NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL | U.S. POLO ASSN.

July 20 - August 13, 2023

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The National Eight Goal was established in 2014 and was played for four consecutive years at Houston Polo Club in Houston, Texas. After a two-year hiatus in 2018 and 2019, the tournament returned in 2020, relocating to Beverly Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia. Capturing three victories (2014, 2016, 2017), Chrys Beal holds the most titles in the tournament's history, followed by Jorge Fernandez "Tolito" Ocampo Jr. with back-to-back wins in 2020 and 2021.

Hosted by Beverly Polo Club, this year's edition of the National Eight Goal will be managed by the Virginia United Polo League with games played at participating clubs including Beverly Polo Club and Foxlease Polo Club LLC (Upperville, Virginia).

In 2022, Dragonfly/Pineapples (Audrey Wilde, Merrall Echezarreta, Marcos Bignoli, Martin Ravina) faced off against Point to Point/Highfields (sub. Breanna Gunnell, Francisco Rodriguez-Mera, Bautista Micheletti, Michael Smith Liss). Dragonfly/Pineapples earned their ticket to the final on an undefeated run. Point to Point/Highfields were in search of redemption suffering their only loss of the tournament at the hands of their final opponent 8-7. Despite trailing at the half, Point to Point/Highfields evened out the score in the fifth. A forceful Point to Point/Highfields defense held Dragonfly/Pineapples to one goal in the final two chukkers to complete the comeback and claim the National Eight Goal title 11-9. Read article here.

Featuring many familiar faces, six competitive teams will vie for title including reigning champions Michael Smith Liss and Francisco Rodriguez-Mera seeking to deliver Highfields their second consecutive title. 2022 finalists Audrey Wilde and Merrall Echezarreta will unite for Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point, Marcos Bignoli joins Dragonfly, and Martin Ravina will compete for Royal Bank Canada. La Mariposa and Santa Aurelia round out the competition.

Beverly Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the National Eight Goal, 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: 2022 National Eight Goal Champions: Point to Point/Highfields - Breanna Gunnell (Rosalie Grace), Francisco Rodriguez-Mera (Francisco Jr.), Bautista Micheletti, Michael Smith Liss (Leon and Maddox). ©Joanne Maisano

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

All teams will play three qualifying matches. Teams with the top two records will advance to the National Eight Goal final.

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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Highfields (3-0)

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Isabella Wolf
Outdoor: 1
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Duilio Diaz
Outdoor: 2
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Francisco Rodriguez-Mera
Outdoor: 5
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Michael Smith Liss
Outdoor: 0

Santa Aurelia (3-1)

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Barry Henderson
Outdoor: -1
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Zak Coleman
Outdoor: 1
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Gonzalo 'Gonza' Fucci
Outdoor: 5
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Charles Muldoon
Outdoor: 3

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point (2-2)

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Audrey Wilde
Outdoor: 0
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Nelson Gunnell
Outdoor: 0
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Merrall Echezarreta
Outdoor: 0
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Roman 'Vasco' Iriarte Sr.
Outdoor: 4
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Bautista Micheletti
Outdoor: 4

Dragonfly (1-2)

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Andrew Hertneky
Outdoor: 0
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Juan 'Bauti' Peluso
Outdoor: 2
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Alfredo Guerreño
Outdoor: 3
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Marcos Bignoli
Outdoor: 3

La Mariposa/I4I (1-2)

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Annalise Phillips
Outdoor: -1
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Omid Rajaei
Outdoor: 1
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Alejandro 'Tano' Vial
Outdoor: 5
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Nicolas 'Nico' Eurnekian
Outdoor: 3

Royal Bank Canada (0-3)

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Bob Parr
Outdoor: 0
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Wyatt Harlow
Outdoor: 1
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Juan Sánchez
Outdoor: 3
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Martin Ravina
Outdoor: 4

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Thursday, Jul 20, 2023

July 20

Final OT

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point logo

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point (2-2)

7

Highfields logo

Highfields (3-0)

8

Friday, Jul 21, 2023

July 21

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Dragonfly logo

Dragonfly (1-2)

10

Royal Bank Canada logo

Royal Bank Canada (0-3)

7

Sunday, Jul 23, 2023

July 23

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

La Mariposa/I4I logo

La Mariposa/I4I (1-2)

8.5

Highfields logo

Highfields (3-0)

11

Thursday, Jul 27, 2023

July 27

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Dragonfly logo

Dragonfly (1-2)

6

Highfields logo

Highfields (3-0)

7

Friday, Jul 28, 2023

July 28

Final OT

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Royal Bank Canada logo

Royal Bank Canada (0-3)

11

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point logo

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point (2-2)

12

Sunday, Jul 30, 2023

July 30

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Santa Aurelia logo

Santa Aurelia (3-1)

6.5

Dragonfly logo

Dragonfly (1-2)

5

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023

August 01

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Santa Aurelia logo

Santa Aurelia (3-1)

8.5

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point logo

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point (2-2)

7

Thursday, Aug 3, 2023

August 03

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Royal Bank Canada logo

Royal Bank Canada (0-3)

8

La Mariposa/I4I logo

La Mariposa/I4I (1-2)

9.5

Sunday, Aug 6, 2023

August 06

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Santa Aurelia logo

Santa Aurelia (3-1)

10

La Mariposa/I4I logo

La Mariposa/I4I (1-2)

9

Sunday, Aug 13, 2023

August 13

Final

National Eight Goal

Beverly Polo Club

Santa Aurelia logo

Santa Aurelia (3-1)

7

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point logo

Pineapples & Pussycats/Point to Point (2-2)

9

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

HOST VENUE

Beverly Polo Club (Beverly) is the culmination of years of sport horse training, competing and horsemanship on both coasts of the United States. Beverly’s Equestrian Center was designed and built to provide excellent all-weather, year-round training facilities and professional-level horse care together with consistent client support and training for the busy rider. Beverly provides an active polo program that offers lessons and horses year-round in Virginia and Florida and hosts polo practices and league play during the Virginia season.

In addition to its passion for horsemanship and horse sports, Beverly is committed to preserving open land and maintaining the unique character of the Northern Piedmont. Accordingly, Beverly Equestrian has placed its farm in a perpetual conservation easement with a donation to the Land Trust of Virginia. Beverly’s owners have developed a conservation easement that includes unique provisions for stormwater management and long-term landscape management, ensuring open space for equestrian pursuits.


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The Plains, VA 20198
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