© 2017 by Milwaukee Polo Club. Proudly created with Wix.com

POLO PRESS

RELEASES

POLO FINAL RAINED OUT
9.1.15

 

The Milwaukee Polo Club had to cancel its last game of the season on Sunday because of a wet field.  “It was like a sponge after the week’s rain,” said Club President Jim Huber.  “It was simply too dangerous for horse and rider.”

 

“It was a great season, Huber continued, “particularly for our new players who had their first experience playing in the Sunday feature game. Their skills have improved considerably, their enthusiasm for polo is “off the wall.”  They will be ready to go in June, 2016 when we start up again. In the meantime, the experienced horses will be turned out for several months and the players will be working on training their newer, younger horses.

 

Anyone interested in getting involved with polo should go to the club’s website (www.milwaukeepoloclub.com) or contact club president, Jim Huber directly (262-951-8029)

 
 
POLO LOSS
8.24.15

 

Milwaukee Polo team lost to the Prairie River Home Care Polo Club of Minneapolis by a score of 10 to 7 on Sunday.  Milwaukee, which trailed Minneapolis for the first three chukkers, tied the score 6 to 6 in the fourth chukker on a spectacular 40 yard neck shot by Courtney Rohs.  Gastón Raimondo then scored three unanswered goals in the final chukker for the win.  Raimondo led all scorers with 4 goals.  Gastón Magariños led Milwaukee with three goals.  Raimondo was awarded Most Valuable Player and his thoroughbred mare, Clarissa, was Best Playing Pony.

 

“This was a close match until the final chukker,” said Club President Jim Huber.  Then the wheels fell off by allowing Raimondo to score 3 unanswered goals.

 

We had a huge crowd for the match combined with the Wisconsin Aviation “fly in” and “take off.”  It’s always are largest crowd of the year, and the weather was cool, which was helpful to both the riders and the horses.

 

Milwaukee will conclude its 2015 season at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 30 against the Barrington Polo Club.  “Looking back, it’s been a great season,” said Huber. The weather cooperated in that we only had one rain out.  And we were able to include our new players in all of the Sunday feature games, thus giving them a good start for next year.  “We have lots of “new blood,” said Huber, which bodes well for the future of the Club,” said Huber.  Some of them didn’t start playing until a year ago, and they are already competing at a high level.  Anyone who might have an interest in joining the Club’s polo school is urged to contact Huber either at Sunday’s game or by going to the Club’s website at www.milwaukeepoloclub.com.

 

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB TO MEET MINNEAPOLIS
8.17.15

 

The Milwaukee Polo Club, which had a bye this past weekend, will meet the PBHC Polo Club of Minneapolis at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 23.

 

“This will be our second to last game of the season,” said Club President Jim Huber.  And it will be our toughest match.  PRHC is fresh off after a second place final this past weekend in the USPA Officer’s Cup in Minneapolis.  And they are loaded with talent, featuring 3 goaler Brent  Mirikitan of Sarasota, Florida and 2 goaler Gastón Raimondo of Minneapolis.  Milwaukee will be led by its two professional players from Uruguay, Gastón Magariños and Bautista Yelos.

 

“This should also be our largest crowd of the season,” said Huber.  The match is sponsored in part by Wisconsin Aviation.  People arrive early so as to enjoy the Wisconsin Aviation “fly in” – and their “take off” after the game.  To combine the aeronautics with watching these 1000-pound thoroughbred horses go after the ball at 35 miles per hour is a real thrill and a truly unique Sunday afternoon. So pack up your kids and a picnic and join the fun.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB DEFEAT
8.10.15

 

In what was its third loss of the season to the Passion for Polo Club of Maple Park, Illinois, the local club again went down to defeat by a score of 12-7.

 

“It was more of the same,” said Club President Jim Huber.  “We had a lead for three of the chukkers, and a tie before two, when 5 goaler Anthony Garcia went to work scoring 7 goals in the final three chukkers.”  With a 5 goal USPA handicap Garcia has played all over the world and in the toughest international matches.  It’s very difficult for a player with a one or two handicap to defend against him, said Huber. He knows all the tricks of the trade.  And he’s extremely well mounted.”

 

Garcia led all scorers with 10 goals.  Jimmy Stevens and Bautista Yelos led Milwaukee with 3 and 2 goals respectively.

 

There is no home game on Sunday, August 16 as the team will be competing in a tournament in Minneapolis.  The team will return for its final two games of the season against Twin City Polo Club on August 23 and the Blackberg Ranch Polo Club on August 30.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather

 
 
POLO CLUB LOSS/TIE IN TWIN BILL
8.3.15

 

The Milwaukee Polo Club, hosting the St. Louis Polo Club last Friday and Sunday at its Town of Merton field, came away with a loss and a tie.

