La Herradura wins County Line Feed 8-goal
By Whitney Webbe
La Herradura (Tony Calle, Richard Dudman, Tom Blake and Omar Sosa) scored wins
over Santa Clara (Nico Escobar, Max Secunda, Ruben Gracida and Francisco Escobar)
and Agua Clara (Mauricio Herrera, Teo Calle, Wes Finlayson and Luis Escobar) in the
County Line Feed 8-goal round-robin Saturday afternoon at the Santa Clara Polo Club
The round-robin structure allowed for three teams to play one another for three
chukkers with the cumulative goals scored from Friday’s tournament play being added
to the total goals scored on Saturday. The parity of the teams resulted in three games
which were decided by a single goal.
The emphasis of family and polo couldn’t have been more perfectly presented than it
was when Santa Clara faced Agua Clara, fielding Escobar’s from three generations with
Santa Clara’s Francisco Escobar and grandson Nico Escobar taking the field on the
Santa Clara team while Francisco’s son, Luis Escobar, led the Agua Clara foursome.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to play this wonderful game with your son and
grandson,” said Francisco Escobar at the end of the day. “There are not a lot of
activities in which all three of us can compete on an equal basis, but polo is certainly
one of them.”
The round-robin got started with Santa Clara beating Agua Clara 4-3 in the opening
three chukkers of play with thirteen-year-old Nico Escobar scoring three of Santa
Clara’s four goals.
Agua Clara held the field for the next three chukkers but fared no better as La
Herradura slipped past them, 4-3.
A 5-4 win by La Herradura over Santa Clara in the final three chukkers gave them the
County Line Feed 8-goal title. La Herradura’s Omar Sosa was named MVP and Luis
Escobar’s Charisma received Best Playing Pony honors.