January 21 - February 12, 2023

YLVISAKER CUP

The Ylvisaker Cup Final will be available On-Demand exclusively on the USPA Polo Network.

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YLVISAKER CUP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Ylvisaker Cup is played annually as a tribute to William T. “Bill” Ylvisaker, a true pioneer who was responsible for developing the Wellington, Florida, area into the high-goal winter polo capital of the world. Ylvisaker contributed extensively to the sport’s resurgence in the 70s and 80s. Out of the unwelcoming, wild and forbidding marsh on the edge of the Florida Everglades, he created the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. Palm Beach Polo Club flourished and the town of Wellington sprung up around it, going on to successfully host not only, polo but numerous other equestrian sports.

As for Ylvisaker’s personal playing record, he began with two National Interscholastic Championships in the 40s, continuing his polo career at Yale University, ultimately reaching a 7-goal handicap at the height of his career. His notable wins include a 1972 U.S. Open Polo Championship victory, a USPA Gold Cup, and two Coronation Cup titles (Great Britain versus United States), among many others. Ylvisaker co-founded the Polo Training Foundation (PTF) in 1967, and served as its first Vice President. He also served as Chairman of the USPA from 1970 to 1975. He was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in 1996.

Established in 2003, the prestigious tournament has consistently fielded talented rosters of up to 16 teams over the past decade. New Bridge-La Dolfina captured back-to-back wins in 2006 and 2007, the only consecutive wins by one team in the history of the Ylvisaker Cup.

Continuing action in the inaugural Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super Series, the Ylvisaker Cup will serve as the second qualifying leg of four prestigious national tournaments (Joe Barry Memorial, Iglehart Cup, Continental Cup), with each winning team moving on to the final event. Should a team win more than one qualifier, that team will automatically advance to the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship.

An innovative effort spearheaded by Tournament Committee Chairman, Stevie Orthwein, to draw more teams into medium-goal competition than in previous years, the Super Series will be played across multiple clubs, with the Championship Final hosted on April 9, 2023 by the National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC). Participating clubs include Port Mayaca Polo Club (Okeechobee, Florida) and Sarasota Polo Club (Sarasota, Florida) as well as the Wellington Polo Tour (WPT) led by Patagones Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) and a series of private fields falling under the WPT umbrella. Read more about the Super-Series here.

The Ylvisaker Cup will be guaranteed three Sunday matches on U.S. Polo Assn. Field One (January 29, February 5 and 12), including the Ylvisaker Cup Final on Sunday, February 12.

To reinforce the idea that all participation is encouraged, players may compete in as many events as they would like on either the same team or on different teams. Yet, if a player triumphs in more than one event but on different teams, that player must choose which team he or she would like to compete with in the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship and the other team may use a substitute. Qualifying teams must maintain at least two of their original members in order to play in the Championship.

In 2022, the battle for the Ylvisaker Cup featured a face-off between two newcomers, La Fe (Lucas Escobar, Robi Bilbao, Francisco Elizalde, Louis Devaleix, sub. Nico Diaz Alberdi) and CK Shack (Kristos “Keko” Magrini, Santino Magrini, Joaquin Panelo, sub. Bautista Panelo). Leaning on the firepower of Keko Magrini and distance shooting of Joaquin Panelo, CK Shack set the tone early, but a determined and cohesive La Fe team led by Elizalde fought back. Ultimately, the thrilling match came down to the final seconds of play, with CK Shack holding on to hoist the Ylvisaker Cup 12-11. Read article here.

Hosted and managed by the WPT and Patagones Polo Club, this year's competition will feature a deep field of 16 competitive teams vying for the prestigious title. Including many returning teams and players to South Florida and the WPT, Tonkawa, Dundas, Catamount, Loudmouth, SD Farms, G-Squared and G-String Polo Ponies join nine teams from the Joe Barry Memorial for the opportunity to advance to the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship.

Current reigning champions Kristos "Keko" Magrini (G-String Polo Ponies), Santino Magrini (Palm Beach Equine) and Joaquin Panelo (Old Hickory Bourbon) will each represent new teams, as 2022 runners-up Robi Bilbao, Francisco Elizalde and Louis Devaleix unite with Rufino Merlos in an attempt to avenge their prior finals loss.

Three Active Team USPA members are represented on the field, as well as seven Team USPA alumni. Three celebrated female polo players, Maureen Brennan (Iconica), Sarah Siegel-Magness (Dundas) and Gillian Johnston (G-String Polo Ponies) will also be represented in the competition.

Patagones Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) for the Ylvisaker Cup, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs three USPA Professional Umpires (two mounted officials and one third man) at 50% of the regular cost to the club.

The Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) has been created to support polo between 12 and 16 goals, an under-supported level of polo in the United States. The goal of the program is to build a bridge from low-goal polo to high-goal polo that provides a safe environment for competition, which will allow for the cultivation of sponsors and the advancement of aspiring professionals.

