The polo world lost two of its greatest players in one day, 26 March, when the deaths of Bob Daniels and Juracy Santos were announced.
Bob Daniels, a native of the United States, passed at the age of 74 following a polo accident. Daniels was taking part in a 12-goal game at his Pony Express field in Wellington, Florida when he was flung from his horse as it stumbled.
The polo patriarch landed on his head, and was flown to St Mary’s Medical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was placed on life support. He died on Saturday morning.
Robert ‘Bob’ Daniels was a longstanding admired member of the polo community. A member of the United States Polo Association since 1981, Daniels led a long and distinguished career. He spent sixteen years, from 1996 to 2011, competing U.S. Open Polo Championship with Pony Express.
He also competed 16 consecutive years (1983-1998) in the East Coast Open. He captured the title with a 6-5 win over Excalibur at the Myopia Hunt Club in 1988, alongside his teammates Raul Roldan, Gonzalo Heguy and Segundo Ortiz.