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Texas SBA™ Polo Team

Team owner Jamie Demericas is an internationally ranked polo player with playing experience in 13 countries across 6 continents. (View Passport.)
Texas SBA™ is headquartered in the United States of America and represents the small business community of Texas- the World's 12th Largest Economy.

2019:       Thailand       Korea       France       England       Morocco

2018:       Australia       England       Portugal       Spain       United States of America       Morocco

2017:       Australia       United States of America

2016:       United States of America       Germany

Fen Tiger Tournament 2019

Location: Cambridge County Polo Club (est. 2008), Cambridge, England.

Three days prior the start of this summertime tournament, Cambridge experienced a heat wave that reached 41 degrees celsius or 105 degree fahrenheit. Even Houston resident Jamie Demericas suffered in the heat as homes in the United Kingdom typically do not have aire conditioning nor oscillating fans.

United Kingdom weather is unpredictable and day 1 of polo was cancelled due to a 12-hour rain storm. Day 2 did feature polo matches only because the fields at CCPC have new underground piping and peat stone that drains each 10-acre polo field.

British polo players make you earn every play and do not give allowances to foreigners regardless of weather conditions. As such, it was a tough 30-minutes for Jamie as he rode 4 different horse of which he never rode before: International polo competition usually does not allow for horse tryouts prior to competition and therefore the traveling polo player must perfect his horsemanship, field position, and teamwork to survive the world's 2nd most dangerous sport.

Miguel Ayala, whom Jamie Demericas played against months earlier in Thailand was the Texas SBA™ Polo Team captain and played exceptionally. Polo club owner Ed Wright was also impressive and may deserve a higher handicap. The team disappointment was Mr. Demericas who simply did not have confidence in his horsemanship nor field conditions. As a global polo player or guest at a foreign polo club the worse thing you could is fall-off your horse or cause injury to another player. "Safety First" is objective #1.

Thanks to all players on Texas SBA™ Polo Team including Mr. Clover, we survived the match without losing and tallied the final score at 1-to-1.

Triple Crown of Southwest France Polo 2019

Location: Bordeaux Polo Club (est. 1985), France; La Tullianna Polo Club (cr. 2014), Toulouse, France; and Mousquetaires Polo Club (cr. 2012), Armagnac Gascogne, France.

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

Texas SBA™ Polo Team arrived in France for the first-time after receiving an invitation from polo manger and player Martin Gueritot. The Triple Crown of Southwest France polo took place over June & July 2019 and involved players from Brasil, France, Argentina, and Texas.

5th Tournoi International Des Mousquetaires

Location: Mousquetaires Polo Club (est. 2012), Armagnac Gascogne, France

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

Tournoi des Moissons / Coupe Cèrés 2019

Location: La Tullianna Polo Club (est. 2014), Toulouse, France

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

Coupe Du Vignoble 2019

Location: Bordeaux Polo Club (est. 1985), Bordeaux, France

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

Texas SBA™ Polo Team arrived in France ready-to-win and sample the world-famous wines of Bordeaux as the 2019 Vinexpo commenced.

At the first bowl-in Texas SBA™ Polo Team pounced on the ball and began running-up the score. With horses procured from the Mousquetaires Polo Club, Texas SBA™ Polo Team was well mounted and controlled the line of the ball causing their opponents to commit multiple fouls. Jamie Demericas proved himself to be a "clutch player" and scored six 30-yard penalties on Day 1 and replicated his flawless performance on Day 2. The most notable play executed by Mr. Demericas was his offside 200-yard run where he shielded the ball from the defender via horsemanship and hit a wicked neck shot to set up his teammate Dr. Jerome for the goal.

Texas SBA™ Polo Team continued their dominance during the finals with Jamie Demericas scoring two more 30-yard penalties and a goal from the field. Every member of the polo team played great, but it was Martin Gueritot of France who played 1-goal for the second consecutive week and without doubt will get his handicap raised this season. Breaking through the pack; executing tough ride-offs; and working both sides of the horse is why this young Frenchman can expect a professional ranking in years to come.

