NATIONAL ARENA DELEGATE'S CUP
The National Arena Delegate’s Cup, formally known as the National Arena Eight Goal, is a 6- to 9-goal national tournament. First played in 1975, the tournament will be hosted by Commonwealth Polo Club in Paris, Kentucky, for the fourth time (2018, 2020, 2021).
The 2021 final was decided in an overtime shootout, for the second consecutive year, with Orea Polo (Petra Sobotova, Nik Feldman, Jorge Vasquez) emerging victorious over Three Trees (Will Boland, Angus Middleton, Carter Carnegie) 11-10. Defending champion Feldman earned his second consecutive National Arena Delegate's Cup title alongside Vasquez and Sobotova, each raising the trophy for the first time. Read article here.
The 2022 edition features three teams competing for the title, with current champions Nik Feldman and Jorge Vasquez teaming-up for Commonwealth Polo, finalists Will Boland and Carter Carnegie will return for Three Trees, and UK Polo will round out the competition.
Commonwealth Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the National Arena Delegate's 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 Delegate's Cup Champions: Orea Polo - Jorge Vasquez, Nik Feldman, Petra Sobotova. ©Lindsay Dolan