March 27 - April 21, 2024

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

GAUNTLET OF POLO®

All U.S. Open Polo Championship games at the National Polo Center will be livestreamed on the USPA Polo Network.

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The most prestigious polo tournament in the United States, the U.S. Open Polo Championship is the apex of the Florida high-goal winter polo season attracting fans and polo enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world. Hosted by the National Polo Center - Wellington (NPC) in Wellington, Florida, the U.S. Open Polo Championship is the final leg in the Gauntlet of Polo and is preceded by the C.V. Whitney Cup and USPA Gold Cup.

The U.S. Open was originally conceived as a non-handicapped alternative to the Senior Championship tournament. The first U.S. Open had only two teams, the Wanderers and the Freebooters. It was held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx borough of New York City. Four 15-minute chukkers were played, with a seven-minute break between each chukker.

After the inaugural U.S. Open in 1904, the tournament was not played again until 1910, when it grew to include six teams. It resumed at Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, where it was played for several years before relocating to what became its longtime home, Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, New York. In 1954, the U.S. Open moved to Oak Brook, where it remained for 22 years, followed by an eight year-stint at the Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas. In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, the tournament circulated among several clubs throughout the United States, including Eldorado, Lexington, Palm Beach and Royal Palm. In 2004, marking one hundred years since the tournament’s inception, the U.S. Open relocated to Wellington, Florida where it has been held ever since.

The U.S. Open Polo Championship perpetual trophy was first presented in 1910 by Joseph B. Thomas. Designed by artist Sally James Farnham, it was inspired by a seventeenth century tureen. The tall silver cup features horses and riders in relief around the top perimeter and the bottom bowl of the cup, as ornate rearing horses rise from the base of the cup. Stolen in 2002, it was recovered a few short weeks later and is currently kept in the care and custody of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth, Florida.

Recent contemporary champions include Valiente (2015, 2017), Orchard Hill (2016), Daily Racing Form (2018), Pilot (2019, 2022), Scone (2021) and Park Place (2023). Back-to-back victories in the U.S. Open were last achieved in 2012 and 2013 by Zacara, boasting identical rosters consisting of Facundo Pieres, Lyndon Lea, Cristian "Magoo" Laprida and Mike Azzaro.

History was made during the inaugural Gauntlet of Polo in 2019, when Pilot carried their undefeated streak into the final leg of the Gauntlet and claimed the U.S. Open Polo Championship—earning $1 million over the course of the series and becoming the only team to do so.

In 2023, the finale of the U.S. Open Polo Championship between Park Place (Andrey Borodin, Juan Britos, Hilario Ulloa, Jason Wates) and Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Mariano "Peke" Gonzalez, Adolfo Cambiaso, sub. Agustin Nero, sub. Rufino Merlos) spanned two days to determine a champion. Gathering under stormy skies, what started as a light drizzle quickly turned to a deluge forcing a suspension of play at the end of the first half. Resuming action the following morning, a riveting and high-scoring contest ultimately came down to the power and athleticism of the two 10-goalers. Ulloa placed a perfectly-timed hook on Cambiaso at the goal line in the final seconds of play to protect Park Place’s lead and deliver their first U.S. Open Polo Championship, 12-11 along with $100,000 prize money. Read article here.

All eight teams competing in the Gauntlet of Polo (Coca-Cola, La Dolfina, La Fe, Park Place, Pilot, Tamera, The Dutta Corp, Valiente) will be returning for the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Granting individual entries for a third consecutive year, the elite competition will also include Clearwater, a 2024 USPA Gold Cup competitor, as the ninth team vying for the most coveted title in the United States.

In the ultimate test of will and resilience, reigning champions Andrey Borodin, Juan Britos and Hilario Ulloa will re-unite to defend their title with the addition of Marcos Bignoli for Park Place. 2023 U.S. Open finalist and current C.V. Whitney Cup victors Valiente will strive for the organization's third win, as the legendary Adolfo Cambiaso battles for his tenth tournament victory.

