Held over two cool fall evenings in a row, the Nationwide Sherman Memorial at Boston Polo Membership in Georgetown, Massachusetts, got here to a conclusion on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Boston Polo Membership (Mark Tashjian, Justin Daniels *, Rehan Kumble) emerged from the round- robin’s competitors to face AVID (Federico Wulff, Ariadne Dogani, Kathleen Reagan), getting into the ultimate after a decisive 17-8 semi-final victory towards Babson 1. Assembly for the primary time within the match, AVID constructed an early lead culminating in a spectacular six-goal fourth chukker to seize the historic 16-10 nationwide enviornment title.

“I really feel at residence with the members of the Boston Polo Membership and have robust friendships with lots of them, which for me, makes polo a life-style and never only a sport.” – Ariadne Dogani

AVID conceded a objective on handicap early within the recreation, which Boston Polo Membership’s Tashjian shortly made up for with two consecutive targets. Wulff added AVID’s first discipline objective within the second with a double and teammate Dogani adopted with a objective of her personal. Conveying AVID’s technique, Wulff famous, “We determined to guage chukker by chukker with the right methodology. Throughout each video games we realized how in a rush our opponents have been after the primary chukker and [wanted to] decelerate and work to be extra correct on passing. ”Daniels contributed Boston Polo Membership’s solely objective within the second to face a 3-6 deficit at halftime.


Justin Daniels of Boston Polo Membership prepares for an extended shot within the sand.

AVID stored pushing within the opening bars of the third, producing two extra targets from Wulff, “We knew we have been very effectively mounted and having teammates who can learn the sector makes it simpler to determine methods to play extra zone and canopy sections of the sand.” Kathleen Reagan, an equine lawyer and seasoned participant, had the good thing about taking part in with Wulff and Dogani in the course of the summer season season and used the familiarity to her benefit. “[o]Our opponents within the remaining have been collectively stronger with general scores, so if we had performed man-to-man we might have had a tough time. As an alternative, we needed to resort to taking part in a zone protection that relied on fast readings of performs and gamers. I am not the strongest hitter, however I learn quick performs, and I feel I did an excellent job gobbling up performs like [Boston Polo Club] drove to the sand; I took the move from him in half. “

AVID's Federico Wulff tries to play the ball on a rebound.

AVID’s Federico Wulff kicks the ball again into objective.

With a 9-4 file, Boston Polo Membership lit it up with back-to-back targets from Tashjian and Daniels. Nonetheless, two targets from Dogani within the third maintained a major hole. With only one chukker up for grabs, the AVID duo of Wulff and Dogani took management of the ultimate chukker, scoring six mixed targets, together with Wulff’s second two recreation factors. Regardless of Boston Polo Membership’s personal three-goal aggressive effort, AVID slipped away with a 16-10 victory.

MVP Ariadne Dogani deftly takes the ball on a breakaway.

MVP Ariadne Dogani deftly hits the ball within the air.

Established in 1935, the Nationwide Sherman Memorial is performed in honor of George C. Sherman Sr., often known as the “father of indoor polo.” Reagan took day out of the celebration to mirror on the victory, noting: “[p]olo has such an extended and distinguished historical past, and I’m so honored to be a tangible a part of that historical past, simply reviewing tools from the previous few years made me pause and really feel [gratitude] To Boston Polo, my teammates, and the fantastic ponies! ““ Profitable the Sherman Memorial Cup is the fruits of laborious however enjoyable saddle work, ”shared an elated Dogani.“ I really feel like we performed exceptionally effectively as a crew and stayed targeted on our plan because the chukkers progressed and adjusted. consistently to counterattacks. “

“Polo has such an extended and distinguished historical past, and I’m so honored to be a tangible a part of that historical past, simply reviewing the groups from the previous few years made me cease and really feel [gratitude] To Boston Polo, my teammates, and the fantastic ponies! ” – Kathleen Reagan

The honors for Greatest Enjoying Pony have been offered to 13-year-old Castaño Quarter Horse Corona mare, performed and owned by Mark Tashjian within the first and fourth chukkers. Scoring a complete of 5 targets within the remaining, Dogani was additionally named Most Priceless Participant. “I really feel like it’s an acknowledgment of my development as a participant and a mirrored image of the work of my wonderful using coaches and trainers,” shared Dogani. “It seems like the last word signal of belonging to the unbelievable world polo neighborhood.” Dogani, who joined Boston Polo Membership in 2018 attributes her promotion to Intercollegiate / Interscholastic to Boston Polo Membership proprietor (and consequently his opponent within the remaining) Mark Tashjian, who “made me a polo participant and to whom I owe my ardour for sports activities. “As he finishes his remaining yr at Dana Corridor, Dogani appears to be like to the long run with brilliance”[focusing] with a powerful end from highschool and school purposes. I wish to reap the benefits of the varsity holidays I’ve to fly to Wellington [Florida, and play]. I additionally hope to play girly outside! “

Best Performance Pony Corona.  Portrayed and owned by Mark Tashjian, in the photo with Horacio Herran Marco and Juan Facundo Regueiro.

Greatest Enjoying Pony Corona, carried out and owned by Mark Tashjian. Within the photograph with Horacio Herran Marco and Juan Facundo Regueiro.

* Justin Daniels is an lively member of the USPA crew. The USPA Staff is a USPA program designed to reinforce and develop the game of polo in america by figuring out younger and proficient American gamers and offering coaching and play alternatives with mentors main a bunch {of professional} and newbie gamers with the very best {qualifications} and the ensuing remuneration to the game of polo.

All images are courtesy of © Anabella Dante.


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