 

On Friday night, St. Louis defeated Milwaukee 7-5.  After a scoreless 1st chukker, Milwaukee pulled ahead to a 2 goal lead going into the 5th chukker.  St. Louis came storming back in the 5th with 4 unanswered goals, three of which were scored by Matt Swartz.  St. Louis went on to score one more unanswered goal in the 6th and final chukker to seal the win.  Swartz led St. Louis with 4 goals.  Milwaukee’s Bautista Yelos and Gastón Magariños led Milwaukee with two goals each.

 

Sunday’s game ended in a 5-5 tie before the Club’s largest crowd of the season.  Both teams scored single goals in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chukkers to go into a 3-3 halftime score.  Milwaukee moved ahead by a goal in the 4th chukker on goals Magariños and Yelos and one gaol by Matt Swartz of St. Louis.  After a scoreless 5th chukker, St. Louis scored an unanswered goal in the 6th and final chukker for the tie.

 

“The fans loved this game,” said Club President Jim Huber. There was never a lead of more than one goal the entire game, and the tying score came late in the final chukker.  It was fast.  And the strong breeze on what would otherwise have been a very hot day made it easier on both horse and rider.  Bautista Yelos led Milwaukee with 3 goals.  Matt Swartz led St. Louis with 3 goals.

 

“This was the second of two twin bills this year,” said Club President Huber.  The experiment went well and we will probably have a few more Friday night games next year.

 

The Milwaukee Polo Club’s next home game is 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 9 against the Barrington Polo Club.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB SPLITS DOUBLE-HEADER
7.27.15

 

On a double-header weekend featuring the Milwaukee Polo Club against Kicking Horse Farm of Des Moines, Iowa, the clubs split wins, with Milwaukee winning 9-7 on Friday evening and Des Moines winning by the same score on Sunday.

 

In the Friday evening game, the teams were tied 7 to 7 going into the sixth and final chukker.  Milwaukee’s Jimmy Stevens and Bautista Yelos each scored goals while holding Des Moines scoreless for a 9 to 7 win.  Yelos and Stevens led Milwaukee with 4 and 3 goals each.

 

In Sunday’s rematch, the 9-7 score was reversed with former 5 goaler Gilberto Junqueira of Brazil leading Des Moines with 3 goals, Bautista Yelos led Milwaukee with 3 goals.

 

“Sunday’s game was the fastest and roughest game of the season so far,” said Club President Jim Huber. “The crowd loved the action. And Bautista Yelos was fantastic with the mallet, scoring one of his 3 goals with a spectacular 40-yard neck shot.”

 

“This was Yelos’ finest game of the season,” said Huber.  And that neck shot shall long be remembered for years to come.  He gets better every week.  If his progress continues like this, he will someday be joining the ranks of high goal players.

 

Next weekend will again be a double header, with a 6:00 PM game on Friday evening against St. Louis, and a 1:00 PM rematch on Sunday.  St. Louis will again be led by crowd favorite and former 5 goaler, Steve Orthwein.  “He’s hard to stop, said Huber. But our young pros are progressing so fast that they will not make it easy for Steve.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB WIN
7.25.15

 

In the first game of a two-game weekend series, the Milwaukee Polo Club defeated Kicking Horse Ranch of Des Moines, Iowa 9-7 on Friday evening.  In a game which saw the score tied 7 to 7 as the teams ended the fifth chukker, Milwaukee’s Jim Stevens and Bautista Yelos each scored goals while holding Des Moines’s scoreless for a 7-9 win.  Yelos and Stevens led Milwaukee with 4 and 3 goals each.  Gilberto Junqueira, David Somers, and Luis Valdez each scored 2 goals for Des Moines.  “This was the fastest and roughest game of our season so far,” said Club President Jim Huber. “The crowd loved the action.  The fans can expect more of the same on Sunday as Des Moines will surely be looking to reverse the tables at the rematch.  The two teams will meet again at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO TEAM TO PLAY TWICE
7.20.15

 

After having cancelled this past Sunday’s match against Simpatico Polo Club of Prescott, Wisconsin, because of a wet field, the Milwaukee Polo Club will play games against the Des Moines Polo Club on both Friday and Sunday, July 24 and 26.

 

“This past Sunday was simply too dangerous to play,” said Club President, Jim Huber.  “In such situations, we make every effort to play, said Huber, particularly when a team has traveled six hours for the weekend.”  But these horses weight 1000 pounds and are traveling up to 30 miles per hour.  It’s too much to expect that no one will “go down” under those circumstances, injuring either horse or rider, or both.

