"I am very grateful for the time I spent at Virginia Polo, the experiences, friendships, and memories will last a lifetime. The Nicoll Scholarship gave me the opportunity to continue pursuing a newly found passion. It allowed me to be part of a team and to compete at a national level, but more importantly it allowed me to spend everyday at the barn with great people and great horses."
     - Cecilia Steel

Raymond was an energetic, friendly and funny young man who loved playing polo. He grew up in Free Union, Virginia outside Charlottesville playing polo with his two older brothers and father on the family's polo field on the Moorman's River. The family polo field was the only field in the Charlottesville area for many years, and it was home to countless U.Va. polo players not only while they were at school, but after graduation as well. Raymond's best friend, Owen Rinehart says, "Raymond loved life and made everything he did fun for anyone involved in what he was doing. I was lucky enough to share many things with Raymond and polo was our favorite thing to do. I have no doubt that if he wanted to, he could have become a 10 goal player."

It befits Raymond's love of polo that his family and friends chose to support young people's needs and desire to play polo while at the University of Virginia. Ever since the fund's inception 35 years ago, it has been one of Virginia Polo's greatest assets by attracting great people and great players. RBVNS recipients have also been a source of tremendous financial support for Virginia Polo's endowment. Virginia Polo is committed to providing an opportunity for young people of all walks of life to play polo, and the RBVNS has made that possible for many young players.

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