It was a series featuring the nation’s best.
And Aiken was well represented.
Wesley Bryan and Agustin Arellano were among a select group, 16 in all, to participate in the inaugural United States Polo Association National Youth Tournament Series, last weekend in Upperville, Va. at the Virginia International Polo Club.
Bryan and Arellano were joined by Pierce Alworth and Andrew Begg on the Zone No. 2 All Star team.
“We won our first game, and made it to the finals,” said Bryan. “We played in the finals against a team from Florida. They were a team with really good players, and they were playing their own horses. It was a good experience.”
It was a group of athletes pulling for one another, not having the benefit of playing together previously, but it was apparent they were able to make the necessary adjustments, and performed well in the competitive environment.
“We clicked well in the first game,” said Bryan, who is 16 years old.
The home schooled athlete took part in qualifiers in both Florida and Aiken.
“It’s an honor to have been selected as one of the 16 players in the country to participate in the tournament,” said Bryan. “It was a great experience, and a very well run, well organized tournament.”
Bryan comes from a polo playing family, as both his father Mark and mother Haley, are outstanding horseman.
“It’s definitely beneficial having both of my parents as professional horse trainers,” said Bryan. “It’s really helped with my riding. My dad coaches me on how to ride and play, how to prepare horses for a game, about the importance of their diet and exercise, and their training routine.”
Bryan will be playing this fall in the 12 goal in Aiken, for Dahlwood, on a roster featuring David Wigdahl, Alan Martinez and Horacio Onetto.