June 3, 2007 |
Has Scott Brown got the setting for you. Still wearing a sweat-soaked polo shirt, kneepads strapped to his worn white denims, he lounged in a folding chair alongside his horse trailer and talked it up. "I think polo is kind of a nice backdrop," Brown said last Sunday, motioning toward Walker Field, a practice spot near Kennett Square where he had just finished a scrimmage. "There are horses going by. . . . And, oh by the way, there is some polo going on. " Brown is a longtime member of the Brandywine Polo Club, which opens its 58th season at 3 p.m. today at its home fields, in Toughkenamon.
November 2, 2006 |
The North Penn girls' water polo team capped a 29-0 season in dramatic fashion, beating Souderton in double overtime in Saturday's state championship game. Claiming their first state championship since 1998, the Maidens nipped the rival Indians, 8-7, at Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg. Amy Plewinski, a senior driver, provided the game-winning goal. North Penn coach Bill Bartle said the squad prepped for this season by attending a five-day camp at Pepperdine University in June.
October 23, 2006 |
For years, the young people in Lezlie Hiner's Work to Ride program have worked with horses in order to navigate the mysterious world of polo. Now they're going to be owners. Hiner got the word last week that a 3-year-old racehorse named High Spirited had been donated to her Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park, where Hiner and her staff have been teaching kids how to ride and play polo for 12 years. Whatever High Spirited earns on the track will go to the program.
August 24, 2006 |
At local polo matches a few years back, Rick Mercurio noticed something - or a lack of something - on the immaculately groomed fields. Kids. "If you wanted to see young people playing polo, you couldn't, because there were none," he said. Mercurio found the dearth particularly strange in Chester County, home to an estimated 52,000 horses. Could polo become extinct for lack of enthusiastic young players? Mercurio and his wife, Ellen, decided to remedy that. For nearly two years, they've been introducing young people to polo through an all-volunteer nonprofit called Brandywine Youth Polo, which is generating new interest in the sport among teens of all backgrounds in Chester County.
June 12, 2006 |
Kareem Rosser's chance to charge came after the ball was tapped away from the pack in the first chukker. He yanked the reins, and Portia snapped around in response. The 12-year-old compact thoroughbred gave it all she had as Rosser, 13, raised his mallet and pounded the ball downfield. Seconds later the mare brought him into position to knock it through the uprights in West Fairmount Park. "I love to go fast," said the West Philadelphia polo standout. "It's my favorite part of the game.
October 27, 2005 |
North Penn will host the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Water Polo Association's girls' championship tomorrow and Saturday. So you didn't know there was girls' water polo in this area? Well, it's a growing sport at the high school level, and participants hope that one day it will be sanctioned and organized as a championship event by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. "Counting prep and public schools, there are about 40 teams involved," said Rudy Ruth, the commissioner of the association and an administrator in the Wilson School District of West Lawn, near Reading.
October 21, 2005 |
Saturday morning, as most of us are giving weary thanks for a couple days' rest, hard-core men and women with two-wheeled steeds will await the rules of battle. The theater: the roller-hockey rink at Northern Liberties' Tip Top Park at Front and Allen Streets. The campaign: the first-ever bicycle-polo tournament held by Philadelphia bike messengers - the Philly Bicycle Messenger Association East-Side Polo Invite: Death and Glory. Sure, the title of this two-day event sounds a bit dire, but don't be fooled.
September 9, 2005 |
Tranquil Fairmount Park will thunder with the gallop of horses Saturday for Polo in the Park. The benefit event features children ages 10 to 14 playing in a six-chukker, or period, match against area adult polo players. The young riders are part of Work to Ride, a nonprofit program that enables Philadelphia youth to work around horses and earn riding time. Work to Ride has had a polo team since 1999; its boys' team travels throughout the East Coast to compete. Boys and girls in the program train for about a year to become skilled in the fast-paced game.
February 6, 2005 |
They've been playing polo for 2,500 years. They've been playing polo at the Agnes Irwin School for about 2 1/2 months. There was no sign of Prince Charles on Thursday when Irwin hosted Garrison Forest (Md.) at Valley Forge Military Academy's Equestrian Center. A Ralph Lauren polo shirt could not be found among the dozen spectators. There were, however, riders and horses and mallets and balls. With dusk on the horizon and the faint smell of manure in the cold air, six girls saddled up on six Argentine thoroughbreds.
November 11, 2004 |
Coach Peggy Cook somehow remained dry as Germantown Academy celebrated its first Eastern Prep boys' water polo championship since the 1980s. The Patriots didn't throw Cook into the pool, just as they don't toss storied swim coach Dick Shoulberg into the water after a win by the nationally acclaimed swim team. "Shoulberg has them trained," Cook said with a laugh. "I didn't get wet. It never occurred to them. " Maybe Cook, also an assistant swim coach for GA, should not be put in harm's way. Before she took over the water polo program in 1999, it was on its final sea legs.