Polo This Week.
Heavy rain on Sunday meant the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida had to be postponed. At this point the final has been tentatively rescheduled to Tuesday, April 25 at 4pm. Game time will be confirmed today (Monday, April 24 at 1pm).
This year the final is a rematch of the 2015 U.S. Open Final between Orchard Hill and Valiente. Orchard Hill return as the defending champion and Valiente, who won the U.S. Open in 2015, will earn the U.S. Triple Crown if they win the final.
The battle for the prestigious trophy is hosted by the USPA. The event which has spanned a three-week period had six high goal teams vying for a place in the tournament’s final. The U.S. Open is the final leg of the 26-goal tournaments held during the Florida High-Goal Winter Season, which is the highest handicapped polo played outside of Argentina.
Coupe Des Potrillos, Paris, France.
The finals on Sunday of the Coupe des Potrillos in Paris saw Kazak, led by Sebastien Aguettant, open the scoring against L’Elephant Polo Team. Kazak extended their lead and proved to be uncatchable. The final score was 5.5-2 to Kazak.
The Coupe des Potrillos is the opening tournament of the season in France. Activity in Paris will resume next Saturday with the beginning of the Triple Crown, and the three 8/10-goal tournaments of the series: the Tournoi de Printemps, the Tournoi de la Ville de Paris and the glamorous 123° Open de Paris.
La Cañada Open, Open Door, Argentina.
La Cañada Open, one of the most important competitions of the autumn season in Argentina, kicked off last week, on the club’s grounds, in Open Door. The tournament is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Three 10-goalers are playing: Juan Martín Nero, Pelon Stirling and Hilario Ullo.
Focus will soon turn to the UK with the start of the summer high goal season. The 22 goal Prince of Wales starts in a fortnight (6 May) and runs to 20 May at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. This tournament is quickly followed by the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup which starts on Tuesday 23 May and runs to 18 June (Guards Polo Club). Another season starter which attracts some top teams is the Duke of Sutherland’s Cup, an 18 goal tournament played at Cowdray Park (20 May to 11 June).