|Wed 23rd Sep 2020|
Women’s French Open Final
Win for Maison Décale
Early on Sunday 20 September, before the mixed French Open Final, Maison Décale and DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin took to the field at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly for the Final of the Open de France Feminin. Going into the Final, Maison Décale were the favourites as their line-up featured the three Vernot sisters, Pearl, Lucie and Elenea, alongside Caroline Anier, but DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin were not phased and put up a strong resistance. Following their heavy defeat in the qualification stages, Lia Salvo (top goal scorer of the tournament with 12 goals in four matches) organised a new, more defensive strategy, which allowed DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin to lead for two chukkas. However, a myriad of fouls in towards the end of the match saw Salvo’s team lose their advantage and Maison Décale ran out the winners with a final score of 6-4½. Becana, owned by Margaux Perruchot and played by Lia Salvo was the Best Playing Pony, Margaux Perruchot was the Most Valuable Amateur Player and Elena Vernot was the Most Valuable Professional Player.
Open de France Feminin Final Teams:
Maison Décale (16): Pearl Venot (3), Lucie Venot (3), Elena Venot (6) & Caroline Anier (4)
DS Automobile DS Store St Maximin (15): Pauline Schaer (1), Margaux Perruchot (2), Adèle Renauldon (3) & Lia Salvo (9)
Photograph: Action from the Final of the Open de France Feminin. By Justine Jacquemot
Mon 21st Sep 2020
Victory for Les Lions Panarea
Family affair in French Open Final
This year’s French Open was special in many ways, celebrating their 20th anniversary with eight teams, 11 professional Argentine players, plus the Castagnola brothers on opposing teams – the eyes of the polo world have been firmly glued to the action at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly.
Fresh from their Cartier Queen’s Cup win at Guards Polo Club, the 2020 French Open Final saw youngsters Barto (19-years-old) and Camilo ‘Jeta’ (17-years-old) Castagnola face each other from opposing sides of the line-up for the highly anticipated Final representing Les Lions Panarea and Talandracas respectively. Both teams had already met earlier in the tournament on Tuesday 8 September, with an extremely narrow 15-14 win for Les Lions Panarea, so there was plenty of anticipation for a similarly close-fought Final. The first chukka was a fast paced, excellent display of seamless polo, keeping the spectators both at the Club and streaming the match remotely, on the edge of their seats, with the scores impossibly close. However, Les Lions Panarea managed to find their form and pull ahead, and by the penultimate chukka led 9-6. Despite the best efforts of Talandracas the final chukka remained goalless for them, while Les Lions Panarea secured an extra goal to safely take the title 10-6 – Dillon Bacon and Barto Castagnola’s second big win in just a few weeks.
In the post-match presentations, Barto Castagnola was named Most Valuable Player and Frederico, a black stallion ridden by Barto Castagnola, was the Best Playing Pony.
French Open Final Teams:
Les Lions Panarea (17): Arístide Faggionato (1), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (8) & Tommy Beresford (6)
Talandracas (16): Camilo Castagnola (7), Nick Rogerson (1), Francisco Elizalde (8) & Edouard Carmignac (0)
Photograph: Les Lions Panarea, winners of the 2020 French Open. By Justine Jacquemot
Fri 18th Sep 2020
USPA 2021 High Goal Schedule
Season begins 3 January 2021
The United States Polo Association (USPA) and International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) have announced their 2021 high goal schedule, which will begin on Sunday 3 January with The Joe Barry Cup and will end on Sunday 18 April with the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final.
Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the 2020 USPA Gold Cup was postponed, but there are plans to resume the tournament with the Semi Finals on Wednesday 10 February and the Final on Sunday 14 February. After the USPA Gold Cup Final, the 2021 Gauntlet of Polo will commence, returning for the third year, with the C.V. Whitney Cup beginning on Wednesday 17 February.
The safety of staff, players and spectators are of the utmost importance, so the Club will be introducing safety protocols and the plans for spectators, grandstand seating and brunch in the Pavilion will be released once they have been fully formalised.
2021 IPC Polo Schedule (Dates subject to adjustment)
Joe Barry Cup (16-18 goal): 3 – 17 January 2021
Ylvisaker Cup (16-18 goal): 20 January – 7 February 2021
Iglehart Cup (16-18 goal): 10 – 21 February 2021
22 Goal (Gauntlet of Polo)
22 Goal Warm Up: 1 – 14 February 2021
2020 USPA Gold Cup Semi Finals & Final: 10 – 14 February 2021
C.V. Whitney Cup (18-22 goal): 17 February – 7 March 2021
U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship: 10 – 20 March 2021
USPA Gold Cup (18-22 goal): 10 – 28 March 2021
U.S. Open Polo Championship (18-22 goal): 31 March – 18 April 2021
Photograph: Action from the 2020 USPA Gold Cup. Courtesy of USPA/Gauntlet of Polo