$1 mil­lion Gaunt­let Polo Se­ries Gal­lops of Feb 2019

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The United States Polo As­so­ci­a­tion (USPA), USPA Global Li­cens­ing (USPAGL) and In­ter­na­tional Polo Club have an­nounced the ar­rival of a new high-stakes tour­na­ment se­ries due to start in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

The Gaunt­let of Polo Se­ries will see play­ers from across the world bat­tle for the cov­eted C.V. Whit­ney Cup, The USPA Gold Cup and The US Open Polo Cham­pi­onship, all of which are played at a 20 goal hand­i­cap level.

What’s more, Polo Roy­als can au­thor­i­ta­tively re­ports that the team that wins all three tour­na­ments will be crowned Gaunt­let Cham­pi­ons and take home a to­tal prize of $1 mil­lion, the largest prize money pot in the his­tory of polo.

The tour­na­ment se­ries will in­clude a ‘win­ner take all’ prize money for­mat, guar­an­tee­ing $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 US Open Polo Cham­pi­onship.

A $500,000 bonus for any team that wins all three tour­na­ments in con­sec­u­tive or­der will serve as an ad­di­tional in­cen­tive, to yield a to­tal of $1 mil­lion in prize money.

“The gaunt­let will chal­lenge the world’s top play­ers and horses to strive for the most pres­ti­gious tro­phies in the United States and pro­vide a new plat­form for ath­letes, teams, spon­sors and polo fans,” said Robert Puetz, CEO of the USPA.

“Vy­ing for $1 mil­lion dol­lars in prize money over the course of three months, the strong­est teams and most tal­ented play­ers in the game will arise, el­e­vat­ing both their prepa­ra­tion and horses for the chance to etch their names in Amer­i­can polo his­tory as the Gaunt­let Cham­pion.”

The C.V. Whit­ney will com­mence on 13 Fe­bru­ary 2019, with the Fi­nal sched­uled for 24 Fe­bru­ary. Fol­low­ing this, The USPA Gold Cup will be­gin on 24 Fe­bru­ary un­til 24 March and the Se­ries will cul­mi­nate be­tween 27 March and 21 April with The US Open Cham­pi­onship.

Across the Al­tan­tic, Polo Roy­als can also re­veal that Brian Stein has be­come the ninth Chair­man of one of the world’s fore­most polo clubs, Guard Polo.

Only last week, Guards Polo Club an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Brian Stein as the new Chair­man of the Club fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Jock Green-Army­tage at the end of the 2018 sea­son.

“Guards Polo Club has ap­pointed Brian Stein as its ninth Chair­man at a Board Meet­ing in Lon­don last night.

The Lon­don restau­ra­teur and pa­tron of the Ock­holt Polo Team take on this pres­ti­gious role with im­me­di­ate ef­fect fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment from the Club’s main Board of Di­rec­tors. Brian suc­ceeds Jock GreenArmy­tage, who an­nounced his re­tire­ment ear­lier this sea­son af­ter six years in the role.

He was also Chair­man of the Club­house Com­mit­tee – bring­ing his restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence to the fore when lead­ing the Club­house re­build in 2009.

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