C.V. Whitney Cup Finals

C.V. Whitney Cup Finals – Team USPA EQUUS & Co. Awards –

Girls & Open Interscholastic Regional Champions


From USPA Communications

Alegria and Orchard Hill Advance to Sunday’s

USPA C.V. Whitney Cup Final on Sunday, March 1 at 3:00pm

Watch Live Streaming on Chukker.TV









Julian Mannix (4)


Steve Van Andel (A)




Hilario Ulloa (9)


Ezequiel Ferrario (7T)




Mariano Aguerre (9)


Polito Pieres (9)




Sterling Gianico (4)


Facundo Pieres (10)







They’re among the nation’s elite, polo players part of something bigger than themselves, an organization that places an emphasis on building a strong foundation in both player and character development. This year’s finalists for the Team USPA Equus & Co. Award, Zach Grob, Stephanie Massey, Lucas Reid and CB Scherer, all have a unique commonality, they’ve all decided to pursue careers outside of polo but intend to remain tied to the sport for the long-term.

Reid, a two-time nominee for the award, was selected as the winner of the 2015 Team USPA Equus & Co. $10,000 award.

The award honors the Team USPA player who best embodies the spirit and principles of the program. The prestigious award was presented Sunday afternoon, immediately following the USPA Ylvisaker Cup Finals at the Engle & Volkers Field at International Polo Club Palm Beach.


The award was created in 2011 through the altruism of Jim Whisenand and Equus & Co. Equus & Co. is the Private Advisor to the Global Equestrian Community, providing effective access to global Real Polo and the Polo Lifestyle with authenticity and credibility.



Four athletes were selected from the more than 60 Team USPA members to be finalists for the 2015 award:


Lucas ReidMount Vernon, Washington, holds the distinction of being a two-time finalist for the prestigious award. The 26-year-old hails from the Gem State and is 1 goal outdoor and in the arena. Reid showed his initiative by starting the polo program at the University of Idaho during his sophomore year. It was that same determination that led him to be selected as a Northwest Collegiate All-Star in successive seasons 2009-2011. Reid was humbled by the honor and felt flattered to be acknowledged by his peers by being named a finalist.


CB Scherer, Wellington, Florida, enjoyed an outstanding interscholastic career at Culver Military Academy and intercollegiate career at the University of Virginia. He has been a member of Team USPA since the program’s inception in 2010. The 25-year-old is a native Floridian, but since graduating from the University of Virginia, career opportunities in finance have seen him relocate first to New York City and now Boston, where he is employed by the Rockpoint Group, an investment management firm. 


Zach Grob, Sherman, Connecticut, may not have started playing polo until his junior year in high school, but he’s made the most of his opportunities. The 25-year-old played collegiately at the University of Connecticut and is 1 goal outdoors and 3 goals in the arena.  A native of the Constitution State and a member of the Haviland Hollow Polo Club, Grob is in the process of pursuing a career in finance and is currently working in New York City.


Stephanie Massey, Leonard, Texas, like Grob has been a member of Team USPA since 2012. A native of the Lone Star State, Massey honed her skills at River Bend Polo Club in Wellborn, Texas.  After graduating from Texas A&M, Massey is continuing her education at the College Station campus’ Veterinary School. The aspiring veterinarian has also had two equine veterinary internships as a result of participating in the Team USPA program with Shelley Onderdonk, DVM and John Snyder, DVM. The internships provided the 26-year-old with an opportunity to play polo and to improve her skills. Massey played on the women’s polo team for four years.



Girls Interscholastic Championship Finalists



Central Coast (California), Houston, Maryland, and Toronto Polo Clubs to compete for the Dan and Julia Colhoun Trophy March 5-7 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. 


22 girls’ interscholastic teams that began the regular season and have competed in USPA sanctioned tournament play in pursuit of becoming the 2015 interscholastic champion has been narrowed to this season’s final four. Regional Champions will take the field at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on March 5-7 to determine the winner of the Dan and Julia Colhoun trophy, which has signified polo’s interscholastic champions since 1991. 


All four finalist clubs were also finalists in last year’s tournament, in which reigning champions Maryland Polo Club emerged victorious over runner-up Central Coast Polo Club. 12 of the 18 girls playing in this year’s finals also have the experience of playing in the 2014 finals, including the entire defending champion Maryland team.



Western Region Champion

Central Coast Polo Club


Central Region Champion

Houston Polo Club



 Jillian Tietje, age 17


 Courtney Price, age 16



 Trista Noland, age 16


 Nora O’Neill, age 17



 Petra Teixeira, age 13


 Lauren Rae, age 17



 Cassidy Wood, age 12


 Megan Rahlfs, age 16



 Coach: Megan Judge


 Cinderella Von Falkenhausen, age 16





 Grace Mudra, age 11





 Coach:  Mark Prinsloo








Southeastern Region Champion

Maryland Polo Club


Northeastern Region Champion

Toronto Polo Club



Marissa Wells, age 18  


Clare Hearn, age 15


Stephanie Shultz, age 15


Jessica Friedberg, age 18


Maddie Grant, age 15


Molly Houlton, age 15


Abbie Grant, age 14


Samantha Hussey, age 17


Coach:  Kelly Wells


Coach:  Tim Holton



Thursday, March 5 – Semi-finals

Maryland Polo Club vs. Houston Polo Club at 4:00pm PST

Central Coast Polo Club vs. Toronto Polo Club at 6pm PST. 


Friday, March 6 – Consolation Match at 5:00 PM PST


Saturday, March 7 – Championship Final  at 10:00am PST



All matches will be played at Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California.



Open Interscholastic Championship Finalists


38 Open Interscholastic teams competed in regular season and USPA Sanctioned tournament play to determine the top 4 teams to play in the National Championship for the George C. Sherman Trophy, which has been played for since 1928.





Northeastern Region Champion

Toronto Polo Club



Southeastern Region Champion

West Shore Polo Club



Tyler Sifton age 16


Ben Lynch age 17



Braedan McComb age 17


Tommy Huber age16



Mich Ward age 16


George Hempt age 17



Ryan Watchorn age 16


Jackson Bennett age 16



Coach: Scott Weir


Jack Magrudger age 16



Coach: Cindy Halle









Central Regional Winner

Prestonwood Polo Club



Western Regional Winner

Poway Polo Club



Vaughn Miller JR age 15


Ali Mobtaker age 16



Vance Miller III age 13


Molly Agee age 15



Ronnie Puente age 16


Theo Anastos age 16


Coach: Vaughn Miller


Skyler Dale age 14


Coach: Billy Sheldon




Wild Card Selections:



 Eldorado Polo Club 


 Houston Polo Club


 Country Farms Polo Club


 Hank Uretz age 18


 Sloan Stefanakis age 16


 JP Vasquez age 16


 Xander Deutsch age 17


 Grayson Price age 13


 Emma Joinnides age 15


 Rhandy Heredia age 15


 Pierce Anon age 17


 Jed Cogan age 15


 Coach: Claudia Uretz


 Anson Moore age 14


 Olivia Wall age 17




 Coach: Mark Prinsloo


 Coach: Bob Ceparano







Wednesday March 11

3:00 PM Eldorado vs Toronto

5:00 PM Prestonwood vs Country Farms

7:00 PM Poway vs Houston


Friday March 13

3:00 PM: Westshore vs Winner Game 1

5:00 PM: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3


Saturday March 14

1:00 PM: Consolation Game


Sunday March 15

10:00 AM: Open National Interscholastic Finals Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5