February 28 - March 8

Spreckels Cup

Spreckels Cup

Tournament History

After first discovering polo in the late 1800s, sugar magnate John D. Spreckels built a polo facility, The Coronado Polo Club, on Coronado Island (San Diego, California) and its fields hosted many early prestigious polo tournaments including the inaugural Pacific Coast Open. The Spreckels trophy, designed by Brock and Feagus of Los Angeles, was presented in 1909 for the winners of the Polo Challenge. The two foot high silver trophy commissioner was preserved on the original engraving, “Polo Challenge Trophy, presented by John D. Spreckels.” The trophy was competed for every year, with the exception of the years of World War I. In 1921 the trophy was retired, and the final team to raise it was captained by Carleton F. Burke, one of the founders of the California Horse Racing Board, and it became one of his most prized possessions.

As years went by, polo enthusiast Julie Mulvihill-Mayer, in an effort to document the history of polo in Southern California, launched a search for polo memorabilia in San Diego. After some research and assistance from San Diego resident Joseph E. Jessop, the Spreckels Cup was found and returned to San Diego for restoration, ultimately symbolizing a bond between John D. Spreckels and past, present and future polo players. The tournament was reinstated at San Diego Polo Club (now defunct) in 1988 until 2016. The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association secures the historical trophy and generously loans the trophy annually for the Spreckels Cup.

After a three-year hiatus, in an effort to restore the prestige of the Spreckels trophy and its connection to the history of California polo, 2020 marks the first year the tournament will be played at the Eldorado Polo Club in Indio, California. The 10- to 12-goal USPA-sanctioned tournament will field six teams including Ohana Polo Club, Cotterel Farms, Twin Palms, Bush League, Bensoleimani.com and Highwood.

Photo: Spreckels Cup Trophy.

Spreckels Cup

Teams and Rosters

Bracket I

Bensoleimani.com (3-1)

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Ben Soleimani
Outdoor: 0
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Remy Du Celliee Muller
Outdoor: 3
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Tomas Alberdi
Outdoor: 4
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Gustavo Usandizaga
Outdoor: 5
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Ian Schnoebelen
Substitute
Outdoor: 0

Ohana Polo (2-1)

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Erin Brittin
Outdoor: 0
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Jesse Bray
Outdoor: 6
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Marcos Alberdi
Outdoor: 4
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Bayne Bossom
Outdoor: 2

Bush League (1-2)

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Ryan Robertson
Outdoor: 0
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Ulysses Escapite
Outdoor: 4
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Pelon Escapite
Outdoor: 6
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Mitch Horne
Outdoor: 1

Bracket II

Highwood (3-1)

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Ron Mathison
Outdoor: 0
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Jared Sheldon
Outdoor: 4
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Francisco Rodriguez-Mera
Outdoor: 4
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Marcelo Abbiati
Outdoor: 4

Twin Palms (1-2)

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Chris Maloney
Outdoor: 1
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Graham Bray
Outdoor: 3
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Juan Curbelo
Outdoor: 5
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Herndon Radcliff
Outdoor: 3

Cotterel Farms (0-3)

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Jennifer Luttrell-Bernardoni
Outdoor: 0
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Francisco Benardoni
Outdoor: 2
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Julian Mannix
Outdoor: 5
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Santiago Von Wernich
Outdoor: 5

Bracket III

Bracket IV

no bracket

Spreckels Cup

Tournament Games

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

February 28

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Ohana Polo logo

Ohana Polo (2-1)

11

Twin Palms logo

Twin Palms (1-2)

6

February 28

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Highwood logo

Highwood (3-1)

9

Cotterel Farms logo

Cotterel Farms (0-3)

6

February 28

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Bush League logo

Bush League (1-2)

11

Bensoleimani.com logo

Bensoleimani.com (3-1)

12

Sunday, Mar 1, 2020

March 01

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Cotterel Farms logo

Cotterel Farms (0-3)

9

Twin Palms logo

Twin Palms (1-2)

10

March 01

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Highwood logo

Highwood (3-1)

13

Bensoleimani.com logo

Bensoleimani.com (3-1)

6

March 01

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Bush League logo

Bush League (1-2)

9

Ohana Polo logo

Ohana Polo (2-1)

11

Friday, Mar 6, 2020

March 06

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Twin Palms logo

Twin Palms (1-2)

7

Highwood logo

Highwood (3-1)

12

March 06

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Bush League logo

Bush League (1-2)

10

Cotterel Farms logo

Cotterel Farms (0-3)

8

March 06

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Ohana Polo logo

Ohana Polo (2-1)

10

Bensoleimani.com logo

Bensoleimani.com (3-1)

11

Sunday, Mar 8, 2020

March 08

Final

SPRECKELS CUP

Eldorado Polo Club

Highwood logo

Highwood (3-1)

5

Bensoleimani.com logo

Bensoleimani.com (3-1)

10

Spreckels Cup

Eldorado Polo Club

Situated in the heart of the California desert, Eldorado Polo Club (Eldorado) combines the thrilling action of the sport of polo with an amazing spectator experience. Located in Indio, California, just a short drive from Palm Springs, the club boasts amenities for players and guests alike. With 10 fields, a stick-and-ball field, sand arena, a mile-long exercise track, on-site stabling for over 500 horses, tack store, clubhouse and cantina restaurant; Eldorado is the whole package.

Eldorado Polo Club
50-950 Madison St
#22
Indio, CA 92201
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