Hall of Fame
Below you can search inductees by name, in alphabetical order, or by their year of induction, from 1990 to the present day, and read a short biography listing their accomplishments and contributions to the sport.
Rodolphe Agassiz2004Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Rodolphe AgassizElected 2004
In 1894, Rodolphe Louis Agassiz became one of the first 10-goalers in the United States, playing for Myopia Hunt Club where he generally played Back. He began playing at Harvard, class of 1892, and was a two-time winner of the Newport Tournament (1891 & ‘95), a major event in those days. He also won, twice, the Senior Championship (the most important competition before the advent of the U.S. Open) and the Championship and Added Cups. He represented the United States in the 1902 Westchester Cup at Hurlingham and retired from the game in 1912. He distinguished himself in the Boston business community and its charitable sector as well.
Lester (Red) Armour, III1999Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Lester (Red) Armour, IIIElected 1999
Heralding the second flowering of American polo, Lester "Red" Armour, III, rode mightily in the saddle, delighting the throngs of polo's new fans. An aggressive 9-goaler and powerful hitter, he anchored U.S.A.'s international teams in two Cup of the Americas, two victorious Camacho Cups, one heroically so, and a Coronation Cup.
Eager to help nurture a new generation of players and give to his sport, Red generously gave of his time, and took an active role in the USPA, including a Governorship and Chairmanship of the Handicap Committee. Always a serious contender, Red has a U.S. Handicap, two Gold Cups, three Silver Cups and a North American Cup to his credit, along with wins in countless other leagues and matches coast to coast.
Michael Azzaro2013Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Michael AzzaroElected 2013
In 1986 at the age of 21, young Mike Azzaro burst onto the national scene winning his first U.S. Open Championship and the Cartier International Open, followed by recognition in 1987 with the Polo Excellence Award for "Young Player of the Year," "Centennial Era Young Player" in 1990 and "Player of the Year" in 1994, the year he attained a 10-goal handicap and then held for fourteen years.
During his remarkable career, Mike won six U.S. Open Championships between 1986 and 2012, the Silver Cup three times, the Butler Handicap, the Iglehart Cup and the 30-Goal World Cup. He played on the winning U.S. team in the 1987 Coronation Cup and accumulated an impressive playing record in England and Argentina.
Paul W. "Bill" Barry2006Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Paul W. "Bill" BarryElected 2006
Bill Barry was a true horseman, and for more than six decades, generations of players from all over the country sought to be mounted on his exceptionally well-trained ponies. His superb mastery of the horse allowed Barry to maintain his 7-goal rating for five years, in 1948, '49, '55, '56 and '57.
Over the years, he played in numerous polo tournaments. Barry was on the victorious U.S.A. team in the 1946 Camacho Cup, and he went on to capture the 1955 U.S. Open Championship, the 1954 Butler Handicap, the 1954 National 20-Goal (Silver Cup) and the National 12-Goal in 1957.
Remembered as a true gentleman by those who knew him, he also influenced many aspiring polo players, to whom he was endearingly known as Uncle Bill.
Roy M. Barry1995Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Roy M. BarryElected 1995
Seemingly effortless talent is what Roy M. Barry always projected. While a 9-goaler, he, with but a few others, held the mantle of America's best. The Barry family was the First Family of U.S. polo for two decades, and Roy, more than any player of this time, personified the unique American style of polo in his day.
His shining moments were in representing his country twice in the Americas' Cup against the invincible Argentina, and two victories, playing number three, against Britain in the Coronation Cup. He was also part of the U.S. team against Mexico for the Camacho Cup. Roy's ability and composure under fire earned him, amongst others, three U.S. Open Championships, two Gold Cup and Butler Handicap titles each, as well as Twenty-Goal and North American Cup titles.
Harold A. (Joe) Barry1999Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Harold A. (Joe) BarryElected 1999
In the tradition of the Barry excellence, Harold "Joe" Barry, a galloping oak tree with the soul of a poet, took his place in the forefront of American polo. An impenetrable Back at 9-goals, no one could hit a longer ball or provide a more reliable presence.
Soft spoken off the field and ever the gentleman on the field, polo has no better role model than Joe. A horseman practically from birth, his talents with them are renowned - a chip off the old block. As an internationalist, he played twice on the U.S.A. squad in the Cup of the Americas, and brought home the Coronation and Camacho Cup trophies. Six U.S. Open Championships, three Gold Cups, three Silver Cups, two Butler Handicaps, and two North American titles bear witness to his awesome career.
Harold L. Barry1991Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Harold L. BarryElected 1991
Harold Barry was the youngest of four brothers in the first generation of this famous polo playing Texas family. His name first appeared in the records of the U.S. Polo Association in 1937 at zero goals; he was six goals in 1941 and achieved a nine-goal handicap in 1956.
Among his many trophies, some of the more notable were winning the U.S. Open Championship seven times, the National 20 Goal on four occasions and the prestigious Coronation Cup in England in 1971, '72, and '73. He played on the United States team against the Argentina team in 1966 and again in 1969.
Throughout his many years in polo, he, like other members of his family, has been known as an outstanding horseman and player and one of the longest hitters the game has produced.
Carlton Beal1992Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Carlton BealElected 1992
Carlton Beal represented four generations of his family in polo. He began polo on a bicycle and later in the 1930s under his father's guidance and the tutelage of Hugh Drury and Snowy Baker, at Menlo School and at Stanford. Highlights of his active career included the Monty Waterbury Cup in 1950 at Meadow Brook, the U.S. Open Championship in 1952 at the Beverly Hills Polo Club and in 1956, rated at 6-goals, the Intercircuit Cup with two of his sons at Oakbrook.
His playing career was matched by his devotion to every aspect of polo from club activities in California and Texas to governorship of the U.S. Polo Association, the Polo Training Foundation, and the Polo Museum.
James Gordon Bennett1992Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
James Gordon BennettElected 1992
James Gordon Bennett saw polo played in England and France and brought back to New York some equipment and a knowledge of the Hurlingham Club rules of play. He gathered an enthusiastic group of horsemen, sent to Texas for suitable ponies and established headquarters at Dickel's Riding Academy. The Westchester Polo Club was formed on March 6, 1876.
He purchased land, north of the city adjoining the Jerome Race Track, and the first game was played that May on the grass infield of the track itself. His playing career was short but his interest and sponsorship continued until polo was firmly established. The Polo Association, on his death in 1918, paid him tribute as the introducer of the game of polo to the United States.
James Gordon Bennett, Jr with a true polo "pony" circa 1870s
Robert D. Beveridge2006Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Robert D. BeveridgeElected 2006
Bob Beveridge played polo for 35 years and was the embodiment of the gentleman polo player. By the time he reached his 7-goal rating in 1967, he was considered one of the best amateur players in the game. He won many major tournaments, including the U.S. Open four times over a span of three decades: 1957, 1963, 1971 and 1973. He was always well-mounted, and one of his horses, Chips Royal, won the Hartman Trophy for the U.S. Open in 1973. His teams recorded titles in the 20-goal Silver Cup in 1954, 1960 and 1961; the Butler National Handicap in 1956, 1957 and 1977; the America Cup in 1966; the Chairman’s Cup in 1967 and 1968; and the Inter-Circuit in 1953, 1966 and 1968. Internationally, he played on the victorious Camacho Cup teams in 1974 and 1975, on the U.S.A. World 30-Goal team that played in Argentina in 1966, and won the Benson & Hedges tournament in South Africa in 1974. In addition, he was governor of the United States Polo Association’s Southwest Circuit and served for many years on numerous USPA committees, including as chairman of the Handicap Committee.
Elmer Boeseke1999Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Elmer BoesekeElected 1999
The right man at the right time, Elmer Boeseke, Jr. was as tough as he was tall. Versatile in all four positions, his performance in the forever famed 1933 East-West duel was crucial to the West's victory and its newfound respect in polo. That memorable achievement also earned him a 10-goal rating in a single jump from 8-goals.
