January 18 - February 4, 2023

HERITAGE CUP

HERITAGE CUP™

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Founded in 1986, the Heritage Cup has been held at prestigious venues such as Chicago International Polo Club (Oswego, Illinois), New Bridge Polo & Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina) and Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (Carpinteria, California), with Arranmore capturing three consecutive titles from 2003-2005. In 2017, the tournament moved to the fields of Port Mayaca Polo Club (PMPC) in Okeechobee, Florida, where it remains today.

In 2022, a nail-biting match featured defending champions BTA (Geronimo Obregon, Steve Krueger, Juan Martin Obregon, Kelly Beal) against Blandings (Stewart Burkland, Carlitos Gracida, Costi Caset, Tommy Collingwood), who entered their second straight final after capturing the 14-goal Mayaca Challenge trophy just one month earlier.

In one of the most memorable finals to date, overtime was needed not just once, but twice, where the dramatic contest culminated with BTA’s Juan Martin Obregon breaking free for the golden goal and the remarkable 7-6 victory for BTA. Read article here.

The anticipated 2023 edition features five teams vying for the national 12-goal title. Dawn Jones and KC Krueger will join BTA/San Saba as the only two women competing in the tournament. Beverly Polo looks to continue adding to their national polo resume, as newcomer La Fe looks to continue their hot start to the Florida season after their victory at the 16-goal level in the NPC Inaugural Cup.

Port Mayaca Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) for the Heritage Cup, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs three USPA Professional Umpires (two mounted officials and one third man) at 50% of the regular cost to the club.

The Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) has been created to support polo between 12 and 16 goals, a currently under-supported level of polo in the United States. The goal of the program is to build a bridge from low-goal polo to high-goal polo that provides a safe environment for competition which will allow for the cultivation of sponsors and the advancement of aspiring professionals.

Photo: 2022 Heritage Cup Champions: BTA - Geronimo Obregon, Steve Krueger, Juan Martin Obregon, Kelly Beal. ©David Lominska

HERITAGE CUP™

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Following bracket play, all teams will be ranked one through five based on win/loss record. The top three ranked teams will advance straight to the semifinals. The fourth and fifth ranked teams will have a playoff for the last semifinal spot. In the case of a tie, a one-man shootout will be used as a tiebreaker.

HERITAGE CUP™

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

no bracket

BTA/San Saba (3-0)

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Dawn Jones
Outdoor: 1
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KC Krueger
Outdoor: 2
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Steve Krueger
Outdoor: 4
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Santiago Zubiaurre
Outdoor: 5

Newport (2-1)

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Gene Goldstein
Outdoor: 0
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Matt Coppola
Outdoor: 5
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Michel Dorignac
Outdoor: 5
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Leo Mandelbaum
Outdoor: 2

Beverly Polo (2-1)

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Bill Ballhaus
Outdoor: 0
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Wil Ballhaus
Outdoor: 0
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Jorge 'Tolito' Fernandez Ocampo Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Hilario Figueras
Outdoor: 5
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Lucio Fernandez Ocampo
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

La Fe (0-2)

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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Roberto 'Robi' Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Juan Segundo Olivera
Outdoor: 3
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TBA

Mt. Brilliant (0-3)

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Hutton Goodman
Outdoor: 0
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Stephen 'Stevie' Orthwein
Outdoor: 3
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Wesley 'Whistle' Uys
Outdoor: 4
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Julian Daniels
Outdoor: 5
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Martin 'Facha' Valent
Substitute
Outdoor: 3

HERITAGE CUP™

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023

January 18

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (2-1)

15

Mt. Brilliant logo

Mt. Brilliant (0-3)

13

Friday, Jan 20, 2023

January 20

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

BTA/San Saba logo

BTA/San Saba (3-0)

9

La Fe logo

La Fe (0-2)

8

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023

January 22

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Newport logo

Newport (2-1)

11

Mt. Brilliant logo

Mt. Brilliant (0-3)

7

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023

January 25

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Newport logo

Newport (2-1)

8

BTA/San Saba logo

BTA/San Saba (3-0)

11

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

January 26

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (2-1)

13

La Fe logo

La Fe (0-2)

9

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023

January 28

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

La Fe logo

La Fe (0-2)

5

Mt. Brilliant logo

Mt. Brilliant (0-3)

5

Thursday, Feb 2, 2023

February 02

Final OT

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (2-1)

10

Newport logo

Newport (2-1)

11

February 02

Final

Heritage Cup™

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Mt. Brilliant logo

Mt. Brilliant (0-3)

7

BTA/San Saba logo

BTA/San Saba (3-0)

9

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023

February 04

6:00 PM UTC

Feb 4, 2023, 8:00:00 AM Feb 4, 2023, 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Heritage Cup™ Final - BTA/San Saba vs Newport US Polo Association

Heritage Cup™ - Field: 1

Port Mayaca Polo Club

BTA/San Saba logo

BTA/San Saba (3-0)

Newport logo

Newport (2-1)

HERITAGE CUP™

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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