Elite Clinicians

The United States Polo Association is proud to present our accomplished Elite Clinicians. Trained in cutting edge technology, PPA Elite Clinicians offer insights into swing and riding corrections.

Kris Bowman, Executive Director

Kris Bowman is the Executive Director of the United States Polo Association Polo Development, LLC. She was also instrumental in the development of the Team USPA concept and is the driving force behind the program. As a polo instructor for the past 20 years, she has developed schools around the country under her business name, Polo Vacations, including Palm Beach Polo, Great Meadow Polo Club, Sun Valley Polo Club, Vero Beach and more. Driven to improve the sport, Kris was selected to serve as a PTF Board of Director as well as past Chairman of the USPA Club and Development Committee and the USPA Strategic Planning Committee. She has been playing competitive polo since 1990 for teams such as Michelob Ultra, Ocean Grill, Mega, and the Shamrock team owned by television personality John Walsh, of America’s Most Wanted.

Tiger Kneece

He is a former 7 goal American player who now resides in Aiken, South Carolina horse country. During his 25-year tenure as a professional polo player, Kneece won the coveted US Open, Gold Cup, Monty Waterbury, Silver Cup and Copper Cup. His talent on the field led him to playing opportunities across the globe including Canada, Mexico, England, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa and Australia. Kneece excels at training polo ponies and hosts a polo school aptly named “Polo Adventures.” Introducing people to the sport of polo is one of the main focuses of his polo school. This past year, Kneece and his wife Susie revamped Junior Polo in Aiken and hosted a successful NYTS tournament. Their youngest daughter Summer has been bitten by the polo bug and is actively involved in the Polo School.

Ethan Galis

Ethan initially became involved in polo in college through the University of Texas Polo Club. He had ridden in various three-day-eventing competitions in Area V successfully competing through the 1-star level since age 9. After joining the polo club at college and falling in love with being taught the specifics of the sport by his coaches at the time, Jason Atkins and Cuatro Tolson, he got heavily involved at the UT club. He was so involved that he was Vice President and finally President of the UT polo club his last year in school. He initially began teaching polo at the UT polo in his junior year, and was accepted into the USPA-RPC Internship Program after graduating. He was offered mentorships with various Polo School Managers/instructors such as Tom Goodspeed and Mark Prinsloo. He took over the Big Horn Polo Academy shortly after completing these mentorships. Ethan currently teaches a small group of up-and-comers at the Central Texas Polo Association in Austin, TX. In addition to instructing, Ethan is involved in the USPA Contract Clinician program performing mainly arena clinics at clubs around the nation and is certified Level 3 Instructor with the Certified Horseman’s Association.

Justin Powers, Director of Club Development

Justin has been a member of the USPA for over 20 years and joined the Polo Development LLC team, in Club Development, in January of 2012. He is a third generation polo player and spent his childhood traveling the Mid-States Circuit. Outside of polo Justin has knowledge and experience in horse racing, Government affairs, the oil and gas industry, and  economic development analysis. Justin holds a Bachelors in Sport Management from Robert Morris University and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh; both of which he uses on a daily basis working with polo clubs across the country.

Charles Smith, Board Chairman

Charles retired from 37 years in the aerospace business with Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2004, where he held various engineering management and airplane program management positions. He was involved with the design and development of numerous military jet aircraft including the F-111, F-16, F-22, F-35, and T-50. Charles grew up in the polo world and has played polo most of his life. He won many high goal tournaments including the US Open five times, the Silver Cup eight times, the US Gold Cup twice, and the CV Whitney three times. He was a member of the US teams in two of the Camacho Cup Series with Mexico and the Cup of Americas Series with Argentina in 1979. Smith was awarded the USPA Hugo Dalmar Sportsmanship Award in 1999 and was inducted into the USPA Hall of Fame in 2004. Charles is currently a Governor-At-Large for the United States Polo Association and chairs the Team USPA committee and is the Chairman of the USPA Polo Development, LLC.

Adam Snow

He is currently rated 5 goals. Adam’s athletic talent and keen sense of game earned him the position of captain of his Yale Varsity Men’s Hockey team. His sense of discipline and hunger to learn has kept Adam Snow at the forefront of American polo for nearly three decades. Twice named Player of the Year (1998 and 2002), the former 10-goaler has played on winning teams in the United States Open, the C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup, the USPA Silver Cup the Monty Waterbury Cup, the Pacific Coast open over the years while maintaining a top international rating. Adam is envied for a top string of horses that include multiple Best Playing Ponies Amy, Chloe, Hale Bopp, Indica, Pumba, Rio, Haley and Bag Lady. His acumen for team play and coordination of both attack and defense make him a constant threat offense and a menace of defense. He has competed in Argentina (including two Opens), the United Kingdom, France, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Canada. Adam was also a member of the victorious 1992 US Championship Westchester Cup team.

Mason Wroe

Currently a four-goal player and a native of Midland, TX, Mason graduated from Texas A&M University where he won the USPA National Intercollegiate Championship in 2007. Mason was named the 2009 Collegiate Player of the Year by the Polo Training Foundation. In 2012 and 2015, Mason played for Gillian Johnston’s Coca Cola Polo Team in the 20 goal alongside Team USPA mentors Julio Arellano and Sugar Erskine. With them, he has won the Herbie Pennell, the Ylvisaker Cup and Joe Barry 20 goal tournaments at the ICP. Mason’s handicap was raised to 4 goals and he was awarded with the Team USPA High Goal Achievement Award $10,000 grant. Mason was names MVP in the 20 goal Pacific Coast Open playing for Zacara in Santa Barbara, CA. Mason was awarded the Team USPA High Goal Achievement Award and was a member of the United States FIP World Cup Team who were runners up of the 2015 championships held in Santiago, Chile.