Palm Beach Sports Commission Announces New Accomplishments in Polo Competition
22 May, 2019
The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most renowned polo tournaments in the United States. For the first time ever in the sport of polo, the inaugural GAUNTLET OF POLO™ was created in 2019. This series of polo tournaments, which includes the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup®, and the U.S. Open Polo Championship, awarded $1 million to any team who consecutively sweeps the three events within the GAUNTLET OF POLO.
The 2019 polo season culminated with the 115th US Open Polo Championship, offering the most admired trophy presented in the sport. The U.S. Open is the apex of the high-goal tournaments held during the Florida high-goal winter polo season that attracts fans and polo enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world. The GAUNTLET OF POLO challenged the world’s top polo players and ponies to strive for the ultimate championship. Team Pilot earned the first-ever GAUNTLET OF POLO™ Champion title. The final game of the U.S. Open Polo Championship® aired on CBS Sports, Eurosport, and Dsport to more than 250+ million households in more than 66 countries.
The 2019 polo season also witnessed the reintroduction of Gladiator Polo, which is a professional arena polo league that combines the world’s best polo players with modified rules that keep the play fast. Gladiator Polo is played at the International Polo Club’s new arena polo stadium and the rules allow for three polo players on each team.
Team Dublin, Ireland defeated Team Palm Beach to reign as the supreme team within Gladiator Polo. Gladiator Polo will return to Palm Beach County. This new and exciting version of the sport has a chance to redefine the annual polo season taking place in The Palm Beaches.