This past Sunday members of the club volunteered at the 2nd Annual Polo for Lyme Benefit at the Menlo Circus Club. The benefit was held to support Bay Area Lyme, a local foundation that raises awareness, provides education, and supports research relating to Lyme disease. Lyme disease is increasingly prevalent in California and infects both people and animals. We had a lot of fun at the event and are glad we could support a worthy cause! To learn more about the Bay Area Lyme Foundation please see their website.
In addition, after three fun but arduous weeks of tryouts, Stanford Polo Club is pleased to welcome twelve new members to the club. We’re very excited to have so many new members and are thrilled they joined! The team roster will be updated soon! Now that last year’s new members are officially no longer newbies, we felt it was safe to put this picture up.
The polo team had an amazing summer, with members of both the men’s and women’s teams traveling to Central Coast Polo Club for several tournaments, to South Bay Polo Club for field chukkars and the Garlic Cup, and to Oakdale Polo Club for some very fun scrimmages. Special shout-out to coach Heather Lake and senior Laura Kurt, who travelled to CCPC last weekend for the WCT Qualifier and won their flight!
We’ve added a few more horses to the pasture (pics coming soon!) that we think will make excellent additions to our string. Special thanks to Russ Sheldon and Poway Polo Club for Jaegermeister, Santos Arriola and South Bay Polo Club for Stoli, and the Stanford Equestrian team for Jack!
Both our men’s and women’s teams are gearing up for the fall season, and we’re also getting ready for a new crop of new members!! If you’re a Stanford student and interested in joining the club please send us an email and/or come talk to us at the activities fair on Friday! We’ll have an adorable white pony with us so we should be easy to spot. Our “Newbie Day” is this SUNDAY at Webb Ranch, and you can sign up to come either at the activities fair on Friday or by sending us an email. Boys can expect to be picked up at 10 and dropped off by 1:30, and girls can expect to be picked up at 11:30 and dropped off by 3. We’ll have a polo demonstration, talk about what the club is like, give you a chance to get to know us, and rotate through a few stations to give you a taste of what polo is like. We hope to see you out there!
If you’re unable to make SUNDAY’S “Newbie Day” but are interested in joining the club, please talk to us on Friday at the activities fair or send us an email, Newbie Day is not mandatory but it’s a great chance for us to get to know you! We’ll also have newbie practices/tryouts the following two weeks and will finalize the new members in mid-October.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CHANGED THE DATE OF NEWBIE DAY. NEWBIE DAY IS NOW ON SUNDAY***
This past weekend Stanford Polo fielded a team for the ExpertQuote Silicon Valley Polo Classic Tournament at Menlo. We can’t thank Harpreet Chadha, the CEO of Legacy Resources, enough for sponsoring the Stanford team! The tournament was many club members’ first official tournament and was a great success. Unfortunately we didn’t bring the camera out, but the Stanford team handily won their game with 14 goals made between Saturday and Sunday. The tournament was a welcome break from studying for finals as we finished up the school year. The team practices arena polo for most of the school year, but playing on the field this spring has been a lot of fun and it was a privilege to play at Menlo. Many thanks again to Harpreet Chadha, a big Stanford fan and polo supporter, for giving us this opportunity to play! The ExpertQuote Tournament is the last tournament we will play this school year, but many team members will continue playing over the summer so keep an eye out for Stanford Polo!
Stanford Polo held our annual IntraClub tournament to finish up another successful year. Club members took a break from their busy academic schedules right before “dead week” to participate. Stanford Polo was divided into four teams, and the tournament was a chance for every club member to play in a full game and show off the skills they have been working on all year to develop.
Erich Schloss reaching for the ball (left) and Coach Zeliger umpiring (right).
It was great fun to see how much everyone has improved this year! Many of our new members joined the club with very little horse or polo experience, and it was very exciting and rewarding to see the results of one year’s hard work. The two day tournament concluded with team “Grey Goose” (named after a favorite pony who found a new home this year) emerging victorious.
