USPA Silver Cup field at Santa Barbara

Catamount joins the
field for the USPA Piaget Silver Cup

By Alex Webbe

Six teams line up for the 2013 USPA Piaget Silver Cup at the
Santa Barbara Polo Club with action scheduled to get underway on Friday, August
2nd with three games slated to be played.

After making their way to the finals of the Lucchese America
Cup last week, the Merchant Hub team (Matias Bullrich, Toto Collardin, Michel
Dorignac and Luis Escobar) dropped out of the 20-goal competition at the Santa
Barbara Polo Club, with Scott Devon’s Catamount team (Scott Devon, Julio
Gracida, Mike Azzaro and Brandon Phillips) will be taking the final position in
the six team bracket of play.

Catamount has had a history of successes over the years
including C. V. Whitney Cup titles in 2004 and 2007.  A longtime fixture on the International Polo
Club polo fields, Devon has mounted a team that will compete in the USPA Piaget
Silver Cup and the Bombardier Pacific Coast Open this year.

Opening day play will feature a 10AM contest between La
Herradura (Alvaro Fernandez, Marianito Obregon, Memo Gracida and Carlos
Gracida) and Farmers and Merchants Bank (Dan Walker, Inaki Laprida, Lucas
Criado and Henry Walker) on Tom Barrack’s Piocho Ranch field.

The 2PM contest will pit ERG (Scott Wood, Sugar Erskine,
Jeff Blake and Paco de Narvaez) against the 2012 defending championship Lucchese
team (Andres Weisz, Tavi Usandizaga, Pelon Stirling and John Muse) on the ERG

The 3PM match will see Ben Soleimani’s newly christened Restoration
Hardware team (Ben Soleimani, Hilario Ulloa, Adam Snow and Santi Von Wernich)
take the field against Catamount (Scott Devon, Julio Gracida, Mike Azzaro and
Brandon Phillips).  The Restoration Hardware
lineup had competed as Mansour in the high goal season opening El Encanto Polo
Classic, and the USPA Lucchese America Cup, which they won.