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Lori Riley: Host Role A Showcase For UConn Polo

STORRS — Carly Persano wanted to play polo more than anything. Her father played at Shallowbrook Equestrian Center in Somers.

"Ever since I was able to walk a horse, I would groom for him and exercise the horses," Carly said. "I asked my [riding] coach every day if I could play. He was like, 'Not until you're strong enough.'

"For a whole year, we had to muck stalls. Just to get strong. We were like, 'We'll do anything.'"

Carly was 9. Her sister Audry was 15 months older. They cleaned a lot of stalls. And they finally got to play.

Both Persanos, who grew up in Somers, play for the UConn women's polo club team. UConn hosted the U.S....