2022 Ylvisaker Cup Champions: CK Shack - Kristos "Keko" Magrini, Bautista Panelo, Santino Magrini, Joaquin Panelo. ©David Lominska

YLVISAKER CUP

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Palm Beach Equine (3-0)

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Marcos Panelo
Outdoor: 4
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Santino Magrini
Outdoor: 4
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Raul 'Gringo' Colombres
Outdoor: 8
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Scott Swerdlin
Outdoor: 0
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Joaquin Vilgre La Madrid
Substitute
Outdoor: 0

BTA (2-1)

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Ignacio 'Nachi' Viana
Outdoor: 5
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Jesse Bray
Outdoor: 7
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Steve Krueger
Outdoor: 4
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Kelly Beal
Outdoor: 0

Patagones (1-2)

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Benjamin Avendaño
Outdoor: 3
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Joaquin Avendaño
Outdoor: 4
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Carlos Gracida Jr.
Outdoor: 4
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Santiago Wulff
Outdoor: 5
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Leon Schwencke
Substitute
Outdoor: 3

Catamount (0-3)

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Scott Devon
Outdoor: 1
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Antonio Aguerre
Outdoor: 1
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Victorino 'Toro' Ruiz Jorba
Outdoor: 7
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Mariano Aguerre
Outdoor: 7
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Lerin Zubiaurre
Substitute
Outdoor: 7

Bracket II

La Fe (3-0)

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Rufino Merlos
Outdoor: 1
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Roberto 'Robi' Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Todd Thurston
Substitute
Outdoor: 1

Tonkawa (2-1)

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Jeff Hildebrand
Outdoor: 0
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Ignacio 'Nacho' Badiola
Outdoor: 5
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Ezequiel 'Gallego' Martinez Ferrario
Outdoor: 7
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Cody Ellis
Outdoor: 4

Dazos Polo (1-2)

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David Farache
Outdoor: 0
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Nicolas 'Nico' Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 4
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Dylan Rossiter
Outdoor: 6
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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6

Loudmouth (0-3)

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Charles Fridge
Outdoor: 0
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Matias 'Colo' Gonzalez
Outdoor: 4
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Jeff Hall
Outdoor: 6
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Kris Kampsen
Outdoor: 6
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Duilio Diaz
Substitute
Outdoor: 2
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Lerin Zubiaurre
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Augusto "Tatu" Gomez Romero
Substitute
Outdoor: 4

Bracket III

Dundas (3-0)

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Sarah Siegel-Magness
Outdoor: 0
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Geronimo Obregon
Outdoor: 5
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Paco de Narvaez Jr.
Outdoor: 3
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Tomas Panelo
Outdoor: 7

Iconica (2-1)

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Maureen Brennan
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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Santos Merlos
Outdoor: 4

Beverly Polo (1-2)

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Bill Ballhaus
Outdoor: 0
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Lucas Escobar
Outdoor: 4
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Jorge 'Tolito' Fernandez Ocampo Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Hilario Figueras
Outdoor: 5

G-String Polo Ponies (0-3)

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Gillian Johnston
Outdoor: 1
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Milo Dorignac
Outdoor: 3
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 5
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Julian de Lusarreta
Outdoor: 7

Bracket IV

SD Farms (2-1)

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Sayyu Dantata Jr.
Outdoor: 1
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Sterling Giannico
Outdoor: 4
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Cesar 'Peco' Polledo
Outdoor: 6
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Tommy Collingwood
Outdoor: 5
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Joao Souza Aranha
Substitute
Outdoor: 1

Forbes Plunkett (2-1)

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Brandon Plunkett
Outdoor: 0
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Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar
Outdoor: 5
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Felipe 'Pipe' Vercellino
Outdoor: 7
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Luis Escobar
Outdoor: 4
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Juan Monteverde
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

G-Squared (2-1)

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Larry Aschebrook
Outdoor: 0
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Matias Obregon
Outdoor: 4
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Mariano 'Nino' Obregon
Outdoor: 6
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Juan Martin Obregon
Outdoor: 6
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Jack Whitman
Substitute
Outdoor: 2
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Ceasar Crasemann
Substitute
Outdoor: 4
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Leo Mandelbaum
Substitute
Outdoor: 2

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

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Harrison Azzaro
Outdoor: 3
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Joaquin Panelo
Outdoor: 6
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Wesley 'Whistle' Uys
Outdoor: 4
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Stevie Orthwein
Outdoor: 3

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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YLVISAKER CUP

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Saturday, Jan 21, 2023

January 21

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (1-2)

15

G-String Polo Ponies logo

G-String Polo Ponies (0-3)

10

January 21

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-2)

10

Catamount logo

Catamount (0-3)

9

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023

January 22

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Forbes Plunkett logo

Forbes Plunkett (2-1)

13

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-1)

11

January 22

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-1)

13

Loudmouth logo

Loudmouth (0-3)

8

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

January 24

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (2-1)