One of only three 10-goalers in his day, he played on the victorious U.S.A. squad in 1932 which won both the Cup of the Americas and the Argentine Open, a feat not realized since. He had a U.S. Open Championship to his credit, a Monty Waterbury trophy and countless other honors in Pacific Coast tournaments.
George H. Bostwick1996Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
George H. BostwickElected 1996
Versatility was George H. "Pete" Bostwick's middle name. When not playing as a fast and slippery forward, he might have well been astride a world class steeplechase horse or negotiating obstacles in the show ring. Horses were his life to his very last day and he wouldn't have had it any other way.
His roots were at the famed Aiken Preparatory School and his talents attested to an 8-goal rating and a place of honor in the Racing Hall of Fame. He was a man of great initiative, too. "Polo for the Public" was his motto at the Bostwick Field on Long Island, and polo for a purse was also inaugurated there. A much respected internationalist who represented the flag in the playing of the Cup of the Americas, Pete's name is engraved six times on the U.S. Open Championship trophy and numerous others, too.
Norman Brinker1998Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Norman BrinkerElected 1998
The spirit of the competitor and the heart of the civic-minded add up to the eminence of Norman Brinker. For all the pleasure he derived from the game, he gave back doubly to it.
As a tireless worker for the sport, as the force behind the innovative Willow Bend Polo club, his presence was reassuringly felt, his counsel sought. On his watch as the USPA's chairman, U.S.A. again challenged Argentina for the Cup of the Americas, and American polo became the epicenter of world polo. His achievements as a worthy amateur player are no less considerable: a U.S. Open Championship, four Silver Cup titles, a circuit championship, many league titles, as well as Polo Magazine's Amateur Player of the Year.
Paul Butler1995Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Paul ButlerElected 1995
If polo was ever in need of an angel, it was at the time when Paul Butler gave a beleaguered postwar sport a lavish new center and a home for the U.S. Open Championship. Generously, with flair and vision, he nurtured a recovering sport until others could carry the torch.
His contributions to American polo through Oak Brook Polo Club were complemented by long service to the USPA, where he brought his enthusiasm in selfless service for nearly three decades. Paul Butler's zeal on the polo field was just as keen. Several Twelve-Goal Championships are to his credit, and international matches, too. He also sponsored powerful teams, which earned six U.S. Open and four Butler Handicap titles, honoring his name.
Delmar Carroll2003Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Delmar CarrollElected 2003
Delmar (Del) Carroll was considered one of the greatest offensive players of his era, earning him the nickname "Mr. Speed." One of his most remarkable talents was the ability to take the ball the length of the field and score, making him a real spectator favorite. Del was first rated 8-goals in 1949 and held the distinction for 10 consecutive years. He attained a 9-goal rating in the Arena.
During his 44 years of polo, Del Carroll played in nearly every major tournament, winning U.S. Open titles in three different decades - 1959, 1967 and 1974. His teams won the 1948 Senior Championship as well as the 1939 National 12 Goal. In 1950 he was selected for the USA team and participated in the 40 Goal Cup of the Americas. In 1973 he won both the National 20 Goal and the National 16 Goal. He was a renowned horseman and one of the first players in America to selectively breed thoroughbred horses for polo prospects. His legendary polo pony, Magazin, sired many horses still competing in the game today.
Dr. Clarence C. "Buddy" Combs Jr.1992Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Dr. Clarence C. "Buddy" Combs Jr.Elected 1992
Clarence C. “Buddy” Combs Jr. inherited his interest in horses and polo from his father. He developed his skills at the Pennsylvania Military Academy and won the Intercollegiate Championship at Cornell in 1937 while he attended its veterinary school. He became, in 1951, the second of only two players in the first 75 years of indoor polo records to be rated at 10-goals.
During his indoor career, he won the Senior Championship seven times and the Twelve Goal (Junior) on three occasions. Outdoors, "Buddy" won the U.S. Open Championship in 1947 and ‘56, the Monty Waterbury Cup twice, the Twelve Goal once. He was a very intense, skillful and hard-riding player.
Alan L. Corey, Jr.1992Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Alan L. Corey, Jr.Elected 1992
Alan Corey was an outstanding polo player known for his tactical skill and horsemanship. He began playing as a student at Aiken School in South Carolina in 1930 and later at Yale, winning the Intercollegiate Championship in 1938.
Among his many accomplishments were winning the U.S. Open Championship and the Monty Waterbury Cup, each on five occasions, and the National Twenty Goal four times. He was awarded a 9-goal handicap in 1953 and maintained a rating of 7-goals or more for 30 years. He won the National Twelve Goal Tournament in 1963 with his son Alan, and reached the finals of the National Sixteen Goal with his younger son, Russell, in 1969. For many years, he served the U.S. Polo Association plus the Meadow Brook and Aiken polo clubs.
John E. Cowdin2007Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
John E. CowdinElected 2007
A player with the famed Rockaway Club, John E. Cowdin achieved a 10-goal handicap in 1894. Cowdin played on the American team in the 1902 Westchester Cup series and was a winner of the first U.S. Open Championship in 1904 with the Wanderers.
His other titles included the Association and Added Cups, the Governor's Challenge Cup and the Senior Championship in 1896, 1899, 1902 and 1903.
In 1890, when the U.S. Polo Association was first organized, he was an original committee member.
Playing with and rated on a par with the likes of Foxhall Keene, he was regarded as a formidable "great" of his era. According to some, he and his Meadow Brook team so dominated and surpassed all other players and teams at that time that the handicap system, introduced in 1888, was said to have been found necessary and desirable largely on account of his and his team's unrivaled superiority.
Fred W. Dailey1997Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Fred W. DaileyElected 1997
The ultimate goodwill ambassador, Fred Dailey required no prodding as he represented, with charm and dignity, the best of American polo. A gentle man in a rough-and-tumble sport, he played with zeal on the field, and gave and gave off the field. No effort was too great.
His most prominent contribution was the revival of polo in Hawaii, with which he was synonymous. His legacy, however, knows no boundaries. Through his manner and actions, he was an inspiration to clubs and players everywhere.
As guardian of the sport, as a selfless worker for the USPA, as a club owner, as an exemplary amateur and as a friend, he earned a place of honor in the annals of polo.
Bart Evans2001Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Bart EvansElected 2001
As horseman, trainer, breeder and player, Bart Evans' success came "by the bootstraps." At the age of 18, while riding and roping at Mackie's Arena in Kansas City, he first saw polo being played. He taught himself, through trial and error, to hit the ball, and went on to play in college.
Bart became one of the best, earning an 8-goal handicap in 1976. He won the 1983 U.S. Open Championship, and three U.S. Handicap C.V. Whitney Cup and Butler Handicap titles each. He won a Monty Waterbury Cup, the Cup of the Americas, and the 1993 Silver Cup. Bart's team also won the Pacific Coast Open and the International Gold Cup.
He represented the U.S. in the 1988 Westchester Cup win against Australasia and twice won World Cup Championships.
Elbridge T. Gerry, Sr.1991Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Elbridge T. Gerry, Sr.Elected 1991
Elbridge Gerry played polo at school in Aiken and with the Meadow Larks, both under the tutelage of Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock, Sr., and with the Old Aiken team. He won the Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in 1929.
His outdoor victories included the U.S. Open Championship and the Monty Waterbury Cup, each three times, the National Twenty Goal twice, and with the "Old Aiken" versus the Argentine "Santa Paula" team in 1931. He went to England with the American Team in 1936, was captain of the Aknusti Team, and achieved a 9-goal handicap in 1940. Actively involved in the U.S. Polo Association, he became its Chairman in 1940.
He was an outstanding and versatile position player as well as an unselfish and enduring sportsman.
Stephen M. Gose1997Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Stephen M. GoseElected 1997
Any sport would judge itself fortunate to have a friend like Stephen Gose, even once in a generation. An amateur who epitomized sportsmanship, he fielded numerous U.S. Open teams, built Retama Center, the largest polo club in its day, and single-handedly, with labor, funds and horses, made the dream of another Cup of the Americas a memorable reality.
