NYC Polo and Blue Stone Farms dueled for arena supremacy and the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship July 23 at Country Farms Polo Club in Medford, New York, and when the dust settled, NYC Polo emerged victorious for the second consecutive year.
This was Blue Stone Farms' first time in the big dance, and they performed admirably after one of the original finalists, High Ground, was unable to contest the final due to scheduling difficulties. The team was made up of Guillame Gimonet, Guillermo Usandizaga and Alan Martin, who was the substitute for Daniel Scott.
NYC Polo, captained by venerable veteran Tommy Biddle and rounded out with Sam Ramirez Jr. and Team USPA member Jared Sheldon, took command of the game immediately. Leading for the entire match by a minimum of four goals, it was clear that nothing would stand between the experienced squad and the U.S. Open Arena Championship, and they ended the match 19-12.
Guillermo Usandizaga, Blue Stone Farms' high scoring player, was awarded Most Valuable Player, and Best Playing Pony went to Cammy Boy, played by Jared Sheldon and owned by Sam Ramirez Jr.
Photos courtesy United States Polo Association