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International Polo Cup

Finley Johnson Shepard and Helen Miller Gould at the Meadowbrook Polo Club on June 14, 1913 for the International Polo Cup.
New York Times on June 30, 1912
John Traill and Henry Archdale Tomkinson arriving by boat for the 1914 International Polo Cup
1886 British team

The International Polo Cup, also called the Newport Cup and the Westchester Cup is a trophy in polo that was created in 1876 and was played for by teams from the United States and England The match is the best of three games. In 1886 it was decided to make the polo match a continuing competition. There were a total of 12 matches conducted between 1886 and 1939 between the two countries. The tournament was revived in 1992[1] and the last match was held on July 28, 2013 at Guards Polo Club.[2]


The cup was first awarded to the team of Sir John Watson in 1876 in Newport, Rhode Island. The cup was later purchased by a subscription and presented to the Westchester Polo Club in 1886. It was won consistently by English teams from the Hurlingham Club until 1909. In that year, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Lawrence Waterbury, Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn formed a team, dubbed the Big Four, that won the cup from the English.[3] The same team was successful in 1911 and 1913, but lost the Cup in 1914. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Westchester Cup was the most anticipated event on the sporting calendar in the United States.[4][5]


The cup has been won a total of 10 times by the United States and 6 times by England, including the initial 1876 match. The match was suspended in the 1940s due to World War II and was not revived until the 1990s.[6] [7]

English Team
American Team
1876 England Sir John Watson Newport
1886 England T. Hone, R. Lawley, Malcolm Little (polo) and Sir John Watson William Knapp Thorn, Raymond Belmont, Foxhall Parker Keene and Thomas Hitchcock, Sr. 10-4
1902 [8][9] England Cecil P. Nickalls, Patteson Womersley Nickalls, Frederick Maitland Freake, Walter Selby Buckmaster, George Arthur Miller and Charles Darley Miller Rodolphe Louis Agassiz, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., John Elliott Cowdin, Lawrence Waterbury and Foxhall P. Keene 1-2
1909 United States Herbert Haydon Wilson, Harry Rich, Frederick Maitland Freake, Patteson Womersley Nickalls, Lord Wodehouse and John Hardress Lloyd Lawrence Waterbury, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn 9-5
1911 United States Leslie St. Clair Cheape, Arthur Noel Edwards, John Hardress Lloyd and Herbert Haydon Wilson with Arthur Noel Edwards as the alternate.[10] Lawrence Waterbury, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn 4.5-2.75
4.5 –3.5
1913 United States Leslie St. Clair Cheape, Ralph Gerald Ritson and Vivian Noverre Lockett. Lawrence Waterbury, Louis Ezekiel Stoddard, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn 5.5–3
Meadowbrook on June 14, 1913
1914 England Henry Archdale Tomkinson, Leslie St. Clair Cheape, Frederick W. Barrett and Vivian Noverre Lockett Rene Morgan La Montagne, Jr., James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Devereaux Milburn and Lawrence Waterbury 8.5-3
1921 United States Henry Archdale Tomkinson, Frederick W. Barrett, Lord Wodehouse and Vivian Noverre Lockett Louis Ezekiel Stoddard, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., James Watson Webb, Sr. and Devereaux Milburn 16-5
1924 United States Thomas William Kirkwood, Teignmouth Philip Melvill, Frank Brereton Hurndall, Geoffrey H. Phipps-Hornby, Sr., Eric Garnett Atkinson and Lewis Lawrence Lacey James Watson Webb, Sr., Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., Malcolm Stevenson, Robert Early Strawbridge, Jr. and Devereaux Milburn 16-5
1927 United States Claude Ernest Pert, Richard George (polo), Austin Henry Williams, John Pitt Dening, Charles Thomas Irvine Roark and Eric Garnett Atkinson James Watson Webb, Sr., Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., Malcolm Stevenson and Devereaux Milburn 13-3
1930 [11] United States Gerald Barnard Balding, Sr., Lewis Lawrence Lacey, Charles Thomas Irvine Roark and Humphrey Patrick Guinness. Eric Leader Pedley, Earle Hopping, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr. and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest 10-5
1936 United States Hugh Hesketh Hughes, Gerald Barnard Balding, Sr., Eric Horace Tyrrell-Martin and Humphrey Patrick Guinness. Eric Leader Pedley, Michael Grace Phipps, Stewart Birrell Iglehart and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest. 10-9
1939 United States Robert Skene, Aiden Roark, Gerald Barnard Balding, Sr. and Eric Horace Tyrrell-Martin Michael Grace Phipps, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., Stewart Birrell Iglehart and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest 11-7
1992 United States William Lucas (polo), Cody Forsyth, Alan Kent (polo) and Howard Hipwood John Gobin (polo), Adam Snow, Owen Rinehart and Rob Walton (polo) 8-7 Guards
1997 England William Lucas (polo), Cody Forsyth, Howard Hipwood and Andrew Hine Julio Arellano, Michael Azzaro, Guillermo Gracida, Jr. and John B. Goodman (polo) 12-9 Guards
2009 England Luke Tomlinson, Mark Tomlinson, James Beim and Eduardo Novillo Astrada Adam Snow, Mike Azzaro, Nicholas Roldan, Jeff Blake (polo) and Jeff Hall (polo) 10-9 International
2013 England Luke Tomlinson, James Beim, Mark Tomlinson and John Paul Clarkin Marc Ganzi, Polito Pieres, Nic Roldan, Mike Azzaro, Jeff Blake (polo) 12-11 Guards

External links

  • International Polo Cup team photographs


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