US Open Polo Championship – Everything You Should Know
The U.S. Open, widely regarded as the most prestigious polo competition in the country, is the pinnacle of the 26 high-goal competitions hosted in Florida during the winter polo season that draw spectators and polo aficionados from all over the country and the world. The Senior Championship competition’s non-handicapped replacement, the U.S. Open, was initially the idea. The Wanderers and the Freebooters were the only two teams competing in the first U.S. Open. It took place in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood’s Van Cortlandt Park. A seven-minute break was taken in between each of the four 15-minute chukkers.
U.S. Open Polo Championship® – Tournament Format
Each team will compete in its bracket. The winning team from each bracket advances to the semifinals following bracket play. Teams from the second and third places in each bracket advance to a mini-quarterfinal. The Bracket I quarterfinalists and the Bracket II quarterfinalists will draw. Winners of each bracket will compete in a different semifinal. If it is possible, they will play the mini-quarter winner that they haven’t yet played. The bracket winner will draw if both mini-quarter winners came from the same bracket. The winning team of the U.S. Open Polo Championship® will receive a check for $100,000, which is double the prize money from the previous two competitions. The U.S. Polo Assn. will provide the finalist teams a $2,500 grant to be given to a polo charity in keeping with the philanthropic theme.
Rules of U.S. Open Polo Championship
Polo is a thrilling fusion of force, athleticism, and control and is one of the oldest team sports. Players score by driving the ball between the goal posts of the opposing team while riding at speeds of up to 35 mph on a 300 by 160-yard grass field for outdoor polo or a 300 by 150-foot dirt arena for indoor polo. After four to six chukkers (periods) of play, the team with the highest score wins the match. Play will continue into overtime if both teams are deadlocked at the end of the final chukker. The horses and riders are kept safe by adhering to some set rules in the game.
U.S. Open Polo Championship – Upcoming
The 2023 Gauntlet of Polo will take place at the newly renamed National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC), formerly known as the International Polo Club Palm Beach, according to a recent announcement by the United States Polo Association (USPA). A spectacular maiden season at NPC filled with top-notch polo and priceless experiences is guaranteed thanks to the schedule’s diverse events, which include youth and women’s competitions.
U.S. Open Polo Championship –
Winners Here is the list of the top winners of U.S. Open Polo Championship in the history-