USA, South Africa teams compete for Bendabout title
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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Bendabout Polo
Wesley “Whistle” Uys (No. 2, South Africa) is trailed by the umpire, Julio Arellano (No. 3, USA) and Stuart “Sugar” Erskin.
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Two teams will determine who win the inaugural Bendabout International Cup this afternoon when they meet on the polo field at Bendabout Farm in McDonald.

Teams from the USA and South Africa mount their horses at 2 p.m. for the high goal matches.

Bendabout Farm Director of Polo Operations Boone Stribling said the South African team consists of four professional players will play against four American players, including Julio Arellano, the highest ranked player in the United States.

“This is 18-goal polo which is the highest-rated and fastest polo in Tennessee for the year,” Stirbling said. “The South Africans have a really good team. They are going to be tough. Bendabout Farm’s Gillian Johnston will have Julio Arellano, who is the highest rated American player, the best polo player in America.”

In 2014, Stribling expects a team from England to play for the cup.

The matches benefit the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Polo matches between Bendabout Farm and Fort Oglethorpe date back to the 1930s.

While admission and parking are free, museum representatives will be on hand to answer questions and for accepting contributions.

The matches continue with regional teams Sept. 21-22. Matches start at 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All matches will provide the public with the opportunity to see the sport on the field and meet players afterward.

Bendabout Farm is located in McDonald, south of Cleveland on U.S. Highway 11. Signs will mark the entrance. There is bleacher seating, and spectators may bring folding chairs.

In case of inclement weather, the matches might be canceled. For more information, please call 423-479-1645 or visit www.Bend about.com.