Jan 03, 2018 8:18 PM
Port Mayaca Polo Club (PMPC) located in Okeechobee, Florida, hosts a range of tournaments from fun weekend chukkers to competitive world-class polo. Every year during the December holiday season, PMPC holds the Holiday Family Tournament. Each team entered must consist of at least two family members to be eligible to compete. It is a fun start to the season and always draws in several teams. This year's competition featured six teams over three days of competition, culminating in the final on New Years Eve.
In a close final match, undefeated Horseware (Barry Finnegan, Tom McGuinness, Hugo Lloret, Segundo Merlos) won the 2017 Holiday Family Cup defeating Patagones (Benjamin Avendano, Santiago Avendano, Joaquin Avendano, Lorenzo Merlotti) in the final. Starting with an advantage due to handicap, Patagones held on to a narrow lead at the half. Following the break, two goals by Hugo Lloret put Horseware ahead. Joaquin Avendano ended the chukker with a field goal to maintain the narrow margin moving into the final chukker. Lloret was again able to convert two penalties to push Horseware ahead. Two great field goals by Benjamin Avendano, who would later be named Most Valuable Player, closed the gap, but the horn sounded before the ball could be thrown in, and Horseware dethroned defending champions Patagones with a final score 6-5.5. Best Playing Pony honors were presented to Guri Mario owned by Segundo Merlos.
Effective Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
The suspension of USPA Tournaments and Events will be lifted for USPA Member Clubs in locales where hosting polo matches and tournaments is permitted under applicable state and local laws, executive orders and similar decrees. The USPA Member Clubs in these locales are encouraged to follow all such requirements of their state and local authorities with respect to polo operations. In addition, we also encourage all USPA Member Clubs to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. We are preparing a detailed list of best practices for USPA Member Clubs as they return to hosting USPA Tournaments and Events and plan to circulate these guidelines within the next week. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will notify you if we determine a different course of action is necessary.Read More