Shivani Torres warming up on Stout.
In addition, Stanford Polo welcomed a new horse to our string! Although his name is still being decided on (and we’re looking for suggestions!), this little chestnut thoroughbred has a lot of experience in almost every riding discipline. He is already great friends with the mares in the pasture, and we are confident that he will pick up the game of polo quickly. He made a trip to the polo arena for a general look around, and seemed excited to start his new job! We are confident that he will do really well in the club and are looking forward to his days as a polo pony.
New head horse manager Laura Huntley and Coach Heather Lake making the lineup.
Last Sunday Stanford Polo Club, parents, alumni, and the surrounding community came out to watch the 5th Annual Almni Match at the Menlo Circus Club. The Alumni Match was the final event of a weekend spent welcoming Stanford Polo Club alumni back and celebrating the club’s achievements at our annual Grilled Cheese dinner.
Stanford alum Russell Field talks to Coach Mike Zeliger with announcer Toby Cooper looking on.
Sunday’s Alumni Tournament started with Menlo Polo Club chukkers and a “Polo 101″ talk led by Dr. Ashley McCaughan, a veterinarian and Dartmouth alum. Thank you, Dr. Ashley McCaughan for introducing polo to those new to the sport! The day continued with an intercollegiate round robin and a silent auction coordinated by Maria Marcus, with items donated by private contributors and companies in the Bay Area. Teams representing Stanford, Dartmouth, and Cornell consisted of alumni from the three schools as well as honorary members. The chukkers were exciting to watch, as they included many of Stanford Polo’s coaches past and present, and alumni such as Tom Shanahan.
Michael Dawson playing for Cornell in the lead on Stanford’s Margarita.
Tom Shanahan, a great supporter of the Stanford Polo program and former member of the Stanford’s men’s team, played for Stanford with his son Patrick. Coach Mike Zeliger and former Stanford Polo coach, Greg Wolff, represented Cornell. Mike and Greg played together for Cornell in the 1992 National Intercollegiate Championship and it was great to see these two players and coaches reunited on the field. Former coaches, Michael Dawson and Jeff Scheraga, and clinician Francesca Finato also played, representing Cornell, Stanford, and Dartmouth respectively. It was truly special to see some of Stanford polo’s greatest supporters and coaches play in these fast chukkers.
Stanford senior Elizabeth Lake helps the ref by picking up balls on Calvin.
Many thanks to the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley and the Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California for organizing the festivities on the sidelines, and to Toby Cooper for doing a wonderful job of announcing. We would also like to thank Menlo Polo Club for letting us host the event at the Circus Club and Wrightway Polo and South Bay Polo for helping to provide horses.
Video taken from Mike Zeliger’s helmet of a Cornell vs. Dartmouth chukker.
A future polo player practices her riding skills on Woody the horse.
A Dartmouth team member winds up for a shot (left) and carries the ball down the field (right).
The alumni tournament was the final culminating event in a busy weekend for Stanford Polo. On Saturday, the club welcomed back alumni to play on the field at Webb Ranch. Alumni came from near and far (coming from as far as Chicago and Oregon!) to play with us. We were thrilled to play with a few of our alums, many of whom are still fondly remembered and talked about by current members in the club. For newer members, it was great to put faces to the names we so often hear about and to realize the great tradition we are a part of. We even got the chance to see a few photos of Webb Ranch as it existed several decades ago, proving to us all the timelessness of Webb. With a few minor exceptions, not much has changed!
Our Alumni Chukkers at Webb were followed by evening festivities of Grilled Cheese, an event to celebrate another successful year of polo and recognize individual team member’s achievements. The dinner featured cheese dishes of every kind and of course, grilled cheese sandwiches. Thank you to Reade Levinson and her family for hosting the event and to everyone who helped with cooking and other preparations! The tradition of Grilled Cheese, although slightly changed over the years, provides a way for the coaches to recognize our outstanding members and horses and for the team to thank our coaches.
