First I would like to formally announce that our interscholastic girls team is one of 4 teams in the nation to win a spot in the National Interscholastic Championship in Houston Texas March 18-24, 2019. They are the top 16 high school girls in a country of over 320,000,000 people. None come from polo backgrounds and none had more than a few polo lessons before joining our club since its inception 4 years ago. This is because you believed; you believed in me when I told you that you could play polo and we loved having you involved, that we would take care of your horses as best we could in every situation, that you would improve and we would improve together, and what we had to do to reach our goals. We have tirelessly trudged forward despite long commutes, frustrating practices when we can’t hit the ball, and all sorts of adverse weather. We’ve played through weeks when we win 27-4, then lose 10-28. We moved forward following our mission to be an exemplary and omnipresent community which cultivates team oriented relationships between horse and rider through the sport of polo, hunt seat disciplines, and equine activities. We have and continue to show love, consideration for others, and humility in every interaction.
Where we are now where we are going is only possible because of your support and faith. Oftentimes the destination and path is so hard to understand I will only communicate an understandable piece, a next step. Some people may ask why and want more, but often the answers are so complex that they can’t be given. If I told these girls four years ago that if they listened to me they would have the best team in the Northeast and one of four best teams in the nation, it would seem unrealistic. Instead, I said: this is how we will win our first game against Glen Farm, then a next step, and a next. A leader is always making decisions based on such a complex web that there can’t be a full explanation or destination, only faith. If you give me your trust I will give you 10x as much trust, and if you try I will try 10x as hard. Even when it doesn’t seem like I care or I’m listening; I am listening and working towards your success and what you want. As our club grows, it is hard for me to dedicate the same amount of time to each of you but I am always available and I will make the time for you! We are so fortunate to have a coaching and mentorship team which carries forth our values and mission in Kendall, Savanah, Emerson, and all our other staff and volunteers including Rhea, Oliver, and Amy to name a few.
These players have spent countless hours working, playing, taking extra lessons, spending extra time going above and beyond for years along the journey and it shows. Congratulations and thank you for the opportunity to lead you along this journey,
Your humble servant.
Mark Tashjian General Manager and Polo Trainer
Boston Polo Club