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July, 2014

Second Annual Teddy Roosevelt Inter-service Polo Tournament & Benefit

The two-day tournament featured four teams representing the Army (County Line), Marine Corps (Texas Military-2), Navy (Texas Military-1), and Air Force (San Antonio).
Texas Military Polo Club continued the tradition of support for Wounded Warriors
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Texas Military Polo Club continued the tradition of support for Wounded Warriors
Texas Military Polo Club continued the tradition of support for Wounded Warriors.
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Texas Military Polo Club continued the tradition of support for Wounded Warriors with the 2nd annual Teddy Roosevelt Tournament and Polo Benefit for Operation Comfort on May 3-4.

The two-day tournament featured four teams representing the Army (County Line), Marine Corps (Texas Military-2), Navy (Texas Military-1), and Air Force (San Antonio). Teams were comprised of active duty, retired, honorably discharged veterans, family members and local polo players.

The first day was at Texas Military Polo Club. During the first match, navy defeated Air Force in a 10-5 victory. This was followed by a decisive win by the army team over the Marine Corps by a score of 17-7, with Seth Bray scoring 11 of the Army's 17 goals.

The following day consisted of the consolation and championship matches and was hosted at Tejas Rodeo Company in Bulverde, TX. The match was a high scoring game between the air Force team of Kike Garcia, Patrick MacLeod and Ursula Pari who ultimately defeated the Marine Corps team of Mike Marzak, Keller Henderson and Doug Burnet by a score of 14-13. Best Playing Pony was awarded to La Zebra ridden by Kike Garcia.

The championship match was a hard fought battle between the Navy team of Gal Shweiki, Maj Cody Goetz USAF, and CDR Karl Hilberg USN and the Army team of Andrew Richardson, Seth Bray and COL Marisa Tanner USA (Ret). The Navy team started off with a 1 handicap goal and used this as a starting point to launch into a four goal streak holding the Army to one goal by the end of the first chukker. In the second, the Army changed tactics and in a close chukker, each team scored three goals from the field with the Army converting a penalty to close the gap 8-5. Navy feeling the heat came out fighting after the half scoring three goals to the Army's two and ended the chukker with a lead of 11-7.

The final chuckker was a superb effort by both teams and Army scored three goals the Navy's one. At the final bell of the championship, the Navy prevailed 12-10.

Best Playing Pony honors went to Lucky ridden by Seth Bray.