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.



NEWS! April 22, 2012 Zacara wins the 108th USPA Nespresso US Open Polo Championships
View all of our 26 goal Nespresso US Open Polo Photo coverage by Clicking Here!


Zacara - The 2012 winners of the USPA 26 goal Nespresso US Open Polo Championships played at IPCPB in Wellington, FL.

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.

Photo galleries include the Opening Ceremonies featuring Miss America 2012 and Ferrari, 3 Ferraris join in for the Halftime Champagne Divot-Stamp, The game Zacara vs Lechuza Caracas, & the Award Ceremony. If you have trouble viewing the galleries from this page, please click the link above; it will take you to the main gallery group containing all of the US Open Games we photographed.
April 22, 2012 Zacara vs Lechuza Caracas in 108th Nespresso US Open Final


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April 22, 2012 Opening Ceremonies of 108th Nespresso US Open Final

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April 22, 2012 Halftime Champagne Divot-Stamp & Ferraris during the
108th
Nespresso US Open Final
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April 22, 2012 Award Ceremonies of
Zacara defeats Lechuza Caracas in 108th
Nespresso US Open Final
          
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Thursday April 18, 2012 Semifinals: In the 108th US Open semifinals played at IPCPB, Lechuza Caracas defeated Valiente I in O/T, winning goal by Facundo Obregon; Zacara defeated ERG 14-13. All 4 teams had both the skill and the determination needed but in the end it boiled down to time as the deciding factor for the 2 winning teams that advance to the final being played Sunday April 22, 2012. However, 4 very determined teams played in the most exciting games of the year, as they looked to claim their spot in the US Open Championships final!
April 18, 2012 Zacara defeats ERG in Semifinals
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April 18, 2012 Lechuza Caracas defeats Valiente I in Semifinals

April 18, 2012 Lechuza Caracas Horses & Grooms in Semifinals
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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

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April 15, 2012 Valiente I defeats Valiente II in Quarterfinals
(Pablo MacDonough replaces Adolfo Cambiaso at halftime)

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April 15, 2012 La Lechuza Caracas defeats Orchard Hill in Quarterfinals

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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.


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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

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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

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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:

Day

Date

Time

Teams

Results

Bracket

Field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu.

Mar. 29

2pm

Coca-Cola vs. Audi

 Audi (15-10)

Bracket I

 IC West

 

 

4pm

La Ensenada vs. Lechuza Caracas

 Lechuza (15-7)

Bracket I

 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat.

Mar. 31

10am

Zacara vs. Alegria

 Zacara (15-10)

Bracket II/III

 IC East

 

 

12pm

ERG vs. Orchard Hill

ERG (13-10)

Bracket II/III

 3

 

 

4pm

Las Monjitas vs. Valiente I

Valiente I (8-6)

Bracket II/III

 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun.

Apr. 1

12pm

Coca-Cola vs. Valiente II

Valiente II (12-5)

Bracket I

 2

 

 

4pm

Audi vs. Lechuza Caracas

Lechuza (14-8)

Bracket I

 Piaget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu.

Apr. 5

2pm

 Audi vs. Valiente II (Santiago Chavanne 9 goals replaced Adolfo Cambiaso)

Audi (12-11)

Bracket I

 IC West

Fri

Apr. 6

10am

Coca-Cola vs. La Ensenada

Coca-Cola (15-8)

Bracket I

IC East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat.

Apr. 7

2pm

ERG vs. Valiente I

Valiente I (18-8)

Bracket II/III

 4

 

 

4pm

Las Monjitas vs. Alegria

 Alegria (8-6)

Bracket II/III

 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun.

Apr. 8

10am

Coca-Cola vs. Lechuza Caracas

Coca-Cola (9-7)

Bracket I

 

 

 

12pm

La Ensenada vs. Valiente II

Valiente II (10-8)

Bracket I

 

 

 

4pm

Zacara vs. Orchard Hill

 Zacara (15-12)

Bracket II/III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed

Apr. 11

10am

Audi vs. La Ensenada

Audi (11-7)

Bracket I

 

 

 



 


 

 Thu

 Apr. 12

 11am

 Lechuza Caracas vs. Valiente II

 Lechuza (12-10)

 Bracket I

 2



1pm

Zacara vs. Valiente I

 Zacara (11-9)

Bracket II/III

 5

 

 

3pm

ERG vs. Alegria

ERG (13-10)

Bracket II/III

 Piaget

 

 

5pm

Las Monjitas vs. Orchard Hill

Orchard Hill (7-5)

Bracket II/III

 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarterfinals

 

 

 

Sun.

Apr. 15

10am

Audi vs ERG

ERG (12-10)

 

 2

 

 

Noon

 Lechuza Caracas vs Orchard Hill

 Lechuza (13-11)

 

 5

 

 

 2pm

 Valiente I vs Valiente II

 Valiente I (14-11)

 

 IC West

 

 

 4pm

 Coca-Cola vs Zacara

 Zacara (13-7)

 

Piaget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

 Apr. 15

 1:30

Piaget vs La Ensenada in

Hall of Fame Cup Final

Piaget (14-12)

 

3

 

 

 

Semi Finals

 

 

 

Wed

Apr. 18

2pm

US Open Semifinal 1
Lechuza Caracas vs Valiente I

Lechuza Caracas

 

4

 

 

4pm

US Open Semifinal 2
ERG vs Zacara

 Zacara (14-13)

 

Piaget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINALS

 

 

 

Sat.

Apr. 21

TBA

8-Goal President's Cup Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun.

Apr. 22

4pm

108th US Open Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lechuza Caracas vs Zacara

Zacara (10-8)

 

Piaget 



Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

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

Semifinals:

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

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Teams of the 108th 26 goal Nespresso U.S. Open Polo Championships:

Audi (26)

La Lechuza Caracas (26)

Valiente I (26)

Marc Ganzi 1

Nico Pieres 8

Gonzalito Pieres 10

Jeff Hall 7

Victor Vargas 1

Sapo Caset 10

Juan Martin Nero 10

Facundo Obregon 5

Bob Jornayvaz A

Polito Pieres 8

Miguel N Astrada 9

Nacho N Astrada 9

Alegria (26)

La Ensenada (25)

Valiente II (25)

Julian Mannix 3

Freddie Mannix 6

Mariano Aguerre 9

Tomas Garcia del Rio 8


Ernesto Gutierrez A
Lucas James 8T
Matias Magrini 9T
J.A. Garcia Grossi 8

Robert Jornayvaz A

Adolfo Cambiaso 10

Pelon Stirling 9

Alejo Taranco 6

Coca-Cola (26)

Las Monjitas (26)

Zacara (26)

Gillian Johnston 1

Hilario Ulloa 9

Julio Arellano 9

Luis Escobar 7

Camilo Bautista A

Inaki LaPrida 7

Javier N Astrada 9

Eduardo N Astrada 10

Lyndon Lea 1

Mike Azzaro 7

Magoo LaPrida 8

Facundo Pieres 10

ERG (26)

Orchard Hill (26)

 

Scott Wood A

Augustine Merlos 9

Sebastian Merlos 9

Paco de Narvaez 8

Steve Van Andel A

Mariano Gonzalez 7

Pablo MacDonough 10

Lucas Criado 9


Lechuza Caracas, the 2011 defending champions of the US Open Polo Championships at International Polo Club Palm Beach, Wellington, FL


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 gate.
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

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The International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at:
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414


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