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Fri 18th Sep 2020

USPA 2021 High Goal Schedule

Season begins 3 January 2021

The United States Polo Association (USPA) and International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) have announced their 2021 high goal schedule, which will begin on Sunday 3 January with The Joe Barry Cup and will end on Sunday 18 April with the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final. 
Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the 2020 USPA Gold Cup was postponed, but there are plans to resume the tournament with the Semi Finals on Wednesday 10 February and the Final on Sunday 14 February. After the USPA Gold Cup Final, the 2021 Gauntlet of Polo will commence, returning for the third year, with the C.V. Whitney Cup beginning on Wednesday 17 February. 
The safety of staff, players and spectators are of the utmost importance, so the Club will be introducing safety protocols and the plans for spectators, grandstand seating and brunch in the Pavilion will be released once they have been fully formalised. 
2021 IPC Polo Schedule (Dates subject to adjustment)
18 Goal
Joe Barry Cup (16-18 goal): 3 – 17 January 2021
Ylvisaker Cup (16-18 goal): 20 January – 7 February 2021
Iglehart Cup (16-18 goal): 10 – 21 February 2021
22 Goal (Gauntlet of Polo)
22 Goal Warm Up: 1 – 14 February 2021
2020 USPA Gold Cup Semi Finals & Final: 10 – 14 February 2021
C.V. Whitney Cup (18-22 goal): 17 February – 7 March 2021
U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship: 10 – 20 March 2021
USPA Gold Cup (18-22 goal): 10 – 28 March 2021
U.S. Open Polo Championship (18-22 goal): 31 March – 18 April 2021
Photograph: Action from the 2020 USPA Gold Cup. Courtesy of USPA/Gauntlet of Polo 

Wed 16th Sep 2020

Women’s French Open Underway

Wins for Maison Décalé & DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin

 While the mixed French Open is reaching its peak, with the Semi Finals being decided tonight, the Women’s French Open began yesterday, Tuesday 15 September, with two matches. 

In the first match of the tournament Maison Décalé were the first to gain a win, with a strong 10-2½ defeat of Hyatt Regency Chantilly. Maison Décalé’s strength came from having the three Vernot sisters all on the same team, ably supported by Caroline Anier. With just four teams entered in this year’s competition, judging by form and handicap Maison Décalé’s toughest opponents will be DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin, who dominated against Engel & Volkers in the second match of the day with a 7-4 win; partially thanks to the skill of Lia Salvo. 
Lia Salvo and Caroline Anier will face each other on Thursday 17 September, which may well be a rehearsal of the Final on Sunday 20 September. 
Women’s French Open Teams:
Maison Décalé (16): Pearl Venot (3), Lucie Vernot (3), Elena Venot (6) & Caroline Anier (4)
DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin (15): Pauline Schaer (1), Marguax Perruchot (2), Lia Salvo (9) & Adèle Renauldon (3)
Engel & Volkers (12): Lavinia Fabre (3), Clarissa Marggraf (3), Chloé Sebban (3) & Agathe Mobian (2)
Hyatt Regency Chantilly (12): Fabienne Last (0), Noami Schroeder (4), Maike Hoelty (3) & Svenja Hoelty (3)
Photograph: The Women’s French Open began yesterday with two high scoring matches. By ©AdRe

Mon 14th Sep 2020

French Open Continues

Les Lions Panarea & Amanara secure Semi Final spots

Yesterday, Sunday 13 September, three matches were played for the Open de France at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly. This year the tournament is celebrating its 20th anniversary and forms the third part of the French Triple Crown. 
The action on Sunday saw defending champions Marques de Riscal make a comeback after their debut defeat, and they managed to defeat Le Pommerary 11-6 yesterday which gave the team some much needed confidence ahead of their scheduled match against Talandracas on Wednesday. Talandracas also enjoyed a win yesterday, defeating Majoa Paris 6-4, while Amanara defeated Marquard Media 11-8 to take the second place in the Semi Finals following their third consecutive win. Les Lions Panarea have also qualified for the Semi Finals which will be played on Friday 18 September. 
The action continues this week with Les Lions Panarea vs Sainte Mesme on Tuesday 15 September, Majoa Paris vs Le Pommeray and Marques de Riscal vs Talandracas on Wednesday 16 September. 
2020 French Open Teams:
Sainte Mesme (16): Robert Strom (5), Birger Strom (0), Clemente Zavaleta (7) & Santiago Araya (4) 
Marques De Riscal (16): Luis Aznar (1), Santiago Cernadas (7), Alejandro Muzzio (8) & Alejandro Aznar (0) 
Marquard Media (16): Ignacio Kennedy (4), Jota Chavanne (5), Martin Aguerre (7) & Thomas Rinderknecht (0) 
Majoa Paris (16): Sam Sztarkman (1), Pierre-Henri N’goumou (6), Guillermo Terrera (8) & Alex Sztarkman (1) 
Les Lions Panarea (17): Aristide Faggionato (1), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (8) & Tommy Beresford (6) 
Le Pommeray (16): Caroline Anier (1), Tito Ruiz Guiñazú (7), Juan Gris Zavaleta (7) & Derek Smith (1) 
Amanara (16): Nicky Sen (0), Segundo Condesse Stanga (3), Santiago Chavanne (7) & Santiago Laborde (6)
Talandracas (16): Edouard Carmignac (0), Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola (7), Fran Elizalde (8) & Nik Rogerson (1)
Photograph: There were three matches played on Sunday for The French Open. By Justine Jacquemot

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