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Post image for Inaugural Jordan Cup Benefit Polo Match held at Menlo Circus Club today

The inaugural Jordan Cup featured the Stanford Polo Club versus the Cornel Polo Club in a match with proceeds benefiting both teams along with Jasper Ridge Farm. The event, which took place at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on Sunday, May 20, also included a meet-and-greet with the Farm’s animals, a silent auction, a divot stomp complete with find-the-champagne cork, and a best hat contest.

“The Stanford Polo Team is located down the road from us on Webb Ranch property so we’re neighbors in a way,” emailed Alyssa Houk, who is General Manager at Jasper Ridge. “Some of the team volunteers at our programs, and we’ve had a very friendly relationship with them. Heather Lake, who is a coach for the team, approached us and asked if we’d like to be a part of this inaugural alumni game. That’s how the collaboration came about.”

Jasper Ridge Farm helps children and adults who are facing physical and emotional challenges by bringing unique experiences to these people through therapeutic interaction with gentle farm animals.

The Stanford Polo Club is a student-run club sports team that was established in 1923. In addition to teaching students how to ride and play polo, the Club also teaches horse care, barn management, social outreach, fundraising and management skills. Day-to-day operation of the club is managed entirely by students, with the help of dedicated volunteer coaches.

The Stanford Polo Club will use funds raised from the tournament to support their string of ponies. The funds will also help pay for repairs to facilities and to replace aging equipment.

The Cornell Polo Club, established in 1919, fields both men’s and women’s varsity squads, a JV team, and a first-year team. The team plays in the Northeastern Region and competes against both domestic and international teams.

The Cornell Team is completely self-funded. Funds raised will help offset the cost associated with running the team, including travel, equipment, and maintenance of the team.

Heather (pictured above right with Fuego, a mare) as been coaching the Stanford Polo Club or nine years and currently plays at various California clubs including the Menlo Polo Club and the Woodside Horsepark Polo Club. Growing up, she competed in hunter/jumpers and started playing polo as a Stanford freshman.

We talked with her about the fact that most polo ponies are, in reality Thoroughbred horses, most typically mares. “There are a lot of reasons why mares are preferred, but they tend to be speedier and more agile than geldings.”

Side note: The match is named after Stanford’s first President, David Starr Jordan, who arrived from Cornell on the recommendation of Cornell’s first President, Andrew Dickson White.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

Top photo shows Menlo Polo Club Manager Lyn Jason Cobb throwing out the ball to begin the second half of the match

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M-A boys varsity volleyball team goes undefeated; heads to CCS quarterfinals

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The Menlo-Atherton High School boys varsity volleyball team concluded their regular season with an unprecedented, undefeated record of 28-0. The Bears will continue into post season play and have earned the #3 seed in the upcoming Division I Central Coast Section Quarterfinals. They will host #6 Salinas this Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 pm at […]

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Menlo Mavens water polo team participates in Senior Games this weekend

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“The best part is we compete against women closer to our age,” explains Peggy Propp as the Menlo Mavens water polo team heads to the Senior Games this weekend in Moraga. The team, which practices two days a week includes women aged 25-65 (top photo) from all walks of life. One player is pregnant with […]

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Spotted: Chevron guys at Sacred Heart Prep golf tourney

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Menlo Chevron owner John Conway (left) and General Manager of the service station, John Polenta, were among the participants at the 20th annual Sacred Heart Prep Golf Tournament held last Monday (4/16) at the Stanford University Golf Course. Menlo Park resident and event organizer Bob Budelli has been instrumental in the growth and success of this […]

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Two M-A grads make the news in sad ways

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School grads, both of whom excelled in their professions, made the news the in the last few days. Craig Rockhold (photo right) was identified as the man who was killed in a Caltrain collision on Saturday night, which Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said appeared to be an intentional act. Craig, who played […]

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Spotted: M-A boys volleyball team visiting 49ers Academy co-ed team

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The M-A Boys Varsity Volleyball team recently visited the 49ers Academy’s co-ed volleyball team of 7th and 8th graders to work on skills development. They brought along new volleyballs, which the donated to the Academy team. Coached by Ron Whitmill, the M-A boys team is a two-time PAL league champ (first time in 2015, co-champ […]

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M-A baseball coach David Klein is PCA top 50 “Double Goal Coach”

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Menlo-Atherton High School head baseball coach — and M-A alumnus — David Klein has been named a 2018 Double Goal Coach national winner by the Positive Coaching Alliance. David tells us that while the award lists Legends Baseball Academy, a program of the Menlo Park Legends, which he founded and serves a Managing Director of, […]

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For Ted Robinson, becoming a sports announcer was always number one priority

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Editor’s note: It was great to hear Atherton resident Ted Robinson’s commentary during the short track speed skating competition at this year’s Winter Olympics. Given that this is the 11th Olympics that he’s had announcing responsibilities, we thought it would be good to rerun an interview we had with Ted back in 2012 where he […]

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Sacred Heart Prep alumnae soccer stars recruited to play for U.S. National Team

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Two Sacred Heart Prep (SHP) alumnae have advanced their soccer careers to the U.S. Women’s National Team. Abby Dahlkemper (SHP ’11), a graduate of UCLA,  plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League and Tierna Davidson (SHP ’16), plays for Stanford University. “Every time I watch them compete, I still see […]

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Basketball court named in honor of long-time Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Pam Wimberly

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Friday evening (2/2) the basketball court in Menlo Atherton High School’s Ayers Gym was named Wimberly Court in honor of long-time, outstanding girls basketball coach, Pam Wimberly. “Coach Wimberly’s contributions to the M-A girls basketball program and M-A overall these past 50 years are immeasurable,” said M-A co-Athletic Director Steven Kryger.  “She has had a […]

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Menlo-Atherton Girls Wrestling Team ranked 1st as they head to CCS Tournament

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Feb. 7 update from the M-A Chronicle: “The M-A girls wrestling team brought home the Central Coast Section (CCS) championship title for the second year in a row this past weekend, concluding another fantastic season. The team had six wrestlers qualify for state championships: four individual champions with sophomore Anna Smith and juniors Lauren McDonnell, […]

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