The 2011 USPA Piaget Gold Cup Played at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida's Equestrian Community.

The 26 Goal USPA Gold Cup, first played in 1974 at the Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, is a symbol of professionalism, good sportsmanship and high goal polo at its finest. This tournament has been played at various polo clubs throughout its history and since 2007, the International Polo Club Palm Beach has proudly hosted this prestigious event. Further adding to the tournament’s high-status, Piaget, a prominent world-renown watchmaker, is the title sponsor of the USPA Gold Cup Tournament.

The 2011 Piaget Gold Cup had 3 Brackets consisting of 4 teams each, a total of 12 Teams looked to win the title of this prestigious 26 goal Cup.

March 20, 2011 Audi defeats Lechuza Caracas 10-9 in O/T and wins the 2011 Piaget Gold Cup!
                                    
 


Teams (Rounds: win-lose)

Bracket I
Bracket II
Bracket III
Valiente (1-2)
Lechuza Caracas (2-1)
Faraway (0-3)
 Zacara (3-0)
Piaget(0-3)
 Audi (3-0)
 Crab Orchard (2-1)
 Las Monjitas (3-0) Hawks (2-1)
 Bendabout (0-3)
Pony Express (1-2)Orchard Hill (1-2)
   

March 20, 2011 Audi defeats Lechuza Caracas 10-9 in O/T and wins the 2011 USPA 26 Goal Piaget Gold Cup

'Septiva' The Best Playing Pony of the 2011 USPA 26 Goal Piaget Gold Cup owned by Sapo (Guillermo) Caset of Lechuza Caracas.

Piaget Gold Cup Results/Gallery Links:

March 20, 2011 Jon Secada sings the National Anthem in Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 USPA 26 goal Piaget Gold Cup. Audi defeats Lechuza Caracas 10-9 in Sudden-death O/T and wins the 2011 Piaget Gold Cup; winning score by Nico Pieres, also awarded MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the Final. Piaget awarded Sapo Caset of Lechuza Caracas the Best Playing Pony Award for his mare 'Septiva' (see photo above) played in 2 different chukkers.

'A well-anticipated match final between Audi and Lechuza Caracas in the USPA 26 goal Piaget Gold Cup Final did not disappoint spectators or fans. A last minute change for Lechuza Caracas before the game started had Matthew Coppola substituting for Victor Vargas, still recovering from a bad fall in the semifinals. Juan Martin Nero played an exceptional game for Lechuza Caracas - always in the action and Matt Coppola did an outstanding job filling in for Victor Vargas. Both teams, Audi and Lechuza Caracas worked hard at both their offense and defense; no points being scored easily and very few from penalties. In the last 38 seconds of the game, Lechuza Caracas ahead 9-8, had a foul called on Sapo Caset for hitting the ball into the crowds. This gave Audi a penalty point, tying the game and sending it into the 7th chukker, sudden death overtime. Audi gained the advantage at the throw in with Nico Pieres, always in the action for Audi, gains possession of the ball and breaks away from the pack. Nico galloped toward the goal not unchallenged, as Juan Martin looked for a way to stop him without a penalty. Nico Pieres keeping control of the ball, scores the winning goal giving Audi the win of the 2011 Piaget Gold Cup final.' - WellingtonPolo.net

For optimum photo viewing, please view all Galleries below in a full screen slide show on this page or visit the gallery through the link within the slide show.

Audi vs Lechuza Caracas in the 2011 26 goal USPA Piaget Gold Cup Final Game Gallery


 Audi vs Lechuza Caracas
Horses & Groom Gallery




Pre-Game Activities of
Audi vs Lechuza Caracas &
Opening Ceremonies with
Special Guest
Jon Secada - Grammy Winner
Sings the National Anthem at the USPA
Piaget Gold Cup Finals March 20, 2011.
Halftime Fun

 Award Ceremony - Trophy Presentation
Audi defeats Lechuza Caracas & wins the
2011 USPA 26 Goal Piaget Gold Cup.

