108th US Open Polo Championships 2012
(Sponsored by Nespresso)
Where: International Polo Club Palm Beach | Wellington, FL
When: March 29 - April 22, 2012
Handicap: 26 goal
The USPA US Open Polo Championships™, the most prestigious tournament for the United States, is a month long 26 goal tournament that finalizes the four month Florida winter high goal polo season. The US Open Polo Championships™attracts the highest level of polo players and the finest polo horses in the world, bringing high-level excitement to the fields and spectators of Wellington, Florida.
Wellington Photo will cover The 108th USPA US Open Polo Championship™ which dates back
to 1904. It was first played at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, NY
and has been played at the International Polo Club Palm Beach of Wellington,
Florida since 2004.
The title sponsor is Nespresso for 2012-2015.
View all of our 26 goal Nespresso US Open Polo Photo coverage by Clicking Here!
April 22, 2012: Sunday at 4pm on the Piaget field (Main Stadium) the 2011 defending champions, Lechuza Caracas played against Zacara in the 108th USPA 26 goal Nespresso US Open Polo Championships and were defeated by 2 points. Spectators who arrived early enjoyed the rare sight of helicopters drying the polo fields to enable the game to be played, all thanks to Victor Vargas. An attempt at skydivers landing on the field was fouled by high winds as brewing storms continued to threaten the day's event, but Miss America joined the opening ceremonies for the official coin toss which was awarded to Victor Vargas. A closely matched game, both teams were either leading, tied, or behind by one point throughout the game but a very determined Zacara pulled ahead in time to win the 2012 Nespresso US Open Polo Championships 10-8. Mike Azarro for Zacara was named MVP and the mare owned by Lyndon Lea & played by Facundo Pieres was awarded Best Playing Pony.
The 2012 Best Playing Pony of the USPA 26 goal Nespresso US Open Polo Championships played at IPCPB in Wellington, FL. Owned by Lyndon Lea, played by Facundo Pieres.
|April 22, 2012 Zacara vs Lechuza Caracas in 108th Nespresso US Open Final|
|April 22, 2012 Opening Ceremonies of 108th Nespresso US Open Final|
|April 22, 2012 Halftime Champagne Divot-Stamp & Ferraris during the |
108th Nespresso US Open Final
|April 22, 2012 Award Ceremonies of |
Zacara defeats Lechuza Caracas in 108th Nespresso US Open Final
|April 18, 2012 Zacara defeats ERG in Semifinals |
|April 18, 2012 Lechuza Caracas defeats Valiente I in Semifinals |
|April 18, 2012 Lechuza Caracas Horses & Grooms in Semifinals |
April 15, 2012 Sunday: Lots of Polo action for the day! ERG, Lechuza Caracas, Valiente I & Zacara win their quarterfinal games and advance to the semifinals (Wednesday April 18, 2012) Aaron Carter sings the National Anthem during opening ceremonies at the 4pm featured match & joins Bob Margolis, Wellington's newly elected Mayor, at the coin toss ceremony. Maserati joins Ferrari at the halftime champagne divot-stamp while spectators enjoy ice-cream & champagne. Tailgaters enjoy their final competition as the 'Viva Las Vegas' theme has everyone betting on who will win.
|April 15, 2012 Zacara defeats Coca-Cola in Quarterfinals|
|Opening Ceremonies with Aaron Carter & Bob Margolis (Mayor of Wellington)|
Halftime fun with Maserati & Ferrari
'Viva Las Vegas' Tailgate Competition
|April 15, 2012 Valiente I defeats Valiente II in Quarterfinals|
(Pablo MacDonough replaces Adolfo Cambiaso at halftime)
|April 15, 2012 La Lechuza Caracas defeats Orchard Hill in Quarterfinals|
April 12, 2012: Lechuza Caracas, Zacara, ERG & Orchard Hill were the winners in today's Nespresso US Open Polo games and advance to claim their spot in Sunday's quarterfinals. There will not be a 3rd time match-up of father and son as both teams will play each-other on Sunday in the 2pm quarterfinal match. One team will advance, one will be eliminated.
