Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Presidents Cup Opens Fall 8 Goal Series

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2018 – The Fall 8 Goal Tournament Series kicked off  at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club with back-to-back days of fast polo action in the Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Presidents Cup. With four teams entered, each team faces off against the other three teams with the best two records advancing to the final.

Maxi Menini
Maxi Menini

Farmers & Merchants Bank met opponent Barrossa/STG for the first matchup of the tournament. An injury sidelined Henry Walker early in the game, putting brother Dan Walker in for the remainder of the match. The teamwork displayed by Barrossa/STG’s team captain Max Menini and 3-goal player Francisco Guinazu propelled them into the lead, capturing the first win of the tournament 12-10.

Barrossa/STG faced a tough opponent in Klentner Ranch/Hidden Creek on Sunday remaining tied or within one goal throughout the first four chukkers of play. A penalty conversion by Menini in addition to his goal from the field and a second by Guinazu pushed the team into the lead. Three more goals between Guinazu and Menini in the final chukker of play sealed the team’s second victory, 13-9.

Bayne Bossom

Klentner Ranch/Hidden Creek defeated UCLA on Saturday, relying on their mix of youth, talent and speed to overcome their opponent 15-10. Jesse Bray’s well planned system used his young players Luke Klentner and Bayne Bossom to disrupt plays and keep the backfield clear throughout the match. After falling to Klentner Ranch/Hidden Creek, UCLA stepped up their game on Sunday against Farmers and Merchants Bank and secured their first victory by a narrow margin 9-8.

With the hustle and bustle of the high goal season over, the Fall Season at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club offers relaxing yet competitive leagues throughout September and the first half of October. The Pro Pool League pairs three amateur players with a professional for fun, open games on the pristine fields. Coaching League and arena chukkers allow players new to the sport to test the waters in a supportive and safe environment. The Fall Season concludes with the Women’s Invitational and famous Last Chance Tournament.

Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Presidents Cup Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 22
10am FMB vs Klentner Ranch
Noon Barrossa vs UCLA/ Lucchese

Sunday, Sept. 23
12:30pm Consolation
3pm JHHE USPA President’s Cup Final

Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Presidents Cup Team Rosters

Farmers and Merchants Bank
Henry Walker* 2
Warwick Prendiville 1
Santi Wulff 5
Mateo de Paolis A
*Dan Walker 2

John Ziegler A
Jef Graham A
Max Menini 5
Francisco Guinazu 3

Klentner Ranch/Hidden Creek
Bayne Bossom 1
Luke Klentner A
Jesse Bray 6
Sean Keys 1

Conrad Kissling 1T
Matt Walker 2
Agustin Molinas 5
John Muse A

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