Piaget,
The Title Sponsor of the
2011 USPA 26 Goal Gold Cup
Finals Played March 20, 2011 at the
International Polo Club Palm Beach
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March 17, 2011 Semifinals: Audi defeats Las Monjitas & Lechuza Caracas defeats Zacara, both teams advancing to the Piaget Gold Cup finals to be played March 20, 2011 at 3pm on the Piaget Field. The semifinals proved once again to be exciting matches with many memorable moments. Both Lechuza Caracas and Audi were behind at their halftimes, but both teams showed their determination and skill, achieving the semi-final win and advancing to a well-anticipated match final. In 2009 we watched Audi & Lechuza Caracas play in the final of the Piaget Gold Cup. Lechuza Caracas, 2009 defending champions, will surely have Audi working hard to claim the title. Team Audi & Lechuza Caracas have proved their skill and their horses both fast & willing to get the ball to goal. The 2011 Piaget Gold Cup final will be one game where spectators won't want to take their eyes off the action, even for a moment!

March 17, 2011 Semifinal: Lechuza Caracas defeats Zacara

Lechuza Caracas vs Zacara Game Gallery

Lechuza Caracas vs Zacara
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 17, 2011 Semifinal: Audi defeats Las Monjitas 12-11 in O/T

Audi vs Las Monjitas Game Gallery

Audi vs Las Monjitas
Horses & Groom Gallery








March 13, 2011: Las Monjitas, Lechuza Caracas & Audi advance to the Semifinals, joining Zacara.

March 13, 2011: Audi defeats the Hawks 13-8

Audi vs Las Monjitas Game Gallery
Pirates Take Over Tailgating at IPCPB

Audi vs Hawks
Horses & Groom Gallery



Opening Ceremonies




Sunday Award Ceremonies


March 13, 2011: Orchard Hill defeats Faraway 11-10

Orchard Hill vs Faraway Game Gallery

Orchard Hill vs Faraway
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 13, 2011: Las Monjitas defeats Lechuza Caracas 12-11

Las Monjitas vs Lechuza Caracas Game Gallery

Las Monjitas vs Lechuza Caracas
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 13, 2011: Pony Express defeats Piaget 11-10 O/T

Pony Express vs Piaget Game Gallery

Pony Express vs Piaget
Horses & Groom Gallery





IPC Press Release: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - It’s going to be a star studded Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach as E!’ News Host Giuliana Rancic and Apprentice Winner Bill Rancic along with fashion designer Betsey Johnson join the club for its famed Sunday Brunch & Polo.
Guests are encouraged to put on their best “Betsey” ensemble and enjoy a day of fun, food and fashion!
(2pm-5pm)  Sunday Brunch & Polo
(3pm)  Bill Rancic and Betsey Johnson will throw the official coin toss to kick off the featured match between team Audi and Hawks as the 2011 USPA Piaget Gold Cup continues.

March 12, 2011: Zacara defeats Crab Orchard 14-11 & advances to the Semifinals.

March 10, 2011: Lechuza Caracas defeats Pony Express.

March 10, 2011: Las Monjitas defeats Piaget.

March 10, 2011: Audi defeats Orchard Hill 18-12.

March 9, 2011: Zacara defeats Bendabout 15-13.

Zacara vs Bendabout Game Gallery

Zacara vs Bendabout
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 9, 2011: Crab Orchard defeats Valiente 10-9.

Crab Orchard vs Valiente Game Gallery

Crab Orchard vs Valiente
Horses & Groom Gallery





March 9, 2011: Hawks defeat Faraway 10-6.

March 6, 2011: Las Monjitas defeats Pony Express 20-8.

Las Monjitas vs Pony Express Game Gallery




Las Monjitas vs Pony Express
Opening Ceremonies & Halftime Fun

Las Monjitas vs Pony Express

Horses & Groom Gallery

March 5, 2011: Lechuza Caracas defeats Piaget 14-8.

March 5, 2011: Zacara defeats Valiente 10-7.

Zacara vs Valiente Game Gallery

Zacara vs Valiente 
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 5, 2011: Crab Orchard defeats Bendabout 13-10.

Crab Orchard vs Bendabout Game Gallery

Crab Orchard vs Bendabout
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 4, 2011: Audi defeats Faraway 12-10.

