Wed

Aug

17

REGIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

Beverly Polo Club

2:00 PM UTC

Santa Aurelia/I4I

Royal Bank Canada/La Mariposa

Fri

Aug

19

NetJets Pacific Coast Open

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

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Antelope

L.I.N.Y.

Fri

Aug

19

NetJets Pacific Coast Open

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

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11:00 PM UTC

Klentner Ranch

Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB)

Sat

Aug

20

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

Beverly Polo Club - f

Time TBA

Dragonfly/Pineapples

Point to Point/Highfields

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Wed

Aug

17

REGIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

Beverly Polo Club

2:00 PM UTC

Santa Aurelia/I4I

Royal Bank Canada/La Mariposa

Fri

Aug

19

NetJets Pacific Coast Open

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

LIVE
8:00 PM UTC

Antelope

L.I.N.Y.

Fri

Aug

19

NetJets Pacific Coast Open

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

LIVE
11:00 PM UTC

Klentner Ranch

Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB)

Sat

Aug

20

NATIONAL EIGHT GOAL

Beverly Polo Club - f

Time TBA

Dragonfly/Pineapples

Point to Point/Highfields

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December 3 - 5, 2021

U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

The U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.

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U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®, a 12- to 16-goal national tournament, serves as one of the highest levels of arena polo competition currently played in the United States. The tournament has a rich history dating back to 1926. In its inaugural year, it was won by the Yale University team made up of Reddington Barret, Winston Guest and William Muir. However, their champion status was quickly overtaken by Brooklyn Riding & Driving Club the following three years (1927-1929).

For nearly four decades, the tournament has been played alternately on the East Coast and West Coast at venues such as Shallowbrook Polo Club (Somers, Connecticut), the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (Burbank, California), Empire Polo Club (Indio, California), Great Meadow [Twilight] Polo Club (The Plains, Virginia), West Hills Polo Club (Huntington Station, New York), California Polo Club ( Los Angeles, California), and Country Farms Polo Club in Medford, New York from 2012-2018.

In contemporary U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® competition, Cedar Croft Farms has garnered the prestigious title from 2013-2015. A significant feat, as only the second team in the history of the tournament to achieve three consecutive wins with the same team members. The young team consisted of Kris Kampsen, Felipe Viana and Robert Ceparano. Last played for in 2018, Aliano Realty (Pedro Gutierrez, Nick Aliano, Esteban Scott) faced Hart Agency (Agustin Bottaro, Fausto Trino, Juan Redlich) in four chukkers of close competition, as Aliano Realty finished out the day in the lead 11-8 to take home the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® title.

Following a two year absence, the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® has been reignited and will once again be hosted by California Polo Club for the first time since 2011, with Empire Polo Club (Indio, California) serving as the site for games. The 2021 U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® will offer an outstanding $50,000 in total prize money as part of the USPA Tournament Prize Money Matching Program. The prize will be split between first ($25,000), second ($12,500), third ($6,000), fourth ($4,000) and fifth ($2,500) place teams.

This year's competition features six competitive teams vying for the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® including four Team USPA alumni, Jared Sheldon (OC Polo Club), Jimmy Wright and Patrick Uretz (Paragon), and Molly Agee-Bankhead unites with husband Garrett Bankhead on Bryce Catalyst. Other talented competitors include 2018 NTYS Championship® teammates Will Walton and Vaughn Miller Jr. (Dallas Polo), recent National Twenty Goal® Champion Jason Crowder (101 Polo), and reigning Townsend Cup Champion, Pelon Escapite (BOOM! Cult) who will face-off against his brother Ulysses Escapite (OC Polo Club).

Photo: 2018 U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® Champions: Aliano Realty - Pedro Gutierrez, Nick Aliano, Esteban Scott. ©Debra Napp

U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Continuous play and change of possession rules will apply. A two-minute courtesy change will be called between the third and fourth minute of each chukker to allow players to change horses. Winners of round robin games will advance to U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® Final. Round robin ties will be determined first by net goals, then gross goals, and finally by shootout if required. Following a tie in the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® Final, the winner will be determined by sudden death overtime.

