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The Next Generation of Polo Players – Made in the USA

Seven talented and energetic young polo players are at the center of the U.S. Polo Assn. Fall/Winter 2014-15 ad campaign. Equipped with mallets, these rising stars spent an afternoon of the two-day shoot stick-and-balling (this term is used when one casually plays and practices the sport of polo), and showing off their impressive skills.

Isabella Wolfe (23 years old), Herndon Radcliff (24 yr. old), Julia Steiner (24 yr. old), Juan Bollini (18 yr. old), Jonny Lavine (18 yr. old), Ashley Van Metre (23 yr. old) and Wesley Finlayson (18 yr. old), all wearing the U.S. Polo Assn. brand clothing, have been on the polo circuit for years. They have had the opportunity to travel all over the States – as well as internationally – to play the sport they are most passionate about.

Many people are familiar with the sport of polo, but what they may not know is that the U.S. Polo Assn. brand is a direct supporter of the sport. Unlike most sports brands, its main goal is to generate funds that go back to the United States Polo Association, to underwrite polo-related programs and activities, giving back to the polo community, and helping increase the visibility of the sport and the development of up and coming players.

For example, several of the campaign’s players participated in the Interscholastic/Intercollegiate program (I/I) at their Alma mater. Funded by revenue generated by the U.S. Polo Assn. brand, this program aims to promote the growth of the sport of polo by giving visibility to the sport on college campuses across the U.S. through player recruitment, competitions, and other activities.

Player Fast Facts:

Name: Wesley Finlayson
Age: 18 (19 after Sept. 6)
Hometown: Wellington, FL
Current Club: Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, FL
University Attending: Harvard Extension
Years playing: 8
Favorite activity when not playing: Playing golf or hanging out with friends
Favorite Horse: Reina, Argentine mare – 9 years old

Name: Juan Bollini
Age: 18
Hometown: Wellington, FL
Current Club: Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, FL
University Attending: Florida Atlantic University
Years Playing: 8
Favorite activity when not playing: Any sport- tennis, golf, soccer, and wakeboard
Favorite Horse: Posh

Name: Jonny Lavine
Age: 18
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Current Club: Gulfstream Polo Club in Lake Worth, FL
High School Attending: The King’s Academy
Years playing: 6
Favorite activity when not playing: Hanging with friends. We’re constantly active – playing soccer, bike polo, fishing, or surfing.
Favorite Horse: George who I got from Ruben Gracida.

Name: Isabella Wolf
Age: 23
Hometown: Middleburg, VA
Current Club: Foxlease Polo Club in Upperville, VA
Attended: University of Virginia (Class of 2013)
Years playing: 14
Favorite activity when not playing: Photography
Favorite Horse: Esperanza, which means, “Hope” in Spanish. She’s a machine to play and definitely the alpha mare of the group.

Name: Ashley Van Metre
Age: 23
Hometown: Middleburg, VA
Current Club: Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, VA; IPC and Palm Beach Polo Club in Wellington, FL
Attending: Palm Beach Atlantic (now classes online)
Years Playing: 12
Favorite activity when not playing: Spending time with family and friends, tennis, working out, and dirt biking.
Favorite Horse: Hard to choose just one… But probably Tiki

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