September 27, 2014
Students and parents from Boston to Baltimore attended second Polo Training Foundation College Fair program started in Florida in April 2014. This event was held at the PTF Hickox Polo Fields in Old Westbury, NY. Eight college coaches representing, Cornell, UConn, Princeton, Skidmore, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Virginia, and Yale explained their programs to thirty-two high school and middle school students. Each coach had a table and interviewed the students individually or in small groups. Students and parents were thrilled by the opportunity to scope out many schools with college programs at one event. The coaches were excited to meet students with an interest in their programs and appreciated the opportunity to speak with younger students about how important it was to achieve good academic standing in order to play polo in college.
Following the event two games were played at Bob Ceparano’s Country Farms arena. Six middle school students battled each other in a two chukker match. This was followed by a round robin with ten of the high school students participating. Although getting good enough grades to get into a polo playing college are the most important element, the coaches were very interested in watching the athleticism of the student players.
The Polo Training Foundation plans to continue the College Fair series, rotating the location around the entire country, so that many more high school students can be exposed to these terrific collegiate programs.
Wes Linfoot Memorial Tournament
2014 PTF I/I Award Winners
PTF Given Matching Challenge for Academic Scholarship Program
The family of Karl Hilberg has challenged the PTF to bring the endowment for the academic scholarship program for aspiring collegiate polo players up to $100,000. The Hilberg family will donate $20,000 once the PTF has $80,000 in a scholarship endowment. Currently the fund has $38,000, so $42,000 needs to be raised to receive the match. The academic scholarship program entering its fourth year was created to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education goals based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college. In addition to meeting a high academic standard, scholars are required to participate in the collegiate polo club at the school they are attending. These scholarships are also based on financial need .
2014 Summer Exchange to England
Mack Jason Program
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Ian Angus stepped down as Chairman of the Polo Training Foundation at the Annual Meeting April, 20, 2014. Ian joined the Board of Directors in the late 1990’s, became an officer in 2002 and served as Chairman for the past four years. Long time Board Member Dick Riemenschneider has been elected Chairman. Ian saw the PTF through a major transition bringing the PTF back to its roots of providing polo instruction with a major emphasis on young players. PTF Executive Director Danny Scheraga said “The PTF is extremely appreciative of Ian Angus’s guidance, perseverance , and friendship through some tumultuous years. We are forever grateful for his strong yet quiet leadership.”
2014 PTF Polo Party
2014 PTF Award Winners: Danny Scheraga, Tony Coppola, Alyssa Tranchilla, Mackenzie Weisz, Malia Bryan, Jack McLean, Michael Bellissimo and Melissa Ganzi. (Connell Erb not present).
2014 Award Winners
Jr Polo Sportsmanship: Malia Bryan & Jack McLean
Jr Polo Most Improved Players: Alyssa Tranchilla & Mackenzie Weisz
Youth Polo Sportsmanship: Connell Erb
Youth Polo Most Improved: Michael Bellissimo
Polo & Planes
PTF Exchange Program
The Polo Training Foundation and the Hurlingham Polo Association came together to create a new exchange Program between the Young American Players and the Young English Players. To kick start the program, the PTF hosted 4 Junior English Players for the week of the Avendano Memorial.
On Saturday, the English players joined 5 American players for an arena practice at the Grand Champions Polo Club's Polo West Arena. Following practice they attended the Polo Player's Support Group 40 Goal Match at the International Polo Club. On Monday all the players participated in the infamous Avendano Memorial. Charlie Townsend, the youngest English Exchange player was even awarded the Most Valuable Player in his division.
Tuesday began with an early trip to the Polo Museum and Hall of Fame, where the boys were treated to a special tour of the Museum by Brenda and George DuPont.
Tuesday afternoon was the USA vs. England Junior Game at the Grand Champions Polo Club. The four english players: Thomas Coid, Hugo Taylor, Marcus Cork and Charlie Townsend were coached by Malcolm Borwick and Julian Hipwood, to compete against the USA Team of Riley Ganzi, Grant Braden, Nicolas Escobar and Joaquin Avendano.
The English Team walked away victorious after four exciting and fast chukkers, but all eight players walked away with lasting memories and friendships.
A special thank you to the Escobar Family, the Braden Family and the Avendano Family for helping to host and mount the english players. And a very special thank you to the Grand Champions Polo Club and the Ganzi Family, who not only hosted two of the players but went above and beyond to ensure all the boys enjoyed every minute of their stay!!
The PTF is currently planning with the HPA to bring 4 Junior American Players to England in late July 2014.
Gil Johston presenting to England: Thomas Coid, Hugo Taylor, Marcus Cork, Charlie Townsend and the USA: Riley Ganzi, Grant Braden, Nicolas Escobar, Joaquin Avendano.
Hugo Taylor, Marcus Cork, Sharon Cork, Danny Scheraga, Jennifer McLeavy, Andrew Cork, Thomas Coid and Charlie Townsend.
Marcus Cork, Thomas Coid, Hugo Taylor, Charlie Townsend and Grant Braden at the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.
USA's Joaquin Avendano and England's Marcus Cork.
USA's Nicolas Escobar and England's Thomas Coid.