For Steve, polo was a family affair and indeed, all who came into his presence felt like family. A superbly mounted and eager competitor, he no less equated winning with seeing others prosper. Three U.S. Open Championships, two Gold Cup and three Silver Cup titles, along with the Chairman and Inter-Circuit among other titles, merely cap the eternal gratitude that polo owes him.
Carlos Gracida2012Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Carlos GracidaElected 2012
Born in 1960, Carlos began playing in tournaments at 14 and reached a 10-goal handicap in 1985, a ranking he held for 15 years. He was a dominating force with an amazing record of wins that included the U.S Open in 1982, ‘84, ‘85, ’87, ’88, ’91, ’92, ’94 and 2003, the C. V. Whitney in 1997, 2001 and ‘04, the USPA Gold Cup in 1980, the Silver Cup in 1980 and ‘81; the 1998 Monty Waterbury Cup, and the World, North American, Chairman’s, Inter-Circuit and Barrantes cups. He also amassed an enviable international record, winning tournaments in England, France, Mexico and Argentina.
Carlos Gracida was the only player to win the American, Argentine and British Open Championships in the same year. And he did it three times.
An international star and a true great, he was taken from the world of polo too soon in an accident on the polo field in 2014.
Guillermo “Memo” Gracida, Jr.1997Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Guillermo “Memo” Gracida, Jr.Elected 1997
Exploding onto American polo as a young man, Guillermo "Memo" Gracida, Jr., has been a star ever since. In his prime, he was 10-goals from head to toe; in his path, the record book crumbled. East or West and across the Atlantic, he was the one to beat, the benchmark for all who seek polo immortality.
The quintessential number three, a superlative horseman, he was a five-star field general: ever prepared, always inspiring his players' best. He could deliver heroics, but team polo was his winning formula.
His record leaves one breathless. Fourteen U.S. Open Championships with three Gold Cup, five World Cup, and four Pacific Open Championships offer a hint of his ability, along with a proud 1980 Cup of the Americas, numerous MVPs and three Polo Magazine Player of the Year Awards.
Raymond Guest2006Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Raymond GuestElected 2006
Raymond Guest played in the Golden Age of Polo, when the best players in the world were amateurs competing for honor, glory and a good bit of fun. He, along with his brother, Winston Guest, competed and excelled in all of the major high-goal events of the pre-World War II era. A perennial all-star in both the arena and the outdoor versions of the sport, he first achieved an 8-goal outdoor handicap in 1933 playing for the Meadow Brook Polo Club. As part of the famed Templeton team, he won the U.S. Open in 1932 and ‘34 and the Monty Waterbury in 1931 and ‘34. His defensive skills were legendary, and he was accorded the honor of playing Back for the East team in the famous 1933 East-West series.
Winston F. C. Guest1991Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Winston F. C. GuestElected 1991
Winston Guest started his polo career at an early age and continued at Yale winning the Intercollegiate Championship in 1926. He won the U.S. Open three times, the National Twenty Goal, and was a four-time winner of the U.S. Indoor Open. He represented America against England in 1930, '36 and '39, versus Argentina in '28 and '32, and against Mexico in 1941. He won the Argentine Open in 1932. He was first rated at 9-goals in 1929 and that same year became the first indoor player ever to earn a 10-goal handicap. Strong and versatile, he had the distinction of playing all four positions on the field in national and international matches.
Bennie Gutierrez2003Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Bennie GutierrezElected 2003
During the 1960s and 70s, Bennie Gutierrez was one of the highest rated players. He attained an 8-goal handicap in 1968 in an era with no American 10-goal players. A consummate horseman, he was respected for his consistency, mallet work and competitiveness.
A sought-after teammate, his titles included the 1972 U.S. Open Championship, the 1960 and ‘67 National Twenty Goal, the 1967, ‘69 and ‘71 National Sixteen Goal. When the USA sent its best to Argentina for the 1969 Cup of the Americas, Bennie was selected and played with distinction.
Bennie continued his in polo, training exceptional ponies and managing high-goal polo teams. He helped organize the professional umpiring program, served as the USPA’s first Chief Umpire and was honored in 1993 as the Umpire of the Year.
George Haas Jr.2002Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
George Haas Jr.Elected 2002
George Haas won his first trophy at Yale in 1938 and for the next 62 years competed and won club and high-goal tournaments including the East Coast Open, three times, the Monty Waterbury, three times, and the Arena Sherman Memorial. He was a chairman of the Polo Training Foundation, of the USPA's Safety and International Committees, and served as a long-term governor of the Northeastern Circuit . He was also a president of the Gulfstream Club where he was always unselfishly ready to assist any worthy polo cause. Among Haas' proudest achievements were his determined work in developing a new and improved safety helmet and representing the interests of the United States in the organization and development of the Federation of International Polo.
W. Averell Harriman2008Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
W. Averell HarrimanElected 2008
A player, banker, businessman and statesman, Harriman inherited a $100 million railroad fortune. He began his polo career with the Sands Point and Aknusti teams of the 1920s and '30s. He won the U.S Open in 1925 with his own Orange County team and in 1927 with Sands Point, as well as the Monty Waterbury Cup in 1924 and ‘28, and the 1933 Junior Championship with Aknusti.
He was a breeder of polo ponies and often cited as having the finest strings in the sport. He was the head of the National Polo Pony Society, which kept a registry of USPA-approved studs, mares and foals. Playing at No. 1 in the first Cup of the Americas in 1928, he scored 12 goals in three games, surpassing Tommy Hitchcock's 10.
W. Ray Harrington Jr.1993Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
W. Ray Harrington Jr.Elected 1993
A native of Texas, Ray Harrington Jr. knew a saddle as a child, but did not begin playing polo until he was in his twenties. Still, this late start did not prevent him from attaining an 8-goal rating which he held for 13 years. He soon acquired the reputation as one of the finest players of his day.
A superb horseman and an enviably agile player, "Mr. Inside-Out" matched his talents with true sportsmanlike conduct on and off the playing field. His record of seven U.S. Open Championships stood unbroken for many years, and he still co-holds the record of four consecutive victories. Eight Twenty Goal championships, two Monty Waterbury titles, a place on the 1969 Cup of the Americas team, and many other trophies are testimony to his greatness.
Juan Carlos Harriott, Jr.2015Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Juan Carlos Harriott, Jr.Elected 2015
Argentina’s Juan Carlos Harriott, Jr., is considered by many to be the best to ever play the game. He achieved his 10-goal rating in 1961 and held it until his retirement in 1980 at the age of 44. HIs ability to anticipate the direction of play was unmatched; his striking ability was superb and his equitation flawless.
His iconic record includes victories in 20 Argentine Opens (including 10 in a row), 15 Hurlingham Club Opens and eight Tortugas Opens, and four Cup of the Americas as captain of the Argentine team. In 1980, Time magazine referred to him as “the Pelé of polo” and Gonzalo Tanoira once said of him, “Juancarlitos’ superiority is such that it defies all comparisons, because he truly played at a level much above any of his contemporaries.”
Invited to the United States to play in the ‘60s and ‘70s by polo “revivalists,” Harriott’s contribution to American polo stems, in no small way, from those appearances here. He introduced a style of play that had not been seen since the heyday of polo preceding WWII and inspired a new benchmark for playing excellence in an upcoming generation of aspiring polo players, many of whom are now in the polo Hall of Fame.
W.L. (Willis) Hartman2000Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
W.L. (Willis) HartmanElected 2000
Willis Hartman’s legacy is substantial and his contributions are numerous. From his home base in Wichita, Kansas, his words of guidance and support have influenced the careers of many amateur and professional players. His true passion was the improvement and development of better polo ponies. To honor the contributions made by the ponies, in 1965 he established the Willis L. Hartman Trophy to recognize the winner of the Best Playing Pony of the U.S. Open.
