Kerstie Allen | Professional Polo Player
The Game of Kings is no longer a men’s club thanks to the efforts of women like Kerstie Allen. The Australian-born professional polo player is the epitome of beauty and power, wielding mallet and horse with the same verve and dexterity as the 10-goalers. Following the polo circuit, Kerstie takes up residence in Wellington during the high-goal winter and spring season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, making a name for herself on the pitch for her stellar play.
Kerstie made her first foray in 26-goal polo in the U.S. Polo Association‘s Piaget Gold Cup in March, filling in for injured Crab Orchard captain and patron George Rawlings. In September, Kerstie became the first woman to win the Pacific Coast Open in Santa Barbara, California, playing for the ERG polo team.
And though a true equestrian sensation, traveling the world riding for teams like Fontainebleau Aviation with horses in tow, Kerstie did not have her own horse until she was in high school. But once atop the animal, there was no looking back, competing competitively in team roping, barrel racing and cowboy mounted shooting, all without lessons: a self-made, self-taught equestrian in the truest sense. Vote for Kerstie Allen below.