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Cedar Croft Wins its Third Consecutive U.S. Arena Open 13-10
Kris Kampsen named MVP; Tommy Biddle’s mare Pandora named Best Playing Pony
Equuleus started the game with an early goal from Tommy Biddle. Cedar Croft’s Kris Kampsen countered on a penalty, and then followed by scoring two more goals in quick succession to end the first chukker 3-1. Biddle tried to even the score in the second chukker with two more goals, but Kampsen scored a goal, ending the chukker 4-3.
In the third chukker, Equuleus took an early lead with the team scoring three goals — two of which were on penalties. Yet, Cedar Croft retaliated with four goals — two of which were also on penalties. The third chukker ended 8-6. In the fourth and final chucker, Cedar Croft and Equuleus exchanged goals, and, at one point were tied 9-9, with Biddle scoring back-to-back goals. Cedar Croft, however, was victorious, scoring a total of five goals in the fourth to end the match 13-10.
Cedar Croft’s Kampsen was named MVP, having scored 11 of the 13 goals. Biddle’s 9-year-old mare Pandora won Best Playing Pony.
This year’s match featured several of the highest handicap arena polo players in the world: Tommy Biddle, Jonny Good, Felipe Viana and Kris Kampsen. Viana, a USPA Interscholastic Champion, was also a core member of the Team USPA squad that nearly won the FIP World Polo Championship this year.
The championship match rosters were:
Cedar Croft: Robert Ceperano (3), Felipe Viana (7) and Kris Kampsen (7)
Equuleus: Joe Dimenna (0), Tommy Biddle (10) and Jonny Good (8)
About the United States Polo Association®
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