Texas SBA™ Polo Team was greeting warmly in France and left with multiple trophies, bottles of wine, and another victory for the Texas small business owner community.


4th Charity Cup & Texas SBA™ Friendly Match, 2019

Location: Korea Polo Country Club (est. 2011), Jeju Island, Korea

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

Global financial powerhouse- Korea- with a US $1.7 Trillion economy and 70 million population has one of the best polo clubs in the world. Korea Polo Stadium was the location where Korea & Texas "gave back" to their communities with provides charity and shared friendship. Texas SBA™ Polo Team competed against hometown T23 Polo Team with many Corporate Executive players participating.

Testing the horse one day before the match allowed each player to gain familiarity with each horse to be played during this charity event. In polo, one new horse is required for every 7-minute period of play: Four periods minimum with a maximum of eight is the standard time of play. Therefore, Texas SBA™ Polo Team came ready to play fast and physical and this was proven when Jamie's scored his first goal dribbling from 100 yards out.

The second chukker had Mr. Demericas dribbling along the boards from mid-field shielding the ball with his pony which caused the Chinese-Korean defender to either bump or jump the boards to stop Jamie. Forty yards out, Demericas struck a neck shot to Nico for his captain's second or third goal. Third chukker play had Jamie Demericas stealing the ball from T23 and shoot a pass to Y.J. for his 30 yard goal. In the next chukker Jamie scored his second goal just like he did during the first chukker goal. (This play succeeded at Bordeaux, France, and is a great play which forces defenders to bump or the boards.)

Chukker 5 was a different story and T23 Polo Team scored 3 goals which cut the Texas SBA™ Polo Team lead to 3 goals. In the 6th chukker Jamie scored another and then a very impressive "bump to near-side neck shot for goal with 5 seconds left before the bell. To close out the 8 chukker charity event Jamie Demericas scored his sixth goal by receiving a pass from Nico in the corner, checking down, and turning the ball 90° towards goal for a off-side neck shot at 30°.

4th Charity Cup & Texas SBA™ Friendly Match was an action packed event before a nice crowd of corporate executives spectators showcasing polo players from 3 continents. Texas SBA™ Polo Team continued their "winning streak" which began with their victory in the 2018 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship® Tournament Farish Cup Invitational by beating the T23 Polo Team 18 to 9.

Cambridge Frolic May Cup 2019

Location: Cambridge County Polo Club (est. 2008), Cambridge, England

Texas SBA™ Polo Team made their debut in Cambridge and performed well before the crowd of English polo enthusiasts. Fans in this area are well-educated on polo and have witnessed both HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge showcase their polo playing abilities. Cambridge is home to Europe's oldest polo club Cambridge University Polo Club (est. 1873), and provides year-round play at Cambridge County Polo Club.

Jamie Deméricas and your Texas SBA™ Polo Team anticipate a successful Summer 2019 in Cambridge, England



2nd Toto Cup

Location: PGH La Palmeraie Polo Club (est. 2014), Tangier, Morocco

Hard-work throughout the polo world affortunated Jamie Demericas to play 14 goal chukkers in preparation for the 2nd Toto Cup. Players arrived from 5 continents with the primary languages spoken being French, English, and little Castellano bowled-in. A sunny day's ending after a long commute, to work.

Day 1 showcased Jamie's improved abilities and forecasted why his handicap should get raised this season. Day 2 was another good day for Jamie Demericas as he played good defense and found himself playing extremely aggressive on all knock-ins. Day 3 was an emotional day for Mr. Demericas as he lost confidence in his horsemanship during the first chukker. This sadness was exhibited throughout the entire match and found Jamie watching eager to hear the umpire's final whistle. On Day 4 and with a clear mind, Jamie Demericas returned to his Day 1 & 2 performance but his team lost by 1 goal in the finals.

