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Antelope Comes Back to Win Jason Memorial

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Antelope: Grant Palmer, Geoff Palmer, Santiago Trotz, Jim Wright presented by Madelyn Cobb, Lyn Jason Cobb, Ty Cobb, Bobby Knoop

It has long been stated that if you work slowly but constantly, you will succeed better than if you work fast for a short while and do not continue. This of course was the moral of the famous Aesop fable about the hare and the tortoise, but it was enacted in real time on Sunday in the 2019 Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial final.

Coming in to the game undefeated, Geoff Palmer and his Antelope herd (Geoff Palmer, Grant Palmer, Santiago Trotz 5, Jimmy Wright 3) lined up against once defeated Louisa Musselman Fikes’ Lazy 3 (Louisa Musselman Fikes, Jared Sheldon 4, Peter Blake 3, Audrey Persano). Lazy 3’s only loss was to Antelope in qualifying play.

With a handicap award of one, Lazy 3 started very fast and right off the opening bowl-in Persano scored to take a two goal lead. The charge continued as Sheldon then scored three times (one penalty 2) and in what seemed – and probably was – record time, the Texans led by five at 5 – 0. Trotz and Wright recovered somewhat and were able to get a couple back to narrow the gap to three, but Persano counted her second and the first was over with Lazy 3 leading by a staggering four at 6 – 2. Lazy 3 was – in a word – overwhelming.

Sheldon converted another penalty 2 opportunity in the early second and Lazy 3 now led by five – would it ever stop? In another word – yes. Trotz took control and Antelope recovered as Geoff Palmer converted an open goal counter and Grant Palmer scored from the field. The second ended with the pronghorns trailing by just three.

The third period was scoreless as the Antelope recovery continued.

Lazy 3 came out in the fourth and appeared to be okay as Sheldon was allowed another open goal opportunity which he converted. However, Antelope continued to apply pressure and Geoff Palmer – perfect on the day – converted his second penalty offering. Trotz then scored his second and the fourth was over with the Texas lead narrowed to a pair at 8 – 6.

The fifth gave Antelope two goals – Wright on a penalty 4 and Trotz from the field – and the count was tied at eight going to the final.

Wright scored to give the pronghorns their first lead of the game but Sheldon converted another open goal chance to tie. Overtime looked to be inevitable as play proceeded into the final 30 seconds. With less than 15 seconds on the clock, Trotz sent one through from 65 yards and after some confusion on the part of most everyone, Antelope had won the Jason Memorial by a final count of 10 – 9.

The comeback was complete as Antelope allowed just three goals in the final five chukkers and garnered eight in the same time frame. Aesop would have been proud.

Because of his gifted playing and coaching abilities, Trotz was named the Most Valuable Player to his team and Sheldon’s first chukker gelding SportsCenter was named the Best Playing Pony – not the first such honor for this talented equine athlete.

Tony Gregg

Opening Day Presented By Ketel One Botanical

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Opening day 2019 was presented by Ketel One Botanicals and the expansive crowd witnessed games from the 8 Goal Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial and the 4 Goal World Gym Tournaments.

The Jason Memorial featured Lazy 3 (Louisa Musselman-Fikes 0, Peter Blake 3, Jared Sheldon 4, Audrey Persano 0) and Bush League/FMB (Virgil Kyle 0, Danny Walker 2, Henry Walker 2, Ulysses Escapite 4) in an extremely entertaining game.
After six wide open, hit and run chukkers, Lazy 3 prevailed by three goals (one handicap) by a final count of 12 – 9.
For the winners Shelden led all scorers with eight goals (two fouls) and Blake counted three.
The reply for Bush League/FMB saw Danny Walker with five (two fouls), Kyle had a pair, and Henry Walker and Escapite struck once each.

In the World Gym 4 Goal, Ocean Air (David Carlson 0, Reg Whyte 0, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Felipe Sordelli 2) defeated Luna Polo (Jennifer Alexy 0, Shannon Smull -.5, Diego Larregli 3, Santiago Mendez 1.5) 9 – 6.
Sordelli led the winners with five goals, Ezcurra grabbed three (one penalty 4), and Carlson had one.
For the runners-up, Larregli scored four (one foul) and Alexy provided two.

The winning teams from both games were presented with bottles of Ketel One Botanicals by Eric Estrada of Pacific Wine and Spirits.

Tony Gregg

K2 Polo Ponies Captures Women’s B Flight

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The USPA Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge final was won by K2 Polo Ponies (Kim Kelly 3, Elizabeth Cunningham, Dayelle Fargey 6, Kirsten Ludwig 3)  over Bearsden (Carol Farnsworth 3, Audrey Persano 4, Catlin Dix, Hope Kerley 1) by a final score of 5 – 4 in a wide open and very entertaining game.

Trailing by two goals at halftime, K2 outscored Bearsden 4 to 1 in the second half to take a one goal victory.

