This heart-pounding competition is a true survival of the fittest as the world's preeminent teams, most skilled athletes, and finest horses will come together for three months to battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup®, and the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship®.

The prize, the richest in the sport. The competitors, the best in the world. The location, like no other. For polo teams, athletes, fans and sponsors the GAUNTLET is polo's toughest test. Any team who consecutively sweeps all three tournaments will receive a $500,000 bonus totaling $1 million in prize money and earn their place in history as the inaugural GAUNTLET Champion.

C.V. Whitney Cup Winners
C.V. Whitney Cup
grand prize $125k
Feb 14 - Feb 24
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USPA Gold Cup<sup>®</sup> Winners
USPA Gold Cup®
grand prize $125k
Feb 28 - March 24
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CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship<sup>®</sup> Winners
CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship®
grand prize $250k
March 27 - April 21
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The Ultimate
The world's best players & horses

Join us for a celebration of the polo lifestyle and the sport's most accessible VIP experience elevating not only the spectator experience but displaying the raw power and refined athleticism of the players and their horses.

Witness history in the making for the inaugural season and enjoy the hospitality of the world-renowned International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida. The USPA Polo Network will livestream all three tournaments and the final of the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship® will be aired on CBS Sports on April 28 at 2:00pm ET.

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The Teams

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Aspen (ASP)
Lucas James (7)
Polito Pieres (10)
Stewart Armstrong (3)
Tomas Schwencke (2)
Cessna Polo Team (CES)
Chip Campbell (2)
Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario (7)
Felipe Marquez (6)
Felipe Viana (6)
(S) Eduardo Novillo Astrada (8)
Coca-Cola (CC)
Gillian Johnston (2)
Ignacio Novillo Astrada (8)
Julian de Lusarreta (8)
Steve Krueger (4)
Daily Racing Form (DRF)
Agustin Obregon (6)
Geronimo Obregon (4)
Jared Zenni (6)
Santiago Cernadas (6)
Equuleus (EQU)
Ignacio Laprida (7)
Joe DiMenna (0)
Magoo Laprida (8)
Mariano Gonzalez (7)
(S) Milo Dorignac (0)
Iconica (ICN)
Matias Magrini (7)
Maureen Brennan (1)
Peke Gonzalez (5)
Sebastian Merlos (9)
(S) Cody Ellis (3)
(S) Gringo Colombres (7)
(S) Ignatius Du Plessis (8)
(S) Juan Cruz Merlos (5)
La Indiana (IND)
Facundo Obregon (6)
Jeff Hall (7)
Michael Bickford (2)
Tomas Garcia del Rio (7)
(S) Bautista Urbina (6)
Las Monjitas (MON)
Camilo Bautista (0)
Francisco Elizalde (8)
Hilario Ulloa (10)
Matt Coppola (4)
Old Hickory Bourbon (OHB)
Jason Crowder (6)
Miguel Novillo Astrada (9)
Stevie Orthwein (4)
Will Johnston (2)
(S) Sugar Erskine (6)
Park Place (PPL)
Andrey Borodin (0)
Juan Britos (8)
Nico Pieres (9)
Tommy Collingwood (5)
(S) Lucas Diaz Alberdi (5)
Pilot (PIL)
Curtis Pilot (0)
Facundo Pieres (10)
Gonzalito Pieres (9)
Matias Gonzalez (3)
(S) Mia Bray (0)
Postage Stamp Farm (PSF)
Annabelle Gundlach (0)
Joaquin Panelo (6)
Lerin Zubiaurre (8)
Mariano Aguerre (8)
(S) Costi Caset (5)
(S) Joaquin Pittaluga (8)
(S) Leon Schwencke (0)
SD Farms (SDF)
Juan Ruiz Guinazu (8)
Peco Polledo (6)
Pelon Escapite (6)
Sayyu Dantata (2)
(S) Timmy Dutta (2)
Santa Clara (SCL)
Ignacio Toccalino (8)
Luis Escobar (5)
Mariano Obregon Jr. (6)
Nico Escobar (3)
(S) Benjamin Avendano (3)
Stable Door Polo (STA)
Henry Porter (3)
Santiago Toccalino (8)
Santino Magrini (4)
Victorino Ruiz Jorba (6)
Tonkawa (TKA)
Agustin Merlos (8)
Jeff Hildebrand (0)
Sapo Caset (10)
Sterling Giannico (4)
(S) Malia Bryan (0)
Leading the field
Follow your favorite players throughout their journey to each final as they battle to earn the title of first ever GAUNTLET champion.
Winners not only receive unprecedented prize money, but the opportunity to etch their names on historical trophies next to esteemed past winning teams.

