Daymar Rosser, Brandon Rease, Julia Smith and coach Lezlie Hiner (L-R) celebrate their second consecutive US Polo Association Open National Interscholastic Championship. Rosser and Smith were also selected as national tournament all-stars.
The Cowtown/Work to Ride polo team, based out of Philadelphia, Pa., took home the US Polo Association Open National Interscholastic Championship held March 8-11 at the Virginia Polo Center in Charlottesville, Va., for the second year in a row. The competition featured five of the best high school polo programs from across the map and some of the most talented young polo players.
Defending their title from last year, Cowtown/Work to Ride defeated California-based teams Poway 19-15 in their semifinal matchup, and Eldorado, 20-19, in a double-overtime shootout victory in the championship game. The players, Daymar Rosser, Brandon Rease and Julia Smith, are coached by program founder Lezlie Hiner.
Other teams in the championship traveled from Texas and Canada.
Cowtown/Work to Ride is part of a non-profit program that aids disadvantaged urban youth, and last year became the first all-black polo team to win the national championship. In addition to the teamís championship win this year, Cowtown/Work to Ride standout players Julia Smith and Daymar Rosser were selected as national tournament all-stars.
The Open USPA National Interscholastic Championship is part of the U.S. Polo Associationís Intercollegiate/Interscholastic (I/I) polo program, which is dedicated to growing the sport by providing maximum exposure, recruiting collegiate and scholastic institutions, coordinating activities and organized competition. Americaís oldest pastime is experiencing a resurgence in the US thanks to I/I polo, dedicated Regional Polo Centers, cost-effective training platforms and the premier Team USPA development program.