Orthwein Regarded as ‘Top-Level’ Polo Player

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June 12, 2014 by   Comments Off on Orthwein Regarded as ‘Top-Level’ Polo Player

Peter Orthwein

Peter Orthwein

Since childhood, businessman Peter Orthwein has been an avid polo player, and he is also one of polo’s biggest patrons.

Westfair Online reported that Orthwein is the executive chairman and co-founder of Thor Industries Inc., which through its wholly-owned subsidiaries is the largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles in the world. He founded Thor Industries with Wade Thompson in 1980, when the pair purchased Airstream Inc.. The corporation has grown to include nine different recreational vehicle brands and holds a $3.15 billion market capitalization.

Growing up in St. Louis, Orthwein and his brothers were introduced to the sport by their father and have continued to participate throughout their lives. A 1968 graduate of Cornell University, he was inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 for his accomplishments in collegiate polo, which included winning the first National Intercollegiate Championship Tournament in 1996. Later, Orthwein endowed the head coaching position at his alma mater.

“I endowed the coaching position because coaching is the mainstay of a strong program,” Orthwein said. “A strong coach keeps the horses right and builds the program.”

On the polo field, Orthwein achieved a five-goal handicap, placing him in the top 5% of players worldwide. He founded the Airstream Polo Team, which frequently plays at Connecticut’s Greenwich Polo Club.

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