Alfred Fedorka and Albert Marenholz,1943
Photo courtesy of the American Air Museum in Britain
Hilert Outen "Bubbles" Memorial Cup. "Bubbles," aka Hilert Outen, came to work on the farm with a load of horses from Camden, South Carolina at about age nineteen. A trick rider in his early years, Hilert performed any and every job necessary on the farm for nearly 52 years, until his death in 1981. Along the way, he shared an unparalleled sense of humor with everyone who knew him.
Zenas Colt Memorial Cup. Zenas Colt led the Pittsfield Riding and Polo Association in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for many years, fielding polo teams featuring Herbie Pennell, Art Mason, and himself. An accomplished player carrying a four goal handicap at one time, Zenas' favorite rallying cry, “Cut him off at the pass," is an example of fundamental game strategy.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Memorial Cup. Tom and Lis Eckstrom were Leigh Butterworth’s brother and sister. Tom rebuilt the entire farm after the 1998 fire and was an excellent all around builder and craftsman. Lis Eckstrom applied her wonderful, insightful sense of humor to all of our endeavors until her passing a few years ago.
Big Feathers Memorial Cup. "Big Feathers," or Frank Butterworth Jr., managed Giant Valley Farm from about 1929 until his death in 1991. Frank began Giant Valley Farm first as a dairy farm (including chickens, goats and horses), then later as a horse farm where he trained horses for polo. In 1954, he teamed up with the aforementioned Zenas Colt, Albert Marenholz, and Barclay Robinson as the Farmington Valley Polo Club team to win the National Twelve Goal Tournament. Frank Jr.'s nickname, “Big Feathers,” came from Johnny Kaiser, former employee of Giant Valley South and former head man for Emilio Tagle in Florida.
Arvel Bryan Memorial Cup. Arvel Bryan was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was the model of what a polo player should be. He kept a few horses in his back yard, ran the Brook Grill and played polo for fun as a sport with a sense of humor. An outgoing and generous man, Arvel started his son Skip in polo to carry on the tradition.
Albert Marenholz Memorial Cup. Albert Marenholz came back from World War II and B-29’s to work on the farm here, doing everything from making hay to training polo ponies. He eventually achieved a five goal handicap outdoors and a six goal handicap in the arena. He coached the Yale University Polo Team successfully and won numerous polo tournaments both outdoors and in the arena.
Hilert "Bubbles" Outen
640 Tuttle Ave.
Hamden, CT. 06518
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Tom and Lis Eckstrom
Giant Valley Polo Club
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