Bearsden’s Audrey Persano was chosen as the MVP and Miami, played by Hope Kerley and owned by Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

B Flight WINNERS – K2 Polo Ponies – (Elizabeth Cunningham, Kim Kelly, Dayelle Fargey, Kirsten Ludwig)

To win the C Flight in an extremely close game, Mary Kay Babes/SB Polo (Susan Guggenheim 2, Naima Scheraga 1,, Megan Rioux-Forker 1, Georgia Caesar 1) defeated The Partners (Bonnie Magill 1, Hannah Mitchell 1, Jennifer Hagstedt , Anne Terranova 1) in a shootout.

C Flight WINNERS – Mary Kay Babes – (Georgia Caesar, Megan Rioux-Forker, Susan Guggenheim, Naima Scheraga)

Alazanas Foxi Prevails in Women’s Challenge

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Displaying a very calculated and strong defensive game throughout, with the addition of second half offense, Alazanas Foxi (Kate Weber 4, Malia McCoy 5, Jessica Bailey 5, Meghan Gracida 3 – [17]) defeated Plank & Co, (Kendall Plank 4, Cheryl Schindel 2, Dayelle Fargey 6, Tiffany Busch 6 – [18]) by a final score of 4.5 – 3 to win the USPA Pacific Coast Circuit Women’s Challenge and WCT Qualifier played at Southern California’s Eldorado Polo Club. Playing in front of a very involved and vocal lunchtime Cantina crowd, the winners acquired a half point award at the start.

Due to sturdy defense from both sides, the first period was somewhat choppy and ended with no scoring for either foursome. Alazanas Foxi continued to lead with the handicap difference at .5 – 0.

Fargey – playing the eventual Best Playing Pony award winner – was able to get free during the second chukker and scored twice from the field. That would be it however, as both defenses continued to work well and Plank & Co. led at 2 – .5.

The third period opened up for Alazanas Foxi as Weber and Bailey counted goals. At the same time, their strong defensive play remained in business and the oft mentioned Plank & Co. offense was held at bay. Alazanas Foxi led once again by the award difference at 2.5 – 2.

With their solid defensive play continuing in the fourth, Alazanas Foxi continued to mix in offence as well and Gracida scored to increase the lead to one and a half goals. Continued offensive pressure forced a Plank & Co. error and Weber converted a penalty number two and the lead was now two and one half goals. Fargey was able to score her third of the game to narrow the difference but time was not her ally and it was over. Alazanas Foxi was the USPA Womens Challenge/WCT Qualifier champion.

Weber, based on her steady, strong, and knowledgeable play, was selected as the Most Valuable Player to her team and Ebony – Fargey’s second chukker mare – was adorned with the Best Playing Pony blanket. The Sunny Hale Memorial Horsemanship Award was presented to Catlin Dix playing for consolation winner Ocean Mist/Prime Time.
Tony Gregg

ALAZANAS FOXI Kate Weber, Meghan Gracida, Malia McCoy, Jessica Bailey
Presented by Bill Devane & Caroline Anier
(Photo: Kerri Kerley)

Women’s Challenge, WCT Qualifier – Finals Set

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With Friday play completed, the A and B Flight finalists have been determined.

In the A Flight, game victories by Plank & Co. and Alazanas Foxi over Luna Polo and Ocean Mist/Prime Time respectively set the stage for Sunday’s main event showdown at the Cantina.

On Saturday, Cantina patrons  will see K-2 Polo engage Bearsden at 12PM in the B Flight decider.
K-2 emerged as the winner of a round-robin with High Maintenance and Jackson Hole Emporium/Cheval Polo and Bearsden advanced with their game victory over Central Coast Polo Team.

The C Flight final will be contested Saturday at 1:30 PM between The Partners and Mary Kay Babes/SB Polo.

USPA Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge – Update Dec 28th

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A FLIGHT

PLANK & CO. (18)                                         LUNA POLO (18)
Kendall Plank 4                                             Jennifer Alexy 5
Cheryl Schindel 2                                          Megan Judge 4
Dayelle Fargey 6                                           Cindy Halle 4                                  
Tiffany Busch 6                                              Marissa Wells 5

ALAZANAS FOXI (17)                                    OCEAN MIST/PRIME TIME (17)
Meghan Gracida 3                                         Catlin Dix 4
Kate Weber 4                                                  Audrey Persano 4
Malia McCoy 5                                                Andrea Coscia 4
Jessica Bailey 5                                              Tiamo Hudspeth 5

Friday December 28;
Plank & Co. vs Luna Polo, Ocean Mist/Prime Time vs Alazanas Foxi
Sunday December 30;
Final – Plank & Co. vs Alazanas Foxi

  

B FLIGHT

CENTRAL COAST POLO TEAM (9)               BEARSDEN (12)
Hannah Heitzig 1                                            Carol Farnsworth 3
Margaret Papka 1                                            Audrey Persano 4
Megan Judge 4                                                Catlin Dix 4       
Cory Williams 3                                               Hope Kerley 1

HIGH MAINTENANCE (12)                             K2-POLO PONIES (12)
Julie Fernandez 2                                             Kim Kelly 3
Lesa Slaughter 1                                               Elizabeth Cunningham
Tiamo Hudspeth 5                                             Dayelle Fargey 6
Athena Malin 4                                                   Kirsten Ludwig 3

