Amongst the mountains and palm trees, four teams of advanced youth players participated in the first National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) Qualifier of the 2019 season at Eldorado Polo Club in Indio, California. Undefeated Antelope bested both Bush League (3-2) and Seattle Polo (5-4) by a narrow one-goal margin. Bayne Bossom, Riley Jordan, Grant Palmer, Ryan Kerley, Hope Kerley, Athena Malin and Ian Schnoebelen were named All-Stars.

Empire: Ethan Bankhead, Athena Malin, Rose Gonzalez, Grace Gonzalez, Alyssa Garcia.
Empire: Ethan Bankhead, Athena Malin, Rose Gonzalez, Grace Gonzalez, Alyssa Garcia.

Antelope: Hope Kerley (-1), Ryan Kerley (-1), Grant Palmer (0), Jazmin Trotz (-1)

Bush League: Riley Jordan (0), Elise Pardue (-0.5), Micaela Saracco (-1), Quinn Kyle (-1)

Empire: Athena Malin (0.5), Ian Schnoebelen (0), Alyssa Garcia (-1), Rose Gonzalez/Grace Gonzalez (-1)

Seattle Polo: Bayne Bossom (2), Colby Smith (-1), Lars Neumann (-1), Charlize Bisogni (-1)

Seattle: Bayne Bossom, Colby Smith, Dan Walker, Lars Neumann, Charlize Bisogni.
Seattle: Bayne Bossom, Colby Smith, Dan Walker, Lars Neumann, Charlize Bisogni.

Semifinals
Antelope def. Bush League 3-2
Seattle Polo def. Empire 5-3

Consolation Final
Bush League def. Empire 3-2

Bush League: Riley Jordan, Quinn Kyle, Elise Pardue, Micaela Saracco.
Bush League: Riley Jordan, Quinn Kyle, Elise Pardue, Micaela Saracco.

Final Antelope def. Seattle Polo 5-4

BPP: “December” played by Bayne Bossom

All-Stars: Bayne Bossom, Riley Jordan, Grant Palmer, Ryan Kerley, Hope Kerley, Athena Malin, Ian Schnoebelen

Best Playing Pony: December, played by Bayne Bossom, pictured with Piers Bossom.
Best Playing Pony: December, played by Bayne Bossom, pictured with Piers Bossom.

The NYTS program was designed to provide an opportunity for youth players to compete against their peers in USPA outdoor tournaments. Outdoor clubs interested in hosting a NYTS qualifier tournament, please contact Amanda Snow, asnow@uspolo.org, to receive a NYTS Tournament Host Club Manual.

All photos courtesy of ©Kerri Kerly/Eldorado Polo Club.

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