The Green Cup Polo

They moved the Green Cup from June because of the extreme heat last year.  This year September had extreme rain, the fields were very wet and they had to cancel the preliminary exhibition match.  So I got to mingle.

John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted played in the main match. (photo credit Francisco J. Montero)

John Walsh on his Argentine polo pony. Beautiful! He scored a goal and his team won. Photo credit Francisco J. Montero

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the U.S., H.E. Aziz Mekouar. My daughters are half Moroccan, from Fez, so I am a big fan.

"I wish my Daddy had scored that goal!"

Polo players LOVE trophies

Polo spectators LOVE hats (photo FJM)


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Arena Practice

After Hurricane Irene we had Tropical Storm Lee which flooded the polo fields.  We finally got to play Saturday and Sunday in the arena.  All of these photos are credited to Francisco José Montero.  Thank you Francisco!

I really like playing with Patrick Post

I don't like playing against Patrick Post

We really needed Fernando on our team. He is amazing.

Do I look like a pro?

I love watching the other teams play. We had 4 games each day.

Miguel from the Argentine Embassy grilled the chorizo. Thank you!

Sunny had wonderful Indian food brought in on Sunday. Thank you!

Francisco takes a break from his camera and plays

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This post is dedicated to all of us.  9/11 was a most gorgeous fall day in Queenstown, Maryland. I was scheduled for polo school in Virginia that afternoon.   And then all hell broke loose, our lives changed forever.  10 years have passed.  Have we done what we wanted to do?


This was posted on Rita’s Facebook page, credit to her favorite blog.

Just a friendly reminder, if we are not doing what we want to do, DO IT NOW.

Love and Peace, Susan


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Polo Players’ Magazine

Indigo's efforts in the 2-goal Masters Cup are written up in the Polo Report

I have played polo in Santa Barbara, but not with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

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September 3rd

I can’t say that I missed the US Polo Association 4 goal tournament, because my baby girl got married that weekend.   We were so lucky with the weather, it was gorgeous on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Paul, Naima, and proud Mother-of-the-bride me!

Naima and Shawn kissed                                  (sister/daughter Rita on the left)

And then they high fived!



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Marcos Bignoli, Capitol Polo Club Manager Photo credit Francisco J. Montero

Marcos’ chief job today is tracking Hurricane Irene for polo practice.  Playing polo is completely dependent on the weather, and making those calls is sometimes just impossible until the last minute.

Marcos is a winner. This is the 4 goal USPA tournament team, Comus Sky.

Marcos runs the Capitol Polo Academy

Marcos organizes the teams for practice chukkers and provides the water

Marcos manages the guys who manage the horses and tack

Marcos is a diplomat. He loves to entertain. Photo Francisco J. Montero


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What to do….

When you are rained out of polo for the day.  I really have to get a life.  Paul came over and we went out for a sandwich at Travilah Oak Market, waiting for the news from Marcos.  It wasn’t good, although I KNOW the fields need water!  We wandered around the local nursery, Behnke’s and bought a beautiful new plant for a container garden.  I relented and agreed to go to Nordstrom to look for a mother-of-the bride dress, not optimistic about finding what I want.  Et voila, if I didn’t find Exactly what I envisioned!  Unexpected success.

We ended up at our local hangout in Poolesville.

The food is really quite good here.


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Polo Summer Break

Back in the saddle after the first 10 days in August, where everyone, the horses, and the fields got a break.  I didn’t want a break, but it was obviously good for me, because I came back swinging.  Even Marcos said I played an awesome game!   There is so much for me that goes into hitting the ball.  First, my horse and my riding.  Second, my strength and stamina, and third, my timing.  It all came together: Susannah ran faster than ever, I found the ball at my level of speed, and I hit the ball more than I missed it! yea.

Marcos makes the teams for evening practice chukkers

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Embassy of Brazil Cup

Charity match organized by Kaiser and Flavio

Where all of the beautiful people are! photo by Francisco J. Montero

Preliminary Match, photo credit Francisco J. Montero

This was such a beautiful, fun day. Thank you Francisco J. Montero for the photo





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US Polo Association 2 goal Master Cup

We played the quarter finals and won, we played the semi-finals and won,  we played the finals and ALMOST WON 6 – 8 against a very tough team.

We held ABSI back until the final chukker

Susan Leslie, Patrick Post, Laura Goddard, and our main man Hugo Pasten!

It was a tough game, but we all had fun and we are still friends



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