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Wellington, FL – October 3, 2019 – Following a remarkable 2019 GAUNTLET OF POLO™ debut, the United States Polo Association (USPA), USPA Global Licensing (USPAGL) and International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) are pleased to announce the 14 teams that will contend for the trophy in 2020. Taking its place as the pinnacle of American high-goal, GAUNTLET OF POLO™ produced a record number of teams and fiercely competitive games, crowning an inaugural champion in its first year.
The positive reception of the GAUNTLET has not only attracted new teams, but has highlighted the world-renowned International Polo Club Palm Beach as a destination for players and spectators alike. Reigning GAUNTLET OF POLO™ Champions Pilot are among the 14 teams, seeking to defend their title and secure the $1,000,000 prize money purse in 2020.
2020 GAUNTLET OF POLO TEAMS:
- Daily Racing Form
- Dutta Corp
- La Indiana
- Las Monjitas
- Old Hickory Bourbon
- Park Place
- Postage Stamp Farm
- Santa Clara
“We are proud to have set into motion a tournament series which encapsulates the very best of polo competition in the United States for both players and spectators,” said Robert Puetz, CEO of the United States Polo Association. “The eyes of the polo world will soon turn to the International Polo Club Palm Beach to witness many of the best players and polo teams in the world vying for a chance to take home the $1,000,000 purse and earn the honor of being a GAUNTLET Champion.”
The 2020 GAUNTLET OF POLO™ will begin February 1-23, with the C.V. Whitney Cup, continue with the USPA Gold Cup®, February 22-March 22, and conclude with the illustrious U.S. Open Polo Championship® March 21-April 19. The prize money format will guarantee $125,000 to each of the winning teams of the C.V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Gold Cup® and a $250,000 prize for the winner of the U.S. Open Polo Championship®. Additionally, any team who wins all three tournaments consecutively will be awarded a $500,000 bonus, for a total of $1 million in prize money and crowned as the GAUNTLET Champion.
All three tournaments will be livestreamed on the USPA Polo Network on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and uspolo.org. The U.S. Open Polo Championship® Final will be aired to millions of viewers on CBS Sports on April 26 at 2:00pm ET. For more information on the GAUNTLET OF POLO, please visit uspolo.org/gauntlet-of-polo. Tickets for all GAUNTLET OF POLO™ games on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field will be available for purchase beginning mid-October.
About the United States Polo Association®
The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo. USPA is currently comprised of almost 300 member clubs with thousands of individual members, and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, please visit uspolo.org.
U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL)
U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States founded in 1890, making it one of the oldest sports governing bodies. With a global footprint of $1.7 billion and worldwide distribution through 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 180 countries worldwide. Recently ranked the fourth-largest sports licensor and 36th overall in License Global magazine’s 2019 list of “Top 150 Global Licensors,” U.S. Polo Assn. now takes its place alongside such iconic sports brands as Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Basketball Association.
USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) is the for-profit subsidiary of the USPA and the exclusive worldwide licensor for the USPA’s global licensing program. USPAGL manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand and is the steward of the USPA’s intellectual properties, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. USPAGL also produces global broadcasts to bring the sport of polo to consumers and sports fans around the world including the GAUNTLET OF POLO, the sport’s new high-goal $1 million prize money series played on U.S. Polo Assn. Field.
About the International Polo Club Palm Beach
The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Florida, each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport at the most prominent polo facility in the country. The 2020 Palm Beach Polo Season opens Sunday, December 29, 2019 and concludes 17 weeks later with the U.S. Open Polo Championship® Final on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. See more at www.internationalpoloclub.com.