March 28 - April 23, 2023

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

GAUNTLET OF POLO®

The U.S. Open Polo Championship will be livestreamed exclusively on the USPA Polo Network.

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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 Gauntlet of Polo, held during the Florida high-goal winter polo season that attracts fans and polo enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world.

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 Retama 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, ornate 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.

In 2019, after defeating each of their opponents in the C.V. Whitney Cup and USPA Gold Cup, Pilot carried their undefeated streak into the final leg of the Gauntlet and claimed the U.S. Open Polo Championship title. Pilot remains the only team to capture all-three tournaments as a part of the Gauntlet of Polo.

In 2022, La Elina (Juan Martin Obregon, Geronimo Obregon, Facundo Obregon, Jared Zenni) and Pilot (Curtis Pilot, Mackenzie Weisz, Matias Torres Zavaleta, Facundo Pieres) each blazed their own path into the most prestigious and anticipated final of the high-goal season. Differing in roster construction and style, Pilots ability to adhere to their strategy and rely on each other for support and success carried them to reclaim the title 11-6. Read article here.

The 12 teams competing in the 2023 USPA Gold Cup (Aspen, Dazos, Dutta Corp/Show+, La Elina, La Fe, Park Place, Pilot, Scone, M A G (formerly Shack Attack), Tamera, Two Trees by Jefferies, Valiente) will be returning for the U.S. Open Polo Championship. In the ultimate test of will and resilience, reigning champion Pilot will be aiming for their third title (2019, 2022) in five years, alongside Matias 'Colo' Gonzalez for the first time since their historic run in 2019. Granting individual entries in the Gauntlet of Polo for a second consecutive year, the U.S. Open Polo Championship will also include the addition of Palm Beach Equine as the thirteenth team vying for the title.

Entering the Gauntlet of Polo for the first time since 2018, renowned powerhouse Valiente will seek to add a third U.S. Open Polo Championship title (2015, 2017) to their name following their impressive return to the podium in the C.V. Whitney Cup, as newcomers Dazos and Two Trees by Jefferies aim to make their mark on the historic tournament. Among this year’s competitors, top American talents Jeff Hall, Jared Zenni, Matt Coppola and Nico Escobar will join forces to play for last year’s U.S. Open Polo Championship finalist, La Elina. La Elina joins the competition as the only All-American team on the roster.

10-goalers competing this year include nine-time U.S. Open Polo Championship winner Adolfo Cambiaso (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2021), six-time U.S. Open Polo Championship winner Facundo Pieres (2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022), three-time winner Hilario Ulloa (2010, 2014, 2018).

Although, Adolfo Cambiaso (Valiente) and son Poroto (Scone) will play for separate teams this year, Cambiaso credits his 2021 U.S. Open Polo Championship victory alongside Poroto as the most personal of his storied American career. Father-son duo Rufino Bensadon and Francisco 'Pancho' Bensadon will take the field together on Aspen. Joining Aspen, Mariano Gonzalez will replace Nicolas 'Nico' Saenz for the last leg of the Gauntlet and will also compete against his son Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez (Valiente).

The winner of the U.S. Open Polo Championship will receive $100,000. 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 runners-up will receive a $2,500 donation.

Team USPA, an Association program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players will be readily represented in the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Six Team USPA alumni and one Active Team USPA Member are represented across five teams highlighting the depth of American talent.

Learn more about the Gauntlet of Polo.

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

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The U.S. Open Polo Championship will have five brackets with USPA Gold Cup semifinalists (Dutta Corp/Show+, Scone, Pilot, Park Place) seeded in positions 3, 6, 9 and 11. There will be a minimum of three games played per team for a total of twenty-five games in the tournament.

Brackets I, II and III will each contain three teams and will play within their bracket. Each team in brackets I, II and II will play two games in the first round. The top two seeded positions will play the first game, with the loser of the first game playing the third team, followed by the winner of the first game playing the third team.

Brackets IV and V will contain two teams and will play cross bracket. Each team in bracket IV and V will play two games in the first round. The tenth seeded team will face the twelth seeded team, followed by the eleventh seeded team versus the thirteenth seeded team. The winner of 10 versus 12 will play the loser of 11 versus 13. The loser of 10 versus 12 will play the winner of 11 versus 13.

Following the first round, all teams will be ranked 1-13. Teams will be ranked on win-loss, then net goals, then gross goals. The top three ranked teams will advance straight into the quarterfinals.

Teams ranked 4-13 will play a third game and will draw their opponent. Following the completion of the third game, the top five teams based on win-loss, then net goals, then gross goals will fill the remaining five quarterfinal spots.

Teams ranked 1, 2, 3 and 4 will draw from teams ranked 5, 6, 7 and 8 to determine quarterfinal pairings. The winners of the quarterfinals will draw for semifinal pairings with the winners of the semifinals advancing to the U.S. Open Polo Championship final.

