FROM LAST TIME
Rough riders? Alumni from the 1970s and ’80s recognized the student polo club, featuring members of the women’s polo team.
Signe Kastberg ’76 can identify Hirschel Hicks ’79 at the far left with his dog Duffy. Moira Colquhoun '83 and Sean Colquhoun '78 take it from there: in the back row they recognize Blitz, Lisa Beamish ’80, Carrothead, Gina Lancaster-Salguero ’80, Parsnips, Caroline Ferris Farley ’80, unknown horse, Marcia Burnett ’81, and the coach Paul Kant. (Beamish and Burnett themselves confirm these IDs.) The Colquhouns also fill in the front row: next to Hicks are Eddie Lopez (a UWW student), Bucky Gold ’80, Lindsay Negreann Harms ’82, Wayne Kant (the coach’s son and eventual assistant coach), and an unidentified person.
Many polo vets remember Paul Kant—“the man who made it all possible,” in Burnett’s words. “He owned most of the polo ponies and taught us how to play. He would truck the horses over to Skidmore from his farm for games and practices. We had some wonderful times together, and some good results too!” Beamish remembers lots of team spirit and calls Kant “an amazingly dedicated and determined coach.” She adds, “I recall his horses all had vegetable names. I think the one I’m holding in the photo is Rhubarb.”
Other equestrians also remember good times on horseback. Mary Heber Mathews ’40 says, “Around 1939 Mr. Bauer, who owned a riding stable, and Mrs. Brown, director of physical education, encouraged a few of us to try polo. We practiced at it but never did get a formal team together. The photo shows a team that we only dreamed of looking like!” Meg Anastos Howes ’90, who grew up with horses, says it was “signing up for Skidmore lessons in combined training that gave me exposure to a much larger horse world. I did not compete on the famed Skidmore team, but I had an amazing time riding twice a week with instructor Sarah Hufstader. I was able to release the academic and social stresses
of college and just enjoy the sport of riding.”
Today Howes is a riding instructor and a leader of her twelve-year-old’s pony club. And Burnett, who lives in Australia, is still an avid rider: She says she used to play “polocross—a mix between lacrosse and polo—which is the big sport Down Under. But these days my daughter and I own two lovely thoroughbreds that we do eventing with.”