Willis helped guide the establishment of several important polo centers, including the Tulsa Polo Club, the Broad Acres Polo Club in Norman, Oklahoma, and the Royal Palm Polo Club in Boca Raton, Florida. For over a decade he served as a USPA Governor. He loved the sport so much, he personified the notion that age is but a state of mind, playing the game well into his 80s.
H. L. (Henry Lloyd) Herbert2000Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
H. L. (Henry Lloyd) HerbertElected 2000
A founding father of American polo, H.L. Herbert was instrumental in establishing and nurturing the sport in the United States. He devised the handicap system in 1888, becoming the country's first and sole handicapper. In 1890 he guided the organization and development of the USPA and was named its first Chairman - a post he held from 1890 to 1921. During his record 31 years of tireless and dedicated service, he was credited with drafting the first set of American field and general rules of play, adapting them from the English Hurlingham rules.
Though not rated highly on his own handicap system, H.L. served as umpire and referee at many turn-of-the-century matches. He, along with James Gordon Bennett and August Belmont, financed the original New York Polo Grounds. H.L.'s unselfish devotion to the best interests of the sport earned him the admiration and gratitude of generations of polo players.
Julian Hipwood2010Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Julian HipwoodElected 2010
Julian Hipwood, an English player who has lived and played in the United States for many years, earned an impressive 9-goal rating. During his career, Julian won the 30-goal World Cup five times from 1981-1984, the Monty Waterbury in 1996, the USPA Heritage Cup in 1996, the Barrantes Memorial Tournament, and played on the winning team of many of Royal Palm Polo Club's 26-goal Sunshine League tournaments. He played on the Southern Hills team that won the 1980 U.S. Open, however, due to an injury, was sidelined for the final.
A player with enormous international success, Julian was the captain of the English National team winning the Coronation Cup six times, and the British Gold and Queen's Cups, and was twice a finalist in the prestigious Argentine Open, receiving a standing ovation in 1978, the only Englishman to ever receive this honor. After his high-goal playing days were done, Julian became a sought-after coach and was the coach of the Coca Cola team when it won the U.S. Open in 2002.
Louise Eustis Hitchcock1995Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Louise Eustis HitchcockElected 1995
She is the clear proof that not all polo legends are made astride a horse. Louise Eustis Hitchcock was a passionate poloist long before women became equal to men on the field, and her legacy in the sport surpasses that of most men. Wife of ten-goaler Thomas Hitchcock, Sr., and mother of the great Tommy Hitchcock Jr., Mrs. Hitchcock was a born leader and visionary. Her turf was the Aiken Preparatory School and the Meadow Lark Club where she coached and inspired future polo stars, themselves today members of the Polo Hall of Fame. Few can be credited with producing as much polo excellence as Louise Hitchcock. No other woman has earned such stature in our sport.
Mrs. Hitchcock, Narragansett, RI, 1913
Thomas Hitchcock Jr.1990Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Thomas Hitchcock Jr.Elected 1990
Thomas Hitchcock Jr. celebrated his 16th year by winning both the U.S. Junior and Senior Polo Championships. He represented his country in international competition on eight occasions, winning the Westchester Cup against England at age 21. At the height of his polo career, a writer for Polo Magazine said, "There never can be a question about the amazing performance of Mr. Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., in this series of 1927. No one who has not seen a ten-goal player play fifteen-goal polo can imagine the stark power of this youth."
That he was one of the very finest 10-goal polo players of all time is beyond doubt, and he has left a great legacy for polo players everywhere.
Thomas Hitchcock Sr.2002Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Thomas Hitchcock Sr.Elected 2002
Thomas Hitchcock was an accomplished steeplechaser who learned polo as an Oxford undergraduate and began playing in the U.S. with James Gordon Bennett. In 1879, Hitchcock played before 10,000 spectators in the first public match in America. He was elected to captain the United States team in the first Westchester Cup against Great Britain in 1886. He was one of the founders of the United States Polo Association in 1890. He attained his ten-goal rating in 1894, becoming one of the first ten-goal players in the history of American polo, and held that rating as late as 1901.
He was founder of the Meadowbrook Polo Club and - with his wife Louise Eustis Hitchcock - fostered the growth of polo in Aiken, South Carolina. They were the parents of polo legend Tommy Hitchcock.
Thomas Hitchcock Sr. - Westchester Polo Club
Glen Holden Sr.2002Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Glen Holden Sr.Elected 2002
During his 40 years of polo, Glen Holden's tournament wins include the Pacific Coast Open, the U.S. Open Championship and the Governor’s Cup. A leading force in the development of international polo, he was a founding member of the Federation of International Polo and served as its president from 1997 through 2005. Holden served 10 years as a USPA governor and was co-founder of "Polo on the Mall" in Washington, D.C. His substantial efforts secured the longevity of the Santa Barbara Polo Club and he was an advocate of California polo, serving as Pacific Coast Governor from 1976-1985. His generous contributions to polo causes are exemplified in the Holden International Fund to develop the polo skills of young players from around the world.
Philip L. B. Iglehart1993Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Philip L. B. IglehartElected 1993
For Philip Iglehart, polo was more than an avocation – it was a tradition to honor and nurture. As a boy at the Aiken Preparatory School and later at St. Paul's and Yale, he was steeped in polo skills and lore. When leaving polo at graduation to pursue a business career, he was already rated 7-goals. After a 20-year hiatus, Philip returned to polo and soon reclaimed his old rating which he then held for 13 years. To his playing credit is a U.S. Open Championship, as well as the Interscholastic, the Senior, the Twenty Goal and Twelve Goal titles. His off-the-field credits shine no less: leadership at the Meadowbrook Club, creation of the new Gulfstream Polo Club, and taking the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame from a dream to reality.
Stewart B. Iglehart1990Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Stewart B. IglehartElected 1990
Stewart Iglehart began his career on the Old Aiken team which won 11 tournaments over a four-year period, before any of its members reached 21 years of age. This same team, in 1931, defeated the Argentine Santa Paula team which later that season won the U.S. Open. Stewart was a five-time winner of the U.S. Open and represented America on four occasions versus England and Mexico. He also won the Indoor Polo Open Championship twice.
He was a brilliant 10-goal player who was known for his tactical finesse, great anticipation and teamwork. At the #3 position, he had the uncanny ability to turn the play and stay one stride ahead of the opposition. By his own play, he inspired teammates to perform beyond their usual capabilities.
S.K. (Skey) Johnston, Jr.2001Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
S.K. (Skey) Johnston, Jr.Elected 2001
Polo needs more friends like Skey Johnston. One of the last of the left-handed players, he gave of himself to benefit the sport. At the club level, Skey was president of the well-respected Gulfstream Polo Club in Florida. His teams played at the club and national levels. Internationally, Skey advocated polo's return to the Olympics.
In his years of service to the USPA, Skey served as vice president from 1979 to 1980, as president from 1980 to 1984 and as chairman from 1984 to 1988. He will always be remembered as fair-minded and "in nobody's camp except what's good for the USPA - high goal, low goal, club polo and everyone."
He provided much needed corporate sponsorship for many clubs and tournaments. In 1982, he was awarded the Hugo Dalmar Trophy for exemplary sportsmanship.
Foxhall P. Keene1992Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Foxhall P. KeeneElected 1992
Foxhall Parker Keene began his polo career at Newport, Rhode Island and the Rockaway Hunt Club, N.Y. At the age of 16, he played on the American team in the first Westchester Cup matches vs. England in 1886. In 1929, Newell Bent in his book, American Polo, wrote of him, "Mr. Keene was a very brilliant and finished No. 3 and his play both in England and America was so outstanding over so many years, that he was long considered above all other polo players in this country. Handicapped from 1888 to 1918 – fourteen years at ten goals and sixteen years at nine goals – with never a man handicapped above him, and for eight years standing alone at the head of the handicap list, is Mr. Keene's long record at polo play.”
