UCLA/Lucchese Wins Jackson Hole Horse Emporium in Overtime Thriller

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2018 – UCLA/Lucchese came home with the Jackson Hole Horse Emporium USPA Regional Presidents Cup, pushing Barrossa into an extra chukker after six deadlocked chukkers.

Conrad Kissling, Matt Walker, Agustin Molinas, John Muse
Conrad Kissling, Matt Walker, Agustin Molinas, John Muse

Max Menini got the ball rolling for Barrossa/STG, scoring three times from the field in the first two chukkers of play. His aggressive offensive strategy set the tone for the remainder of the match. A combination of long passes down field and fast horses kept the pace quick with relatively few fouls.

18-year-old Conrad Kissling scored three times in addition to a 40-yard penalty conversion from Matt Walker, bringing UCLA/Lucchese’s total to four in the first half of play. Francisco Guinazu and John Ziegler each scored from the field in the third chukker for Barrossa, creating a narrow margin just ahead of Lucchese 5-4.

Jef Graham
Jef Graham

Barrossa maintained the one goal advantage matching Kissling’s penalty conversion with a daring goal by Guinazu from the field in the fourth chukker.

MVP Agustin Molinas ramped up his offensive effort, scoring back to back goals to push UCLA/Lucchese ahead by one goal. Their lead was short-lived as Menini eased one through the uprights to tie the score once again, 7-7.

Agustin Molinas
Agustin Molinas

A 30-yard penalty conversion by each team, one by Guinazu and the second by Walker tied up the score for the final time as the bell sounded ending regulation play.

The high energy of the players was evident as the ball was bowled in for the overtime chukker. UCLA/Lucchese secured the ball but a miscue left its fate up in the air until Kissling once again took control. The 18-year-old rocketed a shot down the field, finding his team captain Molinas who ran the ball through for the golden goal.

Best Playing Pony Chocolata with Kelly Smith Remmling and Max Menini,
Best Playing Pony Chocolata with Kelly Smith Remmling and Max Menini,

Kissling felt the adrenaline pumping on the last pass to Molinas, “It was an incredibly hard-fought match that lasted until the very end. Barrossa gave us an incredibly hard time throughout all seven chukkers, but we focused and tried to stay very disciplined at the end. Fortunately we were able to come out with the win.”

Max Menini’s mare “Chocolata” was awarded Best Playing Pony.

Chukker 1: 2-1 UCLA/Lucchese
Chukker 2: 3-3
Chukker 3: 5-4 Barrossa
Chukker 4: 6-5 Barrossa
Chukker 5: 7-7
Chukker 6: 8-8
Chukker 7: 9-8 OT UCLA/Lucchese

Kelly Smith-Remmling from JHHE and MVP Agustin Molinas
Kelly Smith-Remmling from JHHE and MVP Agustin Molinas

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

Barrossa/STG
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

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

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