Category Archives: Player Profile

Meet Colton Bancroft.

Meet Colton Bancroft.

SDPC: Colton, you probably get asked this a lot but, why polo?

Bancroft: I love polo because there is no other sport like it. I started playing when I was 10 and haven’t stopped since. I love it.

SDPC: Do you have any rituals you perform before a match?

Bancroft: Not really, I always try to stay relaxed before a big game.

SDPC: How do you feel about playing in front of such a large crowd on Polo Sundays?

Bancroft: I love having the crowd there, however, when I am playing I do my best to just ignore them.

SDPC: Tell us about your horses! Any funny memories or stories come to mind?

Bancroft: I love every one of my horses and i am so grateful to be able to play them.

SDPC: When you aren’t on the field, what other hobbies or sports interest you?

Bancroft: I play lacrosse for my high school, but polo is much more serious for me.

SDPC: You and Jesse Bray are good friends, how long have you two been playing polo together and how did you first meet?

Bancroft: Haha, I met Jesse on the field when I was 12 and we have been playing ever since. He and his dad, Graham Bray, have taught me everything I know.

SDPC:  Were you born and raised in San Diego? If so, what is your favorite way to spend a “day off” here?

Bancroft: I was born in Utah, but I was raised in San Diego.  I love to go to the beach or hang out with friends.

SDPC: Do you have any long-term aspirations for your polo career? If so, tell us about them!

Bancroft: I would love to eventually go pro and get paid to do what I love.

SDPC: With this year’s summer polo season winding down and school starting back up, what gets you most excited looking forward to the 2013 polo season and your upcoming school year?

Bancroft: I can’t wait for next season. In the mean time, I will focus on my grades and practice polo as much as I can so that I am ready for next season.

SDPC: What is one of the most important lessons you have learned either from playing polo or your fellow players?

The most important lesson I have leaned from polo is to be grateful for everything I have and never take any of it for granted. I am extremely lucky to be able to do what i do.

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Meet Colleen Wilson.

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Meet Colleen Wilson of team Adeptus, and Vice President of the San Diego Polo Club!

Colleen is known in the equestrian world as Dr. Wilson, or the “Horse Lady,” due to her popular horse, animal and human supplement line, Adeptus.  Dr. Colleen is a Ph.D. nutritionist/physiologist, as well as a life long avid equestrian and pet owner.  Dr. Wilson is one of the only physiologists that has patented her own scientifically based Adeptus® products and offers consultations to clients on a regular basis.

Dr. Colleen’s Adeptus products are well known in the horse and pet community, and as her Health & Beauty line for humans develop, we’ll be sure to hear more wonderful things about her products.

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Oh, did we mention she and her dog model from time to time?  Just kidding!

A few tidbits we didn’t know about Colleen Wilson:

1.    I was an Associate Dean and Professor after I finished my PhD.

2.    I eat dark chocolate twice a day and 3 Brazil nuts a day.

3.    My only addictions are horses and polo.

4.    I love going to concerts. My favorite was the Eagles in 2010.

5.    I love sitting by the tack room with Stu on my lap and listening to the horses munch hay.

6.    My favorite pre-game breakfast is blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

7.    I used to play hockey with my brothers, and gladly played goalie while they took slap shots at me.

8.    I used to have a pet goose named Gus. Now I have 8 horses and a dog.

9.    I love the smell of flowering honeysuckle trees.

10. My most loyal and trustworthy boyfriend ever is Stu (my dog).

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Meet Dirk Wray.

How does small town entrepreneurial kid from Michigan end up playing the Sport of Kings on the graced shores and World renown San Diego Polo Club?

After advance international degrees, corporate and Wall Street stints; advising many leaders including sovereign leaders, Dirk by accident insulted a member of the British aristocracy when he said, “You’re full of manure, they don’t play polo on Elephants!” Which resulted in a honor challenge to play on the Brit’s team the following month in then war torn Sri Lanka.

From his mixed martial arts and various sports background, Dirk surprised all by becoming the high goaler of the tournament; and, when asked which polo club he played at as a professional, he had to confessed to never riding a horse!

Back home in SoCal Dirk ventured to try his luck at the famed SDPC arena and on the third attempt met fate head on. Her name: Alisha. A local SD model beauty and competitive long time hunter jumper that “saw the light” and was “reborn” a polo player. The then single’s first match in the arena lead to a show of chivalry; that later lead to Dirk calling Alisha to ask her where she got her polo boots (nice line Dirk – Where there is a Wray; there is a Way!). Passionate love ever since and one of the rare couples in polo that can play the game together and win!

After a great nine years at the club, Dirk and Alisha hope that you will support the Club’s efforts to keep the 100+ year tradition of the oldest sport in history in San Diego. The couple’s businesses and charities are economic development focused: supporting health care, education, agriculture, water and energy in many countries, including the great U.S.A!

Meet Krista Bonaguidi.

