The Thoroughbred Incentive Program and United States Polo Association have announced the winners of its awards to recognize Thoroughbreds that have excelled in a career as a polo horse.
High-Goal Horse: Cubana, registered with The Jockey Club as Total Regs (City Zip) and owned by Nic Roldan; Low-Goal Horse: Cajun Colonel (Colonel John) who is owned by Cheryl Arnold and now ridden by her son Daniel; Arena Polo Horse: Wild 2 Me, unnamed with The Jockey Club and owned by Wendy Stover ; Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Horse: Annie, registered with The Jockey Club as Grada a Annie (Honor Grades) and owned by Sherry Sheldon Gibson/Polodeo Ranch LLC.; Lesson Horse: Dolly, registered with The Jockey Club as Little Doll (Civilisation) and owned as Laura Goddard; Women's Polo Horse: Rocket, registered with The Jockey Club as My Mom's Pretty (Quip) and owned by Stephanie Colburn.
As part of T.I.P.'s effort to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds for careers playing polo, it will be offering awards at up to 50 USPA tournaments in 2021 and at the National Arena Amateur Cup.
“Our inaugural class of winners of our polo awards demonstrates the success that Thoroughbreds can have as polo horses,” said Kristin Werner, senior counsel of The Jockey Club and coordinator of T.I.P. “When individuals are considering careers for their Thoroughbred beyond the racetrack or breeding shed, we hope they add polo to the long list of potential disciplines in which their horse can excel.”