Foxhall Keene on White Wings
The complete sportsman, Keene was also a founding member of the National Steeplechase Association, an avid golfer who competed in the 1897 U.S. Open and who made it to the quarterfinals in the 1898 U.S. Amateur, and a top-level tennis player, reaching the semifinals of the 1883 U.S. National Championships and the quarterfinals in 1885.
Northrup R. Knox1994Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Northrup R. KnoxElected 1994
Born to polo, Northrup "Norty" Knox could claim considerable achievements both on and off the field. The only amateur in the postwar era to reach an 8-goal rating, he captained the U.S. team in the challenge for the Cup of the Americas in 1965 and ‘69, distinguishing himself as one of America's finest offensive players. Among his other accomplishments on the polo field are a National Twenty-Goal Championship, and a Butler Handicap title.
In his many of years of service to the sport, including the chairmanship of the USPA, Norty insightfully championed the cause of low-goal players establishing the Twelve Goal and lower-goal Governor's Cup, along with the minus-one rating. These actions served well the subsequent resurgence of the sport.
Lewis Lacey2010Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Lewis LaceyElected 2010
Canadian-born Lewis Lacey had a long and distinguished international polo career, representing England in the Westchester Cup, and captaining Argentina in the Cup of the Americas. He was a member of the famed Argentine team that took the U.S. Open in 1922, and he won the Argentine Open several times between 1915 and 1937, as well as other notable tournaments in England and Argentina.
Lewis played often in America, almost every year from 1922 until 1931, never handicapped at less than 9-goals and rated 10-goals between 1915 and 1932. Many of his ponies were purchased by American buyers, most notably Jupiter and the celebrated Tobiana, Tommy Hitchcock's most famous mount; both horses have been inducted into "Horses to Remember."
Lewis also wrote about the game; his better known essays being “Equitation in the Game of Polo” and “The Judge's Task in Polo Pony Shows.”
William R. Linfoot1994Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
William R. LinfootElected 1994
One word describes Dr. William "Billy" Linfoot: inspirational. Rated 9-goals, he was one of the world's best offensive players, whose form and skill at speed are legendary. No less esteemed was Doc's talent with horses. He knew how to spot them, and they would do absolutely anything for him. His energy was boundless, his sportsmanship exemplary, and his motivational ability envied by his opponents. He was a passionate teacher and a friend to all.
In the international arena Doc played on three victorious teams of the Coronation Cup, and competed twice for the Cup of the Americas. At home, his winning record includes four U.S. Open Championships, three Butler Handicap titles, five National Twenty Goal Championships, and the North American Cup.
William A. Mayer1995Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
William A. MayerElected 1995
A determined competitor and a gentle heart rolled into one, that was William A. "Billy" Mayer. Ever the sportsman and gentleman, and one of polo's greats, he minded his horses and fellow players as he did the task of scoring goals and winning. Assisting up-and-coming players was a source of much pleasure to him. A deliberate and fine hitting number three, Billy's name is engraved on the U.S. Open trophy twice, the Twenty Goal Championship twice, along with the Monty Waterbury title amongst others.
While injuries cut short the playing career of this gentle 9-goaler, his love for the sport never waned. For years after, he didn't miss a Sunday match, vicariously playing while serving as a dependable referee.
Devereux Milburn1990Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Devereux MilburnElected 1990
Almost 80 years ago, speaking of Devereux Milburn, the British press stated that the American Back on the field should be described as the greatest player in the world. Lewis Lacey, the great Argentine captain, said of this 10-goal player, “I doubt if his defense now can be improved... to me, he is the wonder of the polo age." Later, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., said, "If there were four Milburns, my choice for an all-time team would be Milburn, Milburn, Milburn and Milburn."
He started polo as a 17-year-old in Buffalo, N.Y., played at Oxford, and became one of The Big Four in international polo, winning the Westchester Cup six times. His record is unassailable but, above all, he embodied the spirit of sportsmanship and great leadership.
James P. "Jimmy" Mills2012Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
James P. "Jimmy" MillsElected 2012
Born in 1909, Mills was one of the bright stars during the “hey day” of polo in the 1930s. Mills led his Yale Team to Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in 1931 and ‘32. Rated 8 goals at age 25, his outdoor wins included the 1933 U.S. Open with Aurora, the Monty Waterbury Cup in both 1933 and ’36, and the Junior Championship (now known as the Silver Cup) in 1929 and ’33. And he played on the winning East team in the 1934 East West series.
He was selected as the reserve for the Cup of the Americans team for 1932 and the Westchester Cup team in 1936. In England, he won the Hurlingham Champion Cup, the Roehampton Open Cup, the Coronation Cup, and the Ranelagh Novice’s Cup.
In 1933, when he won the Monty Waterbury Cup with Aurora, they upset a squad that included Tommy Hitchcock and two members of the International Team. He further distinguished himself in the 1934 East-West matches, a shocker that saw Mills win with a young team of “kids” against the heavily favored foursome of Cecil Smith, Eric Pedley, Aiden Roarke and Elmer Boeseke.
His much celebrated career was cut short when he developed debilitating spinal arthritis at the age of 37 (1945). Forced to give up polo, he then dedicated himself to producing race horses.
George K. Oliver1991Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
George K. OliverElected 1991
The son of an Idaho horse dealer, George Oliver was born into a world of horses, a world which remained his life-long interest. He received a 9-goal rating in 1948, and among his many polo victories were five U.S. Open Championships, the National Twenty Goal on three occasions, and the Deauville Gold Cup in 1952. He captained the U.S. team versus Argentina in 1950.
His interest in polo took him to virtually every state in this country as well as many places abroad and his organizational abilities greatly contributed to many club operations. A fine horseman and judge of horses, George Oliver was a great player and advocate of the game.
Stephen A. Orthwein2011Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Stephen A. OrthweinElected 2011
In addition to attaining a six-goal handicap, Steve Orthwein has devoted over 50 years of his life to supporting the sport of polo. He was the recipient of the Hugo Dalmar sportsmanship award in 1988, and was been the Chairman of the USPA from 1991 – 1995; President from 1988 – 1991; and Secretary from 1984 to 1988. He served many terms on the USPA International, Tournament, Rules and Rules Interpretation Committees as well as serving as Chairman of the Umpire Committee from 1996 –2005. Steve also served as Chairman of the National Handicap Committee from 1988 – 1991, and represented the USPA on numerous committees and official positions with the Federation of International Polo. He also served as Chairman of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame from 2001 until 2010.
As a player from a multi-generation polo family, he made his first national bones by leading Yale University to National Collegiate Polo Championships in 1967 and ‘68, and has gone on to win many more tournaments including the Sixteen Goal championship in 1967, the Monty Waterbury Cup in 1977, and the Butler Handicap in 1979.
John C. "Jack" Oxley2005Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
John C. "Jack" OxleyElected 2005
Jack Oxley's continued dedication to the sport has had a profound effect on American polo. As an accomplished player, Jack reached a 5-goal handicap and along the way won virtually every major USPA tournament, including the U.S. Open in 1983, the Cowdray Park Gold Cup with the American Boca Raton team in 1970, the C.V. Whitney Cup, the Rolex Gold Cup, the America Cup, the Monty Waterbury, the Pacific Coast Open, the Twelve and Sixteen Goal Championships, three Chairman's Cups, the Butler Handicap, the North American Cup and numerous Sunshine League titles.
For his outstanding sportsmanship, he was awarded the Hugo Dalmar award in 1985 and the Florida-Caribbean Sportsmanship award in 2001. Jack made significant contributions to improve the sport by initiating the Oxley Foundation challenge grants to benefit the Polo Museum and the Polo Training Foundation. His long tenure on the United States Polo Association Board of Governors culminated in terms as both president and chairman. His support of the Royal Palm Polo Sports Club, a club with nearly half a century of excellence, provided a safe haven and green polo fields for both beginning and high-goal players until its closure in 2008.
John T. Oxley1994Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
John T. OxleyElected 1994
At the age when some players consider hanging up their mallets, John T. Oxley picked his up for the first time, at the age of 46. He was a marvel, playing high-goal polo well into his eighties and contributing immeasurably to the sport.
