WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE, England- The Westchester Cup was played over the weekend at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, England. After a four-year hiatus from the celebrated international match, England accepted a challenge from the United States this past spring, who has held the trophy since 1992 (winning in '92, '97, '09, and '13). England kept the trophy home with a 12-6 victory. The dominating performance was followed by another challenge by the U.S. to play the match next year on American soil. “We were all very hopeful going into the game and positive, but the fact of the matter is that any time you are on foreign land it’s really difficult,” said U.S. Team member Nic Roldan. Jeff Hall, U.S. Team member and Team Lucchese captain, also began to look forward to next year's challenge, “They beat us forward and backwards. I knew it was going to be really tough and it didn’t work out for us today. I will be remembering this one and thinking about challenging them next year.”
The Westchester Cup is a historic rivalry between the U.S. and England that dates back to 1886. The tournament has been played a total of 18 times, with the Americans holding a 10-8 advantage, despite England dominating the last 5 contests. The Cup will be played next year on U.S. soil with the Americans looking to end their recent slide.
In addition to sending Jeff Hall, Lucchese was also present as the sponsor of Team USA's shirts and boots.
To watch the re-broadcast, tune in to https://www.eurosport.com/ on August 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Helen Cruden
Jeff Hall grew up in Santa Barbara, California and Houston, Texas. He began riding horses at just four years old in Indio, California where his father John Hall, an enthusiastic polo sponsor, instilled a passion for the sport. By the time Jeff reached seven, he had envisioned his future. His dream of playing polo professionally became a reality at 12 years old and he hasn’t looked back since.
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