Wed

Oct

27

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

4:00 PM UTC

Skaneateles

Field One

Fri

Oct

29

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

8:00 PM UTC

UN-STA-BLE

TBA

Sat

Oct

30

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

4:00 PM UTC

Tipler Law/Cooper H&S

Hutchinson Farms

Sun

Oct

31

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

8:00 PM UTC

LBL

Upatoi Green/ Foxdale Equine

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Wed

Oct

27

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

4:00 PM UTC

Skaneateles

Field One

Fri

Oct

29

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

8:00 PM UTC

UN-STA-BLE

TBA

Sat

Oct

30

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

4:00 PM UTC

Tipler Law/Cooper H&S

Hutchinson Farms

Sun

Oct

31

Association Cup

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

8:00 PM UTC

LBL

Upatoi Green/ Foxdale Equine

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October 9 - 10, 2021

INTERNATIONAL ARENA SHOWCASE

The Townsend Cup will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.

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TOWNSEND CUP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Townsend Cup international arena tournament was created by the Indoor Polo Association and first played in 1923 as a result of the boom and talent of American arena players. England readily accepted the United States’ invitation and the inaugural tournament was played as a best record five game series. The Americans swept the competition claiming the first three matches. The tournament then fell into abeyance until recent years when the United States Polo Association revived the tradition. The tournament has since been played as a single game on alternate years with the Bryan Morrison Trophy, a complimentary tournament held by English invitation.

Boasting a 7-1 overall record, the United States will attempt to claim their eighth John R. Townsend Challenge Cup while their English opponents battle to reclaim the title for the first time since 2013. As the official apparel supplier of team USA, U.S. Polo Assn. is proud to outfit the American team with jerseys and provide saddle pads.

Last held in 2019 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, USA (Steve Krueger, Pelon Escapite, Tommy Biddle) took home the Townsend Cup, defeating England 15-10. Captaining USA in 2021, defending champion Pelon Escapite is joined by two talented teammates, Graduating Team USPA Member Geronimo Obregon and Active Team USPA member Winston Painter. Proving himself to be a formidable interscholastic player (Gardnertown Polo Club) at 17 years old and recently joining the University of Connecticut’s (UCONN) intercollegiate team, Painter is fresh off victories in the Open National Interscholastic Championship where he was named All-Star and the National Youth Tournament Series Championship®.

Frequently competing at New Bridge Polo & Country Club, Julian Daniels highlights the English team which also features brothers Eden and Robin Ormerod.

2019 Townsend Cup Champions: USA - Tommy Biddle Jr., Pelon Escapite, Steve Krueger. Presented by former USPA Arena Committee Chair Dan Coleman and former USPA CEO Bob Puetz. ©David Lominska

TOWNSEND CUP

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

no bracket

USA (1-0)

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Winston Painter
Outdoor: 2
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Geronimo Obregon
Arena: 7
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Pelon Escapite
Arena: 8

England (0-1)

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Robin Ormerod
Arena: 5T
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Julian Daniels
Arena: 6
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Eden Ormerod
Arena: 6

CHURCHILL-ROOSEVELT CUP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Making its debut in 2019, the Churchill-Roosevelt Cup is a competition between military affiliated polo players from the United Kingdom and the United States. The event’s name commemorates famous leaders of those two countries, both of whom were military officers and polo players. Interestingly, within two months of each other in 1898, President Theodore Roosevelt was charging up hills in battle in Cuba leading the “Rough Riders” of the 1st U.S. Volunteers Cavalry while Prime Minister Winston Churchill was charging the enemy in the Battle of Obdurman in Sudan with the 21st Lancers. The Churchill-Roosevelt Cup was envisioned to be the military polo event played in conjunction with the high-goal arena Townsend Cup.

In the inaugural Churchill-Roosevelt Cup, USA (Paul Knapp, Zach Grob, Jake Flournoy, and Joseph Meyer, coached by Mark Gillespie) defeated the United Kingdom 15-12 in a game that came down to the final chukker. Leading at halftime 9-5, USA fell behind by a goal in the third chukker, but quickly scored four goals to the U.K.’s one in the fourth to take the inaugural cup. In 2021 players from the intercollegiate/interscholastic program are represented on both teams including Alex Jenkins (Culver Academy) and Cynthia Stephenson (USC) for the USPA Armed Forces and Albany Mulholland (Harvard Polo) for the British Armed Forces.

The first event of the International Arena Showcase, the Churchill-Roosevelt Cup will only be available to watch in-person. The game is free and open to the public for spectating.

2019 Churchill-Roosevelt Champions USPA Armed Forces' Paul Knapp and Zach Grob celebrating the victory. ©David Lominska

CHURCHILL-ROOSEVELT CUP

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

no bracket

USPA Armed Forces (1-0)

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Cindy Stephenson
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Rob DiRado
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Alex Jenkins

British Armed Forces (0-1)

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James Cochrane-Dyet
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Peter R.L. Hunter
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Albany Mulholland

INTERNATIONAL ARENA SHOWCASE

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

October 09

Final

International Arena Showcase

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

USPA Armed Forces logo

USPA Armed Forces (1-0)

11

British Armed Forces logo

British Armed Forces (0-1)

8

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

October 10

Final

International Arena Showcase

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

USA logo

USA (1-0)

18

England logo

England (0-1)

15

TOWNSEND CUP

THE VENUE

Driving into the New Bridge Polo & Country Club (New Bridge) in Aiken, South Carolina, one may think they had just entered an argentine estancia. With its signature four-board black fencing and orange clay dirt roads--it’s no accident that the New Bridge Polo Club alludes to the current mecca of polo. Founded by amateur polo player Russ McCall in 2000, the club was created in partnership with Argentine professional Matias Magrini.

The astounding 861-acre New Bridge development boasts five world-class polo fields in a private gated community. While that may sound intimidating, McCall points out that the gates serve less as a barrier to keep people out, but rather as a means to keep the occasional escaped horse in. The atmosphere of the club remains true to its humble beginnings, unpretentious, in a natural wooded setting, framed by southern pines and surrounded by an effortless tranquility.

The centerpiece of the club is the rustic colonial-style clubhouse. Constructed of old wood that was shipped from Argentina and assembled onsite, it brings the history and ambiance of the Argentine way of life to South Carolina. The clubhouse also conveniently houses a player’s bar, restaurant and outdoor asado area for post-game parties. Spectators are invited to sit on the porch with a spectacular view of Field 1 to watch the featured Sunday matches. New Bridge offers country living without the inconveniences of country distances. Cottage-style bungalows are situated on residential lots lining Field 1, as well as larger estate houses with the option to buy or build.


862 New Bridge Rd
Aiken, SC 29805
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