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24

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

3:00 PM UTC

Patagonia Grill/T Squared Energy

Island Time Polo/Sullivan Group

Sat

Sep

24

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

4:00 PM UTC

Kanthaka

BCI/CW Petroleum

Sun

Sep

25

ASSOCIATION CUP

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

2:00 PM UTC

Hutchinson Farms

Cooper H&S/Tipler Law

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Sep

25

USPA Women’s Arena Open®

Orange County Polo Club - f

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6:00 PM UTC

OC Polo

Rancho Arroyo/Luna Polo

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Sep

24

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

3:00 PM UTC

Patagonia Grill/T Squared Energy

Island Time Polo/Sullivan Group

Sat

Sep

24

DELEGATE'S CUP

Houston Polo Club - sf

4:00 PM UTC

Kanthaka

BCI/CW Petroleum

Sun

Sep

25

ASSOCIATION CUP

New Bridge Polo & Country Club

2:00 PM UTC

Hutchinson Farms

Cooper H&S/Tipler Law

Sun

Sep

25

USPA Women’s Arena Open®

Orange County Polo Club - f

LIVE
6:00 PM UTC

OC Polo

Rancho Arroyo/Luna Polo

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September 23 - 25, 2022

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

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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.

In 2021, Ace Sportswear (Demitra Hajimihalis, Ingrid Donnan, Anna Winslow-Palacios) and Boothwyn Pharmacy (Katie Mitcham, Cindy Halle, Jessica Schmitt) captured hard-fought semifinal victories to meet in the illustrious final. A spirited comeback from Boothwyn Pharmacy was completed on a two-point goal from Halle, however, Winslow-Palacios was the hero, scoring the game winning goal with one minute remaining to lead Ace Sportswear to an 11-10 victory and the coveted title at Virginia Polo, Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia). Read article here.

Moving to the West Coast for the first time in its history, this year's edition of the USPA Women’s Arena Open will be hosted by Orange County (OC) Polo Club in Silverado, California. The tournament will field four teams highlighted by the highest-rated American women’s arena player, 9-goaler Marissa Wells. The rosters also feature three Team USPA alumnae and many Intercollegiate/Interscholastic alumnae from across the country.

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 2022. Points are 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.

OC Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the USPA Women’s Arena Open, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or trophy reimbursements up to $1,200, one professional umpire and $2,500 in prize money at no extra cost.

The USPA originally created the Tournament Stimulus Package (TSP) to help member clubs host USPA events when the United States was emerging from the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis. The USPA wanted to continue to support member clubs with TSP benefits in 2022. Therefore, it extended and expanded TSP under a new name - the Tournament Support Program. Each USPA Member Club can obtain TSP benefits for two USPA events, with the option of a third under specific circumstances.

Photo: 2021 USPA Women's Arena Open® Champions: Ace Sportswear - Ingrid Donnan, Demitra Hajimihalis, Anna Winslow-Palacios. ©Oana Moore

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

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Bracket V

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Bracket VII

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OC Polo (1-0)

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Mila Slutzky
Women's Arena: 0
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Cindy Halle
Women's Arena: 5
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Marissa Wells
Women's Arena: 9

Rancho Arroyo/Luna Polo (1-0)

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Kasia Lindgren
Women's Arena: 2
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Audry Persano
Women's Arena: 6
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Jennifer Alexy
Women's Arena: 5

Tres Leches (CPC/DPC) (0-1)

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Maria Dahlmann Gupta
Women's Arena: 1T
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Becky Gonzalez
Women's Arena: 4
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Erica Gandomcar-Sachs
Women's Arena: 8

Lakeside (0-1)

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Nicole Bankhead
Women's Arena: 3
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Molly Agee Bankhead
Women's Arena: 6
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Cory Williams
Women's Arena: 5

USPA WOMEN'S ARENA OPEN®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Friday, Sep 23, 2022

September 23

Final

USPA Women’s Arena Open®

Orange County Polo Club

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Lakeside (0-1)

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OC Polo (1-0)

16

September 23

Final

USPA Women’s Arena Open®

Orange County Polo Club

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Tres Leches (CPC/DPC) (0-1)

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Rancho Arroyo/Luna Polo (1-0)

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Sunday, Sep 25, 2022

September 25

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Sep 25, 2022, 10:00:00 AM Sep 25, 2022, 12:00:00 PM America/New_York USPA Women’s Arena Open® Final - OC Polo vs Rancho Arroyo/Luna Polo US Polo Association

USPA Women’s Arena Open®

Orange County Polo Club

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OC Polo (1-0)

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THE VENUE

Originally known as Winston Polo Club, the Orange County Polo Club (OC Polo Club) was established in 1987 at a stable near Anaheim Stadium and has been located at many equestrian facilities throughout the years. In 2015, club owner Denny Geiler purchased an older stable and built brand-new state of the art stables (Rancho Silverado Stables) and a polo facility, giving the OC Polo Club a permanent home in Silverado, California. The facility features two polo arenas, stabling for over 60 horses and a clubhouse which serves as a central gathering place for family and friends. OC Polo Club offers polo and riding lessons which are available to beginners and players of all skill levels.


27271 Silverado Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA 92676
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