Please enjoy our photo coverage from Thursday's first 2 games.
|April 12, 2012 Zacara defeats Valiente I|
|April 12, 2012 La Lechuza Caracas defeats Valiente II|
April 1st, 2012: Today in the Nespresso US Open, Valiente II will play Coca-Cola on field 2 at noon; Adolfo Cambiaso will be sitting this game out due to his hand injury sustained in last Sunday's Piaget Gold Cup final.
The feature match of the week on the Piaget Field at 4pm will be the 2011 defending champions La Lechuza Caracas vs 2009 defending champions Audi. Nespresso launches their new mobile Boutique experience on the north end of the member's side overlooking the Piaget Field and will remain for those seeking the ultimate coffee experience until the final of the 108th Nespresso US Open Polo Championships.
|April 1, 2012 La Lechuza Caracas defeats Audi|
The 2011 defending champions, La Lechuza Caracas defeat Audi, the 2009 defending champions.
|Nespresso Mobile Boutique|
The Nespresso Mobile Boutique opened their doors overlooking the Piaget field for the 1st time at the 1st of IPCPB's 4 Sunday Nespresso USPA 26 goal US Open Polo Championship games.
March 31, 2012: In the 3 games played on Saturday: Zacara, ERG & Valiente I were the winners. View the results below for updated scores.
|March 31, 2012 ERG defeats Orchard Hill|
|March 31, 2012 Zacara defeats Alegria |
March 29, 2012: The 108th US Open Polo Championships started today with wins for Audi & Lechuza Caracas. Please view the complete game schedule below for team results.
Audi vs Coca-Cola started the 108th 26 goal USPA Nespresso US Open Polo Championships played at IPCPB through April 22, 2012
|March 29, 2012 La Lechuza Caracas defeats La Ensenada|
|March 29, 2012 Audi defeats Coca-Cola|
Jeff Hall keeps control of the ball for Audi and avoids the hook attempt by Julio Arellano (Coca-Cola team)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
108th USPA 26 goal Nespresso U.S. Open Polo Championship 2012 Schedule:
Please verify game times & field locations by calling 561-282-5290 as the game schedule is subject to change.
|108th USPA 26 goal Nespresso U.S. Open Championship Schedule:|
1 - Coca-Cola
6 - Zacara
9 - Alegria
2 - Audi
7 - ERG
10 - Orchard Hill
3 - La Ensenada
8 - Las Monjitas
11 - Valiente I
4 - La Lechuza Caracas
5 - Valiente II
US Open Format:
US Open finalists draw between 5 and 11 (5 will get the first round bye)
Teams in Bracket I play within the bracket, best four teams by Blue Book Criteria advance to the quarterfinals.
Teams in Bracket II and III play cross bracket, best four out of all six teams by Blue Book cross bracket criteria advance to the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals: 1st ranked team from Bracket I plays the 4th ranked team from the cross bracket section, 2nd ranked team from Bracket I plays the 3rd ranked team from the cross bracket section, on down the line
Quarterfinal A: #1 Bracket I vs #4 Cross Bracket Section
Quarterfinal B: #2 Bracket I vs #3 Cross Bracket Section
Quarterfinal C: #3 Bracket I vs #2 Cross Bracket Section
Quarterfinal D: #4 Bracket I vs #1 Cross Bracket Section
Semifinal 1: winner of Quarterfinal A vs winner of Quarterfinal C
Semifinal 2: winner of Quarterfinal B vs winner of Quarterfinal D
Hall of Fame Cup:
Teams that do not advance to the quarterfinals will play the Hall of Fame Cup
The three teams eligible for the Hall of Fame Cup will draw to see which team advances directly to the finals; the other two teams will play off to advance to the final.
The Hall of Fame Cup final was Sunday, April 15th at 1:30pm
Teams of the 108th 26 goal Nespresso U.S. Open Polo Championships:
The Nespresso Boutique will be on the member's side facing the Piaget Field every Sunday for the US Open.
Sunday Tickets will be available match day at the
Advanced Ticket sales including the Brunch will be available online at:
www.InternationalPoloClub.com or by
Calling the Polo Box Office at 561-204-5687 ext 107
|The International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at:|
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414
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