The United States Polo Association (USPA) is pleased to announce that Carlucho Arellano Jr. has been selected as Executive Director of Services. Arellano earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Virginia which enables him to effectively manage financial budgets. He comes to the USPA after having worked as a professional polo player and President of Capataz Polo for the past 16 years. His experience in hiring and managing employees, coaching and mentoring, combined with his extensive knowledge of the polo industry were key factors considered when adding him to the executive team.

“I’m excited to have Carlucho join our team,” said USPA CEO Bob Puetz. “He brings with him a lifetime of polo experience along with an in-depth knowledge of the culture of the sport. His understanding of the players, clubs and the inner workings of the Association will be a great asset and addition to the leadership of the USPA.”

Arellano will serve the members and clubs of the Association and oversee the responsibilities and staff of USPA Services. He will focus on facilitating improved external communication between the Association and players, members and clubs, as well as assist with internal communication between the Board, committees and staff. This will be achieved through oversight of handicaps, tournaments, club approvals and board meetings, along with communications and committee objectives.

Arellano on Chukker playing for Prestige Worldwide in the 2018 Joe Barry Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. ©David Lominska.
Arellano on Chukker playing for Prestige Worldwide in the 2018 Joe Barry Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. ©David Lominska.

Arellano has a litany of achievements to his name as a polo player ranging from Intercollegiate to International titles. Some notable accomplishments include: Intercollegiate Player of the Year 2000, University of Virginia Varsity Polo Team Captain and National Men’s Intercollegiate Championship finalist 1998, 2000, member of U.S. Team in Camacho Cup 2009, Team USPA coach and mentor 2015-2017, member of Villa del Lago Herbie Pennell Cup winning team 2017 and Team USPA assistant coach in the XI FIP World Polo Championship 2017.

“Joining the USPA staff when so much is happening for our sport and the success of our future players is most gratifying,” said Arellano. “This is an opportunity to give back to polo all that it has given to me. I look forward to working with my fellow players, the Board, committees and staff to strengthen American polo.”

The entire USPA would like to extend a warm welcome to Arellano, and look forward to having him as part of the team.

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