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May, 2016

2016 Fiesta Kings Cup - Polo and Fiesta Royalty

The Cavaliers polo team won the 2016 Fiesta Kings Polo Tournament played on Sunday, 10 April, at the Olmos Basin Park polo field by beating the two competing teams representing King Antonio and Rey Feo in an exciting round robin format where each team played the other in succeeding periods.

The Cavaliers polo team won the 2016 Fiesta Kings Polo Tournament played on Sunday, 10 April, at the Olmos Basin Park polo field
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The Cavaliers polo team won the 2016 Fiesta Kings Polo Tournament played on Sunday, 10 April, at the Olmos Basin Park polo field Bill Askins and Victory Aguilar race to goal during the Fiesta Kings Cup. Both horses are completely off the ground as is the ball!
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A sparkling spring day brought out a large crowd of some 800 fans to watch the tournament. Heading the crowd were the Fiesta Royalty, King Antonio and Rey Feo, who opened the action after arriving by horse drawn carriage; an appropriate way to travel to a polo match!

The San Antonio Polo Club sponsored the tournament and the proceeds from the sale of seats, gourmet food and drink, rides for the kids, and souvenirs went to support the Club's charitable activities which provide horsemanship and riding for disadvantaged children. The VIP section consisted of 40 tables situated under individual marquees, an elegant arrangement which complimented the excellent menu provided by Bistro Vatel, one of the leading restaurants in San Antonio.

On a lighter note, the kids were catered to as well with pony rides, and a bounce house in the event they were not enthralled with the thrilling game being played!

Polo has traditionally been played in the parks of San Antonio since the founding of the sport in Texas in the 1870s. A longtime home was Brackenridge Park where polo was played most of the 20th century. More recently games are being played in McAllister Park most sundays and a pair of exhibition games in the City of Windcrest foretell more games in that lovely venue.

Polo has traditionally been played in the parks of San Antonio since the founding of the sport in Texas in the 1870s.
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Polo has traditionally been played in the parks of San Antonio since the founding of the sport in Texas in the 1870s. About Left to right: Patrick Macleod-Umpire, Bill Askins, Gal Shweiki, Victor Aguilar, Jack Crea, George Kurczin, Taylor Freeman, Tiamo Hudspeth, Andrew Tejeda-Gold Sponsor, Alston Beinhorn, Ursula Pari, Seth Bray, Whitley Riddel, Alex Matta, Robin Sanchez-Umpire, Jimmy Green-Rey Feo LXVI
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The winning team, consisting of Captain Alston Beinhorn, ably assisted by hard riding Taylor Freeman, international player Tiamo Hudspeth, and veteran Jorge Kurzcin, was presented trophies by Andrew Tejeda, the owner of The Davenport and top sponsor of the tournament. Not only did they win the Fiesta Kings Cup but also took home the United States Polo Association's Centennial Cup as this was a sanctioned tournament by the national organization.

(The San Antonio Polo Club is always looking for new members and riders that wish to learn to play polo. Visit the website sanantoniopoloclub.org to learn how you can become a polo player!)