REGIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP
Established in 1998, the Regional President’s Cup has been reformatted in anticipation of the 2024 National President's Cup which will be hosted by the National Polo Center - Wellington (Wellington, Florida). Regional President’s Cup tournaments held nationwide now serve as qualifying tournaments for the National President’s Cup, bringing teams together representing clubs around the country for the opportunity to compete at NPC. The new format will encourage participation at the 4- to 8-goal level and restore the relationship between the two trophies.
Teams qualify to enter the National President’s Cup by winning a Regional President’s Cup. Any USPA Member Club can apply to host a Regional President’s Cup, however qualifying events will be awarded to only one Member Club in every circuit. The Florida Circuit, host of the National President’s Cup, will be the only exception, with four Regional President’s Cup events awarded.
There will be no team entry fee for the National President’s Cup and teams that qualify in a circuit outside the Florida Circuit will receive a $10,000 travel stipend.
The Regional President's Cup hosted by Traveller's Rest South Texas Polo Club, located in Sealy, Texas, represents the Southwestern Circuit as a National President's Cup qualifying tournament. Fielding four competitive teams including Brown Bears, La Portola, Prestonwood Polo Club and TR Turtles, each will battle for the title and their opportunity to earn a coveted spot in the National President's Cup. Representing Team USPA are alumni Nicolai Galindo, Tiamo Hudspeth (TR Turtles) and Stephanie Massey Colburn (Brown Bears).
Traveller's Rest South Texas Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the Regional President's Cup, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or trophy reimbursements, 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: Brown Bears' Alvaro Ara. ©Tequila Sunsets Photography