Inaugural Gauntlet of Polo Hosts Exclusive Players Draw Party For C.V. Whitney Cup

The United States Polo Association (USPA) hosted an exclusive players’ draw party on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida, for players and team owners competing in the inaugural GAUNTLET OF POLO™. The GAUNTLET is the sport’s newest and most challenging tournament series with an unprecedented 16 teams across three tournaments and a potential $1,000,000 purse. The official draw determined the playing order for the first tournament, the C.V. Whitney Cup, which begins next Wednesday, February 13 at IPC. Anticipation continues to build in advance of the tournament start date, and the GAUNTLET is guaranteed to include the premier sporting and social events of this season.

High-level executives, including Robert Puetz (CEO of USPA), Chip Campbell, (Chairman of USPA, Gauntlet player and Cessna team owner) and Mark Bellissimo, CEO and Managing Partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, spoke about the significance of the GAUNTLET in advance of the official draw, conducted by Jimmy Newman, Director of Polo Operations.

Tickets to the C.V. Whitney Cup and the following GAUNTLET events are now available for purchase here. During every match starting on February 13, spectators will have the opportunity to witness some the world’s best polo players and their exceptional equine athletes battle head to head on the esteemed U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 at IPC. The GAUNTLET promises to be the most incredible display of athleticism in U.S. polo history as the teams compete for a record-breaking $1M purse.

The list of participating teams in their newly announced tournament brackets are available below:



Lucas James
“Polito” Pieres
Stewart Armstrong
Tomas Schwenke

Cessna Polo Team
Chip Campbell
Ezequiel Martinez Ferrarrio
Felipe Marquez
Felipe Viana

Gillian Johnston
Julian de Lusarreta
Nacho Novillo Astrada
Wesley Finlayson

Daily Racing Form
Agustin Obregon
Geronimo Obregon
Jared Zenni
Santiago Cernadas

Inaki Laprida
Joe DiMenna
Magoo Laprida
Mariano Gonzalez

Matias Magrini
Maureen Brennan
Peke Gonzalez
Sebastian Merlos

La Indiana
Facundo Obregon
Jeff Hall
Michael Bickford
Tomas Garcia del Rio

Las Monjitas
Camilo Bautista
Francisco Elizalde
Hilario Ulloa
Matthew Coppola

Old Hickory Bourbon
Jason Crowder
Miguel Novillo Astrada
Stevie Orthwein Jr.
Will Johnston

Park Place
Andrey Borodin
Juan Britos
Nico Pieres
Tommy Collingwood

Curtis Pilot
Facundo Pieres
Gonzalito Pieres
Matias Gonzalez

Postage Stamp Farm
Annabelle Gundlach
Joaquin Panelo
Mariano Aguerre
Valerio “Lerin” Zubiaurre

Santa Clara
“Cubi” Toccalino
Luis Escobar
Mariano JR. Obregon
Nico Escobar

SD Farms
Peco Polledo
Pelon Escapite
Sayyu Dantata
Tito Ruiz Guinazu

Stable Door Polo
Henry Porter
Santiago Toccalino
Santino Magrini
Victorino Ruiz

Agustin “Tincho” Merlos
Jeff Hildebrand
Sapo Caset
Sterling Giannico

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