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May 10, 2022 6:36 PM

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Mackenzie Weisz enters the British high-goal season after capturing the USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship with Pilot.
Mackenzie Weisz enters the British high-goal season after capturing the USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship with Pilot.

High-goal action began in the United Kingdom with the 2022 Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy officially underway on Wednesday, May 4, at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, England.

Coming off a phenomenal Florida season where he captured both the USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship with Pilot, American Mackenzie Weisz joins King Power to compete for the Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy and upcoming Cartier Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club in Windsor, England.

Hilario Ulloa and Juan Britos reunite on Park Place Vaara for the British high-goal season.
Hilario Ulloa and Juan Britos reunite on Park Place Vaara for the British high-goal season.

Of the nine teams competing for the coveted Prince of Wales trophy, sixteen GAUNTLET alumni take center stage to kick-off the 22-goal season. Six-time U.S. Open Polo Championship winner Facundo Pieres flips the script to team up with GAUNTLET rival Park Place, while former La Fe competitor Francisco Elizalde united with Pieres for a victory in their opening game of the season. Entering a second team in high-goal competition, Park Place Vaara features the familiar duo of Hilario Ulloa and Juan Britos, who have split their opening two games.

Pelon Stirling returns from an injury in the GAUNTLET to join Monterosso in the Prince of Wales.
Pelon Stirling returns from an injury in the GAUNTLET to join Monterosso in the Prince of Wales.

Pelon Stirling returns to competition following an injury sustained during GAUNTLET play, leading Monterosso alongside Team USPA member Matias Gonzalez. Twelve Oaks, featuring Tamera’s Magoo Laprida will square off against Park Place to determine a place in the final, while Great Oaks LL, led by 9-goaler and GAUNTLET competitor Juan Martin Nero defeated defending champions Thai Polo NP to secure their place in the first final of the British high-goal season.

Catch all the action of the Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy on-demand on Global Polo TV.

2022 JUSTERINI & BROOKS PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY ROSTERS AND RESULTS

LEAGUE ONE
Cibao La Pampa/Chapaleufu: Juan Pepa (1), Rufino Bensadon* (7), Juan Gris Zavaleta (7), Alejandro Muzzio (7)
King Power: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (1), Mackenzie Weisz* (5), Nico Pieres* (9), James Harper (7)
Park Place: Andrey Borodin* (0), Will Harper (4), Francisco Elizalde* (8), Facundo Pieres* (10)
Twelve Oaks:
Charlie Wooldridge (1), Cristian Laprida* (8), Joaquin Pittaluga (7), John Paul Clarkin (6)
Vikings: Siri Evjemo-Nysveen (0), Mark Tomlinson (6), Diego Cavanagh* (8), Juan Martin Zubia* (8)

LEAGUE TWO
Dubai: Camilo Castagnola* (9), Rashid Albwardy (1), Matt Perry (5), Jero Del Carril (7)
Great Oaks LL: Dillon Bacon (2), James Beim (6), Juan Martin Nero* (9), Cruz Heguy (5)
Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni (1), Matias Gonzalez** (4), Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino* (8), Pelon Stirling* (9)
Park Place Vaara: Josh Hyde* (0), Juan Britos* (8), Hilario Ulloa* (10), Santos Merlos (4)
Thai Polo NP: Louis Hine (4), Ned Hine (5), Facundo Llosa (7) Glen Gilmore (6)

RESULTS
Dubai def. Monterosso 13 - 11
Twelve Oaks def. Cibao La Pampa/Chapaleufu 13 - 11
Vikings def. King Power 10 - 9
Great Oaks LL def. Park Place Vaara 9 - 8
Monterosso def. Thai Polo NP 12 - 11
Park Place def. Vikings 11 - 9
Park Place Vaara def. Dubai 9 - 7
Wednesday, May 11: Park Place vs Twelve Oaks
Thursday, May 12: King Power vs Cibao La Pampa/Chapaleufu
Saturday, May 14: Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy Final

*2022 GAUNTLET OF POLO alumni
**Matias Gonzalez is an Active Team USPA Member. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.

All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.

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