February 4 - March 1, 2024

NATIONAL COPPER CUP®

NATIONAL COPPER CUP®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Established in 1975, the National Copper Cup was played consistently throughout the 2000s at Lexington Polo Club (Lexington, Kentucky) before relocating to Aiken Polo Club (Aiken, South Carolina) in 2010. Establishing a strong presence in the Aiken polo community, the National Copper Cup was most recently hosted by New Bridge Polo & Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina) from 2018-2020. Falling into abeyance for three years, the National Copper Cup has been revived in the Sunshine State and will make its debut at Sarasota Polo Club in Sarasota, Florida.

Several Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame inductees have hoisted the unique trophy including Tommy Biddle Jr., George Bostwick, Carlton Beal, George Hass Jr., Stephen Orthwein Sr. and Adam Snow. During its time in Kentucky, notable competitors Crab Orchard claimed back-to-back wins in 2002 and 2003, a feat that was not broken until Skaneateles captured an impressive three-peat (2017-2019) and remains the only team in National Copper Cup history to do so.

In 2020, Foxdale Equine (Hugh Worsham, Ignacio "Nachi" Viana, Adam Snow, Julian Daniels) were pitted against SD Farms (Aiden Meeker, Sayyu Dantata, Peco Polledo, Carlitos Gracida). Tied at halftime, Foxdale Equine gained a narrow lead to ultimately defeat their opponents for the second time in tournament play, claiming the 12-11 triumph. Read article here.

The debut of the National Copper Cup at Sarasota Polo Club will field five competitive teams vying for the title including Barefield, Glen Farm, Hillcroft, Tito's and Whiskey Pond. Featuring many familiar competitors at Sarasota Polo Club, 2020 champion Ignacio "Nachi" Viana will attempt to reach the podium once more with Barefield, as each team sets their sights on capturing the cup for the first time. Representing Team USPA is alumnus Mason Wroe (Hillcroft).

Sarasota Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) for the National Copper 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. 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 team owners and the advancement of aspiring professionals.

Photo: 2020 National Copper Cup Champions: Foxdale Equine - Adam Snow, Ignacio "Nachi" Viana, Julian Daniels, Hugh Worsham. ©Katie Roth

NATIONAL COPPER CUP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

All teams will play two preliminary matches each. Following preliminary play, all teams will be ranked one through five by win/loss record, with the top three ranked teams automatically advancing into the semifinals. The teams ranked four and five will meet in a playoff match to determine the last semifinalist. In the case that one team is winless and the remainder have at least one win, there will still be a playoff match between the fourth and fifth ranked teams.

Winners of the semifinals will advance to the National Copper Cup final.

Any ties between teams that played each other will be broken by who-beat-who. All other ties will be broken by a one-player shootout.

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

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Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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Barefield (4-0)

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Mark Mulligan
Outdoor: 0
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Ignacio 'Nachi' Viana
Outdoor: 6
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Roman 'Vasco' Iriarte Sr.
Outdoor: 4
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Diego "Joaquin" Arguello
Outdoor: 2
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Ignacio Arbelbide
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

Whiskey Pond (2-2)

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Brent Hamill
Outdoor: 0
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Guillermo Aguero
Outdoor: 3
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Leon Schwencke
Outdoor: 4
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Bautista Riglos
Outdoor: 5
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Manuel 'Manu' Mazzocchi
Substitute
Outdoor: 4

Tito's (2-2)

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James P. Uihlein
Outdoor: 2
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Vaughn Miller Jr.
Outdoor: 3
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Jack Kiely
Outdoor: 4
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Joe Wayne Barry
Outdoor: 3
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Neil Osburg
Substitute
Outdoor: 2

Hillcroft (1-2)

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Herndon Radcliff
Outdoor: 3
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Marcos Alberdi
Outdoor: 4
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Mason Wroe
Outdoor: 4
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James Miller
Outdoor: 1

Glen Farm (0-3)

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Stuart Campbell
Outdoor: 4
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Sam Clemens
Outdoor: 0
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Horacio 'Flaco' Lizaso
Outdoor: 4
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Manuel 'Manu' Mazzocchi
Outdoor: 4
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Hiram Gonzalez
Substitute
Outdoor: 0T

NATIONAL COPPER CUP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Sunday, Feb 4, 2024

February 04

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Glen Farm logo

Glen Farm (0-3)

9

Whiskey Pond logo

Whiskey Pond (2-2)

10

February 04

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Tito's logo

Tito's (2-2)

8

Barefield logo

Barefield (4-0)

10

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024

February 07

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Barefield logo

Barefield (4-0)

9

Hillcroft logo

Hillcroft (1-2)

8

Sunday, Feb 11, 2024

February 11

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Tito's logo

Tito's (2-2)

11

Whiskey Pond logo

Whiskey Pond (2-2)

10

February 11

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Glen Farm logo

Glen Farm (0-3)

8

Hillcroft logo

Hillcroft (1-2)

9

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024

February 14

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Tito's logo

Tito's (2-2)

11

Glen Farm logo

Glen Farm (0-3)

10

Sunday, Feb 25, 2024

February 25

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Whiskey Pond logo

Whiskey Pond (2-2)

11

Hillcroft logo

Hillcroft (1-2)

10

February 25

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Barefield logo

Barefield (4-0)

14

Tito's logo

Tito's (2-2)

9

Friday, Mar 1, 2024

March 01

Final

National Copper Cup®

Sarasota Polo Club

Whiskey Pond logo

Whiskey Pond (2-2)

7

Barefield logo

Barefield (4-0)

15

NATIONAL COPPER CUP®

THE VENUE

Sarasota Polo Club is one of the largest, most dedicated and enthusiastic polo communities in the world! Sunday Polo matches are open to the public every Sunday at 1:00pm, December 31, 2023 through April 7, 2024.

Thousands of fans join Sarasota Polo Club each week for thrilling polo action, an opening parade, live national anthem, theme weeks, halftime entertainment, food, drinks and divot-stomping.

In 2024, Sarasota Polo Club will serve as host to two prestigious national USPA tournaments, the National Copper Cup and National Inter-Circuit Championship, along with the sanctioned USPA Gerry Aschinger Memorial and Sarasota Women's Challenge.


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