JACKSON HOLE EMPORIUM/CHEVAL POLO (9)
Jessica Dubin
Kim Garsed 2
Megan Flynn 3
Danielle Travis 4

Friday December 28;
Game – Central Coast vs Bearsden
Round Robin – High Maintenance vs K2 vs Jackson Hole
Saturday December 29;
Final 12 PM – Bearsden vs K2-Polo

C FLIGHT

THE PARTNERS (5)                                               MARY KAY BABES/SB POLO (5)
Bonnie Magill 2                                                     Susan Guggenheim 2
Hannah Mitchel 1                                                  Naima Scheraga 1
Jennifer Hagstedt 1                                               Megan Rioux-Forker 1
Anne Terranova 1                                                 Georgia Caesar 1

Final to be played on Saturday December 28 1:30 PM

NYTS Tournament Concludes Successful 2018 Season

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The second National Youth Tournament Series of the 2018 Eldorado season featured three very evenly matched youth teams. While several of the players had played in the National Program before, it was the first foray for others into the world of ‘National’ tournament polo.
After two days of round-robin play, Alegria (Hope Kerley, Charlize Bisogni, Piers Bossom, Conrad Kissling, {Alysa Garcia & Athena Malin – sub for inj. Bisogni}) finished in first place.
Boss Polo (Bayne Bossom, Garrett Bankhead, Haley Schneider, Taylor Olcott) were the runners-up and Lakeside (Ian Schnoebelen, Molly Agee, Hannah Stock, Elise Parde) finished third.
Five all stars were selected and became eligible to compete in the National Championship; (alphabetical order) – Molly Agee, Garrett Bankhead, Bayne Bossom, Hope Kerley, Conrad Kissling.
Peque, played by Kerley in her third Sunday chukker and owned by Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni wore the Best Playing Pony Blanket back to the barn.
Alegria 7 – Lakeside 5
Alegria 5 – Boss Polo 4
Boss Polo 6 – Lakeside 4

Tony Gregg

Ocean Mist Wins Women’s Challenge – WCT Qualifier

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Although giving up the first goal of the final game of the USPA Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge – WCT Qualifier, Ocean Mist (Carin Middleton 4, Mia Bray 3, Megan Judge 3, Heather Lake 3/Sheryl Sick 3) easily won by a 9 – 2.5 count over M3 (Madelyn Cobb 4, Jemma Contreras 1, Cybele Jordan 4, Erin Brittin 2).
With a handicap award of 1.5 goals at the start, M3 – with the early counter – then had a 2.5 goal lead. It was not to last long however, as Ocean Mist then scored nine unanswered tallies – two in the first, four in the second, and three in the third – to gain the victory.
For the champions, Lake counted three, Bray had three (two fouls), Judge struck twice and Middleton once (a foul conversion).
Cobb scored the lone M3 goal (a foul conversion).
Because of her steady, strong, and thoughtful play, Bray was selected as the MVP.
Maclo, owned by George Dill and played by Brittin in the forth chukker was awarded the Best Playing Pony blanket.
In earlier action, Deer Creek (Kate Weber 4, Caroline Anier 5, Gina Padilla 3, Leslie Tims 1) defeated Las Patronas JJCK (Jennifer Alexy 5, Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni 4, Claudia Uretz 2, Kim Garsed 2) by a final count of 6 – 5 to win the Consolation final.
Anier, playing a strong inside game, was awarded the title of MVP and Luttrell-Benardoni’s mare Anita was chosen as the Best Playing Pony – the second Easter Sunday honor for a Luttrell-Benardoni horse.

Tony Gregg

National Youth Tournament Series

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LAKESIDE – Molly Agee B.5, Ian Schnoebelen B, Elise Pardue B, Hannah Stock B.
BOSS POLO – Bayne Bossom A, Garrett Bankhead B, Taylor Olcott B, Haley Schneider B.
ALEGRIA – Conrad Kissling 1.5, Hope Kerley B, Charlize Bisogni B, Piers Bossom -1.

Teams will play Saturday and Sunday Round Robins.

Saturday – First game at 12 noon

USPA Pacific Coast Women’s Challenge WCT Qualifier

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LAS PATRONAS JJCK (13) – Jennifer Alexy 5, Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni 4, Claudia Uretz 2, Kim Garsed 2.
M3 (11) – Madelyn Cobb 4, Jemma Contreras 1, Cybele Jordan 4, Erin Brittin 2.
MANILA POLO (13) – Kate Weber 4, Gina Padilla 3, Caroline Anier 5, Lesley Tims 1.
OCEAN MIST (13) – Heather Lake 3, Carin Middleton 4, Megan Judge 3, Mia Bray 3.

SCHEDULE
Sat Mar 31 9 AM – Manilla Polo vs Ocean Mist
Sat Mar 31 10AM – Las Patronas JJCK vs M3
Sun Apr 1 – Final; M3 vs Ocean Mist

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