The Stagecoach Challenge Started Empire Polo Club’s Official 2019 Season
January 6th, 2019 at Empire Polo Club
Eight 4-goal teams competed for 2 weekends.
Empire, (Rob Scapa o, Eric Hammon 0, Kyle Fargey 3, Jessica Bailey 1),
Evergreen, (Tom Sprung -1, Carlitos Galindo 3, Taylor Freeman 2, Quinn Evans 0)
Grande Prairie, (Ross Adams 0, Tim Rudy 3, Felipe Sordelli 2, Piers Bossom -1)
Hanealei Bay, (Krista Bonaguidi -1, Bayne Bossom 1.5/2, Luis Saracco 3, Meghan Gracida 0)
Lockton, (Tim Kelly 0, Alejandro Gonzalez 3, Joseph Coors 0, Tommy Costello 1)
Ridgeway Hemp, (Beau Staley -.5, Madelyn Cobb .5, Craig Russel 3/2, Malia McCoy 1)
STG, (John Ziegler 0, Juan Jo Gonzalez 2/3, Juan Marcos 0T, Leandro Flocarri 2)
Taqueada, (Shane Flock o, Jimmy Wright 3, Dawn Rose -1, Ciro Desenzani 2)
At the end of the first weekend of play, Grande Prairie, Lockton, Hanalei Bay, and Evergreen advanced to the semi-finals on January 5th.
Sunday, January 6thbrought Lockton and Evergreen to the finals.
Costello put the first point on the board for Lockton, which Evergreen’s Freeman answered with a successful penalty 3 shot. Gonzalez came back to score for Lockton, ending the first chukker 2 to 1.
Lockton was unable to score in chukker two, while Evergreen’s Taylor Freeman, Quinn Evans, and Tom Sprung all contributed a goal apiece, putting Evergreen up 4 to 2.
The third chukker saw one through the posts for Lockton, ending chukker three, 4 to 3.
Lockton’s Alejandro Gonzalez scored his second goal to start the fourth chukker. Taylor Freeman and Quinn Evans each scored a goal and Carlos Galindo racked up two points for Evergreen, ending chukker four with Evergreen leading, 8 to 4.
In the fifth and final chukker, Tom Sprung scored once for Evergreen, and Tommy Costello scored once for Lockton. Carlitos Galindo continued to wow the crowd with three goals, and Evergreen was the winner at the final bell with a score of 12 to 5.
In the opening weekend’s 1-goal finals Vashon, (Kim Bergman -1, Stephanie Davidson -1, Karen Reese 1, Juan Martin Gutierrez 2) went up against Flaming Chickens, (Devin Gallemore -1, Elise Pardue -.5, Hayward Pardue 0, Ricardo Garcia 2).
The teams were evenly matched and the game ended in a tie, 4 to 4. Flaming Chickens won with a .5 advantage by handicap.
4-Goal Stagecoach Challenge Tournament
Dec. 29th – January 6th, 2019
The first 4-Goal League Tournament of the year gets underway this weekend with the Stagecoach Challenge. It is also the first weekend we are offering Brunch at Sunday Polo, which is the “soft opening” for the 2019 Polo Season (Dec. 30th). The official “Opening Day and Hat Day” is scheduled for January, 6th, 2019. Sunday games start at noon.
If you would like to make reservations for Brunch at Sunday Polo on Dec. 30th, please contact Tony Schieffer at 760-393-7298 or email email@example.com.
For more information about Brunch, view our brunch menu page.
4-Goal Holiday Cup
Empire Polo Club
Dec. 22nd – 23rd, 2018
Saturday afternoon’s 4-goal Holiday Cup was between Sommerset, (Heidi Clark -1, Fergus Gould 3, Jonathan Garnica .5, Pepe Rodriguez 1.5), and Granite Bay, (Shane Flock 0, Eric Hammon 0, Ashton Wolf 3, Tommy Costello 1). The match started with two goals by Granite Bay and one goal by Sommerset’s Fergus Gould, ending chukker one with a 2 to 1 score.
Ashton Wolf added a point ending chukker two: Granite Bay 3, Sommerset 1.
Both teams scored two in the third time period ending chukker three with a 5 to 3 score.
In the fourth period Shane Flock picked up a gorgeous pass from Wolf and walked it in. Then Flock sailed coast to coast for back to back goals. Sommerset’s Gould put two penalty 2 shots through the posts. Granite Bay ended the day on top, 7 to 5. Scores were carried over for Sunday’s game.
Granite bay’s orange boys started Sunday’s match with two unanswered goals ending the first period with a 9 to 5 lead.
In chukker two, Tommy Costello scored a penalty two for granite bay. Sommerset rallied with two goals. The first half ended: Granite bay 10, Sommerset 7.
Summerset played a tough third chukker scoring twice.
Fergus Gould sent one goal in for Sommerset in the final chukker, which ended the game with a 10 to 10 tie. Sommerset won by a coin toss.
