Texas Arena League (TAL) wound down with its fourth and final event of the season March 26 through 28 at Brookshire Polo Club in Brookshire, Texas, after a rain postponement and relocation from Two Wishes Polo Club (Lockhart, Texas). Teams and individuals have been competing in four separate events for Texas Arena League points. All points gained through win/loss records and individual awards (Most Valuable Player, Best Playing Pony and Sportsmanship) count toward the End of League prizes and awards. Multiple USPA tournaments have been played along with the league competition during these events that started in January at Legends Polo Club (Kaufman, Texas).
A backshot by Two Wishes’ Ariel Rodriguez being defended by JD Polo’s Katerina Kotova in the Southwestern Circuit Arena Challenge Cup.
During the final event, games were played in four different flights throughout the weekend. In addition to the league games, the finals of several USPA circuit events were played. In the Southwestern Circuit Arena Challenge Cup, JD Polo (Javier Insua, Tanner Kneese, Katerina Kotova) narrowly defeated Two Wishes (Servando James McHazlett, Lara Straussfeld, Ariel Rodriguez). Crosshair Ranch (Ashley Owen, Alex Bryant, Megan Flynn) claimed the Southwestern Circuit Arena Sportsmanship Cup over Shweiki Media (Gal Shweiki, Karl Hilberg, Jack Crea).
Crosshair Ranch’s Megan Flynn preparing a backshot in the Southwestern Circuit Arena Sportsmanship Cup.
The Southwestern Circuit Sherman Memorial Final was played as a round robin between Bar-Spur (Mark Osburn, Brady Williams, Ashley Owen), Polo InterActive (Jose Velez, Javier Insua, Ariel Rodriguez) and Legends Polo Club (Nacho Estrada, Kim Buttram, August Scherer) with Legends Polo Club taking the victory.
Legends Polo Club’s August Scherer competing in the Southwestern Circuit Sherman Memorial Final.
During Texas Arena League, Galvin Agency Most Valuable Player, Catena USA Sportsmanship and Nutrena Best Playing Pony are awarded for every game. The winners of these awards are listed below.
Nutrena Best Playing Pony
#11 – played and owned by Will Walton
Zama – played by August Scherer and owned by Legends Polo Club
Yamin – played by Lance Stefanakis and owned by Horsegate
Sinsation – played and owned by Will Walton
Blitz – played and owned by Lara Straussfeld
Sonita – played and owned by Brady Williams
Sunflower – played by Lalo Ramirez and owned by Villa Ecleto
Khaki –Played by Megan Flynn and owned by Hidden View Farm
Bella – Played by Megan Flynn and owned by Roxy Mounter
Nutrena Best Playing Pony Blitz, played and owned by Lara Straussfeld.
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Javier Insua (again)
Galvin Agency Most Valuable Player Whitney Walker.
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Servando James McHazlett
Catena Sportsmanship Award Winner Servando James McHazlett.
All photos courtesy of ©David Murrell.