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U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship® Returns to Long Island

Intercollegiate team takes on the pros for a shot at national title

 
PRLog - Jun. 25, 2014 - WELLINGTON, Fla. -- The U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship will take place at Country Farms Polo Club in Medford, N.Y. from July 8 – 12. With roots dating back to 1926, arena polo’s premier national tournament will feature America’s top polo players in this high-speed, fast-action sport as they compete for America’s most coveted arena polo trophy. This marks the third year scores of fans will travel to Country Farms Equestrian Center to watch preliminary matches as teams vie for a spot in the final on Saturday, July 12, at 7:00 pm Eastern.

The championship is played at the highest level of competition in the U.S. with pro-am teams that include America’s top arena polo players.  Making up this year’s teams will be the highest-rated arena player in the world, Tommy Biddle, looking to claim the national title that eluded him last year. Coming back to defend the title is Kris Kampsen, who led the Cedar Croft team to victory last year in an overtime penalty shootout. Additionally, an Intercollegiate team of up-and-coming talent will be competing with returning team member, Nik Feldman (Cornell University), who also played for the winning U.S. Arena Handicap team last year, along with Todd Thurston (University of Virginia) who is a member of Team USPA, a program designed to provide Olympic-level caliber training for the sport's most promising future talent. August Scherer (Southern Methodist University) rounds out the team with experience on the international stage representing the USA in the 2014 Intercollegiate International Challenge Cup held in England. Additionally, all players were three of the four All-Stars selected in the 2014 USPA National Intercollegiate Championship, contributing to their earned spot on this year’s U.S. Open Arena team.

Cedar Croft

Robert Ceparano

Felipe Viana

Kris Kampsen

$D Ranch (pronounced “Dollar D”)

Dan Coleman

Will Tankard

Tommy Biddle

Equuleus

Joe Dimenna

Rob Yackley

Joao Paulo Ganon

I/I Polo

August Scherer

Todd Thurston

Nik Feldman

“We are proud to see the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship offer both Long Island locals and visitors an up close and personal experience with the players and horses,” said Peter Rizzo, CEO of the United States Polo Association (USPA). “We invite the public to attend this historic event to discover the arena style of the sport, which is growing in popularity across the country.”

Arena polo, which is played in an area the size of a football field, is widely known as the perfect home for new polo fans as indoor games offer an up-close look at all the action. The event is timed around several notable tournaments that have placed American polo on the national stage, including the USPA U.S. Open Polo Championship, which aired on the NBC main network in June.

The United States Polo Association will sponsor a live stream of the tournament semi-finals and the championship final in partnership with the PoloNow Network at http://www.chukker.tv/. The Florida-based PoloNow Network is an independent media company that produces content for the Internet and television, operates instant replay and develops technology.

The complete schedule coming soon…for tickets and more information surrounding this year’s tournament, visit http://www.country-farms.com/polo#!__tickets-events.

About The United States Polo Association

The United States Polo Association (USPA) was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. For more information, please visit, www.uspolo.org.

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