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Off The Horse: Santiago Wulff

 Name: Santiago Wulff 
Age: 38
From: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing for: Klentner Ranch 

When did you start playing polo?
I start playing polo when I was 8 years old. I played for a few years and quit until I was 20 years old when I started playing again and became a professional at the age of 22 or 23. 

What do you love most about the sport?
What I love about the sport is that it is a very complete sport. In order to have a good game, it requires a lot of work, getting the horses ready with a lot of time in advance involving grooms, veterinarian, farrier, etc. It also requires the concentration before games and the game plan, in other words, how to make the team play its best, how to play against who, review old games and learn from mistakes. 

What’s the most challenging aspect of polo?
The most challenging aspect in polo is to have a good string of horses that you can trust and feel confident to win games. We go the whole year looking and trying to find better horses. It is also is very challenging to make a team work and have everyone play their best. It takes a lot of work and time. 

Tell us about your horses (or your favorite horse)?
My favorite horses right now are “Emilia” an American Thoroughbred that I  bought as a 4 years old from Pete Ganivi. I taught her to play polo and she became one of my best. She has a lot of power speed and a big heart. Another one is “Zaragoza”, a home-bred from Argentina out of Gallega and Open Fósforo. I played the mother and father. She's very responsive and has and really good turns. I have a lot of fun when I play her. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara when you’re off duty?
My favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara besides polo is whatever I do with my family, Anita Avendaño and kids, Emilia and Iñaki. We go to the beach, go fishing, hiking and try to visit nearby places that we don’t know about, like national parks, etc.

Where will polo take you next this year?
We will be here until the end of September, then we go to Argentina and I play there until mid-December. After that, Florida for 3 or 4 months. 



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