2019 Chinese New Year Tournament

Location: Polo Escape Resort (est. 2007), Pattaya, Thailand

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

Playing the 2nd most dangerous sport in the world- polo- is even more dangerous when played in the rain. Hours upon hours of torrential rains soaked the field, but "the show must go on" as fans and players traveled from 5 continents for this event. In fact, one female Texas business-owner from Pasadena, Texas, was in attendance and shared a delicious bottle of Argentine Merlot with Jamie as they discussed current Texas topics.

The game started with much trepidation from Jamie as he did not want to crash and visit yet another foreign-hospital due to a polo injury. Nonetheless, he contributed much to his team and helped secure multiple victories over the 2-day tournament. Played under the rules of Hurlingham, Texas SBA™ / Polo Escape™ shared the victory alongside Fast Fish™ and Ace™ Polo Teams.


2018 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship® Tournament- Farish Cup Invitational

Location: Houston Polo Club (est. 1928), Texas, United States of America

  CHAMPION - WINNER  

In our third year of competition Texas SBA™ Women's Polo Team won their division in the U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship® Tournament which was establied in 1937. Team Owner, Jamie Demericas worked hard to build this year's team for their debut in the Women’s International Polo Network.

Texas SBA™ had tough competition against seven teams including (1) Land Rover, (2) Lockton, (3) Jet Linx, (4) When World's Collide, (5) PlainsCapital Bank, (6) Team Winslow, and (7) Bestway Welding Supply.

From the first bowl-in Texas SBA™ dominated by scoring 5-to-7 more goals than their opponents. Likewise, their nemesis Land Rover and Lockton outscored the competition by large numbers but could not advance to the finals. When World's Collide faced Texas SBA™ in the Farish Cup Invitational finals with physicality and suspense for the Texas fans who experienced Texas SBA™ winning the game and tournament in the final 30 seconds of play.

1st Toto Cup

Location: PGH La Palmeraie Polo Club (est. 2014), Tangier, Morocco

Jamie Demericas received an invitation to join the Mousquetaires Polo Team based upon his European 2018 summer performance.

Flying into Tangier had the entire twin-prop ATR 72 aircraft scared as turbulence threw the 80 passagers, including Mousquetaires Polo Team owner, and 5 crew around the skies at 25,000 feet. This unwanted thrill lasted for nearly 30 minutes and even caused the aircraft to lose altitude as the Moroccon pilots worked hard to prevent the aircraft from stalling in the North Africa skies. Everyone was happy when the plane landed safely in Casablanca: 50% of the passengers chose to make 200 mile trip via taxi while Jamie and the team owner boarded another plane just 3 hours later.

African standards required greater stamina for Jamie Demericas as he played his first 6 chukker contest involving players from 5 countries across 4 continents. It was fast polo and Jamie had a difficult time staying in the play on this first day. Injury was almost realized during the fifth chukker when a nearside backhand grazed the bottom lip of Jamie and served as a reminder of the dangers inherent in the Sport of Kings and Corporate Executives. Just a few inches closer and Jamie's left jaw would have been broken. (Polo balls are compressed plastic balls with a diameter of 3 inches weighing 130 grams traveling upwards of 120 mph.) Hence, polo is the second most dangerous sport in the world only after speed boat racing.

Mousquetaires Polo Team fought hard against tough Argentine, French, Austrian, Swiss, and Moroccan players who ran fast during this 4-goal polo Toto Cup. The early chukkers had Jamie riding against a female player who utilized her blocking and bumping skills to curtail his advancement on the 10 acre field. Equipment failure was experienced during the third chukker when Jamie's left stirrup broke at the initial bowl-in and forced his retreat to the palenque. In the sixth chukker Jamie stole the bolcha from the group and created a break away which led to a goaline foul for the benefit of the Mousquetaires Polo Team. Having earned the foul rewarded Jamie with a 30 yard penalty shot which he makes with 90% success.