During polo's lean years he stepped to the helm at Royal Palm Polo Club in Florida and nurtured the USA's best polo, drawing on both American and foreign stars, pleasing throngs of fans while heralding the new era for the sport. The early safety helmet, the arena at Cornell University, American-bred polo ponies, generous support of polo causes, and opportunities for young players were all part of John's illustrious record along with two U.S. Open Championships, the USPA Rolex Gold Cup (won at the age of 83), Silver Cup and Monty Waterbury titles, countless Sunshine League victories, and 27 medium-goal championships.
Al Parsells1999Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Al ParsellsElected 1999
A shining light in the gray post-war era, Albert "Al" Parsells accomplished so much and did so against steep odds. One of the arena's finest stars, he was 9-goals both in the arena and on the grass, all the greater achievement for having lost an eye as a child.
A textbook sportsman, Al shared his talent with all who sought him. He coached aspiring players and was always ready with helpful advice. He managed the famed Meadow Brook and Squadron-A polo clubs, and were it not for his untimely death at the age of 36, his exploits would be greater still. In his short career, Al represented the East indoors and out, won two arena Senior Championships, a National Arena Chairman's Cup and a Monty Waterbury title.
Eric Pedley1991Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Eric PedleyElected 1991
Eric Pedley was a famous member of one of California's first polo playing families, starting his career as a boy on a Shetland pony. He was a member of the Midwick Team which won the National Twenty Goal and the U.S. Open Championship, both in 1924. In 1930 and ’36, he represented his country in the Westchester Cup matches versus Great Britain. As a result of his outstanding performance in 1930, he earned a 9-goal handicap rating. A three-time winner of the U.S. Open Championship, he had an illustrious career spanning half a century, winning every major tournament and many of them on several occasions. He was capable of playing any position on the polo field and an extraordinary all-around athlete in every sport he every undertook to play.
Peter Perkins2014Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Peter PerkinsElected 2014
Born in 1918 on Long Island, N.Y., Peter Perkins grew up in California learning to play polo from his father. After World War II, during which he was a prisoner-of-war for three years, Perkins returned to polo and achieved his highest rating, 8-goals, in 1946.
During his career, Perkins won the U.S. Open and the Monty Waterbury twice each, in 1948 and 1951, played on the winning West team in the 1947 and 1951 East-West series, played on the winning U.S. team in the 1946 Camacho Cup, and in 1949 played for Meadow Brook at Palermo, finishing second in the World Championship. He also won the Gold Cup at Deauville, and the Midhurst Town and Royal Windsor Cups in England.
Dashing and handsome, Perkins was used as a model for many advertising campaigns in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He eventually retired to Argentina, and dedicated the rest of his life to raising Thoroughbred racehorses.
Michael G. Phipps1994Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Michael G. PhippsElected 1994
A star in the era of stars, Michael "Mike" Phipps was a member of the best all-American team ever - the 1939 forty-goal "Dream Team". A well-mounted 10-goaler, a quick and eager offensive player, he could always be counted on to make the difficult shot at goal. From his victorious days at Yale University, he was a consistent winner both internationally and at home. He played on the last U.S. team to win the Cup of the Americas, and won twice each the Westchester and Camacho Cups.
The near mythical 1933 East-West match saw Mike play on the East team as he also did the following year for the East's victory. Five U.S. Open Championships, four Monty Waterbury titles, and two Arena Open Championships are still more trophies to his credit.
Gonzalo Pieres2008Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Gonzalo PieresElected 2008
Gonzalo Pieres won the Argentine Open nine times and has been on the winning team in the Queen's Cup, Coronation Cup, Cowdray Park Gold Cup and the British Open. In 1994, he won the Argentine triple crown with Ellerstina, teamed with Adolfo Cambiaso, Mariano Aguerre, and Carlos Gracida.
In addition to his international titles, Pieres has had a significant impact on American polo. He came to this country as an 8-goal player and rose to 10, playing at Royal Palm and Palm Beach polo clubs. Through the 1980s and into the mid-1990s he was described as “the engine” of the White Birch team. Regarded by many as one of the greatest players in the world, he won the U.S. Open, the 26-goal Sunshine League several times, dominated the USPA Gold Cup with wins in 1983, '84, '86, '87, '88, '89 and ’95, and won the 30-plus-goal World Cup at Palm Beach Polo at least five times.
Gonzalo's sons are also extraordinary polo players, with high handicaps: Gonzalito (10), Facundo (10) and Nicolás (9).
Owen Rinehart2009Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Owen RinehartElected 2009
Starting at an early age, Owen made a commitment to become one of polo’s best players and in 1991, he rose to the pinnacle of the sport by becoming 10-goals. During that rise to polo perfection, Owen earned the reputation of always being well mounted and well prepared for every game in which he played. He competed in numerous USPA events, winning the 1986 U.S. Open Championship and the U.S. Open handicap in 1982, and the Gold, C.V. Whitney, Monty Waterbury, America, Hall of Fame and World Cups, as well as the East Coast Open. Internationally, he played on the winning U.S. teams in the 1987 Coronation Cup and the 1992 Westchester Cup. Owen also participated in the Avila Camacho Cup series in 1981 and ‘88 and has a substantial record of tournament wins in England. His pony, Hill Country Slim, won the Hartman Trophy in 1986.
Stephen J. Roberts1996Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Stephen J. RobertsElected 1996
Say "intercollegiate polo" and coach Stephen "Doc" Roberts emerges head and shoulders above the rest. While synonymous with Cornell University, his influence and legacy reach deep into the heart of America, and for countless players, he is still a beacon of inspiration.
With astute insights, professional duties notwithstanding, his dedication to the sport and its young aspirants has been legendary. The post-war reemergence of Cornell's polo likewise his doing. Later he was instrumental in forming the Queechee Polo Ckub - introducing yet another generation to the galloping sport. Teaching polo was in his blood.
An accomplished player in his own right, Doc Roberts played on Cornell's first championship team and countless tournaments since. His ability was only matched by his honed sense of sportsmanship.
Will Rogers2005Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Will RogersElected 2005
There may have been no better spokesman for the sport of polo than Will Rogers. Well-known and highly regarded as a colorful and witty personality, humorist, writer and actor, Rogers was also a good polo player, reaching a handicap of 5-goals during what he described as the "hay day" of polo in the 1930s.
He was a consummate cowboy and championed the cause of polo in the West and introduced many movie stars to the sport. He played with many of the top Western players and identified with the "underdogs" style of polo, comparing the Western ways of cowboy polo to the things he learned growing up throwing a rope in Oklahoma. He played all over the world and helped establish and finance interscholastic and intercollegiate polo programs. He coined many famous phrases that have endured; one originated from the 1933 East-West series of polo matches: "Well, the hillbillies beat the dudes and took the polo championships of the world right out of the drawing room and into the bunkhouse." Rogers met an untimely death in 1935 when he was killed while flying with celebrated aviator Wiley Post in Alaska.
Charles Cary Rumsey2011Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Charles Cary RumseyElected 2011
An avid sportsman and equestrian, Charles Cary Rumsey played polo in the earliest days of the game in America, reaching a level of 8-goals in 1917. Although his polo accomplishments were many in his short career, he was the unfortunate victim of a fatal automobile accident in 1922.
Rumsey began play in Buffalo with his father, uncles and a family friend named Devereux Milburn. As a student at Harvard, he played at Dedham and later at Meadow Brook. Rumsey’s polo accomplishments include three U.S. Open Championships, back-to-back wins in 1912 and 1913 and another in 1916, and runner-up finishes in 1919 and 1920. As a member of the famed Cooperstown team, he swept all the major tournaments in America, including the Senior Championship in 1913 and 1919; and the Junior Championship in 1912 & 1913. In 1921 he was selected as one of six members of the U.S. team for the Westchester Cup matches against England.
