Wellington, FL--April 14, 2012---Talbot Logan shook off pre-game jitters to play the game of his life Saturday at the third annual International Gay Polo Tournament at Grand Champions Polo Club.
Logan, 43, of Polo Gear/Palm Beach Rox scored a career-high four goals in the championship final against Gamma Mu.
In a hotly-contested seesaw battle, Gamma Mu won the title, 6-5.
"I think this was my best tournament ever," Logan said. "I started off a little slow on Friday. I was a little nervous. Some days you are just on the ball and I happened to be in the right place at the right time today.
"I came out today and I was still nervous. You want to do your best. It's a dangerous sport particularly on a day like today when you've got this huge crowd watching you. You don't want to screw up or fall off your horse. Today it was all good."
Logan led all scoring including back-to-back goals in the third chukker and played well on both ends of the field. He outscored Argentine pro Juan Bollini of Gammu Mu, who finished with three goals.
It was his second MVP award. He also was voted MVP at the U.S. Gay Polo Tournament at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
"It's fantastic because Melissa Ganzi and the pros pick the MVP here," Logan said. "That is such a great honor, I can't express it. I don't think I've ever scored four goals in a single game in my entire life. I am very proud but I had great teammates who were setting me up. Dwight [Tran] passed me a couple great open shots and I was lucky enough not to flub them.
“We did play well. The most important thing was we had a lot of fun out there. We played a clean game. There wasn't a lot of fouling on each side and that's always spectacular. And, we all love each other."
Logan, vice president of marketing for Ralph Lauren based in New York City, has been playing polo for six years since transitioning from show jumping. While he loves skiing and playing tennis and squash, polo is his passion.
"I do enjoy this," Logan said. "I get so nervous before the match starts. Once I get on the horse everything goes to zero and I just focus on what's going on out there playing."
Logan has great chemistry with horses.
"I feel comfortable with horses," Logan said. "It's a great learning experience to try these caliber of horses. It makes you a better horseman."
Logan started out as a show jumper and competed for 12 years before a friend introduced him to polo in Argentina.
"I fell in love with the social aspect of it," Logan said. "When I was a show jumper it was you against the rest of the world and you don't feel a lot of camaraderie outside the show ring.
"In polo, the people you are playing with today you could be playing against next week. It's a great wonderful community and the social aspect makes polo really special."