Getting ready for the Green Cup Polo

Friday night we worked to set up the club and witnessed this beautiful sunset.

Sunset at Capitol Polo Club
The club is pretty well ready on Saturday
The scoreboard is ready. One day my name will be there.
Players getting ready for the preliminary polo match
Here's Buddy with his best friend. Buddy scored all of his penalty shots and won the preliminary match.

 

Park Police demonstration at the Green Cup

This was amazing. Montgomery County (we are in Maryland) Park Police brought their horses to demonstrate crowd control.

These are not polo ponies
Going in to the arena to practice
Park Police Polo – not really
John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted TV show has worked with Montgomery County police to apprehend criminals. He is also a good polo player.

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)

 

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

Check out all of Francisco’s photos here:

ARENA POLO PRACTICE (Saturday)

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ARENA POLO PRACTICE (Sunday)

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9/11

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?

IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN

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

 

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!

 

 

Marcos

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

 

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.

 

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