Last soaring to the top of the podium in 2022, Pilot will attempt to land their third win in six years. U.S. Open title-holder Gillian Johnston (2002) stands as the sole female competitor of the competition and the series. Johnston will vie to return to the podium for Coca-Cola for the first time since 2002 alongside three-time U.S. Open winner (2012, 2015, 2016) Pablo "Polito" Pieres.

Clearwater, La Dolfina, La Fe, Tamera and The Dutta Corp will all battle for their first U.S. Open Polo Championship title, with La Fe and The Dutta Corp boasting a unique advantage fielding identical rosters to last year's competition.

The 10-goalers competing this year include 2021 U.S. Open champion Poroto Cambiaso (La Dolfina), who is competing in his first Gauntlet of Polo since reaching the 10-goal milestone. Dominating the U.S. Open podium in recent history, the line-up of celebrated and decorated 10-goalers also includes four-time winner (2010, 2014, 2018, 2023) Hilario Ulloa (Park Place), six-time champion (2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Facundo Pieres (Pilot) and nine-time victor (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2021) Adolfo Cambiaso (Valiente).

Although Adolfo Cambiaso and son Poroto will play on separate teams for a second consecutive year, Cambiaso still credits his 2021 U.S. Open Polo Championship victory alongside Poroto as the most personal of his storied American career.

The winner of the U.S. Open Polo Championship will receive $100,000 in prize money. In partnership with USPA Global Licensing, each of the teams will select a charity of their choice from 10 non-profits and both charities of the winner and the runner-up will receive a $2,500 donation.

Representing Team USPA is Active Member Kristos "Keko" Magrini (Coca-Cola), Mackenzie Weisz (Tamera) and alumni Jared Zenni and Geronimo Obregon (Clearwater), Santiago Torres (Pilot) (Tamera) and Timmy Dutta (The Dutta Corp).

Learn more about the Gauntlet of Polo.

Photo: 2023 U.S. Open Polo Championship Winners: Park Place - Juan Britos, Andrey Borodin, Hilario Ulloa, Jason Wates. ©David Lominska.

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

All teams will play four preliminary matches each. Following the conclusion of preliminary play, all teams will be ranked 1-9. The top four ranked teams will draw for semifinal pairings with the winners of the semifinals advancing to the U.S. Open Polo Championship final.

Any ties between teams that played each other will be broken by who-beat-who. All other ties will be broken by a one-player shootout.

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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La Dolfina (5-0)

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Alejandro Aznar
Outdoor: 0
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Rufino Merlos
Outdoor: 3
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Poroto Cambiaso
Outdoor: 10
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Tomas Panelo
Outdoor: 9

Valiente (4-1)

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Bob Jornayvaz
Outdoor: 0
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Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Paco de Narvaez Jr.
Substitute
Outdoor: 5
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Adolfo Cambiaso
Outdoor: 10
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Joaquin 'Pelo' Vilgre La Madrid
Substitute
Outdoor: 0
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Federico Panzillo
Outdoor: 5

Pilot (3-2)

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Curtis Pilot
Outdoor: 0
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Antonio Heguy
Outdoor: 6
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Santiago Torres
Outdoor: 6
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Facundo Pieres
Outdoor: 10

Coca-Cola (2-3)

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Gillian Johnston
Outdoor: 0
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 6
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Pablo 'Polito' Pieres
Outdoor: 9
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Victorino 'Torito' Ruiz Jorba
Outdoor: 7

Park Place (2-2)

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Andrey Borodin
Outdoor: 0
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Juan Britos
Outdoor: 9
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Hilario Ulloa
Outdoor: 10
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Marcos Bignoli
Outdoor: 3
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Josh Escapite
Substitute
Outdoor: 0

Tamera (1-3)

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Alejandro Poma
Outdoor: 1
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Segundo Saravi
Outdoor: 5
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Matias Torres Zavaleta
Outdoor: 8
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Diego Cavanagh
Outdoor: 8
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Mackenzie Weisz
Substitute
Outdoor: 6
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Lerin Zubiaurre
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Lucas Criado Jr.
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Tommy Collingwood
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

