The United States Polo Association announced the full rosters for the 2021 Gauntlet of Polo, also known as the American Triple Crown. The competition kicks off on February 17, with the first match of the CV Whitney Cup, and concludes on April 18 with the final of the US Open. Nine teams, up to 22 goals, will be in competition. It’s worth noting that in 2020, only the CV Whitney Cup was completed, as the pandemic suspended play before the semifinals of the USPA Gold Cup.
There will be several notable contenders this season: Pilot, winners of the 2019 Gauntlet of Polo, are back as Curtis Pilot teams up once again with brothers Facundo and Gonzalo Pieres; Adolfo Cambiaso, who has been absent for the past two seasons playing the World Polo League, will be teaming up with son Poroto, and playing with 2019 Queen’s Cup winner David Paradice. Also partaking in the season will be some of the most important patrons in the game, such as Stewart Armstrong, Chip Campbell, Gillian Johnston, Michael Bickford, Andrey Borodin, Will Johnston, and Jeff Hildebrand.
GAUNTLET OF POLO 2021 – TEAMS
ASPEN / DUTTA CORP: Stewart Armstrong 3, Lucas Díaz Alberdi 6, Gringo Colombres 8, Timmy Dutta 4. Total: 21.
CESSNA: Chip Campbell 2, Nino Obregon 7, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario 7, Jared Zenni 6. Total: 22.
COCA-COLA: Gillian Johnston 1, Julián de Lusarreta 8, Nico Pieres 9, Mackenzie Weisz 4. Total: 22.
LA INDIANA: Michael Bickford 2, Nico Escobar 4, Jeff Hall 6, Polito Pieres 10. Total: 22.
PARK PLACE: Andrey Borodin 0, Matt Coppola 4, Juan Britos 8, Hilario Ulloa 10. Total: 22.
PILOT: Curtis Pilot 0, Kristos Magrini 2, Gonzalo Pieres 10, Facundo Pieres 10. Total: 22.
SANTA CLARA: Will Johnston 2, Miguel Novillo Astrada 9, Felipe Vercellino 6, Luis Escobar 4. Total: 21.
SCONE: David Paradice 0, Peke González 6, Poroto Cambiaso 6, Adolfo Cambiaso 10. Total: 22.
TONKAWA: Jeff Hildebrand 0, Cody Ellis 3, Francisco Elizalde 9, Sapo Caset 10. Total: 22.
GAUNTLET OF POLO 2021 – CALENDAR
CV WHITNEY CUP: Feb. 17 – March 7 – Prize: $125,000.
USPA GOLD CUP: March 10-28 – Prize: $125,000.
US OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP: March 31 – April 18 – Prize: $250,000.
*The team to win all three tournaments will receive a $500,000 bonus, totalling $1 million in prize money.