November 5, 2009 |
Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the U.S. after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United States Polo Association said yesterday. The decision was made last month to begin a pilot program for testing horses starting in January, said association spokeswoman Amber Owen. The Lexington, Ky.-based organization put together a committee to study the possibility of testing shortly after the South Florida deaths in April.
September 16, 2009 |
Dubbed "The Game of Kings" in sixth-century Persia, polo still conjures visions of manicured lawns, tight white breeches, and rows of gleaming horses. Not so at a grubby little roller-hockey rink at Front Street and Washington Avenue. "3-2-1-GO!" a voice bellows from the sidelines, and six polo players fly toward center court, racing to gain possession of the ball. Two players reach the center at the same time, scrabbling for control. A third player joins the fray, steals the ball, is catapulted through the air, and lands on the ground, mallet still in hand.
April 24, 2009 |
An official at a Florida pharmacy said yesterday the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match. Jennifer Beckett, of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, Fla., told the Associated Press in a statement that the business conducted an internal investigation that found "the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect. " The statement did not say what the ingredient was. Beckett, who is the pharmacy's chief operating officer, said the pharmacy is cooperating with an investigation by state authorities and the Food and Drug Administration.
April 22, 2009 |
Investigators have opened a criminal probe into whether someone poisoned 21 polo horses that died during preparations for a match in the sport's top championship in Florida, officials said yesterday. The horses from a Venezuelan-owned team began collapsing Sunday as they were unloaded from trailers at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, with some dying at the scene and others hours later at stables or clinics. State investigators think the horses died from an adverse drug reaction, toxins in their food or supplements, or a combination of the two. While state veterinarians run tests to determine what caused the deaths, law enforcement officers are looking into whether criminal negligence, or perhaps something more sinister, could have been involved, said a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
April 21, 2009 |
The sudden death of 21 polo horses at a championship event in Wellington, Fla., might have been caused by a toxin in the animals' feed, vitamins or supplements, veterinarians said yesterday. The horses from the Venezuelan-owned team Lechuza Caracas became ill just before a tournament match Sunday, collapsing and dying on the scene or while being treated at vet clinics or transported, officials said. The deaths shocked the affluent equestrian and golfing community in central Palm Beach County, where the International Polo Club Palm Beach hosts the U.S. Open Polo Championship every year.
July 3, 2008 |
It was hot on the grounds of Brandywine Polo on Sunday, nowhere more so than in the club's open-air arena, where dust from the crushed stone surface billowed up as young riders and their horses galloped across it in pursuit of a small, white ball. The three riders in blue were members of the home team, Los Ariscas - Spanish for "the wild ones. " They played an exhibition game against the Cowtown Dahlias, an all-female team from Philadelphia. Under a blue sky and the eyes of two white-and-black-striped officials, also on horseback, the two teams played four chukkers, or 7 1/2-minute periods.
May 29, 2008 |
When Tasha Harris, a teen from the streets of Southwest Philadelphia, began riding horses at Philadelphia's Work to Ride program in Fairmount Park in 2002, she had some trepidation. "I really had to build my confidence," Harris, 18, said, noting that the horses were a bit intimidating. Six years later, Harris is more than confident as she plans to leave for Nigeria today with three other inner-city youths to compete in her first international polo tournament. The team from the acclaimed equestrian program on Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park has been sharpening skills in this "sport of kings" for weeks.
November 8, 2007 |
Indiana and Kentucky, among other states, have a Mr. Basketball, which goes to the top high school player of the state. Only the state of Pennsylvania has a Mr. Water Polo. The trophy resides in the home of Dan Dingman, who was named Mr. Water Polo after leading North Penn to the state title on Saturday night. Dingman's steady play throughout the tournament earned him the honor, but he didn't even lead the Knights in scoring in a 10-9 championship win over Wilson West Lawn.
October 4, 2007 |
A certain national sports magazine doesn't do a Faces in the Crowd photo feature on buildings, but those in charge there might want to consider taking a shot of the North Penn High School facade. The school has won 47 state titles in the last 12 years. The most recent championship belongs to the water polo team. The way the girls' water polo team is going this season, North Penn might claim title No. 48. The Maidens (13-1) won the state championship last season and show no signs of relinquishing the trophy.
July 27, 2007 |
International inexperience didn't hurt the U.S. women's basketball team, which went through the Pan American Games undefeated and won the gold medal against a veteran Brazil squad. The story has been much different for the men, who are 0-2. The Americans, all college players, including several stars such as Georgetown's Roy Hibbert and Michigan State's Drew Neitzel, looked tentative as they lost to Panaman, 75-67, last night, a night after falling to Uruguay, 81-72, in a physical game Wednesday.