Wellington, Fla. – April 14, 2017 – With only two years of polo under his belt, 14-year-old Will Jacobs capped off an impeccable season of action in the quarterfinals of the $100,000 World Cup 0-26 Goal. His team, Deeridge, faced off against Valiente I in a historic game, where Adolfo Cambiaso played his first official game with his 11-year-old son, Poroto.
“This was such a great experience,” Jacobs commented. “I go into every game with the intention of winning, and today was no different. I wanted to win. We may have lost, but this was a great learning experience and overall opportunity. I mean how many chances will I get to play the best player in the world?”
Jacobs was also grateful for the support of his teammates Lucas Lalor, Wes Finlayson and Tato Bollini. “We played really well as a team and I learn so much from them every time we play,” he commented.
Deeridge entered the tournament as one of the underdogs, and knocked off San Saba 12-7 on Day 5 of the $100,000 World Cup on Saturday at Grand Champions Polo Club to advance to quarterfinals.
Jacobs scored a brilliant goal in the final chukker of the game against Valiente I, a nice addition to his two MVP titles this season.
“Honestly, I’m playing polo every day, so I don’t notice the small improvements, I just know I want to play my best,” Jacobs commented. “People keep telling me I’m getting better, and it feels good to know that people are seeing my progress.”
Jacobs added, “I grew up riding in the hunters and jumper divisions. I started moving away from that when I was 10 and started playing at Grand Champions Polo Club. This sport has become something I’m really excited about. I’ve always loved horses and riding – it’s a big part of our family.
The up and coming polo player trains under the guidance of former 8-goaler Juan Bollini, and while his string of horses rotates often, but his favorite horse is Romance owned by Grand Champions Polo School.
“I’ve ridden Romance in my last two games,” Jacobs said. “She’s fast and really responsive. She stops and turns quickly. She’s just an all-around great horse.”
Jacobs concluded, “I like the polo community. I like that it’s a fast paced sport and that each game is different. It’s never boring.”
As polo season in South Florida begins to wind down, Jacobs will prepare for another tournament in May before traveling to the Grand Champions Polo Club summer home in Colorado at the Aspen Valley Polo Club for his third year in a row.