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Polo Club Hosts Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open

USPA Polo Network to livestream all games

Restoration Hardware’s Jason Crowder and FMB Too!‘s Paco de Narvaez playing polo.
Restoration Hardware’s Jason Crowder and FMB Too!‘s Paco de Narvaez playing polo. (Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club)

The 2017 Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open will be Aug. 13-27 at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, the United States Polo Association (national governing body for polo), and the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club have announced.

Starting Aug. 13, public games will take place Thursdays and Sundays culminating in the championship on Aug. 27. The club will host happy hour after the Thursday games with drink specials along with Nimita's Cuisine serving tapas in the grandstand.

For the championship final, the club will revive the tailgating tradition, inviting guests to come early, set up a tailgate and picnic. For fans who are unable to attend the games in person, the USPA Polo Network will livestream all matches on uspolo.org.

Standing five feet tall, the silver-and-gold trophy for the Pacific Coast Open is crowned with an eagle supporting a globe and adorned with semiprecious stones, The trophy is mounted on a redwood base with side panels depicting lively polo scenes.

The cup was commissioned in 1908 by friends and members of the Coronado Country Club in California. First competed for the following year, it was initially called the All American Polo Trophy.

Over the last 107 years, the trophy has resided at a number of clubs. From the late 1920s until the early ’40s the tournament was hosted by numerous California clubs, often landing at each club for no more than a few years before switching to another.

After World War II, the PCO moved to the posh Beverly Hills Polo Club until 1952 when it took permanent residency at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club where it remains today.

“The USPA is excited to host the 2017 Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open, a historical tournament fielding a number of polo’s top teams,” said USPA chairman Joe Meyer.

“This competition continues to serve as the most highly anticipated high-goal tournament on the Pacific Coast. We would like to thank the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for helping make this event a continued success,” Meyer said.

Six teams will again take to the field to compete for the largest title on the Pacific Coast.

Defending champions Restoration Hardware are back with newest member Matt Coppola, along with Farmers & Merchants Bank, Klentner Ranch, Lucchese, Santa Clara and Sol de Agosto.

Additionally, two-thirds of the competing teams feature Team USPA players, including Klentner Ranch’s Geronimo Obregon and Jesse Bray; Lucchese’s Jared Zenni; Sol de Agosto’s Costi Caset and Jim Wright; and Restoration Hardware’s Matt Coppola.

Team USPA is a USPA program geared toward growing the next generation of polo players and allowing young professionals to enhance their skills.

Unique to this year’s tournament are two father/son teams competing together. Francisco Escobar will participate with son Luis for Santa Clara, and Francisco de Narvaez will be playing with son Paco for Sol de Agusto.  

For more information on the United States Polo Association, visit www.uspolo.org. Tickets are now available for the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open, and can be purchased at www.sbpolo.com.

— Jennifer Zacharias for Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

 

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