On November 1, our friend Guillermo „Billy“ Martín Steta Mondragón passed away at the age of 56.

We met him playing the Rovinj Polo Cup in Croatia 2018. He was moved to tears talking about his croatian roots and was proud to play his game in Croatia for the first time. Always friendly, always with a smile on his face and with a warm handshake for everybody in the big polo family. As the president of the Mexican Polo Association, which he was for eight years, and as a passionated player he travelled the world for polo. As a member of the Méxican polo team he played in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, India, Spain, Panama, Barbados, the United States, Canada, England and Germany. Born in México City Billy started playing polo as 12 year-old boy at the Jalapa Polo Club. He was an ambassador for the Federation of International Polo (FIP), a member of the Pan-American Polo Confederation and an active member of the U.S. Polo Association (USPA). Our editor Thomas Wirth last met Billy at the Argentine Open in December in Buenos Aires: „With Guillermo „Billy“ Martín Steta Mondragón the international sport of polo is loosing a great personality, supporter of the mexican polo, succesful sportsman and a dear friend. Thank you, Billy, for all of the good you did.“

© Thomas Wirth