Tue

Oct

19

NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

3:00 PM UTC

Field One

SD Farms

Tue

Oct

19

NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

8:00 PM UTC

Tipler Law/Cooper H&S

SIG/Chukkers of Hope

Thu

Oct

21

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

9:30 PM UTC

Bearsden/ Plank Companies

Rocking P

Thu

Oct

21

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

9:30 PM UTC

BCI/ CW Petroleum

Vintage Polo

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Tue

Oct

19

NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

3:00 PM UTC

Field One

SD Farms

Tue

Oct

19

NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

8:00 PM UTC

Tipler Law/Cooper H&S

SIG/Chukkers of Hope

Thu

Oct

21

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

9:30 PM UTC

Bearsden/ Plank Companies

Rocking P

Thu

Oct

21

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

9:30 PM UTC

BCI/ CW Petroleum

Vintage Polo

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September 24 - 26, 2021

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

The USPA Women's Arena Open® Semifinals & Final will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.

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USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Women’s arena competition has a recent history in the sport beginning with the creation of the Women’s Intercollegiate Championship in the late 1970s, followed by the Girls’ Interscholastic Championship in the early 1990s. Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, hosted the first USPA-sanctioned Women’s Arena Open® in 1991. After a three-year stint however, the tournament fell into abeyance. With the exponential growth of women’s polo in recent years, the Association recognized the need for a national tournament celebrating the best of women’s arena competition.

Championed by University of Virginia Coach Lou Lopez, the USPA Women’s Arena Open® first took shape in 2016 at Virginia Polo, Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the Women’s Arena Challenge Cup. While the original aim had been to hold an open tournament, Association regulations limited an “open” arena tournament to a 12-goal handicap and above. The highest-rated woman at the time, the late Sunny Hale, was rated at 5-goals in the arena, followed by only two 4-goal women’s arena players, closing the door on the possibility of the tournament with regular arena handicaps. Luckily a precedent had already been set with the creation of the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship™ the outdoor grass version. The addition of women’s outdoor handicaps sparked the concept of women’s arena handicaps, which allowed multiple teams to meet the required handicap level for an open tournament.

The 2020 USPA Women's Arena Open® featured four teams as Five String Farm (Cindy Halle, Lindsey Morris, Jessica Schmitt) and Bad Ass Polo (Posey Obrecht, Anna Winslow-Palacios*, Victoria Picha) faced off at Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia. Forcing the championship into a penalty shootout, Five String Farm’s Cindy Halle performed under pressure securing the only overtime penalty goal to win the trophy 12-11.

For 2021, the competition will be held at the Virginia Polo Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will showcase four talented teams, Ace Sportswear, Boothwyn Pharmacy, Granville Farm and UVA battling for the opportunity to become USPA Women's Arena Open® champions. This years competitors include 2020 USPA Women's Arena Open® finalist Posey Obrecht (Granville Farm) and defending champions Cindy Halle and Jessica Schmidt on Boothwyn Pharmacy.

Amongst the competition is Team USPA Alumna, Anna Winslow-Palacios (Ace Sportswear). The Open will offer $2,500 in prize money, split between first ($1,500) and second place ($1,000).

As a National USPA Arena Event, the USPA Women’s Arena Open® is a qualifying tournament for all amateur players -1 through 3 goals to earn points towards the National Arena Amateur Cup (NAAC) which will be held at Legend's Polo Club in Kaufman, Texas, in November 2020. Points are be based on the number of teams and team standing in each tournament. All points are awarded to each team member, not the team as a whole.

As the country emerges out of the COVID-19 crisis, the USPA established opportunities to support USPA Member Club events through the use of the COVID-19 USPA Polo Tournament Stimulus Package, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or reimbursements, one professional umpire and $2,500 in prize money per tournament at no extra cost. Offered to each club for the first two USPA tournaments of 2020 following the COVID-19 USPA Tournaments and Events suspension, Virginia Polo, Inc. will be taking advantage of the program for this tournament.

Photo: 2020 USPA Women's Arena Open® Champions: Five String Farm - Jessica Schmitt, Lindsey Morris, Cindy Halle. Presented by John Gobin. ©David Murrell

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Winners of the semifinal will move on to the final. In the event of a tie game the winner will be determined by shootout.

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

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Ace Sportswear (2-0)

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Demitra Hajimihalis
Women's Arena: 5
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Anna Winslow-Palacios
Women's Arena: 8
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Ingrid Donnan
Women's Arena: 3

Boothwyn Pharmacy (1-1)

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Katie Mitcham
Women's Arena: 4
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Jessica Schmitt
Women's Arena: 6
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Cindy Halle
Women's Arena: 5

Granville Farm (0-1)

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Posey Obrecht
Women's Arena: 5
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Isabella Wolf
Women's Arena: 7
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Katie Define
Women's Arena: 3

UVA (0-1)

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Maddie Grant
Women's Arena: 8
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Grace Burgert
Women's Arena: 4
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Elizabeth Owens
Women's Arena: 4

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Sep 24, 2021

September 24

Final

USPA Women's Arena Open®

Virginia Polo Inc.

Boothwyn Pharmacy logo

Boothwyn Pharmacy (1-1)

14

UVA logo

UVA (0-1)

11

September 24

Final

USPA Women's Arena Open®

Virginia Polo Inc.

Ace Sportswear logo

Ace Sportswear (2-0)

9

Granville Farm logo

Granville Farm (0-1)

7

Sunday, Sep 26, 2021

September 26

Final

USPA Women's Arena Open®

Virginia Polo Inc.

Ace Sportswear logo

Ace Sportswear (2-0)

11

Boothwyn Pharmacy logo

Boothwyn Pharmacy (1-1)

10

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

THE VENUE

Home of the distinguished University of Virginia polo team, Virginia Polo’s training facility sits on 75 spacious acres just five miles away from the historic University’s main campus. Equipped to support play year round, top-notch facilities include a 300’ by 150’ indoor arena building, 400’ by 150’ outdoor arena, and a regulation outdoor polo field. Led by current coach and general manager, Lou Lopez, the UVA polo team is widely regarded as a powerhouse in intercollegiate polo. Some of their many illustrious achievements include 11 Men’s National Championships, eight Women’s National Championships, and 13 PTF Intercollegiate Player of the Year Awards.

First formed in the early 1950s, the polo club is a student-run organization which strives to instill core values including the merits of responsibility, hard work, dedication, rewards of fellowship, working as a team, and the ability to compete in an intercollegiate sport on the national level. Throughout the year, the facility continues to host USPA interscholastic and intercollegiate events for players of all ages and skill levels. Virginia Polo Inc. is a destination for everyone, developing high school and local area players through lessons, clinics, summer camps and other programs.


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