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Klentner Ranch wins Robert Skene Trophy

Klentner Ranch claimed the historic Robert Skene Trophy on a beautiful afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. In a rematch of the previous tournament, Santa Clara faced off against Klentner Ranch in a battle for victory. Klentner Ranch narrowly defeated Lucchese in their final match of the qualifying round to cap off their undefeated record and secure their berth in the final. A three-way tie between Santa Clara, Farmers & Merchants Bank and RH Polo sent the three teams to a shootout. Luis Escobar carefully executed each penalty shot, earning Santa Clara the second spot in the Final. From the first bowl-in, Klentner Ranch capitalized on their familiarity with each other on the team and dominated play on the field. Justin Klentner, owner of the Klentner Ranch team, has played with Br...

Team Why Not won USPA La Martina Intra Circuit

Why Not (Hana Grill, Jimmy Wright, Felipe Vercellino, Santi Trotz) ended the season with a bang, capturing the coveted USPA La Martina Intra-Circuit trophy against Klentner Ranch (Jake Klentner, Jesse Bray, Santi Wulff, Justin Klentner). The final tournament of the summer featured five competitive teams, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Klentner Ranch, Why Not, Brookland Plantation and Mokarow Farms. Though Klentner Ranch has proven to be a tough team throughout the 12 Goal Season, Why Not turned on the magic for their final match. Bray scored the first goal of the game for Klentner Ranch, but Why Not took control of the field scoring five unanswered goals. Klentner Ranch came back alive early in the third chukker with three goals, one by Jake Klentner and two by Santi Wulff to come within on...

FM Bank won the Vic Graber Cup

From the moment of the first throw in, the two teams battled for the ball, but it seemed each pass met an opposing player or a defensive mark for the first several minutes of play. Klentner Ranch drew first blood as Wulff swiftly scored the first goal from the field. Farmers & Merchants Bank took control of the offense in the second chukker. Viana and Fassetta took turns launching the ball to Walker out front, scoring once from the penalty line and twice from the field in quick succession. Jake Klentner fought to put another tally on the board for his team, scoring the final goal of the chukker from the field to leave the score 3-2 in favor of FMB. Wulff tied up the score 3-3 early in the third chukker from the penalty line, but Fassetta and Walker each scored again from the field givi...

US Polo Assn won the Pope Challenge

In typical Santa Barbara fashion, the match was a family affair pitting the Escobar father and son duo on US Polo Assn against the Klentner father son combination on Klentner Ranch. US Polo Assn took the difficult road to the final, narrowly defeating Farmers & Merchants Bank in the third match of the qualifying round to stay alive then won one of the two final berths in a penalty shootout. Klentner Ranch followed a similar path, defeating US Polo Assn and Antelope but falling short in their match against Farmers & Merchants Bank, giving them a 2-1 record. Klentner Ranch also secured their spot in the final in the three way penalty shootout.Klentner Ranch and US Polo Assn, two highly competitive teams gave the lively crowd a show as the talented players raced up and down the field ...

U.S. Polo Assn dominates the Lisle Nixon Memorial

With a mixture of youth, talent and experience, U.S. Polo Assn Polo Team boasted an impressive undefeated record coming into the Summerland Winery Lisle Nixon Memorial Final. The tournament is the first of a four tournament 12 goal series hosted by the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The U.S Polo Assn team featured a dynamic father-son duo, Luis Escobar rated at 5 goals and his son Nico Escobar, rated at 1 goal. The Escobars’ were joined by Team USPA member, Patrick Uretz, 4 goals, and Santa Barbara Polo native, Matt Walker, 2 goals. The four-man team matched up against Antelope in the final match. The Antelope team, Santi Trotz (5), Felipe “Pipe” Vercellino (5), Jim Wright (2) and Geoff Palmer (A), won the tie breaking penalty shootout to earn their berth in the final. U.S Polo Ass...

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