Rumsey achieved fame not only in polo but also in art, as a sculptor who worked mainly in bronze. He had a particularly keen focus on horses and polo, and did statues of favorite horses for Harry Payne Whitney and Tommy Hitchcock, and a medallion for the National Polo Pony Society in 1919.
Stephen “Laddie” Sanford2015Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Stephen “Laddie” SanfordElected 2015
Laddie Sanford was the dynamic 7-goal patron and captain of the famed Hurricanes team, which won the U.S. Open in three different decades, with victories in 1926, ‘29, ‘30, ‘48 and ‘49. He also won the Monty Waterbury four times, the 1946 Camacho Cup and notched an impressive number of international successes.
His penchant for the finest horses and the ability to buy them earned him the reputation of the best-mounted polo player in the world. In 1928, he made history by purchasing Jupiter for $22,000, by far the highest price paid up till then for a polo pony. His mares Fairy Story, None-So-Pretty and Shamrock dominated the National Pony Show, and Beatrice, Lallah Koolah and Fairy Story also won the coveted Prince Friarstown Cup.
Robert Gould Shaw, II2013Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Robert Gould Shaw, IIElected 2013
A star of the first magnitude "Bobby" Shaw was considered to be one of the titans of the late 19th and early 20th century American polo. Honing his skills on the fields of Myopia Hunt Club, he achieved a rating of 9 goals. Among his many accomplishments, he won the Senior Championship (the National Championship) in its inaugural year of 1895 and again in 1904, the 1892 Polo Association, Championship and Added Cups, and the Astor Gold Cup.
His play was described as incredibly brilliant and, having also assembled a fine string of ponies, he defeated the best teams in the country in what were then the top contests in the early days of polo.
Shaw, circa 1895, American Polo by Newell Bent
George C. Sherman Jr.1998Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
George C. Sherman Jr.Elected 1998
The obligation and honor of lineage, that is how George C. Sherman, Jr., saw polo. And he so loved it, too. His graciousness, devotion and selflessness are legendary. He is the standard by which other’s histories would be judged. His scope was wide: Chairman of the Indoor Polo Association, of the U.S. Polo Association, a lifelong commitment to intercollegiate polo, and enduring leadership of Gulfstream Polo Club. He is also one of the founding fathers of the Museum of Polo. No cause was ever too small; no task too large. An avid player, he captained his freshman class at Yale, and had two indoor Senior Championships and a Twelve Goal title to his credit. On and off the field he was sportsmanship personified.
William Sinclaire2007Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
William SinclaireElected 2007
William "Bill" Sinclaire served as a mentor for many who thought polo was a game worth playing and promoting. He was instrumental in reviving polo in the Rocky Mountain area after WWII by building a field and organizing local ranchers and horsemen into polo teams.
His decades-long involvement with clubs in the Denver, Colorado, area – along with his participation in high-goal polo – gave him a unique perspective on the needs of players and clubs across the United States. Serving as an executive of the USPA for fifteen years, his positions included USPA governor (1969-1971), treasurer (1971-1973), vice president (1973-1976), president (1976-1980) and ultimately as chairman (1980-1984). He was known as a fair and unbiased administrator and dedicated to the well-being of the sport.
Bill was a member of the winning U.S. team in the Camacho Cup series with Mexico in 1975, won the Butler Handicap in 1976, and won and competed in numerous other club and USPA tournaments. For his stewardship and his loyal services to polo, he was awarded the 1989 USPA Hugo Dalmar Sportsmanship Award.
Robert Skene1990Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Robert SkeneElected 1990
During the 1938 London season, Robert Skene played so well with the Ashton Brothers Australian team that he was invited to try out for the British Team set to challenge America for the Westchester Cup in 1939. He gave an outstanding performance in these matches, played in the U.S. Open Championship and won the Monty Waterbury Memorial Tournament. But WWII intervened, and it would be 10 years before he resumed his polo career.
He came back to reach 10-goals, picked up the nickname “Hurricane Bob,” won the U.S. Open three times and the Argentine Open twice. From 1950 until his death in 1997, he was a tremendous asset to California and U.S. polo as a player, teacher and coach.
Cecil Smith1990Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Cecil SmithElected 1990
Born on a ranch near Llano, Texas, Cecil Smith learned to ride at the age of three, and was endowed with unquestionable talents as a horseman and polo player. With determination and fortitude he developed his abilities to perfection. Over the years, he played on more fields with more players than perhaps any one else in polo. He was a truly inspirational leader of the game.
He won the Monty Waterbury Cup first in 1930, won the U.S. Open five times and represented America versus Mexico on three occasions. In the famous East West series of 1933, he led the West team to victory. In the third and deciding game, Smith scored six goals as the West won, 12-6. Tommy Hitchcock of the East, polo's most renowned player, was held scoreless. Smith later said, ''I never enjoyed a series any more than I did that one.'' He carried a 10-goal rating from 1938 to 1962, was an all-time great player, and his National and International tournament record speaks for itself.
Cecil Smith on Badger
Charles Smith2004Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Charles SmithElected 2004
Ranked as a 7-goal player in 1966, Charles Smith won many high goal tournaments: the U.S. Open five times, three C.V. Whitney Cups, the Gold Cup twice, the Butler Handicap twice, and the Twenty Goal or Silver Cup eight times, tying Ray Harrington’s record for most Silver Cup wins. Additional tournament wins of note included six wins in the highly competitive Southwest Intra-Circuit Championships, and the National Inter-Circuit Championship in 1972. He was also a member of the U.S. team for the ‘76 and ’81 Camacho Cups and the 1979 Cup of the Americas. The Hugo Dalmar trophy for sportsmanship was awarded to him in 1999.
Lewis A. Smith1997Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Lewis A. SmithElected 1997
A 9-goaler, versatile anywhere on the field, Lewis A. Smith's mastery helped anchor American polo in the recuperative postwar years. With his picture-perfect swing, he played with the best, was one of the very best, and loved by all. His demanding, lifelong responsibilities with the legendary Aurora polo team might have held back a lesser man, but Lewis' talent was singular and irrepressible. An athlete through and through, he was no less a horseman, surpassed by none.
Representing the Stars and Stripes in the 1950 Cup of the Americas, and member of the squad in 1966 and 1969, Lewis played the world over. He was also a finalist in the U.S. Open and had a National Twenty Goal title to his credit.
Adam Snow2014Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Adam SnowElected 2014
Growing up near Boston, Adam Snow first played polo on the fields at Myopia, at the age of 10. Twenty-eight years later, he joined the elite group of players with 10-goal handicaps in 2002. During his rise, Adam played on the winning American team in the Westchester Cup in 1992, won three Silver Cups, three East Coast Opens, the Gold Cup, the Monty Waterbury, the Pacific Coast Open, the Texas Open and the America Cup twice.
At the peak of his career, he was the winner and MVP of the U.S. Open in 2002 and won the Open again in 2006; Best Playing Pony honors at the Open went to his mares Pumba, in 2002, and Amy, in 2006. Adam has also played around the world, winning the Melbourne and Morton Cups in Australia, the Jack Gannon, Cooch Behar and Ashley Cups in England, and the “Mundialito” in Argentina.
Malcolm Stevenson1998Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Malcolm StevensonElected 1998
"Genius at number three" is how 10-goaler Malcolm Stevenson was described. In an era of test matches, of headline-making international rivalries, he was the man to count on. His uncanny sense of anticipation and accurate shots were his hallmark, making him the great play-maker that he was.
An all-around horseman, his place of honor was secured by his winning performance in the 1924 and 1927 Westchester Cup over Great Britain and the 1928 Cup of the Americas against Argentina, affirming decisively American polo's supremacy in his time. Four U.S. Open Championships, seven Senior Twenty Goal Championships, and a Monty Waterbury title rounded out one of polo's most illustrious careers.
Louis E. Stoddard1992Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Louis E. StoddardElected 1992
Louis E. Stoddard started his polo career with the New Haven Polo Club at the turn of the century and in 1909 was named sole substitute for the American Team which successfully challenged England. In 1913, he substituted for the injured Monty Waterbury, and he played for America again in 1921, when he was awarded a 10-goal rank for his performance.