25 Things You Didn’t Know about this Spunky Blonde Polo Player

  1. I have too many shoes!
  2. Caroline is not necessarily my “favorite” horse.
  3. I keep saying I’m going to learn Spanish, but never do.
  4. I love to cook & the kitchen is my favorite room in the house.
  5. Birds as pets freak me out…. (those beaks!)
  6. My family gets fed whatever I’m craving, but Ron thinks he has a vote on the day’s menu.
  7. I love cats, dogs & horses (big surprise).
  8. I have a great family, but am finding out we are just as weird as everyone else.
  9. Skiing is my first sport, and I used to teach.
  10. I was blond as a child, but now require a lot of help.
  11. I still don’t recognize all of our horses in pasture (too many bays!), but I know who more are than my husband.
  12. I will probably always be the worst player on the field…. Ouch!
  13. During the polo season, I ride 2-3 horses every morning and then again in the afternoon.
  14. I love being in polo shape—there is nothing else like it.
  15. I like pink, but won’t make the team wear it on the field. (You’re welcome!)
  16. I can’t eat fresh ginger.  It upsets my stomach.
  17. I was born in Alabama & moved to Bellevue Washington when I was 7.
  18. When I was 8, I wanted to ride so badly that I found some horses in a pasture, made friends, and just got on! No saddle, so bridle, I didn’t even know if they were broke!
  19. I played the saxophone for 9 years, the piano for 6, and guitar for 2.
  20. I was in the marching band in high school before I was a cheerleader.
  21. I’ve climbed Mount Everest 2 times.  NOT! J I had to say it before Ellen did!
  22. I broke my left elbow when I was 7 so badly, the doctors said my arm might not grow properly, but it did. Whew.
  23. My parents still live in the house I grew up in, and I have one sister and one brother.
  24. I moved to Hawaii after college and lived there for 16 years.
  25. I have the cutest dog in the world.

Meet Jake Brumby.

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Meet Jake Brumby.

SD Polo: How did you get involved in polo?
Brumby: I’ve raced motocross my whole life.  I spent a lot of time with my dad on dirt bikes.  I raced and did very well, but after a few injuries, my family wanted me to try something a little more safe.  I was going to either play football or hockey, but my mom wanted me to try a polo lesson before I made my decision.  So, here I am two years later and I’m addicted.

SD Polo: How old are you?
Brumby: I’m 15.

SD Polo: What are some of your accomplishments?
Brumby: Polo related?  I’ve played at a few different Polo Clubs, including Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA and Orange County Polo Club.  I won my division in the Pacific Coast Polo League and was overall MVP for the division.  I was -1 last year and was raised to 0.  Also, we just won the 3-Goal Chukkers for Charity match in June.  Not bad for 2 years under my belt.

SD Polo: What do you like to do when you aren’t playing polo?
Brumby: Anything adventurous.  I’d probably be playing football or lacrosse.  School, polo and friends are my life.

Meet Roberto Estudillo.

Was born in San Diego, California and was raised in Baja California Mexico. Both his paternal and maternal heritage comes from prominent ancestry. The Estudillo family was one of the first European settlers in southern California and have been in this land for over 200 years, since it was New Spain, then Mexico and today, United States. They lived in Casa de Estudillo, considered the finest house in Mexican California; it is located in Old Town San Diego and is now a Museum and National Historic Landmark. Roberto is the seventh generation Estudillo in California. His maternal lineage comes from Yucatan, were the family was well known in the region for owning land and cultivating henequen plant. His grandfather was a very distinguished, award winning Civil Engineer and also served as Governor of Baja California.


Roberto’s first years of grade school were coursed in San Diego and later he went to Tijuana to continue his studies; he entered law school and earned his Juris Doctor degree.   He studied Polynesian martial arts in the style Lima lama. He also enjoys and practices tennis, golf, wind surfing, and traveling.  Roberto has visited over 100 countries in the world.
Roberto’s professions are Attorney at Law, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Developer. He is currently assembling Charity Donor, a non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to facilitate people to donate to their individual cause.

He was introduced to polo by his brother in law Fernando Gutierrez Barron. His polo career started in Rosarito, Baja California, where they played polo at Rancho San Fernando, and this is the reason why Roberto’s team name is San Fernando.  He currently owns over 20 polo ponies and they are distributed amongst San Diego, Mexico City, and Rosarito. He has been a member of the San Diego Polo Club for 15 + years.  He is one of the very few members that have remained playing continuously for the last 15 years.

Roberto’s philosophy in life is that we are all here for a purpose, we each have our own mission to fulfill; we must find it, accomplish it, and when we leave this world, we would have made it a better place.

Meet Gaston Von Wernich.

A native of Argentina, Gaston Von Wernich grew up on a farm about 3 hours west of Buenos Aires. Gaston came from a home of polo players, and he learned to play from his uncle–a skilled, 10-goal player who lived close by.  He has been playing in San Diego for a handful of years with Chris Maloney.

To prepare for competition, Gaston employs a few simple tactics: he makes sure to ride early in the morning and, before any match, he makes sure to focus his mind entirely upon the game.

He enjoys being with his family and drinking maté with his friends in the barn.  Thus far, the highlight of his polo career was winning the Spreckels Cup in 2007 with his brother and Chris Maloney.

Gaston’s long term polo goals are to continue to compete professionally and, one day, to play alongside his sons.