 

“This Iowa team is “loaded for bear,” said Huber, with three professional players and one Patron”.  Des Moines will start with a team handicap of six goals, led by Gilberto Junqueira of Brazil (3 goals) and Luis Valdez and Ricardo Carrion carrying a 2 and 1 goal handicap respectively.  We’ll have our work cut out for us, said Huber.  This Des Moines team is experienced, rough and fast.  It’s very difficult for any opposing team to stop an offense consisting of three full-time professional players and one patron.

 

This game will also be one of two weekends this season that the Club will play a Friday evening game, starting at 6:00 PM and the regular 1:00 PM game on Sunday.  We are experimenting with the Friday evening games, said Huber.  So grab your friends and family, pack a picnic basket and enjoy our exciting matches.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB LOSES IN REMATCH
7.13.15

 

In a rematch of the prior week, the Passion for Polo Club of Maple Park, Illinois, defeated the Milwaukee Polo Club by a score of 8 to 6.  In a “see saw” game that saw the lead change in 4 of the 6 chukkers, 5 goaler Anthony Garcia scored the winning goal in the sixth and final chukker.  Jimmy Stevens led Milwaukee with two goals’, Garcia led Passion for Polo with 6 goals.

 

“It was a tighter game than the prior week,” said Jim Huber, Club President, “But it’s very difficult for players with a 1 or 2 goal handicap to stop a 5 goaler.”

 

“There are probably no more than 25 five goalers in the country,” said Huber. “And they carry that handicap for a reason – namely – they are well mounted - they come with decades of high goal experience – and they are at the peak of their careers.  As the sole professional player for their team, Garcia has a very disciplined team.  He also has seen to it that the team’s members are riding fast and athletic thoroughbreds.

 

“I’m sure we will see a lot of them in the future,” said Huber. “They love coming to Milwaukee, known for its competitive opposition, pristine polo fields, and the entertaining play-by-play announcer, Danny Dance.  “We can’t discount the importance of Dance,” said Huber.  “Not only is he entertaining, but as a former player he is able to explain the game to the spectators.”

 

Garcia was named Most Valuable Player and Courtney Rohs horse, “Hotti” was named Best Playing Pony.

 

Milwaukee’s next game is 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 19 against the Simpatico Polo Club of Prescott, Wisconsin.  As with the case with Passion for Polo, this will be the first match between these two clubs.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO TEAM RALLY FALLS SHORT
7.6.15

 

The Milwaukee Polo Club suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, losing to the Passion for Polo Club of Maple Park, Illinois, 13-7.  Passion for Polo got off to an early lead, scoring five goals in the 2nd chukker on goals by 5 goaler Anthony Garcia and Nadir Kahn.  Milwaukee rallied in the 4th and 5th chukker scoring 4 goals on two goals each by Tommy Huber, the 17-year-old grandson of Club President Jim Huber and Bautista Yelos, bringing the score to 8 to 7 at the end of the 4th chukker.  Passion for Polo then surged ahead in the 6th and final chukker with 4 goals, three of which were scored by Garcia, thus ending the game with 13-7.  Garcia led all scorers with 6 goals.  Tommy Huber and Bautista Yelos led Milwaukee with four and three goals respectively.

 

“This was the first time Milwaukee played the Maple Park Club,” said Huber.  “They are extremely well mounted. And it is very difficult for players with a 1-2 handicap to stop a 5 goaler.”  Any lapse in defense is very dangerous.  For Milwaukee, Tommy Huber had a terrific game both offensively and defensively.  “If he keeps up at this pace, he is on track to ultimately have a high goal handicap,” said Huber.

 

A good thing about the game was that it was wide open, with some spectacular long range open shots giving these thoroughbred horses a chance to stretch out and show the crowd their speed and athleticism.

 

Milwaukee’s next home game is 1:00 PM Sunday, July 12 against the Barrington Polo

Club, Illinois.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2875 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB WIN
6.29.15

 

In what was supposed to be a mismatch favoring the opposition, the Milwaukee Polo Club turned the tables at its home field on Sunday defeating Font Farms of Plano, Illinois, 4.5 to 4.

 

Milwaukee got off to a 1 goal lead in the first chukker and held the lead 3-2 at halftime.  Font Farms scored in the 4th chukker on a goal by Memo Font to tie the score 3-3 going into the 6th and final chukker.  Bautista Yelos scored Milwaukee’s final goal in the sixth chukker, to take the lead, only to have Carlos Font tie the score, 4-4 with 17 seconds remaining.  Because of the U.S. Polo Association’s recent changes in the handicaps rules establishing handicaps at half goal levels, Milwaukee was awarded the win as Bautista Yelos carries a 1.5 handicap rating.

