Speakers Discuss Success, Changes and Improvements at 2020 GAUNTLET OF POLO™ Media Reception

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Feb. 12, 2020 — Prominent members of the polo community met Wednesday night to discuss the 2020 GAUNTLET OF POLO™. Stewart Armstrong, Chairman of the United States Polo Association (USPA), Bob Puetz, CEO of the USPA, and J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing (USPAGL), were among guests to speak at the GAUNTLET OF POLO™ National Media Reception to express their gratitude for the support of the polo community and to announce exciting new changes to this year’s tournament.

Following a momentous inaugural year for the GAUNTLET OF POLO™, the USPA, USPAGL, and the International Polo Club (IPC) are thrilled to welcome the world’s 14 most preeminent teams to the second annual GAUNTLET OF POLO™. The three-tournament cup brings together the most skilled athletes and horses to battle head-to-head for the C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup® and U.S. Open Polo Championship®. The 2020 GAUNTLET OF POLO™ kicked off Feb. 5 with the C.V. Whitney Cup, which concludes Feb. 23, and will continue with the USPA Gold Cup® Feb. 22 – Mar. 22, consummating with the renowned U.S. Open Polo Championship® Mar. 21 – Apr. 19.

The Gauntlet Team introduced a new format regarding the $1,000,000 in prize money for the 2020 tournament that includes a purse not only for the winner, but also the runner-up. “We felt, and a lot of people felt, that the runner-up was also deserving,” said Puetz. Winners of the C.V. Whitney Cup will receive $100,000 in prize money and the second place team will receive $25,000. The second component of the series, the USPA Gold Cup®, will see winners receive another $100,000 of prize money and the second place team will pocket $25,000. The finale of the tournament series, the U.S. Open Polo Championship®, will offer $200,000 to the winning team and $50,000 to the team that finishes in second place. Any team that consecutively sweeps all three tournaments will receive a $500,000 bonus, making the total winnings a $900,000 purse. Additionally, any runner-up team has the potential to win a total of $100,000 if they sweep the second place spot in all three tournaments.

In addition to detailing the new prize money distribution, speakers noted the success of the inaugural year of The Gauntlet and shared their excitement about growth moving forward. “As an association, we’re very excited that we have a quality competition. The Gauntlet is a breath of fresh air to see this year, with 14 teams, and last year, 16 teams, competing vigorously. I think it’s only going to get more vigorous with each passing year,” said Armstong. “The Gauntlet is no ordinary event. It is the whole [USPA’s] effort to try to deliver something that is of a very high quality and a completely legitimate, full-on competition.”

George Linley, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission

George Linley, the Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, touched on the importance of the polo community in Wellington, West Palm Beach and all of Southern Florida. “We understand the importance of equestrian sports, specifically polo, and what it means to our county. Not only from an entertainment standpoint, and not only for an opportunity for our local community to grow and to celebrate, but also from an economic impact perspective.” Linley also stressed the vitality of the tourism that is attracted to the area by both polo and other sporting events held at IPC, stating, “We’ve tracked close to 14,000 room nights, and in fact, Broward County had about 2,000 room nights. So, it impacted all of South Florida.”

David Cummings, CEO of Global Polo Entertainment

Also in attendance to speak was David Cummings, the CEO of Global Polo Entertainment, who was excited to announce that the USPA will be streaming all of the GAUNTLET OF POLO™ games on Global Polo Entertainment. “Our goal is to create a premiere, global destination to watch high-goal polo in high resolution on any device, any time, anywhere,” announced Cummings. The Global Polo Entertainment app can be downloaded on the App Store, Roku, Apple TV and more.

The next match of the GAUNTLET OF POLO™ will take place on Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. with the C.V. Whitney Cup at the U.S. Polo Assn. Field at IPC between Postage Stamp Farm and Old Hickory Bourbon.

For more information on the GAUNTLET OF POLO™, please visit uspolo.org/gauntlet-of-polo. To purchase tickets for all GAUNTLET OF POLO™ games held at U.S. Polo Assn. Field, click here.

GAUNTLET OF POLO™ TEAMS

Cessna
Chip Campbell
Felipe Marquez
Ezequiel ‘Gallego’ Martinez Ferrario
Nicolas ‘Nico’ Saenz

Coca-Cola
Gillian Johnston
Julian ‘Negro’ De Lusaretta
Nicolas ‘Nico’ Pieres
Steve Krueger

Daily Racing Form
James ‘Jared’ Zenni
Tomas ‘Tommy’ Collingwood
Constancio ‘Costi’ Caset
Agustin Obregon

Dutta Corp
Timmy Dutta
Mariano ‘Nino’ Obregon
Facundo Obregon
Lucas Diaz Alberdi

Equuleus
Joseph ‘Joe’ Dimenna
Mariano Gonzalez
Christian ‘Magoo’ Laprida
Ignacio ‘Inaki’ Laprida

La Indiana
Santiago Gomez Romero
Michael Bickford
Pablo ‘Polito’ Pieres
Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Hall
Esteban Panelo

Las Monjitas
Camilo Bautista
Mackenzie Weisz
Francisco Elizalde
David ‘Pelon’ Stirling

Old Hickory Bourbon
Stephen ‘Stevie’ Orthwein
Miguel Novillo Astrada
Victorino ‘Torito’ Ruiz Jorba
Will Johnston

Park Place
Alfredo Bigatti
Andrey Borodin
Juan Britos
Felipe Viana

Patagones
Gonzalo Avendaño
Santiago Toccalino
Tomas Garcia Del Rio
Geronimo Obregon

Pilot
Curtis Pilot
Facundo Pieres
Gonzalo ‘Gonzalito’ Pieres
Lucas Escobar

Postage Stamp Farm
Annabelle Gundlach
Mariano Aguerre
Valerio ‘Lerin’ Zubiaurre
Mariano ‘Peke’ Gonzalez

Santa Clara
Luis Escobar
Matias Magrini
Ignatius ‘Nachi’ Du Plessis
Henry Porter

Tonkawa
Jeff Hildebrand
Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset
Ignacio ‘Cubi’ Toccalino
Matias ‘Colo’ Gonzalez
Matthew ‘Matt’ Cappola

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