In his playing years, he won the Junior, Senior, Open championship and Monty Waterbury Cup twice each. He was elected Chairman of the United States Polo Association in 1922 and served until 1936. During his stewardship, the Intercircuit Cup and East West Matches were initiated and international games were played with teams from Argentina, Australia, England, Ireland and between British and United States Army teams.
Robert E. Strawbridge Jr.1996Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Robert E. Strawbridge Jr.Elected 1996
A big man in a big era was Robert E. Strawbridge Jr. For 20 years he stood at the helm of the United States Polo Association overseeing the famed pre-war flowering of the sport. It is a record of commitment unimaginable in today's service of polo, but a clear calling for Robert.
His record on the field was no less impressive, holding a 9-goal rating and, with remarkable adaptability, playing in some of the toughest contests U.S. polo has ever known. As an internationalist he was cast in the number three position where he distinguished himself. He helped bring victory to the nation in the 1924 and 1936 playing of the Westchester Cup against Great Britain. He likewise secured two U.S. Open victories along with a Monty Waterbury Cup, two Junior Championships, and many others in his day.
Gonzalo Tanoira2009Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Gonzalo TanoiraElected 2009
In the 1970s and ‘80s, many considered Gonzalo Tanoira the finest player in the world, as he dominated much of the high-goal polo played in Argentina and the United States. In addition to his numerous international wins, Tanoira won the 1982 USPA Gold Cup and several 30-goal World Cups played in Palm Beach, Florida. He was named World Cup MVP four times, in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1982. Gonzalo attained 10-goals in Argentina in 1970 and was also rated at 10-goals in U.S., in 1976.
Polo Magazine noted, “Cool under pressure, Gonzalo has one of the best strokes in polo. Acutely aware of the value of good team play, he always knows where his teammates are positioned on the field so he can make pinpoint passes to them. His light hands and unique style of riding set him apart from even his most talented peers.”
As President of the Argentine Polo Association, he worked with the USPA to improve international relations between these two polo-playing countries.
Robert (Bob) Uihlein2001Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Robert (Bob) UihleinElected 2001
When polo needed leaders, Robert "Bob" Uihlein, Jr ushered in a new age for the sport. After World War II, he was the driving force behind the Milwaukee Polo Club. In 1974, he and others inaugurated Milwaukee's prestigious Gold Cup, now a top-rated event. His commitment to the preservation of polo in the Midwest stemmed from his love of the game and his admiration of the people who enjoyed the sport as he did.
Bob fielded many high-goal teams in leagues and in USPA tournaments. He earned two U.S. Open Championships with his Milwaukee teams and also won several Sunshine League and Twenty Goal titles.
He served as a Governor of the USPA from 1949 to 1953, and from 1955 to 1974. His dedication and character made him a respected supporter of the game.
Robert E. (Rob) Walton2000Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Robert E. (Rob) WaltonElected 2000
Part of the famous Walton Clan of California, Rob was known best for his fierce determination on the polo field. In the United States he attained the rating of 9 in the arena and 8 outdoors, while in Great Britain he earned the outdoor rating of 9.
His national victories included the US Handicap, Sunshine League, Pacific Coast Open, Silver Cup, Monty Waterbury Cup, the America Cup, US Arena Handicap, and the Interscholastic Arena Championship. Rob's international titles included the Westchester Cup, the Coronation Cup, the Queen's Cup, and the Mexican Open Handicap.
In 1995, Rob suffered a career-ending injury after a near fatal fall from his mount. Undaunted, Rob rose above his greatest challenge. Like the courageous warrior he was on the polo field, he persevered through adversity, becoming a team coach and an inspiration to both players and fans.
James “Monty” Waterbury1993Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
James “Monty” WaterburyElected 1993
Few players had a shorter yet more illustrious career than James Montaudevert "Monty" Waterbury Jr. A 10-goaler, he was a member of the legendary team - The Big Four - which in 1909 turned the tide of international polo in favor of the United States. Always composed and in perfect control of himself, his pony and his mallet, "Monty" used his insightful mind and finesse, not brawn, to excel. Playing at the number one and two positions, often playing with his brother Larry, his ball passing was renowned. He held the distinction in his day of being the best scorer the game had ever seen.
Before his death in 1920 at age 45, he won the Westchester Cup five times, the very first U.S. Open Championship, and ten Senior titles. In 1922, the first match was played for the Monty Waterbury Cup, named in his honor.
Lawrence Waterbury1993Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Lawrence WaterburyElected 1993
A versatile, all around athlete, Lawrence "Larry" Waterbury was a competitor with an insatiable appetite. A 10-goaler and a member of The Big Four, polo's undefeated international team, he helped usher in an era of a new style of aggressive and fast polo that dethroned Great Britain.
A daring rider and brilliant hitter, Larry was known for his accurate passing game in the front of a team, yet his reputation as a back was equally formidable. He is the only player in the history of the Westchester Cup to have played all four positions. In addition to five Westchester Cup victories between 1909 and 1914, he won the first U.S. Open Championship and seven Senior titles.
Tommy Wayman1998Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Tommy WaymanElected 1998
The first native son in a generation to earn a 10-goal rating, Thomas "Tommy" Wayman restored hope to a polo nation yearning for old glory. Smooth, quick and superbly offensive, he is a gentle man and a master horseman. He never forgets a horse and can claim many of the finest to his credit.
An inspiration to young players, he was U.S.A.'s shining number two. Twice representing the nation against Argentina in the Cup of the Americas, two Coronation Cup victories over Great Britain, and two contests against Mexico in the Camacho Cup, one victorious, made him a leading internationalist. A glimpse at his trophy case also reveals six U.S. Open Championships, a Gold Cup, two World Cup and Butler Handicap titles each, and three Pacific Coast Open titles.
J. Watson Webb1991Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
J. Watson WebbElected 1991
James Watson Webb was the only left-handed 10-goal player in the history of polo. In his book American Polo, Newell Bent said of him, "In the year 1921 Mr. J. Watson Webb played on our international team against England. In 1924 and 1927 he again represented his country in the international matches, and over a long term of years he has strongly helped one team or another in all our important cup events. A left-handed player, a fine back-field player as well as a forward, Mr. Webb is very quick, a fine horseman, and a very accurate goal hitter.”
From 1908 to 1929, Webb won the U.S. Open six times, the Senior and Junior Championship each twice, and he proved himself to be an extraordinary, unselfish and versatile sportsman.
Harry Payne Whitney1990Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
Harry Payne WhitneyElected 1990
In 1908, Harry Payne Whitney took on the task of organizing an American team to challenge England for the Westchester Cup. He chose the best players for the team, assembled a great string of ponies and devised the teamwork and strategy. The American victory in 1909 revolutionized polo and made it the fast, fluid and exciting game it is today. Whitney was also a major force in yachting, thoroughbred horse breeding and racing, the appreciation of sporting art, and philanthropy.
According to Devereux Milburn, Whitney was a great polo player and an inspiring captain. It would be impossible to overestimate the debt that American polo owes this 10-goal player.
Harry Payne Whitney on Balada
William T. Ylvisaker1996Inductee to the Polo Hall of Fame
William T. YlvisakerElected 1996
A bright meteor in polo's sky, William T. "Bill" Ylvisaker had an astonishing presence in some 50 years in the saddle and the committee room. His record was singular and his legacy potent for generations to come. Vision imbued in a fiercely competitive instinct was his hallmark.
His major triumphs include Chairmanship of the USPA, creation of the Polo Training Foundation, the Polo Newsletter and later ushering in the new Polo Magazine, establishing the World Cup and the stellar Palm Beach Polo and Country Club.
Starting with an interscholastic Championship and captainship of Yale's polo team, he rose as an amateur to the rare height of 7-goals. He had three U.S. Open Championships to his name, two Coronation Cups, the Gold Cup, four National 20 Goals, and numerous other national and international honors.