May 16, 2017 7:38 PM

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The 2017 National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) Qualifier Tournaments are well underway across the country. The NYTS provides an opportunity for young players to compete against their peers in a traditional tournament setting. All-Stars are selected at each qualifying event based on the participant's playing ability at current handicap, sportsmanship, horsemanship and their ability to play as a member of a team. All-Stars are eligible to be selected to represent their zone in the NYTS National Championship held in Santa Barbara, California, over Labor Day Weekend. A second flight East vs. West Challenge tournament will take place over Championship Weekend and feature a minimum of two female players per team.

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Aiken Polo Club NYTS Qualifier.

Most recently, Aiken Polo Club in Aiken, South Carolina, hosted a NYTS Qualifier with many skilled participants. Two flights of players competed with Wilcox Manor (Lila Bennett, Charlie Caldwell, Carson Freeland, Ry Koopman) winning the A-Flight and Polo Adventures (Alea Crespo, Grace Ellis, Summer Kneece, Zachary Wallace) winning the B-Flight.

A-Flight Most Valuable Player was awarded to Charlie Caldwell. Tournament All Stars were, Harry Caldwell, Charlie Caldwell, Lila Bennett, Malia Bryan and Alfred “Will” Green.

B-flight Most Valuable Player was awarded to Summer Kneece. Tournament All Stars were, Summer Kneece, Josh Escapite, Aiden Meeker and Jacob Wallace.

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Aiken Polo Club NYTS Qualifier.

Interested in participating? Upcoming tournaments include:

May 27/28 Bluewater Creek, Rogersville, Alabama
June 10-11 Myopia Polo Club, Boston, Massachusetts
June 9-11 Houston Polo Club, Houston, Texas
June 9-11 Banburry Cross/Foxlease, Middleburg, Virginia
June 17-18 Atlanta Regional Polo Center, Tyrone, Georgia
June 16-18 Willowbend Polo Club, Little Elm, Texas

Full schedule available here

If your club is interested in hosting a NYTS qualifier tournament, it is not too late to sign up! Please contact for more information.

Photos © Elizabeth Hedley