2018 Polo USA is Underway.
That’s right, the 2018 High-Goal Winter Season has already kicked off at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Ushering in the new year is the highly-anticipated return of the Florida high-goal season to the renowned International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida. The United States Polo Association® (USPA), in partnership with IPC, is hosting both 20-goal and 26-goal with the season schedule running from December 31, 2017, until April 22, 2018.
Highlighting the season will be four national USPA 26-goal tournaments, three of which make up the triple crown of American polo and culminate with the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship®. The season will conclude with the U.S. Open Final on April 22 which will be televised on CBS Primetime from IPC.
“The International Polo Club 2018 polo season should be very exciting,” said IPC Polo Manager Jimmy Newman. “There are three additional teams entered in the 20-goal Joe Barry Cup than we had last winter for a total of eleven. At the request of the competing teams, we have extended the coming 20-goal season until April 1st, making for very competitive polo. A new tournament honoring one of the world’s greatest players, Carlos Gracida, will be added as our fifth 20-goal tournament and we look forward to watching two new teams, Sayyu Dantata’s SD Farms team and Curtis Pilot’s Sonny Hill team compete for the first time at IPC.”
As well as the two new teams for 2018 there is also the return of many teams from the 2017 season, including 2017 U.S. Open defending champions Valiente, Coca-Cola, Grand Champions Polo Club, Postage Stamp Farm, La Indiana, Travieso, Goose Creek, Villa del Lago/Modere and Valiente II under the new name Colorado. Many notable players will be participating, including Adam Snow, Mike Azzaro, Gillian Johnston, Julio Arellano, Maureen Brennan, Jared Zenni, Mariano Aguerre and 10-goalers Facundo Pieres, Sapo Caset and Hilario Ulloa. Full team rosters will be posted on the US Polo website: visit www.uspolo.org.
The USPA Polo Network will livestream all games beginning on January 4 with the Joe Barry Cup on uspolo.org so it may be worth logging on to see if they are available to us in the UK and other countries outside the USA.