Team captains Laura Hansen and Malav Chakravorty were given awards for being the best playing woman and man in the club. Katrina Pura and Erich Schloss, two outstanding members on our varsity teams, were recognized for improving the most. Horse manager Laura Huntley and Vice President Laura Kurt were awarded with the Outstanding Contribution award, in recognition of all their hard work and commitment to the club. Jack Cook, our new Social Manager, was recognized for the Best Entertainer, and lastly freshman Eric Birdsall was given the Red Boot Award, in recognition of his incredible dedication during his first year of polo. In addition, Laura Kurt presented a memory book with pictures from this year and last, which we hope to continue adding to.
This year’s Alumni Match and other festivities over the weekend were wonderfully successful and we hope to continue to build on these traditions. Thank you again to the many people who helped with all aspects of these events. Please look forward to more updates as we finish up the final weeks of the school year and move into summer!
Stanford Polo with coaches Heather Lake and Mike Zeliger, and coach-in-training Caroline Zeliger.
Two weekends ago Stanford Polo Club hosted Oregon State University (OSU) for a fun weekend of scrimmages. Members of all experience levels played together in mixed teams on the field at Webb Ranch. These informal scrimmages were a great way to promote polo camaraderie in our region and for everyone to gain more playing experience. Thank you OSU for making the long drive down to play with us and for making this weekend possible! Information on this past weekend’s Alumni Tournament coming soon!
Both teams travelled down to San Luis Obispo last weekend for Regionals. Although neither team advanced, both teams showed great improvement and played some good fast polo, and had a lot of fun in the process. We also had two All-Stars named (congrats to Malav Chakravorty and Laura Hansen!) and a sportsmanship award (congrats to Eric Birdsall!).
Spring quarter started today and the team is looking forward to another exciting quarter! We have lots of events planned, from new officer elections to our intra-club tournament to our annual Intercollegiate Alumni Tournament! This year the tournament will be on Sunday May 19th at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. It should be a wonderful event, and we hope to see you out there! Tickets can be pre-ordered using the link below and will also be sold at the gate. Let us know if you have any questions!
This coming weekend both teams will travel down to the Central Coast Polo Club for Regionals!
The men will be playing Idaho and Westmont in a round-robin, with games at 3:30 Friday and 1:30 Saturday. The women will play OSU on Saturday at 11:30, and the victor will play in the finals on Sunday at 10:00.
Earlier this month, Stanford Polo traveled to Santa Barbara for pre-regionals and returned undefeated. Both teams will be advancing to regionals as the victors of Pre-Regionals, and in addition the Stanford contingent won four All-Star recognition awards, one Sportsmanship award, and two best-playing pony awards!
Stanford Polo won both the women’s and men’s divisions at the western preliminary in Santa Barbara, as well as 4 all-stars recognitions, one sportsmanship award, and two best-playing pony awards!
Both of our teams will be traveling down to Santa Barbara Polo Club this weekend to play in West Coast Pre-Regionals!
Stanford Women will be playing USC Women at 1 PM on Saturday and Stanford Men will be playing USC Men at 4:30 PM on Saturday. If the women are victorious on Saturday, they’ll play again at 11 AM on Sunday. These games will determine which teams make it to Regionals so if you’re in the area (or would like to be) please feel free to come out and support us!
We’re really excited for the weekend and have high hopes for both of our teams!
(For those looking ahead, Regionals are scheduled for the weekend of March 22-24 in Cal Poly at the Central Coast Polo Club.)
Both our men’s and women’s teams will be kicking off their winter game schedule this weekend with home games against OSU! The women will play at 1 pm on Saturday, February 2nd and the men will play at 1 pm on Sunday, February 3rd. Both games will be at the Horse Park at Woodside. Come out and cheer on our teams!
We’re planning on hosting several more home games and the game schedule should be up shortly.
Also, save the date for our 5th Annual Alumni Tournament! This year’s tournament will run from 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, May 19th at the Menlo Circus Club. Tickets can be pre-ordered at http://polo2013.eventbrite.com/.