Day 3 and horse familiarty allowed Jamie to outperform his female counterpart and provide a greater contribution to the Mousquetaires Polo Team. Winning the bowl-ins, taking hard bumps from a Swiss rugby player, scoring another 30 yard penalty, and effectively shutting down the McQueens Polo Team female patron were the contributions provided by Jamie Demericas. Two injuries were suffered: (1) An opposing player and polo club owner from France was struck by the ball in the mouth on a nearside backshot and (2) the French patron of Mousquetaires Polo Team fell next to the goal post in his attempt to prevent a goal from being scored by the Swiss Ambassador. Both players took their 10-minute recovery time and the match proceeded.

McQueens Polo Team with their French female patron won the 1st Toto Cup in Morocco, Africa, and served as Jamie Demericas' first entry into the French Empire that spans 53 countries & 5 continents. Merci Beaucoup!




Polo Elite Challenge™ European Tour 2018: III High Summer Cup

Location: Club de Polo Ampurdán (est. 1987), Cataluna, Spain

With many players on Texas SBA™ Polo Team being residents of Latin America including team owner Jamie Deméricas, it was exciting for us to arrive in Spain- "la Corona". This enthusiasm was quickly curbed when procuring vehicles with the rental car company and their greed to generate revenues. Long lines, slow customer service, and surcharges is the business model utilized by this Spanish-owned rental car company which is exactly opposite of how Texas Small Business Association™ members conduct business.

Day 2 of our "Spanish Invasion" provided the most shocking experience for your Texas SBA™ Polo Team which was our daily usage of the Spanish tollroad system at a cost of US $60 per roundtrip (ie. 180 miles). In Spain, the cost for freedom of movement is high and prohibitive which reduces one's the quality of life, but not for players in the Sport of Kings and Corporate Executives. On the positive side, lots of beautiful women can be seen throughout Barcelona enjoying the delicously fair-priced tapas.

Texas SBAtrade; Polo Team jumped into the action with great performances by professional Federico Espanol and Fernando Nieto. The horsepower presented on the field was impressive as was the social community. Many goals from the 30-yard penalty line were scored by Jamie Demericas and Federico Espanol showcased why he held a 6-goal handicap in earlier years with goals scored from all areas of the cancha.

The Sport of Kings and Corporate Executives is the second-most dangerous sport in the world- only after speedboat racing- and fortunately no injury was incurred to Fernando Nieto who fell when his left stirrup broke. Immediately, the fieldside ambulance rushed onto the field and gave treatment to the founder of the Polo Elite Challenge™. With no serious harm incurred, the match continued but your Texas SBA™ Polo Team was not able to win against more established teams comprised of players, including 3 women, from five countries spread across 3 continents.



Polo Elite Challenge™ European Tour 2018 : Secretaries Cup (Hurlingham Polo Assn.)

Location: Kirtlington Park Polo Club (est. 1926), Oxford, England

Texas SBA™ Polo Team arrived in the United Kingdom ready and excited for the British polo season. With practices and matches scheduled for everyday our Texas SBA™ Polo Team was ready for competition. Traversing England from the southern coast to Black Country produced echoes of mallets striking bolchas in harmony with rolling hoof thunder.

In Oxford, home of Oxford University and the Earl of Oxford and Asquith, team owner Jamie Demericas was greeted by the Australian polo community and welcomed to this new playing location by the British polo community. Just a few weeks earlier, Mr. Demericas and the Texas SBA™ Polo Team were in the presence of Prince of William, Duke of Cambridge, at a charity polo match in the rival town of Cambridge, home of Cambridge University. Both towns and this area are familiar terriroty for Jamie as a former resident of Milton Keynes- "the Most American City in the UK".

Before game time Mr. Demericas had butterflies in his stomach as he was playing a level higher than he is accustom, but was reassured by professional team captain Antonino Menard such feelings are normal. Immediately the game was fast and it was hard for Jamie to keep-up: Jumping on new horses, never riden before, every 7 minutes is the real-time examination of every polo player's horsemanship. With your knees you grip the horse; posting and half seat is your stance; and loose reigns is your control but never lose sight of 7 other players and their wooden sticks on all sides of you and your pony.

