Scone Polo Trophy Ceremony with HM the Queen



In a smashing debut, Scone Polo won the 2019 Cartier Queen’s Cup on Sunday, April 25, at Guards Polo Club in England. It was also Nico Pieres’s first time winning the tournament. His brother Facundo holds 5 Queen’s Cup trophies; Gonzalo, his father, has 4; Gonzalito, 2; and Uncle Alfonso, 1.

Scone Polo’s story through this year’s competition has been incredible, and this final was no exception. Some had written off this new team after they lost their first two games. Things changed in the third league match of the tournament – they suddenly found a winning way of playing and have not looked back since. Great teamwork took them to the final.

David Paradice’s team delivered a strong performance in the second half of the final, playing their crowd-pleasing four-man polo, to win 9-5. Their coach is Alberto “Pepe” Heguy. Paradise, the popular Australian patron, received the coveted cup from HM The Queen and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK.

Scone’s opponents, Andrey Borodin’s Park Place, were runners-up for the second successive year. The game started in Park Place’s favor – they were 2-0 up after the first chukker, and although Scone Polo got themselves on even terms in the second (3-3), Park Place seemed to be in the driver’s seat, but later on found themselves struggling to counteract Scone Polo’s increasing confidence. Park Place did not to score at all in the fifth—and all of sudden, with just seven minutes left to play, it was Scone Polo’s game.

Winning player, Englishman James Harper, who had a brilliant game at back for Scone Polo, was named the Cartier Most Valuable Player. He also received the Cartier Best Playing Pony Rug for Twitter, a Jim Gilmore-owned, seven-year-old chestnut mare.


HM The Queen also presented the subsidiary final prize, the Cartier Trophy, to Hugues Carmignac, patron of Talandracas, one of 12 teams that had entered this year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup competition. They beat Jean-Francois Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco 11-8 in an earlier match on this day. There was little air between these two teams at half time – 7-6 in favor of Talandracas. Things changed when La Bamba’s David Stirling retired after the third chukker. He had been injured in the second, and although he continued to play until half-time it was clear he was in some pain.

Polito Pieres subbed for him, but a change of personnel always upsets a team’s dynamics and La Bamba failed to score in the next two chukkers. Talandracas, meanwhile, put four more goals on the board. La Bamba got back into the game in the sixth, but it was too late and Talandracas won the sub final by three goals. The winning team’s Alejandro Muzzio was later named Most Valuable Player, receiving his prize from HM The Queen.


Scone Polo: David Paradice 0, James Beim 7 (3 goals, one penalty), Nicolás Pieres 9 (3, one penalty) and James Harper 6 (3). Total: 22

Park Place: Andrey Borodin 0 (1), Juan Britos (h) 7 (1), Hilario Ulloa 10 (2) and Benjamín Urquiza 5 (1 penalty). Total: 22

Scone Polo: 0-2, 3-3, 4-3, 4-4, 8-4, 9-5.


Talandracas: Hugues Carmignac 0, Alejandro Muzzio 7, Francisco Elizalde 8 and Julián de Lusarreta 7. Total: 22.

La Bamba de Areco: Jean Francois Decaux 0, Kian Hall 3, David Stirling (h) 9 (injured and was replaced by Polito Pieres 9 at the start of the fourth chukker), and Juan Martín Nero 10 . Total: 22

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