David Lominska

Polo | Tournaments

Hurlingham Polo Association accepts United States Polo Association’s Challenge for the 2018 Westchester Cup

17th April 2018 | Berkshire, England

The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and United States PoloAssociation will be challenging

The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and United States Polo Association will be challenging each other for the historical Westchester cup which would take place on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Berkshire, England.
The Berkshire Cup was created by Tiffany & Co. was first played between United States and Great Britain in 1886. After the first World War, the Cup was revived in 1921. After the second World War, the Cup was not played again until 1992 when it was reintroduced as a one-off match. The Cup has been played 17 times since 1886, and the record is 10-7 in favour of USA. The cup is currently held by England, who defeated team USA back in 2013.
“To compete for the Westchester Cup is very meaningful to the players,” said USPA Executive Director of Services Carlucho Arellano. “Whenever you travel overseas to represent your country, the importance of victory grows exponentially. The challenge trophy, which the winners retain, has a great history of healthy but fierce competition. It has been in England since 1997, so this will be a significant match for the USA team”
Team USPA will feature Julio Arellano (8), Jeff Hall (7), Nic Roldan (8) and Costi Caset (5) while Carlucho Arellano (5) will serve as the alternate and coach, and the team will look to hoist the cup for the first time since 1992. Team USA will be hosted at the Cowdray Estate in Midhurst West Sussex, where pregame practices will be held. An invitation has been extended to the HPA to play the Westchester Cup next year on U.S. soil.
“I am delighted that the USA team has issued a challenge and that the Flannels England team will be competing for this great cup in 2018, A huge amount of our pride and history is caught up in the Westchester legend and we want it to become the Ryder Cup of polo. I look forward to an exciting new chapter of this great story at our new venue.” said HPA Chairman, Stephan Hutchinson.
The Flannels England Team will be outfitted in Hurlingham 1875 while the USA team will sport the U.S. Polo Assn. apparel on and off the field. The USA. John Muse and Lucchese, will outfit the USA team players in Lucchese boots.
“We are delighted that this fantastic trophy will be competed for here at the new hub of English polo on our first International Day, It is going to be a very exciting and truly international day with the Flannels England team versus the USA team. Additionally, the Flannels England Ladies team will be playing for the Diamond Jubilee trophy. We are thrilled to host these two world-class matches.” said Jamie Morrison, Chairman, Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.