The USPA would like to honour the life of a young member of our polo family, Donovan William Stratemann, son of Chris and Sonia Stratemann, brother to Alexandra and Maya and friend to all. Donovan passed away at the age of 17 on 16 February 2017 in Wellington, Florida, due to injuries sustained in a polo accident. A reflection of the best parts of each of his parents, Donovan was a quality kid, with an infectious smile and a quiet determination and perseverance.
“Donovan wanted to live in Hawaii one day,” said Stratemann family friend Julio Arellano “and everyone who met him, loved him. Donovan was homeschooled in order to take care of his horses, play polo and spend time with his family. He rose before 6am every day to care for his string and accompanied his twin sister Maya on daily night checks. He loved animals and never complained when asked to help with chores. Mature for his age, he spent months in Aiken, South Carolina, with his grandfather and namesake, Don Healy, learning the art of horse training.”
The USPA along with the entire polo community extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Stratemann family and friends. It is our hope that solace can be found in the endless outpouring of support from our beloved polo community during this difficult time. Our ability to come together in times of grief is a tribute to the incredible sport we all cherish. Donovan will forever be in our hearts.