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Polo Comes to UW Saturday


October 27, 2009 — The University of Wyoming Polo Club will host its first ever polo game when UW hosts Colorado State University Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Arena. Admission is free.

Indoor polo involves three players and one alternate on a team using a large, inflated ball that resembles a mini soccer ball, rather than four players using the smaller hard plastic ball found in traditional outdoor polo, says Polo Club President Drew Luplow. He says the eight horses were donated to the club, so no personally-owned horses are needed.

"This is nice so we can let anyone who wants to try come out and ride and participate. This is how most collegiate polo teams operate," Luplow says. UW competes in the U.S. Polo Association that includes CSU, New Mexico State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Washington State and a few others.

Luplow has played for a few years on the outdoor polo fields near Big Horn in Sheridan County. The other players are from that area. They are Matt Huckeba, Peter Burgess and Anthony Kolos. UW is also organizing a women's team.

"I am happy we could get this started and bring something new to the University of Wyoming," he says. "We are still open to new members who want to come in and give it a try."

Next week, the UW men will play in a tournament at CSU that features the University of Kentucky, Westmont, New Mexico State and CSU.

For more information, contact Luplow at dluplow@uwyo.edu, phone (307) 7511-5971.

 

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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