The Harriman Cup celebrated its thirty-fifth year at a lovely new venue under sunny September skies. The crowds at the Myopia Polo Club (Hamilton, Massachusetts) provided a warm welcome for the Yale University and University of Virginia (UVA) alumni teams and their sponsors. The annual fundraiser and alumni polo match included a day of competitive polo, tailgating, music and dancing. Official Apparel Partner of the Harriman Cup, U.S. Polo Assn., provided team jerseys and support for both collegiate programs.
Polo fans enjoying a beautiful day at the Myopia Polo Club.
Founded in 1984, the Harriman Cup commemorates the life of W. Averell Harriman, a 1913 Yale graduate and polo player, who was the former Governor of New York, former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and the Soviet Union, and was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Truman.
Beginning with one goal on handicap, Yale took an early two-goal lead after securing a quick goal out of the line-up in the opening minute of play. UVA rallied and answered the challenge with one of their own to make it onto the scoreboard. The four-chukker match included a well-balanced back and forth between the two teams. Tied in the final chukker, a penalty conversion from Simon Colloredo-Mansfeld secured the win for UVA with only seven seconds left in regulation time. Alumni from both schools provided the core of the teams with brothers, Simon (UVA, Class of 2019) and Seppi (Yale, Class of 2013) Colloredo-Mansfeld, representing their respective schools. Merrall Echezarreta (Class of 2018), Nick Barry (Class of 1999) and Reed Miller rounded out the UVA team. Sam Clemens (Class of 1997), Chelsea Messinger (Class of 2014), Leila Chang (Class of 2019) and Patrick Marinelli (Coach and Manager of the Yale Polo program) also represented Yale on the field.
Yale’s Patrick Marinelli and UVA’s Merrall Echezarreta.
Following the match, trophies were presented to all players. The Best Playing Pony award was presented to Reed Miller’s Mistica and Sam Clemens received Most Valuable Player. Prizes were presented for Best Tailgate, Best Hat and Best Dressed Man and Woman.
Harriman Cup participants (L to R) Merrall Echezarreta, Nick Barry, Simon Colloredo-Mansfeld, Reed Miller, Jim DeAngelis, Sam Clemens, Patrick Marinelli, Seppi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Chelsea Messinger, Leila Chang.
Following the trophy and prize presentations, the Harriman Cup Award was presented to Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld. The Harriman Cup Award honors stellar individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of polo, and who embody the leadership, public service, and staunch advocacy and support for equestrian sports that were characteristics of Averell Harriman. Franz Colloredo-Mansfeld is a longtime equestrian and polo player and serves as the current President of Myopia Polo. In addition, he has been an active supporter of the Yale, UVA and Harvard intercollegiate polo programs.
2019 Harriman Cup Award recipient Franz Seppi Colloredo-Mansfeld, flanked by his two sons, Seppi and Simon.
PAST HARRIMAN CUP AWARD RECIPIENTS:
2017 — Peter M. Brant
2016 — Martin Brown
2015 — Neil Hirsch
2014 — Stephen A. Orthwein
2013 — William S. Farish III and Lezlie HinerM
2012 — Nic Roldan and David Walentas
2011 — Nacho Figueras, Luis Rinaldini, Julie Rinaldini
All photos courtesy of ©Jacqueline Miller.MYOPIA POLO CLUB