Dubai rode off with the 2016 USPA Gold Cup® trophy after defeating defending champion Audi 12-11 in the final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC). Facundo Sola was named Most Valuable Player. “Flow,” played by Adolfo Cambiaso and owned by Valiente, was selected as Best Playing Pony.
The match was an outstanding showcase of skill from both Audi and Dubai. Gonzalo Pieres was the high-scorer of the game with a total of eight goals, converting all five penalty opportunities--yet it was not enough to take down powerhouse Dubai. The teams were tied neck-and-neck throughout, Audi maintained the lead three times, while Dubai held the lead six different times and it wasn’t until the last two minutes of the sixth chukker that Dubai cemented their win.
Horsepower was a major factor in the game, particularly in the tense final chukker. Half of the Dubai team rode into the sixth on stallions, Cambiaso on the compact “Dolfina Boeing,” one of his favorites, saved for the final chukker when the stakes are high, and Alejo Taranco on Valiente’s “Medallón.” Taranco described “Medallón” as “a very good, strong horse who wants to go and go and go.” That, along with the magic of Cambiaso, was exactly what Dubai needed to secure their first title in the United States
Valiente patrón Bob Jornayvaz called the win a testament to how Valiente and Dubai collaborated over the past year to share their best horses in the 2016 Florida High-Goal Season. “The whole string had a good day today. I’m proud of how the organizations came together, and the results show,” said Jornayvaz.
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