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.
PTF Executive Director Danny Scheraga teamed up with the University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts Polo Teams Sunday November 10, 2013 at Equine Affair in Springfield Massachusetts. Scheraga gave a talk on polo equipment for horse & player as well as a history of the game, and basic rules. Information for learning how to play polo was also provided. In the afternoon Scheraga announce a match between the UConn Huskies and the UMass Minuteman in front of a crowd of nearly 500. The match was another opportunity to introduce horsemen from many other disciplines to the excitement of polo and several spectators inquired about polo lessons following the match.
Congratulations to the
2013 PTF Interscholastic & Intercollegiate Award Winners
2013 Male Interscholastic
2013 Female Interscholastic
2013 Male Intercollegiate
Martin (Ford) MacCarty
2013 Daniel J. Wallace, Jr. Female Intercollegiate
Mack Jason Leadership Program
Central Coast Polo Club Hosts Mack Jason Alumni Arena Tournament
PTF Academic Scholarship for Polo Players
The Polo Training Foundation introduced a new scholarship program in 2011. The scholarship is available at colleges and universities with an athletic program in polo and provides financial assistance for students who participate in the sport of polo. It is designed to reduce the financial burden of tuition for those who demonstrate financial need.
In addition to meeting a high academic standard, applicants will be required to participate in the collegiate polo program at the school they are attending. These scholarships will be awarded based on financial need. The scholarship application can be found through the link at the bottom of this page.
Scholarships will be funded from donations made to the PTF scholarship fund. Donations will be divided with one half being for immediate use and the other half to go towards building a scholarship endowment.
Those interested in donating to the scholarship program should contact the PTF office by phone:
Use the "Donate Now" button on this site and earmark the donation for the scholarship fund.