 

“This was a great day for polo,” said Club President Jim Huber.  “The weather was great and we had a record-breaking crowd for a June game. It was a pleasure watching 5 goaler Augustine Molinas of Buenos Aires, Argentina, maneuver the ball in order to set up goals for his teammates.  He has played all over the world, and is the highest rated player to play on the Milwaukee Fields.  He is also very well mounted, as was witnessed by his thoroughbred mare, “Peeper,” winning the Best Playing Pony award. Bautista Yelos had another terrific game, scoring 3 of Milwaukee’s 4 goals.  Yelos was again named “Most Valuable Player.”

 

Milwaukee’s next home game is 1:00 PM Sunday, July 5 against the Passion for Polo

Club of Maple Park, Illinois.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com.

 
 
YELOS DOMINATES POLO CLUB WIN
6.22.15

 

Bautista Yelos of Montevideo, Uruguay led Milwaukee to a season opener win on Sunday, defeating the Barrington Polo Club 7-5.  The teams were tied 1-1 after the 1st chukker when Yelos took charge scoring 5 goals in the second, third, and fourth chukker.  Gastón Magariños, also of Uruguay, added the two additional goals.  Juan Bauge led Barrington with two goals.  Yelos was selected as the Most Valuable Player.

 

“This was a good start for the season,” said Club President, Jim Huber.  With all the rain, it’s been a difficult pre-season to get the horses in condition for the 2015 season.  Both the Milwaukee and Barrington teams entered the game with only 3 formal practices.  Fortunately, the weather was cool which made it easier on both the horses and riders.

 

It was great to see the return of Yelos, who was with the Club for the 2012 season. Yelos dominated the game from the initial “throw in.” He hits the long ball, said Huber.  And the crowd loves to watch the thoroughbred horses “open up” in the race for the goal.  And Gastón Magariños, playing for Milwaukee for the first time, took some spectacular neck shots resulting in his 2 goals.

 

The team’s next game is at 1:00 PM Sunday, June 28 against Font Farms of Plano, Il.  This is the first encounter between these two teams.  Milwaukee will again be relying on Yelos and Magariños to lead the team.  Font Farms will be led by 5 goal professional player from Argentina.  This will be a real treat for our fans, said Huber.  There are only a minimal number of 5 goalers in the country.  To reach this level not only must that player have reached the pinnacle of polo success for his horsemanship and polo skills, but he must also have the “cream of the crop” in his string of polo horses.  “There is little question that he will dominate the game,” said Huber.  But, we have two excellent pros on defense that will do their best to defend against him.

 

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).  Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free.

 

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com  Please call the Club’s hotline at 262-222-2875 in the event of inclement weather.

 
 
POLO BEGINS
6.12.15

 

The Milwaukee Polo Club will begin its 2015 home season on Sunday, June 21 at its Town of Merton fields. This will mark the 21st year that the Club has been playing on its own fields in the Lake Country.

 

The Club will again feature two professional players, Bautista Yelos, age 22, of Punta del Este, Uruguay will return for his second season with Milwaukee. New comer, Gastón Magariños, age 20, of Montevideo, Uruguay, will join him. The pair has just returned from 21⁄2 months in Aiken, S.C. where they joined Jim Huber, Club President, for a successful spring season of the Milwaukee Club.

 

“The crowd will love to watch these guys,” said Huber. “Both come from polo families in Uruguay and have been playing since they were 10 years old. The fans will recall Bautista Yelos from his 2013 season with Milwaukee. He “hits the ball a mile” said Huber. And his good friend, Gastón Magariños is what we call a “finesse” player, known particularly for his neck shots. “They are talented and exciting and make up the heart of our team,” said Huber.

 

The Club will again have a full schedule, with 1:00 PM Sunday games from June 21 to August 30, except August 18 which is the Club’s traditional bye weekend. There will also be two 6:00 PM Friday evening games on July 24th against Iowa and July 31st against St. Louis. The Friday evening games have been very successful, said Huber, particularly with the younger adult crowd. This contrasts with the Sunday games, which are more “family oriented.” Visiting teams include Barrington, Chicago, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Iowa, Prescott, WI, and St. Louis.

 

A new feature this year will be the introduction of our new players who have “graduated” from the Club’s Polo School. They include Tom Esser of Mequon, Bryce and Nathanial Brown of Greendale, and Michael Thometz of River Hills. We hope we can get the new comers into some of the feature games, said Huber. They have worked hard, are committed to polo and are itching to go. “The polo school is the best way to continue to grow the Club,” said Huber. Megan Flynn, who ran the school for two years, is in Wyoming for the summer. Margie Paur will take over the school with her Hillside Farm operation.

 

“We’re again looking forward to a competitive and successful season,” said Huber. The competition gets better every year – and the crowds keep growing. Fans are invited to bring their own food and beverages and picnic with the ponies while watching the game.

 

“It’s a truly unique outing, said Huber, and you’ll be thrilled with the skills of the players and the athleticism of the thoroughbred horses.” The cost is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free.

 

The fields are located at N75 W30359 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

 

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com