Steven A. Orthwein
It is with the greatest sadness that we report the passing of one of the elder statesmen of polo Steven A. Orthwein who passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday 12th March.
Steve had an illustrious career in polo, he joined FIP as a Vice President in 1993 and since that time has continued his involvement as a member of the Executive Committee, the Council of Administration, the FIP Rules Committee, Zone A Director and a FIP Ambassador.
A highly respected and keen player for all his life reaching 6 goals at the height of his playing career, Stevie was the Secretary of the USPA from
1984-1988 and President from 1988-1991 and then Chairman of the USPA from
1991 to 1995. He was also Chairman of the Museum of Polo in Florida from
2001 to 2010 where he was inducted in 2011.
Steve was also a kind and generous supporter of FIP not only holding numerous Ambassador Cups at his club in Florida but in 2017 Stevie generously facilitated the Zone A Play-Offs for the FIP World Polo Championship in Australia by providing stables and playing fields at his Port Mayaca Polo Club.
He will be sorely missed by his friends and all who encountered his great sense of humour and generous hospitality, a true gentleman of our sport.
A celebration of Steve's life will be hosted at the Polo Museum in Wellington Florida this Saturday March 17 at 6:00 p.m.
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