Audi vs Faraway Game Gallery


Nico Pieres in scoring position for Audi.
Audi vs Faraway
Horses & Groom Gallery






March 4, 2011: Hawks defeat Orchard Hill 13-11.

Hawks vs Orchard Hill Game Gallery


Fred Mannix taking the ball to goal for the Hawks.
Hawks vs Orchard Hill
Horses & Groom Gallery





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First Round of Games:

Friday March 4:

1 pm Hawks vs Orchard Hill Bracket III - Field 3

3 pm Faraway Polo vs Audi  Bracket III - Field 5

Saturday March 5:

10 am Crab Orchard vs Bendabout Bracket I - Isla Carroll West Field

1 pm Valiente vs Zacara Bracket I - field 4

3 pm Lechuza vs Piaget Bracket II - field 2

Sunday March 6:

3 pm Las Monjitas vs Pony Express Bracket II - Piaget Field

Round II

March 9 Wednesday:

10 am Faraway vs. Hawks Bracket III - field 4

2 pm Valiente vs. Crab Orchard Bracket I - Isla Carroll East field

4 pm Zacara vs. Bendabout Bracket I - field 2

March 10 Thursday:

10 am Audi vs. Orchard Hill Bracket III - Isla Carroll West

***2 pm Now 4pm Lechuza vs. Pony Express Bracket II - field 3

4 pm Piaget vs. Las Monjitas Bracket II - field 5

Round III

March 12 Saturday:

***2 pm Now 1pm Valiente vs. Bendabout Bracket I - Isla Carroll East field

***4 pm Now 3pm Zacara vs. Crab Orchard Bracket I - field 4

March 13 Sunday:

10 am Lechuza vs. Las Monjitas Bracket II - field 5

10 am Piaget vs. Pony Express Bracket II - Isla Carroll West field

Noon Faraway vs. Orchard Hill Bracket III - field 2

3 pm Audi vs Hawks Bracket III - Piaget Field - Main Stadium

***Semifinals Now March 17 Thursday:

***10 am Semifinal: Audi vs Las Monjitas - field 4

***Noon Semifinal: Lechuza Caracas vs Zacara - field 3

March 17 Thursday:

2 pm & 4 pm Butler Handicap Semifinals

March 20 Sunday:

Noon Butler Handicap final

3 pm USPA Piaget Gold Cup final  -Audi vs Lechuza Caracas - Piaget Field
 






























Brackets/Teams/Players

Bracket I

Valiente (26)

Bobby Jornayvaz 0

Polito Pieres 8

Miguel Astrada 9

Nacho Astrada 9


Zacara (25)

Mariano Uranga 5

Lyndon Lea 1

Sebastian Merlos 9

Facundo Pieres 10

 

Crab Orchard (26)

Ignatius du Plessis 7

Hilario Ulloa 9

Adolfo Cambiaso 10

George Rawlings 0


Bendabout (26)

Gillian Johnston 1

Magoo LaPrida 9

Julio Arellano 9

Sugar Erskine 7

Bracket II

Lechuza Caracas (26)

Victor Vargas 1

Guillermo Caset Jr. 9

Juan Martin Nero 10

Martin Espain 6


Piaget (24)

Melissa Ganzi 0

Nachi Heguy 9

Lolo Castagnola 9

Juan Bollini 6


Las Monjitas (26)

Camilo Bautista 0

Agustin Merlos 9

Eduardo Astrada 10

Santiago Toccalino 7


Pony Express (26)

Bob Daniels 0

Agustin Garcia Grossi 8

Santiago Chavanne 9

Bautista Heguy 9

Bracket III

Faraway (25)

Hutton Goodman 0

Lucas Monteverde 9

Mike Azzaro 8

Nicolas Roldan 8


Audi (26)

Marc Ganzi 1

Nicolas Pieres 7

Gonzalito Pieres 10

Rodrigo Andrade 8T


Hawks (26)

Julian Mannix 3

Fred Mannix 6

Mariano Aguerre 10

Mariano Gonzalez 7


Orchard Hill (26)

Hector Galindo 7

Lucas Criado 9

Pablo MacDonough 10

Steve Van Andel 0

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The International Polo Club Palm Beach
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