The National Youth Tournament Series Program was established to provide youth players the opportunity to compete against their peers in USPA-sanctioned outdoor tournaments. At each qualifier, All-Stars are selected by an appointed committee. All-Stars are then eligible to be selected to compete in the NYTS Championship Cecil Smith Cup and Girls All-Star Challenge. The NYTS qualifier has been designed for upper-intermediate to advanced youth players, those capable of holding a minimum of a “-1” handicap. A rewarding experience, NYTS Qualifiers offer the chance to see your club represented at the championship level. The 24 players at the 2019 NYTS National Championship represented 20 different clubs across the United States and Canada. Click here for more information.
AIKEN POLO CLUB NYTS QUALIFIER
Hope Arellano carries the ball downfield on the nearside, Aiken Saddlery in pursuit. ©Pam Gleason
Host Site: Aiken Polo Club, Aiken, South Carolina.
Aiken NYTS – A Flight
The Nicholson Family Foundation
Creative Financial Strategies
Final: Creative Final Strategies defeated Aiken Saddlery
Aiken Saddlery’s Summer Kneece stays focused on the field. ©Pam Gleason
All-Stars: Chris Veitch, Josh Escapite, Sophie Grant, Hope Arellano, Aiden Meeker, Summer Kneece, Nick DiValentino, Reagan Leitner and Jack Whitman.
Best Playing Pony Award: Sagebrush owned by Reagan and Robyn Leitner, played by Reagan Leitner.
Best Playing Pony was awarded to Sagebrush, played by Reagan Leitner and owned by both Reagan and Robyn Leitner. ©Aiken Polo Club
*Hope Arellano is a member of Team USPA. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.