The boys will take to the Jud Little Riding Hall Friday at 7 p.m. with the girls playing Saturday at 10 a.m. The matches will be held in the Vaughn Equestrian Center and there is no charge for admission.
Three Michiana-area athletes are also current members of the Academiesâ€™ teams. Seniors Lenny Logue of South Bend and Natalie Hogan of Plymouth ride for the girlsâ€™ team, while senior Peter Foersch of Culver will be playing for the Culver boys.
The Friday match will feature CMA polo alumni Enrique Ituarte, who graduated in 2009, and August Scherer â€™10 playing for SMU. That will pit Enrique against his brother Manuel Ituarte â€™13, who plays for the Culver boys. On Saturday polo alumni Pam Flanagan â€™08 and Caroline Wilcoxon â€™11 will be playing for the SMU.
The SMU match will serve as a tuneup for both Culver teams as they prepare for the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Central Regionals. Culver will host the four-team womenâ€™s regional Feb. 15-17. Making the trip to Culver will be Hillside from Wisconsin, Longhorn Polo from Austin, Texas; and the Houston Polo Club.Â Seedings will be determined Friday. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 15) and 10 a.m. Saturday, with the championship at 10 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 17).
The Culver boys will begin in the Central Regional Preliminaries Feb. 7-10 in Houston.