Jan 10, 2017 10:21 AM


2015 Townsend Cup
Barrett-Jackson to Host UK & USA’s Top Players in Townsend Cup at Scottsdale Auction.

It is only fitting that one of the world’s most acclaimed arena polo competitions will return to the United States in 2017 and take place within a globally recognized automotive lifestyle event.

The Townsend Cup, the highest handicap international arena game in which teams from England and America have been competing since 1923, will take place at Barrett-Jackson classic car sale in the WestWorld Eqidome in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 14, 2017. Encompassing over 74 acres at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson is attended by over 350,000 people per year and routinely sells over $100 million in collector cars. Within the facilities used by Barrett-Jackson is the Equidome, a top indoor equestrian arena with seating for 4,000 spectators.

Leading the American team will be the country’s only 10-goal arena polo player, Tommy Biddle Jr. One of the biggest hitters in the sport, Biddle Jr. will be joined by 7-goaler Shane Rice and 4-goaler Team USPA member Steve Krueger.

Crossing the pond for the United Kingdom is 8-goaler Jonny Good, along with 9-goaler Max Charlton and 5-goaler Ed Banner-Eve.

Two years ago, the USA prevailed 17-12 over the U.K. at the Empire Polo Club Arena in Indio, California.

I/I Players
2014 SUPA vs. I/I game at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The event will also feature the International Intercollegiate Challenge Cup. USPA Intercollegiate players vs. Schools & Universities Polo Association (SUPA) Britain. USPA Intercollegiate players will be Jillian Tietje (Cal Poly), Dalton Woodfin (Texas A&M), Team USPA member Julia Smith (University of Virginia) and Liam Palacios (Cornell). SUPA players will be Sam Boreham, Toby Small, Robin Ormerod and Minne Kerr-Dineen.

Director of the USPA Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Program Amy Fraser said, “The tradition we have been carrying on with our sister program SUPA is such a unique event, bringing together not only players from different countries, but also provides a chance for players from across our nation to compete together. It optimizes what polo is in the world, allowing players the opportunity to represent their school, the I/I program, the USPA and their country which is very special.”

A USA vs U.K. military match will also be played on Saturday, January 15.

The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships have become one of the best outdoor polo events in the country and I very much enjoyed playing at the Equidome in 2012. Now, I can’t wait to play indoors against the best competition in the world and in such a unique and energetic atmosphere,” Biddle Jr. said.

2015 Townsend Cup.
2015 Townsend Cup action.

“Besides staging our most significant events like the Townsend Cup, one of our missions at the United States Polo Association is to expose our sport to new audiences. This is a great opportunity to work with an internationally recognized brand and event like Barrett-Jackson. Those attending the matches will want to pick up a mallet and play after two great days of polo,” said Duncan Huyler, CEO of the United States Polo Association.

The two-day polo event is organized by the United States Polo Association, The Arizona Polo Association, Being The Change (a Phoenix-based polo club) and the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, and will present four matches. The Townsend Cup will be livestreamed on USPA Polo Network to a worldwide audience.

2:00pm ET: U.S. Military Arena Polo Team vs United Kingdom Military Polo Team
4:00pm ET: The Townsend Cup: USA vs England (Livestreamed on USPA Polo Network)

12:00pm ET: Border Circuit Sherman Memorial Consolation
1:30pm ET: Border Circuit Sherman Memorial Final
3:30pm ET: International Intercollegiate Challenge Cup: USA (I/I) VS. Britain (SUPA) (On-Demand on USPA Polo Network)

Tickets to Barrett-Jackson provide general admission to the Townsend Cup and other matches. Tickets may be purchased for the individual games Saturday (January 14) and Sunday (January 15) for $20 ($17 in advance). Tickets for VIP seating in the first two rows or in sections mid-arena cost $50. Both options can be purchased at



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