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Professional Polo Player How long have you been doing it for?
I started riding horses when I was a year and a half old, I did jumping and eventing before polo, and I began to play polo at age 9. My mother was a professional jumper and horse dealer, and she took me to my first lesson. I come from a family of riders; even though I am the only one who plays polo, they all understand my passion.
I love the fact that I have had horses in my life since before I can remember; I literally don’t remember getting on a horse for the first time because I was so young. I graduate in May 2013 from the University of Virginia with a degree in Spanish literature and culture, and a minor in Latin American studies. I played for the University of Virginia women’s polo team and we have won two intercollegiate championship titles (2013 and 2012). I also received an All-star award at both of these championships. I play polo with men outside of college polo and am usually one of the only girls on the field. I have also played polo in Argentina.
I love the fact that it is an equestrian sport, a co-ed sport, and a team sport; you don’t get many sports that combine all of these factors. I have an addiction to horses and I love competing as a team, so it’s my ideal sport.
When I am not playing polo I am…
enjoying some down time with friends and family. I also love to get the chance to go for a trail ride in the woods or something low-key with friends—it’s incredibly peaceful, especially when I get the chance to go to Wyoming or somewhere remote where you can ride for hours without seeing any sign of civilization. I also love to do photography, mainly of animals and landscapes.
What was the last book you read?
I have been reading a lot of books since I just graduated from UVA, however some that have really stood out to me include “Cambio de Armas” by Luisa Valenzuela, and a book called “For the President’s Eyes Only” by Christopher Andrew. It discusses each president’s approach to espionage and covert operations, and how this affected their actions. It helped explain many historical events from such a different angle. “Cambio de Armas” was extremely well-written and I enjoy so much of her writing in general, but this book talks about the Dirty War in Argentina in such a poetic and moving way that it was especially gripping. The last book I read outside of college was “Blood River” by Tim Butcher, which is about his modern day journey along the Congo River, tracing the trail of the explorer H.M. Stanley; he paints a very descriptive image of the cultures of the Congo River and the ruins left behind by the old colonies.
What are 3 things you like about La Isla?
I love the fact that the bathing suits are so well made and of such high quality. It is rare to find such a well-fitting bikini for so many body types. I also love the charitable aspect of La Isla, and the fact that they put an emphasis on giving jobs to the local community (in Colombia and the United States) in place of shipping off their products to sweatshops.
What are the 3 most important things in your life?
My loved ones, my animals, and my dedication to my sport.