brazilHe spent much time in a coma following a fall in 2014

A tribute by his friend Aurora Eastwood

The hugely liked and respected Brazilian player Juracy Souza Santos died on Saturday 26th March, after spending some 18 months in a coma following a fall playing polo at Guards in July 2014.

Juracy’s polo career started when working for 8 goaler Silvio Novaes. Teaching himself to stick and ball with a sugar cane stalk whilst working as a groom, his talent was quickly apparent and Silvio brought him to the UK to play in the 1980s. A rapid rise in handicap ensued, and Juracy played off 5 goals for many years. He was a skilled and fluid horseman, highly competitive on the pitch but kind and welcoming off it.

Widely known as “one of the good ones” Juracy always had a smile and warm words for everyone. In recent years he had worked for Guards patron Mo Sheikh, contesting and winning many of the major UK tournaments.

A true gentleman, he will be missed by the whole polo community. He is survived by his wife and children.

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