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    BPP Cammy Boy, owned by Sam Ramirez, played by Jared Sheldon.

  • US OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP

    MVP Guillermo Usandizaga with USPA CEO Duncan Huyler

US OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP
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US OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS NYC POLO RECAPTURE TITLE

July 26, 2017
July 26, 2017
Undefeated in bracket play, NYC Polo (Sam Ramirez Jr., Tommy Biddle, Jared Sheldon) returned to the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship final at Country Farms Polo Club in Medford, New York, to defend their 2016 title. Unfortunately, High Ground, their slated opponent, was forced to forfeit after player schedules were unable to be reconciled. First time contenders Blue Stone Farms (Guillaume Gimonet, Guillermo Usandizaga, Alan Martinez) stepped up to the plate, substituting Martinez for Daniel Scott, who competed in the first two matches.

Despite Blue Stone Farms winning the first bowl-in, NYC Polo dominated chukker one. Four field goals, including a masterful two-pointer from 9-goaler Biddle, dwarfed Blue Stone Farms’ solitary penalty conversion to end the first 5-1. Blue Stone Farms rallied in the second, scoring two field goals and another penalty conversion, but it was not enough to match the unstoppable NYC Polo; each member of the team contributing a goal, to end the half with a commanding 9-4 lead.

Blue Stone Farms suffered due to penalties in the third, NYC Polo capitalizing on two penalty ones to continue their forward momentum. Struggling to find the goal, Blue Stone Farms continued to play with grit and determination. Sheldon with an impressive chukker, widened the gap with three more tallies and outstanding defensive plays by Ramirez Jr. kept Blue Stone Farms at bay with only a goal each from Usandizaga and Martinez.

Entering the final chukker trailing by a sizable nine goals 15-6, Blue Stone Farms began to stage a comeback, ultimately outscoring NYC Polo. An uphill battle, five combined goals by Usandizaga and Martinez and an additional penalty one, narrowed NYC Polo’s lead. A steadfast Tommy Biddle captained NYC Polo to victory, unfaltering from the penalty line, effortlessly hammering in three undefended penalties and a field goal to seize the win 19-12.

MVP: Guillermo Usandizaga
BPP: Cammy Boy, played by Jared Sheldon and owned by Sam Ramirez Jr.