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

Brackets

Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Sat, April 15th
Dazos (2-1) 8
Pilot (2-3) 13
Sat, April 15th
Scone (2-1) 9
Valiente (5-1) 11
Sun, April 16th
Park Place (5-0) 14
La Elina (1-3) 9
Sun, April 16th
A Team (4-1) 12
La Fe (2-2) 11
Thu, April 20th
Park Place (5-0) 11
A Team (4-1) 8
Thu, April 20th
Pilot (2-3) 9
Valiente (5-1) 11
Mon, April 24th
Park Place (5-0) 12
Valiente (5-1) 11

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Park Place (5-0)

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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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Jason Wates
Outdoor: 3

Aspen (1-2)

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Mariano Gonzalez
Outdoor: 5
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Francisco 'Pancho' Bensadon
Outdoor: 7
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Rufino Bensadon
Outdoor: 8
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Stewart Armstrong
Outdoor: 2

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

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Will Johnston
Outdoor: 1
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Mariano Aguerre
Outdoor: 7
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Miguel Novillo Astrada
Outdoor: 8
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Juan Sánchez Elia
Outdoor: 5
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Victorino 'Torito' Ruiz Jorba
Substitute
Outdoor: 7

Bracket II

Dazos (2-1)

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David Farache
Outdoor: 0
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Dylan Rossiter
Outdoor: 6
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Nicolas 'Nico' Pieres
Outdoor: 9
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Santiago 'Santi' Torres
Outdoor: 6

Pilot (2-3)

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Curtis Pilot
Outdoor: 0
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Matias 'Colo' Gonzalez
Outdoor: 4
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Matias Torres Zavaleta
Outdoor: 8
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Facundo Pieres
Outdoor: 10

La Elina (1-3)

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Matt Coppola
Outdoor: 5
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Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar
Outdoor: 5
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Jeff Hall
Outdoor: 6
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Jared Zenni
Outdoor: 6

Bracket III

A Team (4-1)

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Santino Magrini
Outdoor: 4
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Ignacio 'Nachi' Viana
Outdoor: 5
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 5
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Santiago 'Santi' Toccalino
Outdoor: 8

La Fe (2-2)

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Roberto 'Robi' Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1

Dutta Corp/Show+ (0-3)

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

Bracket IV

Valiente (5-1)

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Bob Jornayvaz
Outdoor: 0
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Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez
Outdoor: 6
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Lucas 'Luckitas' Criado Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Adolfo Cambiaso
Outdoor: 10
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Agustin Nero
Substitute
Outdoor: 5
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Rufino Merlos
Substitute
Outdoor: 1

Scone (2-1)

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David Paradice
Outdoor: 0
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Cody Ellis
Outdoor: 4
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Poroto Cambiaso
Outdoor: 9
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David 'Pelon' Stirling
Outdoor: 9
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Tomas Panelo
Alternate
Outdoor: 8
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Guillermo 'Sapo' Caset
Substitute
Outdoor: 9

Bracket V

Tamera (1-2)

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Alejandro Poma
Outdoor: 1
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Pedro 'Pedrinho' Zacharias
Outdoor: 7
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Diego Cavanagh
Outdoor: 9
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Segundo Saravi
Outdoor: 5
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Rufino Bensadon
Substitute
Outdoor: 8

Palm Beach Equine (0-3)

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Raul 'Gringo' Colombres
Outdoor: 8
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Facundo Llosa
Outdoor: 7
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Jesse Bray
Outdoor: 7
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Scott Swerdlin
Outdoor: 0
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Todd Thurston
Substitute
Outdoor: 0

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2023

March 28

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Aspen logo

Aspen (1-2)

14

Two Trees by Jefferies logo

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

12

March 28

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Elina logo

La Elina (1-3)

13

Dazos logo

Dazos (2-1)

14

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2023

March 29

Final OT

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

A Team logo

A Team (4-1)

12

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

11

Thursday, Mar 30, 2023

March 30

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Valiente logo

Valiente (5-1)

16

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (0-3)

12

Friday, Mar 31, 2023

March 31

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Scone logo

Scone (2-1)

13

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-2)

8

Saturday, Apr 1, 2023

April 01

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Two Trees by Jefferies logo

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

8

Park Place logo

Park Place (5-0)

16

Sunday, Apr 2, 2023

April 02

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

13

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (0-3)

6

Monday, Apr 3, 2023

April 03

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Elina logo

La Elina (1-3)

11

Pilot logo

Pilot (2-3)

13

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2023

April 04

Final OT

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Valiente logo

Valiente (5-1)

11

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-2)

10

April 04

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Scone logo

Scone (2-1)

14

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (0-3)

8

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2023

April 05

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

A Team logo

A Team (4-1)

13

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (0-3)

11

April 05

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Aspen logo

Aspen (1-2)

8

Park Place logo

Park Place (5-0)

11

Thursday, Apr 6, 2023

April 06

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dazos logo

Dazos (2-1)

13

Pilot logo

Pilot (2-3)

8

Monday, Apr 10, 2023

April 10

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Valiente logo

Valiente (5-1)

11

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (0-3)

7

April 10

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

A Team logo

A Team (4-1)

15

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (0-3)

9

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023

April 11

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

11

Two Trees by Jefferies logo

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

9

April 11

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Aspen logo

Aspen (1-2)

8

La Elina logo

La Elina (1-3)

14

April 11

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Pilot logo

Pilot (2-3)

9

Tamera logo

Tamera (1-2)

10

Saturday, Apr 15, 2023

April 15

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dazos logo

Dazos (2-1)

8

Pilot logo

Pilot (2-3)

13

April 15

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Scone logo

Scone (2-1)

9

Valiente logo

Valiente (5-1)

11

Sunday, Apr 16, 2023

April 16

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

A Team logo

A Team (4-1)

12

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

11

April 16

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (5-0)

14

La Elina logo

La Elina (1-3)

9

Thursday, Apr 20, 2023

April 20

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Pilot logo

Pilot (2-3)

9

Valiente logo

Valiente (5-1)

11

April 20

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (5-0)

11

A Team logo

A Team (4-1)

8

Monday, Apr 24, 2023

April 24

Final

U.S. Open Polo Championship®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (5-0)

12

Valiente logo

Valiente (5-1)

11

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

THE VENUE

The National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC) is located in the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country. The perpetual home for polo in America, NPC is owned and managed by the United States Polo Association to showcase the finest the sport has to offer.

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 national tournament competitions including the anticipated finals of the Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series Championship and Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series 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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