Eventually, Jamie caught-up and gained more confidence in his talents and starting making serious contributions to his Texas SBA™ Polo Team on day 2. The most spectactular play was when he rode off the opponent's team captain and then stole ball on the near-side. Another strong play was on the opponent's goal line where he did the same wich kept the game tied. During both days of game play Jamie scored 2 30-yard penalty shots. Antonino put on a great performance including running the ball end-to-end on the near side with 3 opponents chasing him. After the game Jamie asked Antonino how many mallets he broke during the game and he stated 3 at a cost of US $120 each: Polo- The Sport of Kings and Corporate Executives™.

Texas SBA™ Polo Team performed extremely well considering their competition was a more established team including 1 player who was currently playing with the Pieres brothers in the British Gold Cup, England's #1 tournament and the world's #3 tournament. All players on the opposing team were hardcore players riding quality ponies and with homefield advantange which produced a unearned goal for the home team and subsequent loss for Texas SBA™ Polo Team.



Polo Elite Challenge™ European Tour 2018

Location: Private Polo Estate, Portuguese Republic

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Texas SBA™ Polo Team had the priviledge of receiving an invitiation to play 2 days of polo in the nation Portugal at a very discrete polo estate. This was a special treat for Mr. Demericas who has maintains strong relationships throughout the 3-continent Portuguese empire.

The first day of polo was good fun as Jamie rode quality horses imported from Argentina. His string of horses had good speed, strong agility, and a good mouth. It was also an added treat to have the both games umpired by one fo the world's best officials. After the match, polo players from 4 continents shared dinner and drinks over a 4 hour period and discussed the world of polo and the state of Texas. Day 2 featured a better performance with Jamie scoring a 3 30-yard penalities and receiving a strong bump in the goal mouth which robbed him of a field goal. As the match continued the Texas SBA™ Polo Team became stronger and faster, but were not able to win the scoreboard tally.

This was a great experience and priviledge provided to Jamie Demericas and his Texas SBA™ Polo Team which served as the kick-off to their Polo Elite Challenge™ European Tour 2018.



2018 Victorian Polo Club Cup

Location: Werribee National Equestrian Center (est. 1984), Melbourne, Australia

Texas SBA™ Polo Team finished the Victorian Polo Association season with great improvement from their performance in 2017. Led by professional polo player Corin Gibbs, Jamie Demericas and his fellow teammates got physical in competition as marketing executives from the US $13 Billion German corporation Dr. Oetker filmed their latest commercial using the "Sport of Kings" as their background.

Playing the #2 position had Mr. Demericas winning the majority of umpire bowl-ins, driving the ball downfield for his team's power forward, and running his Thoroughbred horses hard on the 10 acre polo field for 7 consecutive minutes. During the third chukker, Jamie Demericas scored one goal after having missed several quality shots but unfortunately the Texas SBA™ Polo Team could not hold-off their competitors who matched his goal and finished the match tied.

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2018 Urquhart Tournament

Location: Hexham Polo Club (est. 1884), Melbourne, Australia

For the second year in a row Jamie Demericas traveled across the Pacific Ocean to compete in the oldest Australian tournament for polo. After seeing many members of the Australian polo community in Argentina just a few months earlier, Jamie Demericas was excited to showcase his improvement and adaptability to the Aussie style of play- fast & physical.

The 21 hour flight from Houston started out with immigration problems that soon were overcome by Mr. Demericas strong reputation and gentile personality. Having learned in 2017 that nothing comes easy in Australia, Jamie Demericas missed the first day of tournament play because he got lost driving the world's smallest continent and largest island. Unfortunately, the Texas SBA™ Polo Team lost the first day, but gave a young 15 year old, 3rd generation polo player the opportunity to fill-in for the absent Jamie Demericas. On day 2, Mr. Demericas arrived at the polo grounds early and visited with many polo players and friends including Hollywood movie director Simon Wincer. Jamie performed well during the match and helped aide the Texas SBA™ Polo Team to a victory, but not the championship trophy.



