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John S. Gobin grew up in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He began playing arena polo in interscholastic competitions at the age of fifteen. From the age of seventeen to nineteen, he trained to become a polo player in Argentina. Gobin began his career by playing with polo patron Geoffrey Kent, the founder of Abercrombie & Kent, and then played on the Budweiser Polo Team. He won the Westchester Cup alongside Adam Snow, Owen Rinehart and Robert E. Walton at the Guards Polo Club in England in 1992. He won the Camacho Cup on the American team against Mexico in 2009 and has competed on the Team USA against Argentina. Gobin has also played on the Duck Hill Polo Team at the Aiken Polo Club in Aiken, South Carolina, and has won the U.S. Arena Championships four times. He has been the manager of the Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia since 2007.