Marysville High School polo player finds love for the sport

Not long after landing in South Carolina, the Sutter Buttes Polo team pulled off a shocking victory, as a seven seed upsetting second-seeded Houston, on Tuesday.

The victory qualified Sutter Buttes into the semifinals where it lost to Maryland to finish third out of the seven-team tournament, made up of areas throughout the nation.

It was an eye-opening experience for Marysville’s Caroline Mathews, a member of the four-person club team coached by Yuba City’s Bonne Magill.

Not long after landing in South Carolina, the Sutter Buttes Polo team pulled off a shocking victory, as a seven seed upsetting second-seeded Houston, on Tuesday.

The victory qualified Sutter Buttes into the semifinals where it lost to Maryland to finish third out of the seven-team tournament, made up of areas throughout the nation.

It was an eye-opening experience for Marysville’s Caroline Mathews, a member of the four-person club team coached by Yuba City’s Bonne Magill.

In arena polo, Mathews said an inflated ball the size of two hands is the object being batted around while players are navigating an 1,100-pound animal.

She said it is crucial to learn how to ride a horse before playing polo.

Mathews also gives riding lessons at home and plans to study animal science at Cal Poly — pursuing a career in agriculture or animals.

The best thing about a horse, Mathews said, is the fact it is a companion before anything else.

“You’re a friend first before a boss,” Mathews said.

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