2018 Hornitos Cup

Location: Siam Polo Park (est. 1990), Kingdom of Thailand

Jamie Deméricas joined the Black Dog Polo Team led by National Geographic documentary star Tom Claytor and Argentine professional Gaston Carrozo. After a two year hiatus, the Hornitos Cup was played at King Power and featured the up-and-coming Thai player Mat Deajpanyanan who scored the last goal to prevent Black Dog's victory.

The Hornitos Cup was a great experience helping Mr. Deméricas improve his polo skills as he continues to elevate his exposure in "The Sport of Kings."


2017 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship® Tournament- Farish Cup Invitational

Location: Houston Polo Club (est. 1928), Texas, United States of America

Texas SBA™ Polo Team fought hard for 2 days against Hendrick's Gin and St. Regis Hotel impressing many Texas business owners, international guests, and equine enthusiasts. The ladies represented their state and Texas SBA™ Polo Team very well, but lost both games and were eliminated from the world's largest women's polo tournament hosted at the world's largest polo club- Houston, United States of America.

For the second consecutive year, San Saba Polo Team owned by Hollywood Actor & Director Tommy Lee Jones won the U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship™ hosted at Houston Polo Club, Texas.


2017 Werribee Polo Tournament

Location: Werribee National Equestrian Center (est. 1984), Melbourne, Australia

Nearly 9,000 miles and 21 hours of air travel was undertaken by Jamie Demericas to introduce the world's polo community to Texas Small Business Association™. Quickly, Mr. Demericas learned how aggressive and fast the Aussies run their "off the track" thoroughbreds for 7.5 minutes. It was a level of competition not familiar to Mr. Demericas and therefore he had to "dig deep" into his pool of personal talent. Three days of polo and sunburn shocked this Texas executive's body and proved hard rough-and-rugged the inhabitants of Australia must be to survive "down under".

Unfortunately, the team Mr. Demericas played for did not win the tournament although they made it to the finals.

2017 Urquhart Tournament

Location: Hexham Polo Club (est. 1884), Melbourne, Australia

Jamie Demericas had the priviledge of playing alongside up-and-coming French professional Dorian Bulteau and tenured professional Corin Gibbs of England in January 2017. During an intensive 2 weeks of Australian polo Jamie Demericas learned to play more physical, ride faster, and not expect fouls to be called. Throughout the 25 team Urquhart Tournament it seemed that every chukker had someone falling off their horse including one player getting kicked in the head by the horse's hoof. Unfortunately, the team Mr. Demericas played on did not advance to the Urquhart finals- which is one of the oldest polo tournaments in Australia, but they did advance to the finals during the Werribee tournament held one week earlier at the National Equestrian Center.

Playing in Australia was a great experience for Jamie Demericas and elevated his global polo exposure to 5 continents. Lesson learned about the Aussies and their style of play is that "they make you earn it." Surviving the outback and harsh Australian sun makes the Aussie polo player physically-minded while galloping "off the track" Thoroughbreds and will require any international polo player to elevate their style of play for this island continent.

jamie demericas and corin gibbs
jamie demericas and corin gibbs
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2016 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship® Tournament- Farish Cup Invitational

Location: Houston Polo Club (est. 1928), Texas, United States of America

Texas SBA™ Polo Team performed well in the 2016 Farish Invitational portion of the U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship™ tournament against Sullivan Group and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, but unfortunately lost to more established teams in their debut.

Jamie Demericas, owner of Texas SBA™ Polo Team, shared pleasantries from the adjacent owner's box of Hollywood Actor & Director Tommy Lee Jones as they both watched the San Saba Polo Team win the 2016 U.S. Women's Polo Open hosted at Houston Polo Club, Texas.

Jamie Demericas, Danika Rice, Liz Magyar, Leigh Fulkerson, Annie Carson
Jamie Demericas, Danika Rice, Liz Magyar, Leigh Fulkerson, Annie Carson Jamie Demericas, Danika Rice, Liz Magyar, Leigh Fulkerson, Annie Carson  

Location: Berlin, Germany


 
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