U.S. Polo Women's Open Championship

Two American Quarter Horses were honored November 9 for their athleticism and handiness in Houston.

The Houston Polo Club

Sheila Lequerica's TP Lightning, aka "Bucky," was named Best-Playing American Quarter Horse at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championship. (Credit: Kaylee Scherbinski)

After a week of top-notch polo action November 4-9 in Houston, the clouds parted and sun came out for the finals on the U.S. Women's Open at the beautiful Houston Polo Club.  

Two final teams out of four lined up at center field to battle it out for first place. Maureen Brennan struck first with a goal for the Northern Trust team but BTA's Lia Salvo and K.C. Krueger responded with two goals to end the chukker 2-1 in BTA's favor. 

In chukker No. 2, both teams scored one penalty each to end the chukker 3-2, BTA holding on to the lead.  

During half-time, the crowd did their duty and stomped divots and enjoyed the champagne divot stomp. 

Northern Trust came out strong in the third chukker, holding BTA scoreless as Northern Trust's Sarah Wiseman scored two goals to end the chukker 4-3. 

BTA had to regroup for the last chukker to stay in the game, as Lia Salvo scored to tie the game 4-4 sending the teams into an overtime chukker. 

Sheila Lequerica's TP Lightning, aka
TP Lightning, aka "Bucky," owned and played by Sheila Lequerica. From left: C.J. Lequerica, Sheila Lequerica, Lily Lequerica and Wanda Waters.

Overtime started with high intensity as the teams went in for the first throw in. Lia Salvo managed to get one run at BTA's goal but missed it to the left. Northern Trust took advantage of their knock in and took it down to their end of the field, causing BTA to foul. Northern Trust's Julia Smith walked to the Penalty 2 and put it through for the score to give Northern Trust the win for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championship. 

Northern Trust's Sarah Wiseman won a well-deserved Most Valuable Player Award, taking home a Texas Polo saddle presented by Texas Polo's Vinnie Myer. Best-Playing Pony for an Amateur Player went to Zumi, owned by Chrys Beal, played by KC Krueger. Best-Playing Pony for a Professional was awarded to Zanetta, owned/played by Sheila Lequerica.

AQHA presented the Best-Playing American Quarter Horse Award in the U.S. Women's Open Championship to TP Lightning, aka "Bucky," owned and played by Sheila Hille Lequerica of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 2004 buckskin mare by Uno Oro Nino and out of Homs BS Mis by Blue Sparta was bred by Don Hackerson of Windson, Illinois. TP Lightning sports some great foundation bloodlines, tracing back on her topside to Hollywood Gold and Peppy San, then Poco Tivio on the bottom. 

Sheila Lequerica's CWR Hesa Docs Lynx, aka
CWR Hesa Docs Lynx, aka "Superman," and Sheila Lequerica.

And in the U.S. Women's Handicap, Lequerica's CWR Hesa Docs Lynx, aka "Superman," earned the Best-Playing American Quarter Horse Award. A 2005 bay gelding by Hesa Keen Remedy and out of Cottonswoodsons Lynx by Sons Rey Jay, Superman as bred by Winn and Connie Hendricks of Payette, Idaho, and purchased by Lequerica in 2009. The bay gelding boasts golden cow horse lineage, such as Doc O'Lena, Rey Jay, Doc's Remedy, King Fritz and Doc's Lynx. 


AQHA and Polo

AQHA's industry alliance partner the American Polo Horse Association was founded in 2006 to recognize polo horses, or ponies, in the United States, as well as encourage events that showcase the polo horse. APHA collects, records and preserves pedigrees of horses being used for polo in America and is the foremost authority on the documentation of polo ponies in United States. The registry is open to all breeds of horses being used for polo and includes horses from any country of origin.