The first instalment of the Westchester Cup was played in 1886, in Rhode Island, and England won. It was agreed that the next match would be played on the grounds of the winning country. Thus, the next Westchester Cup was played in England, in 1900. And the third, in 1902, because the Englishmen won both times. The American players would have their shot in 1909, 1911, 1912 and 1913, starting the American run of the Cup, in Meadowbrook, which ended in 1914, when England won again, However, the Westchester Cup would not return until 1921 due to World War I. Only four of which have taken place since World War II.
After another lapse in time, the Westchester Cup returned in 2009, to America’s International Polo Club Palm Beach. That year England, with the unforgettable Javier Novillo Astrada as coach and his brother Eduardo (born in Londres) in the formation, defeated Team USA. The Westchester Cup was played for the last time in 2013, at Guard Polo Club, with England keeping it on home soil. In the details of that match, the local team did have New Zealander John-Paul Clarkin, allowed to play for England as he was born in a country of the Commonwealth, while Polito Pieres, being born in the US, was allowed to play in the visiting team. In 1922, Argentina appeared between the two powers, which brought a third team to the table. Since they couldn’t play the Westchester Cup, they made the Americas Cup.
In 1886, the Westchester Club donated the oldest polo trophy in the world, the Westchester Cup. The Cup, also known as the International Polo Cup, was designed by Tiffany & Co..
The challenge of the historical Westchester Cup will be happend on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, England.
The Westchester Cup will be live-streamed on uspolo.org on Saturday, July 28, 2018.