8

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

6

January 24

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Dazos Polo logo

Dazos Polo (1-2)

5

La Fe logo

La Fe (3-0)

7

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023

January 25

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-1)

11

Dundas logo

Dundas (3-0)

13

January 25

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

BTA logo

BTA (2-1)

12

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (3-0)

13

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

January 26

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-1)

8

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

3

January 26

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Forbes Plunkett logo

Forbes Plunkett (2-1)

9

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (2-1)

10

Friday, Jan 27, 2023

January 27

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

La Fe logo

La Fe (3-0)

12

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-1)

11

January 27

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Loudmouth logo

Loudmouth (0-3)

13

Dazos Polo logo

Dazos Polo (1-2)

15

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023

January 28

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

BTA logo

BTA (2-1)

11

Catamount logo

Catamount (0-3)

10

January 28

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-2)

10

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (3-0)

12

January 28

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (1-2)

11

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-1)

13

January 28

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Dundas logo

Dundas (3-0)

13

G-String Polo Ponies logo

G-String Polo Ponies (0-3)

11

Sunday, Jan 29, 2023

January 29

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (3-0)

14

Loudmouth logo

Loudmouth (0-3)

11

January 29

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Forbes Plunkett logo

Forbes Plunkett (2-1)

11

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

8

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023

January 31

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-1)

9

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (2-1)

8

January 31

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Dazos Polo logo

Dazos Polo (1-2)

11

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-1)

16

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023

February 01

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

BTA logo

BTA (2-1)

14

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-2)

12

February 01

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (1-2)

8

Dundas logo

Dundas (3-0)

12

February 01

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-1)

16

G-String Polo Ponies logo

G-String Polo Ponies (0-3)

13

Thursday, Feb 2, 2023

February 02

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Catamount logo

Catamount (0-3)

10

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (3-0)

9

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023

February 04

5:00 PM UTC

Feb 4, 2023, 7:00:00 AM Feb 4, 2023, 9:00:00 AM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Quarterfinals - Dundas vs Forbes Plunkett US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup - Field: Valiente Field 1

Patagones Polo Club

Dundas logo

Dundas (3-0)

Forbes Plunkett logo

Forbes Plunkett (2-1)

February 04

8:00 PM UTC

Feb 4, 2023, 10:00:00 AM Feb 4, 2023, 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Quarterfinals - Iconica vs SD Farms US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup - Field: Isla Carroll West

National Polo Center - Wellington

Iconica logo

Iconica (2-1)

SD Farms logo

SD Farms (2-1)

Sunday, Feb 5, 2023

February 05

3:00 PM UTC

Feb 5, 2023, 5:00:00 AM Feb 5, 2023, 7:00:00 AM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Quarterfinals - Palm Beach Equine vs Tonkawa US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Palm Beach Equine logo

Palm Beach Equine (3-0)

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (2-1)

February 05

8:00 PM UTC

Feb 5, 2023, 10:00:00 AM Feb 5, 2023, 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Quarterfinals - BTA vs La Fe US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup - Field: U.S. Polo Assn. Field One

National Polo Center - Wellington

BTA logo

BTA (2-1)

La Fe logo

La Fe (3-0)

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

February 08

5:00 PM UTC

Feb 8, 2023, 7:00:00 AM Feb 8, 2023, 9:00:00 AM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Semifinal - TBA vs TBA US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

TBA logo

TBA

TBA logo

TBA

February 08

8:00 PM UTC

Feb 8, 2023, 10:00:00 AM Feb 8, 2023, 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Semifinal - TBA vs TBA US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

TBA logo

TBA

TBA logo

TBA

Sunday, Feb 12, 2023

February 12

8:00 PM UTC

Feb 12, 2023, 10:00:00 AM Feb 13, 2023, 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Ylvisaker Cup Final - TBA vs TBA US Polo Association

Ylvisaker Cup - Field: U.S. Polo Assn. Field One

National Polo Center - Wellington

TBA logo

TBA

TBA logo

TBA

YLVISAKER CUP

HOST VENUE

Founded by Gonzalo Avendaño in 2004, Patagones Polo Club is located in the heart of Wellington, Florida, with a second club in Argentina. Hosting 16-goal polo as part of the Wellington Polo Tour, Patagones Polo Club sees some of the top players in the world on their grounds, but the family organization provides the soul of the club. Of Avendaño's three sons, Benjamin and Joaquin compete regularly under the Patagones name on the high-goal stage.

A participating club in the Wellington Polo Tour (WPT) uniting 16-goal polo across South Florida, Patagones Polo Club will serve as host to various prestigious USPA tournaments including the NPC Inaugural Cup, the Outback Invitational, as well as two Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship qualifiers (Ylvisaker Cup, Iglehart Cup).


4656 125th Ave South
Wellington, FL 33449
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YLVISAKER CUP

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 premiere 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.


3667 120th Ave S
Wellington, FL 33414
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