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Mar

5

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Port Mayaca Polo Club - f

11:00 AM ET

Old Hickory Bourbon

Postage Stamp Farm

Fri

Mar

5

NATIONAL INTER-CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Sarasota Polo Club

11:00 AM ET

Glen Farm

Hillcroft

Fri

Mar

5

REGIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

Port Mayaca Polo Club

11:00 AM ET

Copperline Farm

Horseware Polo Club

Fri

Mar

5

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club - sf

3:00 PM ET

Cavallo Ranch

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Port Mayaca Polo Club - f

11:00 AM ET

Old Hickory Bourbon

Postage Stamp Farm

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Mar

5

NATIONAL INTER-CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Sarasota Polo Club

11:00 AM ET

Glen Farm

Hillcroft

Fri

Mar

5

REGIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

Port Mayaca Polo Club

11:00 AM ET

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Horseware Polo Club

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5

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club - sf

3:00 PM ET

Cavallo Ranch

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Tournament History

In 1954 the U.S. Open Polo Championship® changed venues from the Meadow Brook Club on Long Island, New York, to the Oak Brook Polo Club in Illinois. On the outskirts of Chicago, Oak Brook was an outstanding polo and golf complex built by Paul Butler. Housed on thousands of acres, in its heyday, Oak Brook boasted 13 polo fields and stabling for 400 horses. It was in this same year, 1954, that the Butler Handicap® was established. Named in honor of Paul Butler, in his early 60s at the time, his litany of polo accomplishments, including 29 dedicated years on the USPA Board of Governors, warranted a commemorative tournament.

Centrality was the primary benefit of Oak Brook: Situated in the middle of the country, shipping was less of a concern, and consequently more teams were drawn to Chicago for the U.S. Open. According to Jorie Butler Kent, daughter of Paul Butler and former manager of Oak Brook for 13 years, “the most teams that we ever had was actually during the time that I was running the polo at Oak Brook for the family, and we had 13 teams in the U.S. Open, which was a huge number, and a number of years we had twelve, but we usually had nine or ten. It was always a very, very sought-after tournament.” Paul Butler saw this as an opportunity to capitalize on both players and spectators traveling to the area.

Since teams traveled a big distance to play in the U.S. Open, he proposed another tournament, to run concurrently, for those teams knocked out of the prestigious tournament. In this way, the Butler Handicap® maintained a competitive and high standard of play equal to the U.S. Open. As the tournament was Mr. Butler’s idea, it was aptly named in his honor. The Butler Handicap®, therefore, traditionally served as a handicap tournament for teams entering the U.S. Open and became an important USPA event for over six decades, showcasing premier players, horses and polo club venues. During that time span, just about every notable player and who’s who of Hall of Famers competed for the prestigious title.

In its inaugural year, the Butler was won by the CCC-Meadow Brook team, comprised of players Don Beveridge, G.H. “Pete” Bostwick, Alan Corey Jr. and Harold Barry. This same team took the Monty Waterbury Trophy and the U.S. Open, rounding out an exciting triple crown.

The tournament was played every year until 1966, with a few exceptions, and after a brief hiatus was played uninterrupted from 1971-1990 almost exclusively at the Oak Brook Polo Club. Oak Brook remained the mecca of polo until 1978, when the U.S. Open found a new home at the Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas.

In the late ‘90s and early 2000s the Butler was played only a handful of times: 1995, 2006 and 2007. In more recent times (2008-2014) the Butler served as a subsidiary to the USPA Gold Cup®, one of two high-goal tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open Polo Championship®, hosted at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida.

In 2014, due to the combined efforts of the Butler family and the United States Polo Association, the historic Butler Handicap® was officially adopted as a national USPA event. In July 2016, the Greenwich Polo Club hosted the 20-goal tournament in Greenwich, Connecticut, in a concerted effort with the United States Polo Association to re-launch and better memorialize the national tournament. The Butler Handicap® was incorporated into the 26-goal lineup in 2017 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida, where Coca-Cola (Julian de Lusarreta, Julio Arelllano, Gillian Johnston, Miguel Novillo Astrada) claimed the trophy.

In the 2018 edition, father played against son as Colorado took on Valiente in a rematch of the C.V. Whitney Cup® Final. Poised to capture their second 26-goal tournament title, Valiente delivered in the second half to claim the Butler Handicap® 11-8 with a team comprised of both of the world's most notable 10-goalers (Facundo Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso).

In 2020, the Butler Handicap® moved to Port Mayaca Polo Club where Traveller's Rest captured the title, defeating Palm Beach Equine 10-6. This year sees an increase to eight teams, including Old Hickory Bourbon that features two active Team USPA Members in Lucas Escobar and Santino Magrini.

Photo: 2020 Butler Handicap® Winners: Traveller's Rest - Kristos Magrini, Robert Orthwein, Santino Magrini, Nachi Du Plessis ©Port Mayaca Polo Club.

