Polo Match to Benefit Injured Player, Horses

Polo Match to Benefit Injured Player, Horses
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The Saratoga Polo Association will donate all proceeds from its match this Saturday at the Lodge Field in Saratoga Springs, New York, to help injured polo player Justin Pimsner.

Pimsner, 32, of Aiken, S. C., remained in serious condition Tuesday at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center as a result of injuries he suffered Monday when his pickup truck and horse trailer wrecked on the Northway in upstate New York. According to the Albany timesunion.com, Pimsner suffered multiple fractures and a head injury in the accident, which was apparently caused by a tire blowout.

Six of the 10 horses being transported by Pimsner died; the other four are being treated at Saratoga Equine Hospital. According to timesunion.com, lacerations sustained by the surviving horses should heal in two to three weeks, with another four to six weeks for deep tissue injuries to heal. Saratoga Equine's Dr. Axel F. Sondhof told timesunion.com that three of the four surviving horses should be able to return to competitive polo in the future but that one would be unable do so due to a serious joint injury.

The polo association's fund-raiser and other contributions will help Pimsner defray his medical expenses and the costs of treating his horses.

General admission for Saturday's 5 p.m. (ET) match is $5 per person. Saratoga Polo will also host a $10 raffle at Saturday's match and will be soliciting donations to help Pimsner defray expenses. In addition, the Lily and the Rose will donate all proceeds from concessions sold at the game. Contributions are also being received in care of the Justin Pimsner Polo Fund, Adirondack Trust Company, 473 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

"We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern for both Justin and his ponies," said Bill Ylvisaker, owner of the Saratoga Polo Association. "We thought this fundraiser would serve as an outlet for residents who want to show their support and make a contribution to the Pimsner fund."

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