November 3 - 6, 2022

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 attract 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 NAAC rules, no player may have a handicap higher than the upper limit of the event. Eligibility to play in the NAAC 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.

The NAAC relocated in 2020 to Legends Polo Club in Kaufman, Texas. In 2021, GET it Done (Maud Eno, James Glew, Carson Tucker) and JD Boss Polo (Javier Insua, Rehan Kumble, Sophie Michels) met to battle for the coveted amateur title. Facing a two-goal deficit entering the final chukker, a focused Insua knocked-in three consecutive goals, among them two separate two-pointers to deliver JD Boss Polo the NAAC title 19-16. Read article here.

The 2022 NAAC edition features a field of six talented teams vying for the title with players participating from clubs nationwide. Teams are responsible for their team names and will be officially assigned prior to the beginning of competition.

Leading the NAAC with 18 points, Rehan Kumble (The Trifecta) returns to defend his title alongside Megan Rahlfs and Amanda Osburn. As point co-leader Don English Jr. (D2J) unites with Don Gruntmeir and Jose Velez. Reigning champion Javier Insua (Proton Partners) will also be returning to compete with Lindsey Bellack and Victoria McGraw. Participating in his fourth year in the NAAC, Mark Osburn (Los Polo Locos) will be searching for his second title teaming up with Sydney Morris and Marcus Murphy. Nearing the top of the season-long NAAC standings, veteran Nacho Estrada will lead Blazing Saddles, as young Mila Slutzky joins the competition for KaBooM! after making a splash capturing the 2022 USPA Women's Arena Open.

Legends Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the National Arena Amateur Cup (NAAC), which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or trophy reimbursements up to $1,200, 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: 2021 National Arena Amateur Cup (NAAC) Champions: JD Boss Polo - Javier Insua, Sophie Michels, Rehan Kumble. ©David Murrell

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Teams will play within their bracket, with the top team in each bracket advancing to the final of the NAAC.

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Blazing Saddles (3-0)

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Marcus Murphy
Arena: 0
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Sydney Morris
Arena: 1
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Mark Osburn
Arena: 2

Proton Partners (1-1)

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Javier Insua
Arena: 3
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Lindsay Bellack
Arena: 0
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Victoria McGraw
Arena: -1

KaBooM! (0-2)

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Brady Williams
Arena: 2
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Kimberly Vaughan
Arena: 0
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Mila Slutzky
Arena: 0

Bracket II

The Trifecta (2-1)

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Amanda Osburn
Arena: -1
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Rehan Kumble
Arena: 1
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Megan Rahlfs
Arena: 2

Los Polos Locos (1-1)

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Nacho Estrada
Arena: 2
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Michael Farah
Arena: 1
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Cort Rowley
Arena: -1

D2J (0-2)

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Don English
Arena: 2
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Don Gruntmeir
Arena: 1
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Jose Velez
Arena: -1

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

no bracket

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Thursday, Nov 3, 2022

November 03

Final

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Legends Polo Club

The Trifecta logo

The Trifecta (2-1)

20

D2J logo

D2J (0-2)

12

November 03

Final

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Legends Polo Club

Blazing Saddles logo

Blazing Saddles (3-0)

12

KaBooM! logo

KaBooM! (0-2)

7

Friday, Nov 4, 2022

November 04

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legends Polo Club

Los Polos Locos logo

Los Polos Locos (1-1)

20

D2J logo

D2J (0-2)

14

November 04

Final

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Legends Polo Club

KaBooM! logo

KaBooM! (0-2)

11

Proton Partners logo

Proton Partners (1-1)

15

Saturday, Nov 5, 2022

November 05

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legends Polo Club

Blazing Saddles logo

Blazing Saddles (3-0)

20

Proton Partners logo

Proton Partners (1-1)

11

November 05

Final

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

Legends Polo Club

Los Polos Locos logo

Los Polos Locos (1-1)

14

The Trifecta logo

The Trifecta (2-1)

18

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

November 06

Time TBA

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Legends Polo Club

Blazing Saddles logo

Blazing Saddles (3-0)

16

The Trifecta logo

The Trifecta (2-1)

12

NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

THE VENUE

Legends Polo Club located in Kaufman, Texas, hosts both outdoor and arena polo from the 0- to 9-goal level. Polo is played year-round and the facility features a polo school with coaching chukkers. Legends is also proud to host events such as the Texas Arena League (TAL), Fall Fandango, Extreme Cowboy Association, horse shows, clinics and several USPA tournaments, including the National Arena Amateur Cup (NAAC) since 2020. 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.


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