November 5 - 8

National Arena Amateur Cup

National Arena Amateur Cup

Tournament History

The National Arena Amateur Cup (NAAC) is a national arena tournament that was first played in 1987. In 2019 the Tournament and Arena committees launched the new NAAC format, a brand-new initiative aimed to inject excitement into the sport for present and future members. The idea grew out of discussions concerning how to excite and incentivize present players to play more, play longer and invest more time into the sport. The aspiration of the program is to extend local players’ investments into their home clubs and tournament structure and encourage inter-circuit and national play. The innovative 2019 NAAC format created an opportunity to showcase the accessibility of amateur polo and to motivate amateur players to participate longer and more frequently in USPA tournaments, at their home clubs, home circuits and nationally.

All amateur players rated -1 through 3 goals are eligible. In accordance with National Arena Amateur Cup rules, no player may have a handicap higher than the upper limit of the event. Eligibility to play in the National Arena Amateur Cup is based on a point system. Points are given to individuals playing in all USPA Arena Events – Circuit, Sanctioned and National. Points are based on the number of teams and team standing in each tournament. All points are awarded to each team member, not the team as a whole. The more USPA arena tournaments a player competes in the more points he or she will accrue. Once players commit to participate, the National Host Tournament Committee forms teams to compete at the 0- to 3-goal level of the tournament.

Hosted by Orange County Polo Club (Silverado, California) in 2019, the National Arena Amateur Cup has been relocated in 2020 to Legend's Polo Club in Kaufman, Texas. In 2019 the Silverado Sharks emerged from a field of four and won the trophy in a thrilling penalty shootout 15-14. This year six teams (Legend's Polo Club, Texas Military Polo Club, 101 Polo, Polo InterActive, SabreSpur Polo, Triangle Area Polo Club) will compete for the title with the winner receiving $1,500 in prize money and the runner-up taking home a $1,200 check.

As the country emerges out of the COVID-19 crisis, the USPA established opportunities to support USPA Member Club events through the use of the COVID-19 USPA Polo Tournament Stimulus Package, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or reimbursements, one professional umpire and $2,500 in prize money per tournament at no extra cost. Offered to each club for the first two USPA tournaments of 2020 following the COVID-19 USPA Tournaments and Events suspension, Legend's Polo Club will be taking advantage of the program for this tournament.

Photo: 2019 National Arena Amateur Cup Champions: Silverado Sharks - Heather Perkins, Mark Osburn, Allie Bushong. ©Jim Bremner

Tournament Format

Brackets I and II will be played in a round-robin format on both Thursday and Friday. Thursday games will appear as chukker one and two and Friday games as chukkers three and four on the official scoresheet. This will result in each team playing a four chukker match against the other teams in their bracket with an overnight “halftime.”

If at the end of four chukkers on the official scoresheet, two teams are tied, a full team shoot-out will be conducted to determine the winner of that game. Within the bracket, the Order of Finish as described in the USPA rulebook (page 148), will determine ties. If teams remain tied after the Order of Finish, there will be a full team shootout from the 25-yard line with the tied teams to determine the winner. On Sunday, the winner of Bracket I will play the winner of Bracket II for the National Arena Amateur Cup Final.

National Arena Amateur Cup

Teams and Rosters

Bracket I

Legends Polo Club (2-1)

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Nacho Estrada
Arena: 2
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Dan Faherty
Arena: 2
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Kim Buttram
Arena: -1

101 Polo (1-1)

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Brady Williams
Arena: 2
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Abigayle Abel
Arena: 1
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William Faherty
Arena: 0
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Benjamin Faherty
Arena: 0

Texas Military Polo (0-2)

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Roxy Keyfauver
Arena: 3
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Karl Hilberg
Arena: 1
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Caroline Woodman
Arena: -1

Bracket II

Polo InterActive (3-0)

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Wyatt Myr
Arena: 3
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Don Gruntmeir
Arena: 0
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Jose Velez
Arena: -1

Triangle Area Polo Club (1-1)

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David Brooks
Arena: 3
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Carson Tucker
Arena: 0
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Nicole Romach
Arena: -1

SabreSpur Polo (0-2)

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David Werntz
Arena: 2
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Mark Osburn
Arena: 1
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Lisa Yanskey
Arena: 0

Bracket III

Bracket IV

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National Arena Amateur Cup

Tournament Games

Thursday, Nov 5, 2020

November 05

C2

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Legends Polo Club logo

Legends Polo Club (2-1)

6

Texas Military Polo logo

Texas Military Polo (0-2)

4

November 05

C2

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Legends Polo Club logo

Legends Polo Club (2-1)

7

101 Polo logo

101 Polo (1-1)

4

November 05

C2

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Texas Military Polo logo

Texas Military Polo (0-2)

5

101 Polo logo

101 Polo (1-1)

5

November 05

C2

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Polo InterActive logo

Polo InterActive (3-0)

10

SabreSpur Polo logo

SabreSpur Polo (0-2)

6

November 05

C2

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Polo InterActive logo

Polo InterActive (3-0)

9

Triangle Area Polo Club logo

Triangle Area Polo Club (1-1)

6

November 05

C2

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

SabreSpur Polo logo

SabreSpur Polo (0-2)

10

Triangle Area Polo Club logo

Triangle Area Polo Club (1-1)

8

Friday, Nov 6, 2020

November 06

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Legends Polo Club logo

Legends Polo Club (2-1)

12

Texas Military Polo logo

Texas Military Polo (0-2)

6

November 06

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Legends Polo Club logo

Legends Polo Club (2-1)

13

101 Polo logo

101 Polo (1-1)

12

November 06

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Texas Military Polo logo

Texas Military Polo (0-2)

8

101 Polo logo

101 Polo (1-1)

11

November 06

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Polo InterActive logo

Polo InterActive (3-0)

19

SabreSpur Polo logo

SabreSpur Polo (0-2)

13

November 06

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Polo InterActive logo

Polo InterActive (3-0)

15

Triangle Area Polo Club logo

Triangle Area Polo Club (1-1)

10

November 06

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

SabreSpur Polo logo

SabreSpur Polo (0-2)

16

Triangle Area Polo Club logo

Triangle Area Polo Club (1-1)

20

Sunday, Nov 8, 2020

November 08

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legend's Polo Club

Legends Polo Club logo

Legends Polo Club (2-1)

11

Polo InterActive logo

Polo InterActive (3-0)

15

National Arena Amateur Cup

The Venue

Legends Polo Club located in Kaufman, Texas, hosts both outdoor and arena polo from the 0 to 12-goal level. Polo is played year-round and the facility features a polo school with coaching chukkers held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Legends is also proud to host tournaments such as the Texas Arena League. The team at Legends is committed to providing professional and quality horse care and fostering all disciplines of riding. Legends strives to provide an outstanding experience for both horse and rider.


3018 FM 2578
Kaufman, TX 75124
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