RANCHO SANTA FE — Local polo player, Harrison Samaniego, was recently selected to the U.S. Polo Association’s top national development program, Team USPA. The up-and-comer from Rancho Santa Fe has been under the sport’s influence since he was a baby and will look to take his game to the next level as part of the elite program.Though first introduced to the sport from his father, his mother, a former University of Virginia player, dedicated much time to teaching him and his brother how to play growing up. Under the guidance of his supportive family, Samaniego has had a successful young career highlighted by leading his high school team to the semifinals of last year’s USPA National Interscholastic Championship.It’s the mental aspect of polo that draws Samaniego’s passion. He enjoys participating in a sport that never stops teaching and he looks forward to developing his mind and body on Team USPA. Samaniego just started his freshman year at Roger Williams University and plans to major in environmental science. When he’s not playing polo or taking classes, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
Samaniego will join fellow new Team USPA members Daniel Galindo of Thermal, Calif., Jeff Shuler of Hometown: Aiken, S.C., Kylie Sheehan of Owings Mills, Md., Miguel Questel of Campo, Devin Vass of Powell, Ohio, Patrick Uretz of Malibu, Calif. and Matthew Collins of Reisterstown, Md.