1-Goal Holiday Cup
Dec. 22nd – 23rd, 2018
Sutter Buttes, (Bonnie Magil 0, Raeann Magil -1, Benito Andrade 0, Manny Rodriguez 1), and Sayulita, (Julie Fernandez 0, Colby Smith -1, Kirsten Laverdure 0, Ricardo Garcia 2), met for Empire’s Holiday 1 goal tournament.
Sayulita’s Julie Fernandez was first on the scoreboard scoring two points. Manny Rodriguez answered with two, ending chukker one in a 2 to 2 tie.
The second chukker ended with a score of 4 to 3, favor of Sayulita, after Ricardo scored twice for them and Manny made a goal for Sutter Buttes.
Raeann Magil started off the third chukker putting a penalty two shot on the board. With no other scores the time period ended in a 4 to 4 tie.
The Sutter Buttes team turned it up in the fourth and all four players scored a goal! That ended Saturday’s play: Sayulita 4, Sutter Butte 8. This score was carried over to Sunday’s four chukker game.
Sunday’s, hard-charging one goal match began with 2 goals by the Sayulita’s girls. Sutter Buttes’ first point was made by Manny Rodriguez, ending chukker one with a score of Sayulita 6 to Sutter Buttes 9.
Ricardo put one through in the second time period, sending Sayulita to half-time with 7 points. Manny dribbled in a goal and Raeann Magil scored a number two penalty for Sutter Buttes, increasing their score to 11.
During chukker three, Colby Smith ended a great carry to score for Sayulita. Bonnie Magil and Manny each scored for Sutter Buttes, increasing their lead, 13 to 8.
In the last time period, the pink Sayulita team scored 4 goals. Sutter Buttes scored once. The match ended with Sutter Buttes victorious 14 to 12.
Coyote Cup Arena Tournament
Dec. 8-9, 2018
Empire Polo Club at Calhoun Ranch
by Suki Piper
The Coyote Cup brought three teams together for a two-day, round robin tournament at Empire Polo Club’s new Calhoun Ranch arena.
The first two chukkers pitted Great Scott! (Scott Hartzel -1, Craig Russel 3, Chris Chun 0) against Fawkes’ Engineering, (Ian Schnoebelen 2, Andy Schnoebelen 0, Bonnie Magill 1).
Chris Chun put the first two goals on the board for the Great Scott team, adding to their one goal awarded by handicap, for an early 3-0 lead. Ian Schnoebelen answered with a score for Fawkes, ending the first chukker 3-1.
In the second chukker Chris Chun followed his own long shot to tap it in for a goal. Fawkes’ Bonnie Magill stopped several goals, and managed to steal the ball and make a goal. Ian Schnoebelen scored again, but Great Scott ended up on top 4 to 3.
Fawkes Engineering stayed up and took on the new rival team, Spokane, (Alyssa Garcia 1, Megan Roux 0, and Catlin Dix 2).
In the third chukker Fawkes’ Engineering put 4 unanswered points on the board. A team effort with Andy scoring twice, and Bonnie and Ian each scoring once. In the fourth chukker, Spokane’s captain Catlin Dix rallied with two goals, but the Schnoebelens were on fire. Andy scored three times and Ian once, ending the fourth chukker with an 8 to 2 lead for the Fawkes team.
The fifth and sixth chukkers brought the Great Scott team back into the arena to face the Spokane Ladies. Great Scott! started with a one goal lead by handicap, which Catlin eliminated by scoring the first goal for Spokane. Craig Russell answered for the men. Spokane’s Catlin Dix scored again, and Alyssa Garcia made a goal. Chris Chun added another for the boys, ending chukker five in a tie 3 to 3.
Megan Roux pushed the girls ahead by one in the final chukker, followed by a gorgeous 2 point shot by Alyssa Garcia! Then Chris Chun posted three goals in a row for Great Scott! making it a 6 to 6 tie. Spokane’s Catlin Dix skillfully walked the ball down the wall, and Megan tapped it in for a 7 to 6 lead at the end of Saturday’s play.
On Sunday, teams met in the arena with carryover scores. Great Scott! Started with a one point advantage over Fawkes Engineering, 4 to 3. Chris Chun’s two goals were matched by Ian Schnoebelen’s two goals. Fawkes’ Bonnie Magill added one point for her team, ending the first chukker in a 6 to 6 tie. In chukker two, Craig and Chris each added a goal for great Scott! Which were both answered by Bonnie Magill. The game ended in an 8 to 8 tie.
Fawkes Engineering stayed up to meet Spokane with the advantage of an 8 to 2 lead from Saturday. Fawkes scored three goals in the third chukker to Spokane’s one point ending the chukker 11 to 3. Spokane’s Alyssa Garcia scored both of her penalty 2 shots in this matches’ last chukker, answered by 2 more goals by Fawkes Engineering who won 13 to 5
In the fifth time period Great Scott! Started with 6 points and Spokane with 7. Chris Chun scored one goal and a horse kicked one in for Great Scott! The girls were unable to score and the chukker ended with Great Scott leading 8 to 7. Chun scored once in the final chukker, and the Great Scott Hartzel smacked one in for the final goal of the day and his team beat Spokane 10 to 7.
The trophies were awarded to Fawkes Engineering, who won by net goals.