NATIONAL ARENA COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF CUP | U.S. POLO ASSN.

October 7 - 9, 2022

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TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Polo has a rich history in the military. In 1896 the U.S. Army based at Fort Riley, Kansas, took up the game. In addition to improving the riding skills of cavalrymen, polo taught leadership, teamwork and strategy. West Point next introduced polo in 1901. By 1914 there were seventeen Army posts playing polo. In 1928, the U.S. Army team made it to the U.S. Open Polo Championship final, and there were Army polo teams across the U.S., as well as in the Philippines, Hawaii and Panama. The other military branches, Air Force, Marines and Navy soon followed suit, and today there are inter-service matches held all over the country and international military matches contested worldwide.

The National Arena Commander-in-Chief Cup tournament was created in 2017 by the USPA Board of Governors and the USPA Armed Forces Committee to be awarded and played beginning in 2018. The Central Texas Polo Association hosted the first National Arena Commander-in-Chief Cup at Two Wishes Polo Club in Lockhart, Texas, over Memorial Day weekend in 2018.

In 2021, the fourth edition of the National Arena Commander-in-Chief Cup hosted by Virginia Polo, Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia) featured four branches of the military competing for the title. Two dominant semifinal victories pitted Army against Navy in the final, with a commanding second half that propelled Army to a 14-9 triumph. Read article here.

Hosted by Army Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia with games to be played at Twilight Polo Club (Middleburg, Virginia), the 2022 National Arena Commander-in-Chief Cup features three branches that will compete for the coveted bronze trophy including defending champions Army (Black and Army Gold), along with the Marine Corps (Marines) and Navy. Returning competitors include Major (Ret.) Mark Gillespie, Major Amos Peterson and Warrant Officer 2 Joe England reuniting to defend their title (Army Gold) as well as 2021 finalist Petty Officer Alex Jenkins (Navy).

Additionally, on Saturday, October 8, from 9:00am-12:00pm there will be a free polo clinic for any military personnel (which includes military community - active duty, reserve, retired, former, family members). The clinic is being held in conjunction with the National Commander-in-Chief Cup and will take place at Army Polo Club at Chetwood Park in The Plains, Virginia. There are a maximum of 25 spots available, first come, first served. Those interested in participating should reach out to Mark Gillespie at cinc2022@gmail.com.

Army Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the Commander-in-Chief Cup, 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 Commander-in-Chief Cup Champions: Army - Major (Ret.) Mark Gillespie, Warrant Officer 2 Joe England, Major Amos Peterson and Private First Class Zak Coleman. Presented by Dan Colhoun, Former Pilot Sergeant, USMC. ©Oana Moore

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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Navy (2-0)

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Andrea Logan
Arena: 1
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Alex Jenkins
Arena: 2
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Michael Muldoon
Arena: 1T

Army Gold (1-1)

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Joe England
Arena: 0
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Amos Peterson
Arena: 1
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Patrick Shanahan
Arena: 2

Army Black (0-1)

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Mark Gillespie
Arena: 1
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Marisa Tanner
Arena: 0
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John Kiyonaga
Arena: 1
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Carlton Hoskins
Arena: -1

Marines (0-1)

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Rafael Espinal
Arena: -1
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Justin Klein
Arena: -1
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Terrence Donahue
Arena: 2
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Alonzo Tohtsonie
Outdoor: -1

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TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Oct 7, 2022

October 07

Final

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Army Polo Club

Navy logo

Navy (2-0)

14

Marines logo

Marines (0-1)

9

Saturday, Oct 8, 2022

October 08

Final

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Army Polo Club

Army Gold logo

Army Gold (1-1)

20

Army Black logo

Army Black (0-1)

7

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022

October 09

Final

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Army Polo Club

Navy logo

Navy (2-0)

12

Army Gold logo

Army Gold (1-1)

10

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THE VENUE

Located 45 minutes from the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., and in the heart of the self-proclaimed “nation’s horse and hunt capital” in historic Middleburg, Virginia, is Twilight Polo Club. Tree-lined and elevated berms offer stunning views of open horse country, reminiscent of the golden age of polo. Year after year, players of all levels pursue the glory of competition and victory. Twilight Polo Club's brand new world-class polo arena and 32 stall barn host low and high-goal arena tournaments. An Eastern Circuit club, Twilight Polo Club, offers insight into one of the many ways clubs can secure the future of polo and thrive in arena polo.


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Middleburg, VA 20117
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