggers & EMT)
6 Chukkers  Monthly
Per Team – Jan & Feb  $15,000*
* Discounts apply for team commitments by Oct 1
(50% non-refundable deposit required by commitment date)
4 Goal – Jan & Feb
(Membership fees include Stick & Ball, Thurs Practice, Trophies, Umpires, Flaggers & EMT)
Teams comprised of 2 sponsors & 2 professionals and authorized by Polo Manager
4 Chukkers  Monthly
Per Player – Jan & Feb  $2,500
6 Goal – March
Per Team (Membership fees include Stick & Ball, Thurs Practice,Trophies, Umpires, Flaggers & EMT)
4 Chukkers  Monthly
Per Team – March  $10,000
Pro Pool
Fees include Pro fees, Trophies, Umpires, Flaggers & EMT
4 Chukkers – January, February, March   Season Weekly
Season  Pro Pool (includes Weekly Pro Pool Fees, Stick n Ball & Thurs Practice)   $7,500
Non-Member Weekly Pro Pool (does not include Stick n Ball or Practice) $600
Club Chukker Member Weekly Pro Pool $350
Club Chukkers
Practice Chukkers on Thurs, Sat & Sun Monthly Season
4 Chukker Membership $1,500 $3,500
6 Chukker Membership $1,700 $4,500
Non Member Fees
Stick & Ball (season) $  2,500
Stick & Ball (monthly) $  1,000
Stick & Ball (weekly) $     250
Stick & Ball (daily) $       50
Chukker Fee (5 game limit) $       50 each
Pro Pool – per weekend
(Pro Pool fees include Pro, Trophies, Umpires, Flaggers & EMT)
$     600

TRACK USE RESTRICTED TO HORSES & PLAYERS BOARDED AT ELDORADO

Stabling Fees Season Monthly Weekly Daily
Pipe Stall $550 $350 $125 $15
Tack Room $500
Box Stall* $600 $300 $125 $20
(*Located at old HITS property)

 

Springbok Edges Prima Polo in WCT Qualifier

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The main event of the closing afternoon of the 2017 season, featured the Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge – WCT Qualifier A Flight final between Springbok (Kate Weber 4, Catlin Dix 4, Jennifer Alexy 5, Caroline Anier 6) facing off against Prima Polo (Jenny Alter 1, Dayelle Fargey 7, Abby Riggs 5, Tiffany Busch 7) in what turned to be a very physical and entertaining contest.

Having to give up a handicap award of one-half, Prima Polo struck first as Busch counted the first of her three on the afternoon. Soringbok’s Anier countered soon after and the first chukker ended with the two time defending champions leading by the handicap difference (1.5 – 1).

Jennifer Alexy, riding the eventual Best Playing Pony – Izzy – scored the only goal of the second and the count was 2.5 – 1 in favor of Springbok going to the break.

As the enthusiastic crowd stomped divots and conversed – with Ruffino Prosecco in hand – Prima Polo was speaking amongst themselves as well, and whatever was said seemed to work in the third as a strong team effort allowed Busch to score a pair of goals to take a lead of one-half. However, Dix notched a goal and Springbok again led by the handicap grant (3.5 – 3).

The fourth was very physical and very close with neither team able to gain any type of an advantage. But with just over 90 seconds to go, Dix was able to grab the ball and run 150 yards to score her second of the game and Springbok had successfully defended their 2016 title by a final tally of 4.5 to 3.

Dix, because of her aggressive and opportunistic play, was selected as the MVP and as mentioned earlier, Izzy, owned by Diego Larregli and played by Alexy was honored as the Best Playing Pony – the second horse played by Alexy on this day to be recognized as such.

 

The Women’s Challenge Upper B Flight saw Deer Creek (Lynni Hutton 1, Julie Fernandez 2, Caroline Anier 6, Audrey Persano 3) play Ohana (Erin Brittin 2, Stephanie Davidson, Abby Riggs 5, CAtlin Dix 4). A very strong first chukker allowed Deer Creek to move on to an 8 – 5.5 victory.