The Dutta Corp (1-3)

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Joaquin Avendaño
Outdoor: 4
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Mariano 'Nino' Obregon Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Tomas Garcia del Rio
Outdoor: 8
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Timmy Dutta
Outdoor: 4

La Fe (1-3)

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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Roberto Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Dylan Rossiter
Substitute
Outdoor: 6
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Marc Ganzi
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Outdoor: 1

Clearwater (1-3)

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Lucas Criado Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Raul 'Gringo' Colombres
Outdoor: 8
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Jared Zenni
Outdoor: 6
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Chip Campbell
Outdoor: 1
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Felipe 'Pipe' Vercellino
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Camp Campbell
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Outdoor: 2
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Geronimo Obregon
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Outdoor: 5

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2024

March 27

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (1-3)

5

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

7

March 27

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-3)

12

Pilot logo

Pilot (3-2)

16

Thursday, Mar 28, 2024

March 28

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (1-3)

6

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

12

Friday, Mar 29, 2024

March 29

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-3)

10

Valiente logo

Valiente (4-1)

12

Sunday, Mar 31, 2024

March 31

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (5-0)

15

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-3)

13

March 31

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (1-3)

7

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (1-3)

18

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2024

April 02

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

7

Valiente logo

Valiente (4-1)

12

April 02

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-3)

8

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

12

Thursday, Apr 4, 2024

April 04

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (5-0)

10

Pilot logo

Pilot (3-2)

9

Friday, Apr 5, 2024

April 05

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (1-3)

9

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-3)

10

Sunday, Apr 7, 2024

April 07

Final OT

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-3)

12

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

11

Monday, Apr 8, 2024

April 08

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (1-3)

8

Valiente logo

Valiente (4-1)

9

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2024

April 09

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (1-3)

13

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

12

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024

April 10

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (5-0)

13

La Fe logo

La Fe (1-3)

5

Thursday, Apr 11, 2024

April 11

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

The Dutta Corp logo

The Dutta Corp (1-3)

6

Pilot logo

Pilot (3-2)

7

Saturday, Apr 13, 2024

April 13

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-3)

8

Valiente logo

Valiente (4-1)

6

Sunday, Apr 14, 2024

April 14

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-3)

9

Pilot logo

Pilot (3-2)

11

April 14

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (5-0)

13

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

11

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024

April 17

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (2-3)

11

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (5-0)

13

April 17

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Valiente logo

Valiente (4-1)

9

Pilot logo

Pilot (3-2)

6

Sunday, Apr 21, 2024

April 21

LIVE
8:00 PM UTC

Apr 21, 2024, 12:00:00 PM Apr 21, 2024, 2:00:00 PM America/New_York U.S. Open Polo Championship® Final - La Dolfina vs Valiente US Polo Association

U.S. Open Polo Championship® - Field: U.S. Polo Assn. Field One

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Dolfina logo

La Dolfina (5-0)

Valiente logo

Valiente (4-1)

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

THE VENUE

The Association’s premier event, the Gauntlet of Polo, takes place from February to April each winter season showcasing the world’s preeminent teams, professional athletes and finest horses which come together for three months to battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship trophies. Throughout the year, the facilities are also used to showcase USPA Member Clubs and prestigious tournament competitions including the anticipated finals of the National President's Cup and NPC 16-Goal Championship.

The entrance to the club is via a palm tree-lined drive, that leads past tennis courts to the steps of the magnificent pool and Mallet Grille. The natural Florida terrain is augmented by a large lake, lush tropical landscaping and some of the most carefully manicured polo fields in the world. Spectating from the stadium, private boxes, fieldside tailgates and special hospitality tents, all overlooking the U.S. Polo Assn. Field One, is an unparalleled experience.

NPC invites you to experience the best polo in the country, taking place at one of the most beautiful venues in the world, the National Polo Center – Wellington.


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