Established in 1969, the Delegate's Cup (formerly known as the Eight Goal) has been a staple in the USPA National tournament calendar and was hosted uninterrupted for 45 years until 2015. The legendary Gulfstream Polo Club (now defunct) was the home of the prestigious tournament from the mid 1970s until it's unfortunate closure in 2016. During that time, only two teams, Brookfield and Bluestone Farm, having captured a total of four titles and three consecutive wins from 2005 to 2007, each team boasting at least two members of the Obregon family.
A highly-sought after national trophy, the competition relocated to the Houston Polo Club (Houston, Texas) in 2016. In the contest's inaugural year at the club, 7 Bar W/Rocking P secured the win in a close final over BTA II 7-5. BTA once again advanced to the final in 2017, however were bested by Pegasus/Propaganda with the same two-goal margin from the previous year. After a two-year hiatus the Delegate's Cup returned in 2020.
After three weeks of competitive play, the 2021 final featured a matchup between Vintage Polo (Joe Bob Lequerica, Lily Lequerica, Cody Ellis, Jimmy Seward) and Rocking P. A determined Rocking P proved to be a challenging matchup, entering the final with the second-best record of the tournament with three wins. Rocking P controlled early play capitalizing from the penalty line, but the patience and persistence of Vintage Polo’s offense came to life in the second half, and a six goal third chukker propelled them to the Delegate’s Cup title 8-4. Read article here.
The 2022 Delegate's Cup will feature an impressive ten teams vying for the honor to raise the trophy, as defending champions Cody Ellis (Island Time Polo/Sullivan Group) and Lily Lequerica (BTA) will seek to repeat alongside a deep field of competitors.
Amongst the competition are Team USPA alumni Cody Ellis (Island Time Polo/Sullivan Group), Steve Krueger (BTA), Nicolai Galindo (Chandler Ranch/ZENRG Services) and Mason Wroe (Pegasus).
Photo: 2021 Delegate's Cup Champions: Vintage Polo - Joe Bob Lequerica, Lily Lequerica, Cody Ellis, Jimmy Seward. ©Christina Cantu