Tournament Format

Teams will play within their bracket with the best two records in each bracket advancing to the semifinals. Head-to-head results will break any two-way tie and a three-way tie will be decided by a USPA approved one-man shootout. The semifinal match-ups will be the first place team in each bracket playing against the second place team in the opposite bracket, with the winners advancing to the final.

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Teams and Rosters

Bracket I

Santa Clara (3-1)

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Francisco Escobar
Outdoor: 0
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Hope Arellano
Outdoor: 1.5
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Santiago Toccalino
Outdoor: 8
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Tomas Garcia del Rio
Outdoor: 8
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Federico Escobar
Substitute
Outdoor: 1

Palm Beach Equine (2-2)

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Scott Swerdlin
Outdoor: 0
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Gringo Colombres
Outdoor: 8
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Matias Torres Zavaleta
Outdoor: 7
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Nicolas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 3

SD Farms (1-2)

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Sayyu Dantata
Outdoor: 0
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Carlitos Gracida
Outdoor: 4
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Peco Polledo
Outdoor: 6
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Santiago Torres
Outdoor: 7
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Sayyu Dantata Jr.
Substitute
Outdoor: 0

Schokemohle Polo Stud (0-3)

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Timmy Dutta
Outdoor: 4
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Patrick Maleitzke
Outdoor: 5
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Alejandro "Piki" Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Del Walton
Outdoor: 3

Bracket II

Postage Stamp Farm (4-0)

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Annabelle Gundlach
Outdoor: 0
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Facundo Obregon
Outdoor: 6
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Brandon Phillips
Outdoor: 4
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Mariano Aguerre
Outdoor: 8

Old Hickory Bourbon (3-1)

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Lucas Escobar
Outdoor: 3
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Santino Magrini
Outdoor: 4
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Matias Magrini
Outdoor: 7
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Stevie Orthwein
Outdoor: 4

Iconica (1-2)

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Maureen Brennan
Outdoor: 1
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Magoo Laprida
Outdoor: 8
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Benjamin Avendaño
Outdoor: 3
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Mariano Gonzalez
Outdoor: 6

Infinit Polo (0-3)

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Ayrton Burnett
Outdoor: 3
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Juan Cruz Merlos
Outdoor: 5
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Pite Merlos
Outdoor: 7
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Segundo Merlos
Outdoor: 3

Bracket III

Bracket IV

no bracket

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Tournament Games

Thursday, Feb 11, 2021

February 11

Final

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Port Mayaca Polo Club

Iconica logo

Iconica (1-2)

7

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (4-0)

14

Friday, Feb 12, 2021

February 12

Final

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Port Mayaca Polo Club

Schokemohle Polo Stud logo

Schokemohle Polo Stud (0-3)

7

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (2-2)

10

Monday, Feb 15, 2021

February 15

Final

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Port Mayaca Polo Club

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (1-2)

11

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (2-2)

13

February 15

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Infinit Polo logo

Infinit Polo (0-3)

5

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (3-1)

10

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

February 17

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Schokemohle Polo Stud logo

Schokemohle Polo Stud (0-3)

6

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (3-1)

9

Friday, Feb 19, 2021

February 19

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Schokemohle Polo Stud logo

Schokemohle Polo Stud (0-3)

6

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (1-2)

13

February 19

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (2-2)

9

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (3-1)

15

February 19

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Infinit Polo logo

Infinit Polo (0-3)

5

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (4-0)

11

Sunday, Feb 21, 2021

February 21

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (3-1)

8

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (4-0)

9

February 21

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Infinit Polo logo

Infinit Polo (0-3)

5

Iconica logo

Iconica (1-2)

9

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021

February 23

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (1-2)

9

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (3-1)

10

February 23

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Iconica logo

Iconica (1-2)

6

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (3-1)

9

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021

February 27

Final OT

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (3-1)

10

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (3-1)

11

February 27

Final

BUTLER HANDICAP®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (4-0)

11

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (2-2)

8

Friday, Mar 5, 2021

March 05

11:00 AM ET

2021-03-05 06:00:00 2021-03-05 08:00:00 America/New_York Butler Handicap® - Final - Postage Stamp Farm vs Old Hickory Bourbon US Polo Association

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Port Mayaca Polo Club

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (3-1)

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (4-0)

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The Venue

Situated in South Florida, surrounded by vast sugar cane fields and the popular fishing body of Lake Okeechobee, Port Mayaca Polo Club (PMPC) has steadily become a destination for winter polo. Located on more than 600 sprawling acres, the club has eight regulation fields, club barns with 220 stalls, an exercise track, a stick-and-ball field, a clubhouse and several acres of pastures for turnout and trail riding.

While consistent, quality polo is at the forefront of the club’s objectives, a tight-knit sense of community supports it. The club hosts a lunch or cookout after every club practice. A beautiful pavilion style clubhouse provides an enjoyable gathering place for players to congregate and discuss their latest game.


12499 SW Conners Hwy
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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