C.V. Whitney Cup

Originally known as the U.S. Handicap, the C.V. Whitney Cup was first competed for in 1979 by handicap, and played in conjunction with the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship®. Played at Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas, it was won the first two years by Tulsa. Nine years later, in 1988, the tournament was renamed for C.V. (Cornelius Vanderbilt “Sonny”) Whitney, an avid polo player and three-time winner of the U.S. Open in 1928, 1937 and 1938, and son of 10-goal Hall of Famer Harry Payne Whitney. In its inaugural years in 1988 and 1989, Mr. Whitney was on hand in Lexington, Kentucky, to make the first presentations of the C.V. Whitney Cup. The winner of the cup those first two years was the Ft. Lauderdale team of Jack Oxley, Joey Casey, Ernesto Trotz and Bart Evans. The C.V. Whitney Cup is the first leg of the Gauntlet of Polo™ and has made its home at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida since 2003.

USPA Gold Cup®

The USPA Gold Cup® is the second leg of the Gauntlet of Polo™. Established in 1974 at Oak Brook Polo Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, its first edition featured four teams. Inaugural winners Milwaukee (Tom Hughes, Tommy Wayman, Joe Barry, Robert Uihlein III) bested Houston 9-8, with a thrilling overtime victory. Wayman scored the golden goal three minutes into the sudden death chukker. The following year, the USPA Gold Cup® was moved to the Milwaukee Polo Club in Wisconsin where it was played from 1975 to 1978. In 1979 it moved to Florida and became the crown jewel of the winter season. In its heyday at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, during the 80s and early 90s, the USPA Gold Cup® was the tournament to win, attracting anywhere from 11-20 teams. After a 17-year stretch at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, the tournament was hosted by several clubs over the years including Royal Palm Polo Club (Boca Raton, Florida), Greenwich Polo Club (Greenwich, Connecticut) and New Bridge Polo & Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina), before landing at IPC in Wellington, Florida where it has remained since 2007.

CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship®

Considered to be the most prestigious polo tournament in the United States, the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship® is the apex of the 22-goal tournaments held during the Florida high-goal 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 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 IPC in Wellington, Florida where it has been held ever since.


The elaborate design of the Gauntlet of Polo trophy with three horses represents the three tournaments guarding a tower that supports the Gauntlet logo with an inlaid onyx polo horse head to recognize our equine partner. We’re confident that through this prize, future generations of competitors, fans, media, and sponsors will recognize the sacrifice, skill, and commitment it takes to have your name inscribed on this trophy and be crowned the Gauntlet Champion.


The Media

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  • Pipe Márquez and Malcriada During 2020 USPA Gold Cup® March 9, 2020
  • Facundo Pieres' Incredible Reverse Neckshot March 16, 2020
  • Las Monjitas' Pelon Stirling Goal with Finesse March 2, 2020
  • Francisco Elizalde scores this first field goal of the C.V. Whitney Cup Final February 24, 2020
  • Mariano Obregon Hammers a Tail Shot February 11, 2020
  • Daily Racing Form's Agustin Obregon Takes Advantage of Broken Play February 9, 2020
  • Final - Pilot (5-0) vs Las Monjitas (5-0) April 21, 2019
  • Semifinal - Tonkawa (3-1) vs Las Monjitas (3-1) April 18, 2019
  • Semifinal - Pilot (4-0) vs Iconica (4-0) April 17, 2019
  • Equuleus (2-1) vs Las Monjitas (3-0) April 15, 2019


The Venue

The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier destination for high-goal polo in the United States. Home to the most prestigious polo tournaments in the nation, IPC has hosted the CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship® for over 10 years. Located in the heart of the horse centric village of Wellington, Florida, polo enthusiasts flock to the club every winter to witness top level polo competition that garners some of the world’s best players, including Facundo Pieres, Sapo Caset, Hilario Ulloa, Polito Pieres, Nico Pieres and Jeff Hall. Sunday matches at 3:00pm ET on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field, home of the official licensed brand for the USPA, are ticketed but all other games are free and open to the public.

International Polo Club Palm Beach
International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue S
Wellington, FL 33414
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