U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

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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Dallas Polo (2-1)

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Vaughn Miller Jr.
Arena: 4
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Will Walton
Arena: 4
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Rob Payne
Arena: 4

BOOM! Cult (2-1)

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Robert McGinley
Arena: 1
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Alejandro Nordheimer
Arena: 5
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Pelon Escapite
Arena: 8

OC Polo (1-1)

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Spencer Hurtt
Arena: 2
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Jared Sheldon
Arena: 7
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Ulysses Escapite
Arena: 5

Bryce Catalyst (1-1)

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Molly Agee-Bankhead
Arena: 3
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Garrett Bankhead
Arena: 3
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Shane Rice
Arena: 7

Paragon (1-1)

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Patrick Uretz
Arena: 8
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Troy Crumley
Arena: 1
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Tomas Obregon
Substitute
Arena: 5
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Jimmy Wright
Arena: 4
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Vance Miller III
Substitute
Arena: 3

101 Polo Club (0-2)

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Johann Felhaber
Arena: 3
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Jason Crowder
Arena: 7
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Dan Faherty
Arena: 2

U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Dec 3, 2021

December 03

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

101 Polo Club logo

101 Polo Club (0-2)

6

Paragon logo

Paragon (1-1)

8

December 03

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

Paragon logo

Paragon (1-1)

3

BOOM! Cult logo

BOOM! Cult (2-1)

6

December 03

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

BOOM! Cult logo

BOOM! Cult (2-1)

11

101 Polo Club logo

101 Polo Club (0-2)

7

December 03

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

OC Polo logo

OC Polo (1-1)

8

Dallas Polo logo

Dallas Polo (2-1)

7

December 03

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

Dallas Polo logo

Dallas Polo (2-1)

9

Bryce Catalyst logo

Bryce Catalyst (1-1)

6

December 03

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

OC Polo logo

OC Polo (1-1)

6

Bryce Catalyst logo

Bryce Catalyst (1-1)

7

Sunday, Dec 5, 2021

December 05

Final

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship®

Empire Polo Club

Dallas Polo logo

Dallas Polo (2-1)

14

BOOM! Cult logo

BOOM! Cult (2-1)

10

U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT NEWS

U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

HOST VENUE

Located fifteen minutes from Hollywood, California, The California Polo Club (CPC) is a prominent Pacific Coast polo club. Situated in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County and surrounded by the Transverse Ranges mountains, they offer a nearby country escape in contrast to the high-stress, busy lives of many of their members. Their outstanding polo school, home to no less than 150 students, has produced many talented players over the past two decades. A solid club league with a variety of traveling tournament options, combined with a turnkey and amazingly affordable boarding facility, have given rise to a burgeoning club in a thriving metropolis.

An exceptional environment for the growth of new polo players, CPC covers all the bases. A hop away from the bustle of the city with extensive country trails to hone your riding skills, a regulation-size arena, fully-enclosed hitting cage, stabling for 60 horses, complete board, exercise, grooming and training services and an Argentine-style barbecue area, what more could you ask for.

In response to the high demand for polo lessons, a team of six instructors are available at CPC including Kirsten Ludwig, Ismael Molina, Jessica Bailey, Trista Noland, Alejandro Nordheimer and 4-goal arena professional and 2011 U.S. Arena Open Polo Championship® winner, Domingo Questel. The flexibility of the instructors combined with their 30 horse string of polo school horses allows lessons to be held six days a week.

CPC participates in the Pacific Coast Arena League (PCAL), which features five Southern California arena clubs, Central Coast Polo Club (San Luis Obispo), Orange County Polo Club (Coto de Caza), Poway Polo Club (Poway) and San Diego Polo Club (San Diego). Echoing collegiate polo, once a month all participating clubs travel with a team to a designated club for a weekend of tournament play. Not to be underestimated as solely an arena facility, CPC works in conjunction with many neighboring polo clubs to offer their members the best that California polo has to offer. During the summer polo season, CPC organizes club outings to play at the Santa Barbara Polo Club (Carpinteria, California) and Will Rogers Polo Club (Pacific Palisades, California). California Polo Club manages and operates the polo school at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, during the winter season from December to April.


11035 Osborne St
Los Angeles, CA 91342
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U.S. OPEN ARENA POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

THE VENUE

Enjoy a five-star polo playing experience at the beautiful Empire Polo Club, located in Indio, California. Fun parties, affordable polo, immaculate fields and a world-class equestrian facility make Empire Polo Club the perfect winter destination for polo players and their families. Boasting 13 grass polo fields, a regulation-sized polo arena, two exercise tracks, both polo and hunter/jumper stabling, the Tack Room Tavern Restaurant and the Date Shed Night Club—Empire Polo Club has something for everyone.


81-800 Ave 51
Indio, CA 92201
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