H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL | U.S. POLO ASSN.

September 15 - 24, 2023

H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL

H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The H. Ben Taub Memorial is a national tournament held exclusively at Houston Polo Club in Houston, Texas. Established in 2015, the H. Ben Taub Memorial is named to commemorate Houston native H. Ben Taub, a medical executive, businessman and philanthropist. An avid polo player, Taub was active in USPA governance serving as Southwestern Circuit Governor from 1998-2007. Entering its ninth year of competition, BTA has established a strong winning presence claiming three titles (2017, 2018, 2022), followed by Tonkawa (2016, 2019).

In 2022, BTA (Kelly Beal, Wesley "Whistle" Uys, Mason Wroe, Steve Krueger) and Old Pueblo (Leigh Anne Hall, Duilio Diaz, Cody Ellis, Jeff Hall) rose above the competition to reach the anticipated head-to-head showdown following three weeks of action packed polo. Both holding undefeated 3-0 records, BTA and Old Pueblo’s evenly-matched rosters demonstrated offensive power on both sides with BTA’s Krueger and Old Pueblo’s Ellis each assembling five-goal performances, but BTA’s steadfast defense ultimately pushed them over the top to claim the title 7-5. Read article here.

This year's edition will field six competitive teams including, BTA, Eureka, Old Pueblo, Propaganda, San Saba and Tonkawa. Featuring multiple individual champions and Houston Polo Club staples, defending champions BTA will attempt a repeat performance to earn their fourth title, Tonkawa will aim for a return to the podium for the first time since 2019, with the remaining teams vying for their first H. Ben Taub Memorial championship.

Amongst the competition are Team USPA alumni Mason Wroe, Steve Krueger (BTA), Tomas Alberdi (Eureka) and Cody Ellis (Old Pueblo) and Active Team USPA Member Juanse Olivera (Tonkawa).

Houston Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the H. Ben Taub Memorial, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or trophy reimbursements, one professional umpire and $2,500 in prize money at no extra cost.

The USPA originally created the Tournament Stimulus Package (TSP) to help member clubs host USPA events when the United States was emerging from the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis. The USPA wanted to continue to support member clubs with TSP benefits in 2022. Therefore, it extended and expanded TSP under a new name - the Tournament Support Program. Each USPA Member Club can obtain TSP benefits for two USPA events, with the option of a third under specific circumstances.

Photo: 2022 H. Ben Taub Memorial Champions: BTA - Kelly Beal, Mason Wroe, Steve Krueger, Wesley "Whistle" Uys, presented by Kitch Taub. ©Kaylee Wroe

H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

All teams will play three cross bracket qualifying matches. Teams with the top two records will automatically advance to the H. Ben Taub Memorial final. If two teams have tied records and they did not play each other, the tie will be broken by a shootout. If two teams have tied records and they have played each other, the tie is broken by who beat who. If three or more teams have tied records, the tie is also broken by a shootout.

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Tonkawa (3-1)

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Jeff Hildebrand
Outdoor: 0
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Juanse Olivera
Outdoor: 3
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Jack Kiely
Outdoor: 4
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Manuel 'Manu' Villamil
Substitute
Outdoor: 5
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Ignacio 'Nacho' Badiola
Outdoor: 5

San Saba (2-1)

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Dawn Jones
Outdoor: 1
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Joe Wayne Barry
Outdoor: 3
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Harrison Azzaro
Outdoor: 3
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Santiago Zubiaurre
Outdoor: 5

Propaganda (1-2)

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Paul Hobby
Outdoor: 0
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Nick Cifuni
Outdoor: 3
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Francisco Rodriguez-Mera
Outdoor: 5
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Martin Ravina
Outdoor: 4

Bracket II

BTA (3-1)

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Steve Krueger
Outdoor: 5
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KC Krueger
Outdoor: 2
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Joao Souza Aranha
Outdoor: 1
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Mason Wroe
Outdoor: 4

Eureka (1-2)

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Rene Campos
Outdoor: 0
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Jorge Cernadas
Outdoor: 4
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Alvaro Ara
Outdoor: 4
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Tomas Alberdi
Outdoor: 4

Old Pueblo (0-3)

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Leigh Anne Hall
Outdoor: 0
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Duilio Diaz
Outdoor: 2
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Cody Ellis
Outdoor: 4
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Jeff Hall
Outdoor: 6

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Sep 15, 2023

September 15

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (3-1)

12

BTA logo

BTA (3-1)

11

September 15

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Propaganda logo

Propaganda (1-2)

10

Eureka logo

Eureka (1-2)

12

Sunday, Sep 17, 2023

September 17

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Propaganda logo

Propaganda (1-2)

10

Old Pueblo logo

Old Pueblo (0-3)

7

September 17

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

San Saba logo

San Saba (2-1)

10

BTA logo

BTA (3-1)

11

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023

September 20

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

San Saba logo

San Saba (2-1)

12

Old Pueblo logo

Old Pueblo (0-3)

11

September 20

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (3-1)

11

Eureka logo

Eureka (1-2)

4

Friday, Sep 22, 2023

September 22

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Propaganda logo

Propaganda (1-2)

6

BTA logo

BTA (3-1)

10

September 22

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (3-1)

10

Old Pueblo logo

Old Pueblo (0-3)

9

September 22

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Eureka logo

Eureka (1-2)

7

San Saba logo

San Saba (2-1)

8

Sunday, Sep 24, 2023

September 24

Final

H. Ben Taub Memorial

Houston Polo Club

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (3-1)

7

BTA logo

BTA (3-1)

13

H. BEN TAUB MEMORIAL

THE VENUE

A mere few minutes from downtown Houston, Texas, you will find the Houston Polo Club (HPC) located on 26 manicured acres. Established in 1928, HPC is one of Texas’ oldest clubs, comprised of the Bayou Club’s original fields and stables, as well as a tack shop, stick-and-ball field, hitting cage and covered arena. In addition, HPC has three fields in Brookshire, Texas, and access to over 18 other fields through private ranches. The club has proven to be a mainstay in American polo since its inception and has hosted and produced its fair share of notable professional players over nearly a century.

HPC has been providing the Southwestern Circuit with not only world-class polo, but the opportunity to learn and progress as an individual player. Houston’s league structure is considered to be one of the best in the country, and can accommodate any skill level. The polo school is run by 2-goaler Mark Prinsloo. The Houston Polo School offers an eight-week instructional course in both the spring and fall seasons that strives to nurture players as they develop their skills. Upon graduation from the polo school, players join the Margarita League. The next level in the nationally recognized Step Up Program is the 2-Goal League, followed by the Club League, an intermediate level in which players hire their own polo professional. Once graduated from the Club League, players have opportunities to participate in USPA sanctioned and national tournaments, as well as many tournaments held by the club.

Polo is played almost year-round with the club offering a fall and spring season, followed by summer leagues, winter arena and interscholastic polo. During the fall, HPC hosts numerous USPA tournaments and a week of women’s tournaments highlighted by the U.S. Open Women’s Handicap.


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