When Robert Ceparano plays during the 2017 U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship on Long Island, he won’t be alone.
The 29-year-old Medford resident will have six horses with him to use during the 11-day competition, which culminates this weekend at Country Farms Equestrian Center in Medford, owned by his dad. An annual event, the contest dates back to 1926 and is one of the highest levels of arena polo competition in the United States.
Ceparano competes with the Cedar Croft Farm team of Northport, which won the championships from 2013 to 2015. Since 2012, Ceparano has taken part in the event every year it has been held on Long Island.
“Polo is a thinking man’s sport and a physical sport as well,” says Ceparano, who in 2014 was voted most valuable player in the competition. “To win, players need to have a plan.”
The fast-paced contest includes seven or more matches featuring two teams of three. Each match lasts about an hour.
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