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POLO: THE RED COLOSSUS WINS THE BUTLER HANDICAP

International Polo ClubYes, it’s the time of year for Balladeer’s Blog to resume its coverage of Polo, the world’s OLDEST team sport! How old?

Consider this: Alexander the Great’s men played Polo, which was even then a well-established game.

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Polo Red Colossus Butler HandicapBUTLER HANDICAP: The International Polo Club in Florida was the site of the 2017 Butler Handicap. The two teams battling for the cup yesterday  EACH HAD A FEMALE PLAYER ON THEIR TEAM. One of the things I like about Polo is that it has men’s only leagues, women’s only leagues and mixed play.

Coca Cola – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: the Red Colossus – played Flexjet – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: the Aviators. The First Chukker ended with Ms Gillian Johnston’s Coca Cola team on top of Melissa Ganzi’s Flexjet team by a score of 3 goals to 2.

In the Second Chukker sterling defense was the name of the game with only one goal being scored the entire time. The Aviators tied things up 3-3.    

The Third Chukker saw the offense on both teams return to life and begin swatting goals between the uprights with abandon. The Red Colossus managed 3 goals to the pair notched by Flexjet and went into Halftime holding a 6-5 edge. Continue reading

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POLO: WHITE BIRCH WINS BUTLER HANDICAP

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

The victors and the vanquished on stage after the match.

The victors and the vanquished on stage after the match.

Mere weeks after winning the Waterbury Cup the storied WHITE BIRCH polo team won the Butler Handicap, clobbering AIRSTREAM by a score of 16-9 in the championship match. The Greenwich Polo Club was the scene of the action.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pics of their player Hilario Ulloa.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pics of their player Hilario Ulloa.

White Birch rode onto the polo grounds playing like a team possessed on both offense AND defense.

They swatted in 3 goals in the 1st Chukker, an amazing 5 in the 2nd Chukker and 2 more in the 3rd to head into Halftime with an intimidating 10-4 lead over their opponents from Airstream.  Continue reading

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POLO: FINAL MATCHUP SET FOR THE BUTLER HANDICAP

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

Airstream NomadsThe other team playing in the championship match of the Butler Handicap at Greenwich Polo Club has been established. The AIRSTREAM NOMADS defeated the K.I.G. LIVERYMEN to advance to Thursday’s title game against Greenwich’s own WHITE BIRCH.

The Airstream team:

The Airstream team: Peter Orthwein (Ace), Guillermo Aguerro (Deuce), Michel Dorignac (Chevy), Mariano Gonzalez (Back)

The first Chukker ended in a 2-2 tie and set the pace for the rest of this defense-heavy match. At the end of Chukker number 5 Airstream held a 7 to 4 advantage over K.I.G. In the 6th Chukker the Liverymen shut out the Nomads and tied the game at 7-7, forcing a Golden Goal sudden death situation.    Continue reading

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POLO: WHITE BIRCH CONTINUES TO ROLL AS THE BUTLER HANDICAP BEGINS

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pictures of their player Hilario Ulloa.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pictures of their player Hilario Ulloa.

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

White Birch, possibly the most storied Polo Team in U.S. history, continues to pile up the wins here in 2015. After just having taken the Waterbury Cup without losing even one match during the event, the team carried their momentum with them into opening round play in the Butler Handicap.

That  event is being held at the Greenwich Polo Club.  Continue reading

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POLO: WATERBURY CUP SECOND WEEK ACTION

Greenwich Polo ClubFrom Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut came Week Two action in the battle for the Monty Waterbury Cup.

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pics of their player Hilario Ulloa.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pics of their player Hilario Ulloa.

MATCH ONE – The storied WHITE BIRCH team took on TUPUNGATO (The Volcano) to start things off. The 1st Chukker ended with the score tied at 2 Goals for each team. White Birch shut out Tupungato in the 2nd Chukker while taking a 4-2 lead. The 3rd Chukker started with that becoming a 5-2 lead but Tupungato came charging back to score 3 unanswered Goals. This tied the game at 5-5 but White Birch swatted in another score for a 6-5 edge going into Halftime. Continue reading

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POLO: WATERBURY CUP FIRST ROUND ACTION

From Connecticut’s Greenwich Polo Club it’s the 2015 Waterbury Cup. My coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport continues.  

Waterbury CupGAME ONE – White Birch took on Airstream in First Round action. Playing for White Birch, possibly the most storied Polo team in American history, were: Santino Magrini (Ace), Hilario Ulloa (Deuce), Mariano Aguerre (Chevy) and Peter Brant (Back). Airstream’s roster was: Peter Orthwein (Ace), Guillermo Aguero (Deuce), Michel Dorignac (Chevy) and Mariano Gonzalez (Back). 

White Birch's Hilario Ulloa

White Birch’s Hilario Ulloa

When the 6 Chukkers were in the books White Birch had won this defense-heavy match by a final score of 10 goals to 7. Best-Playing Pony was Mezquiete, ridden and owned by White Birch’s Hilario Ulloa. (Pictured) Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RESULTS

The Champions: Bob Jornayvaz (Back), Alejo Taranco (Chevy), Guillermo Terrera (Deuce) and Adolfo Cambiaso (Ace).

The Champions: Bob Jornayvaz (Back), Alejo Taranco (Chevy), Guillermo Terrera (Deuce) and Adolfo Cambiaso (Ace).

From the International Polo Club at Palm Beach, Valiente defeated Orchard Hill for the 111th U.S. Open Championship! Valiente – the Valiants – had been to the title match in 2013 and 2014 as well and avoided becoming 3-time losers with this victory.  

The 1st Chukker saw Orchard Hill – the Clubmen – get out to a 3-1 lead but in the 2nd Chukker they went cold from the field AND when shooting penalty shots, missing no less than FOUR from the penalty line! That ultimately proved to be the difference in the match but neither team knew it yet. This sextant ended with Valiente pulling one goal closer at 3-2.  

Chukker number 3 was a comparative orgy of offense as the score went from a 4-2 Clubmen lead to a 4-4 tie and finally to a 5-4 Orchard Hill edge going into Halftime.   Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN SEMIFINAL RESULTS

The 111th U.S. Open continues at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach.

Orchard Hill Polo shirtORCHARD HILL VS COCA COLA – This first semifinal saw Orchard Hill – the Clubmen – end the 1st Chukker with a 2 goals to 1 lead over Coca Cola – the Red Colossus. The offenses got in rhythm in the 2nd Chukker of play during which the Clubmen went up 3-1 before the Red Colossus tied the match at 3-3. The Chukker ended with Orchard Hill on top 4-3. In Chukker number 3 the Clubmen grabbed a 5-4 lead headed into Halftime.  Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS SET

The 111th U.S. Open continues at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach.

valiente shirtVALIENTE VS LECHUZA CARACAS – This battle for a berth in the Semifinals was all defense in the 1st Chukker, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The offenses got rolling in the 2nd Chukker, which finished with a 5-3 lead for Lechuza Caracas – the White Owls – over Valiente –  the Valiants. Chukker number 3 saw the Valiants come from behind to hold a lead of 7 goals to 6 headed into Halftime.   Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN ACTION CONTINUES

The 111th U.S. Open continues at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach.

Orchard Hill Polo shirtORCHARD HILL VS COCA COLA – This match was a tale of two Halves. Coca Cola – the Red Colossus – led Orchard Hill – the Clubmen – by a score of 4-2 after the 1st Chukker, 5-4 after 2 Chukkers of play and ended the 3rd Chukker leading by a count of 6 goals to 5 headed into Halftime.  Continue reading

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