Anier was awarded the title of MVP and Pientha, played by Persano and owned by Fernandez was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

 

The Lower B Flight was won by DG’S Girls (Shelley Geiler 2, Keli Newton, Jennifer Alexy 5, Heather Perkins 2) over Sunset Warriors (Susan Guggenheim 2, Julie Empey 1, Tanya Paneno 2, Carla Gallichotte 2).

Keli Newton was named as the MVP and Marley, played by Alexy in the second chukker was tabbed as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

 

 

 

 

2017 Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge – WCT Qualifier

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A FLIGHT (WCT Qualifier)

PRIMA POLO (20) – Jenny Alter 1, Dayelle Fargey 7, Tiffany Busch 7, Abby Riggs 5.

SPRINGBOK (19) – Caroline Anier 6, Jennifer Alexy 5,Kathleen Weber 4, Catlin Dix 4.

B+ FLIGHT

DEER CREEK (12) – Lynni Hutton 1, Julie Fernandez 2, Audry Persano 3, Caroline Anier 6.

IDENTITY POLO (11) – Anne Evamy 3, Ruth Peters 1, Zinta Braukis, Dayelle Fargey 7.

OHANA (11) – Erin Britton 2, Stephanie Davidson, Abby Riggs 5, Catlin Dix 4.

SISTER WIVES (12) – Debra Vermoch 1, Leigh Brecheen 3, Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni 4, Melania Jones 4.

URBAN DOG (10) – Kim Garsed 2, Ann Terranova, Cybele Jordan 4, Roxy Keyfauver 4.

B- FLIGHT

DG’S GIRLS (9) – Shelley Geiler 2, Heather Perkins 2, Kelli Newton, Jennifer Alexy 5.

SUNSET WARRIORS (7) – Tanya Paneno 2, Julie Empey 1, Susan Guggenheim 2, Carla Gallichotte 2.

 

SCHEDULE

Check daily game schedule for times Saturday and Sunday

 

Bush League Steps Up In the Governor’s Cup

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On a ‘perfect day in sunny Southern California’, the 2017 Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup final was played at the Eldorado Polo Club in Indio. The ultimate push – on Sunday, March 26 – featured Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson and their Bush League foursome (Kyle, Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Jose Rodriguez 1) going up against Leigh Brecheen and Danny Walker’s Farmers and Merchants Bank organization (Brecheen, Walker 2, Matthew Walker 2, Antonio Juarez 1).

From the start it was obvious that Bush League had come prepared as Rodriguez took a pass from the initial bowl-in and simply ran free to score the first goal of the game. The ensuing bowl-in at center turned into more of the same as Escapite grabbed the ball and found Roberson free near the Farmer and Merchants’ goal and the lead was now two. The initial push continued as Robertson picked up the ball and ran from mid-field to score and it was now three to nothing and the large crowd was buzzing. However, Farmers and Merchants came back in a hurry as huge pressure allowed Matt Walker a penalty three opportunity that he converted, Juarez scored from the field, as did Danny Walker, and the game was tied to end the first.

The second featured nowhere near the scoring that was seen in the first. In fact, there wasn’t any as chances were missed and opportunities to advance were not taken. The result was a 3 – 3 tie at halftime.

The bankers came to work in the third frame as Danny Walker scored from the field and converted a penalty two offering and Farmers and Merchants led by a pair going to the final frame at 5 – 3 and many thought it might be over.

Coming out for the fourth, Bush League most certainly didn’t think it was over as they pressed and pressed hard. The result was a free-throw opportunity that Robertson converted. Escapite then took control and counted his first of the day and the momentum had changed. The continued pressure from Bush League allowed another open goal opportunity that Escapite capitalized on and it was over as Bush League had won their first Governor’s Cup by a score of 6 – 5.

Not only had Bush League defeated Farmers and Merchants Bank to take the USPA hardware, it was presented by the man they had just overcome as Danny Walker is the Governor of the Pacific Coast Circuit.

Because he was able to control play when needed and instill confidence in his teammates, Escapite was given MVP honors. Garabinada, played by Danny Walker in the third chukker was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

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