Florida Young Player Program

2016/2017 Florida Young Player Entry Form (PDF)

2015 Blanco TX Cup Results (PDF)

 

2014 Tackeria Cup Results (PDF)

2014/2015 Winter Season Schedule & Fees 

 

2014/2015 Entry Forms

 

Results

2014 Tackeria Classic

2014 Blanco TX Cup 

 

 

 

2012 Tackeria Cup

 

The Polo Training Foundation was proud to announce a new aspect to the Florida Junior Polo Program in 2013, the Youth Player Program.  In April of 2012 in Florida the Polo Training Foundation along with IPC Polo Manager Jimmy Newman, and his hard working staff, ran a Young Polo Player Test match on one of the world class polo fields at the International Polo Club. The test match was a great success with 8 young players taking to the field for 4 chukkers.
 
 
For the 2013 season, the PTF Youth Player Program had one tournament game a month. The Florida Junior Polo Program currently allows participation up through the age of 15.  The Youth Player Program runs from 16 to 21 years of age, the age group that had previously been neglected. The PTF hopes to give the graduates of the Junior Program another option to compete and a chance to continue to play amateur polo.
 
The specific dates for the Youth Player Events are tentatively scheduled for:
Monday December 30th 2013 @ TBA
Friday January 24th 2014 @ the International Polo Club
Friday February 21st 2014 @ TBA
Friday March 21st 2014 @ the International Polo Club
Friday April 18th 2014 @ the International Polo Club
 
For further information, please contact Jennifer McLeavy at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Entry forms and release forms for these events can be found on the Polo Training Website as well as on the Florida Junior Polo Facebook Group.

 

 

Santa Rita Open 

April 19th 2013 @ the International Polo Club

Team Red wins the Santa Rita Open


It’s only fitting that as the season winds down to its final matches the Polo Training Foundation would take the opportunity to feature the progress of its youth polo program in the form of the Santa Rita Open, a competition for players age 16-21.
Hosted by the International Polo Club, the PTF, IPC member Melissa Ganzi and her Grand Champions Polo Club, the Santa Rita Open took the opportunity to showcase some of the bright up-and-coming young players in the game.
Three teams took part in the season-ending youth competition with a Red Team comprised of Trevor Niznik, Matias Gonzalez, Chase Schwartz, the only girl in the tournament and Ayaan Quraeshi; a White Team of Enrique Barco, Wesley Bryan, Liam Lott and Lorenzo Merlotti; and a Blue Team of Jonny Lavin (substituting for Juancito Bollini) Anthony Devrient, Clemente Devrient and Grant Ganzi.
If some of the names sound familiar, they should Gonzalez, Bryan and Merlotti all appeared on high-goal teams over the course of the season, others have fathers and/or mothers actively playing.
The White Team was eliminated after round robin play, but still produced the tournament MVP in Wesley Bryan, but it was the stickwork, accurate passing and accurate shooting of Matias Gonzalez that captured everyone’s attention. Gonzalez went on to score three of his team’s five goals in their 5-0 shutout of Blue Team. Chase Schwartz (daughter of umpire Horton Schwartz) and Ayaan Quraeshi each scored a goal in the win.
The event was named after Melissa Ganzi’s Ocala-based farm where she rests, breeds and trains polo ponies, Santa Rita Farm, named after her late grandmother.
Following the tournament, the Polo Training foundation held its annual party for the Florida Junior and Youth programs at the International Polo Club’s Mallet Grille.
Florida Junior Awards Presented:
Most Improved Players-Matias Gonzalez and Hope Arellano
Sportsmanship Award-Riley Ganzi and Christian Weisz
Florida Youth Program Awards:
Most Improved Player-Jonny Lavin
Sportsmanship Award-Matt Coppola