Local Midland Polo Player to Compete with U.S. Team in Argentina

By: French/West/Vaughan-Ryan Boger Email
By: French/West/Vaughan-Ryan Boger Email

Mason Wroe, a 26-year-old polo standout and Midland, TX-based Team USPA member, will join the U.S. national team as they compete against polo powerhouses from across the globe at the Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Championships starting October 10 in San Luis, Argentina.

The U.S. team advanced to the Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Championships back in May after wins over Canada and Guatemala to complete the FIP Zone A Playoffs in the Dominican Republic. The team was comprised of six Team USPA players along with team captain John Gobin and guided by coach Charlie Muldoon.

Team USPA was established in 2009 by the United States Polo Association, the national governing body for the sport, to grow and sustain the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and providing opportunities to grow their abilities.

Team member Mason Wroe, a graduate of Texas A&M University, won the USPA National Intercollegiate Championship in 2007. A three-goal player, Wroe also brought home the title of 2009 Polo Training Foundation Collegiate Player of the Year. Mason was the winner of a 14-goal tournament at the International Polo Club in 2010, and was also the MVP of the Polo on the Prairie 12-goal tournament in Midland, TX.

The following players will showcase their talent, sheer athleticism and spirit for the sport as part of the U.S. national team:

Nick Snow (Team USPA) 4 Ipswich, MA
Felipe Viana (Team USPA) 3 Charlottesville, Va.
Chris Collins (Team USPA) 2 San Diego, CA
Cachi Garcia (Team USPA) 2 Wellington, FL
Mason Wroe (Team USPA) 3 Bryan, TX
John Gobin (Captain) 5 Wellington, FL
Charles Muldoon (Coach) 5 Poolesville, MD

“We were thrilled with the team’s performance in the FIP Zone Playoffs, and we know they have a chance to do something very special at this year’s World Championships,” said Peter Rizzo, executive director of the U.S. Polo Association. “With strong competition, big wins and the impressive development of our young polo players and the Team USPA program, 2011 has proven to be a game-changing year for the growth and progression of America’s oldest team sport.”

Team USPA continues to be instrumental in encouraging USPA programs and events that will recruit, train and develop American players and teams to the fullest measure of excellence. This includes advancing young players to compete in international events on behalf of the U.S., participation in national and circuit USPA tournaments and working to improve the level of play for competitors at every stage of experience.

About U. S. Polo Association
The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. For more information, please visit, www.uspolo.org.

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