The best playing pony receiving an award at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Photos by Alex Pacheco
Hawaii Polo Life dominated Blue Water 8-3 in the final of the 2022 U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship on March 19 in Wellington.
The champions were a perfect 4-0 from March 7 to 19 in winning their third U.S. Open title in four years.
Hawaii Polo Life consisted of Hazel Jackson, Pam Flanagan, Cecily Coors and Mia Cambiaso, the daughter of world No. 1 polo player Adolfo Cambiaso. Sophie Grant, Kylie Sheehan, Izzy Parsons and Meghan Shader Jumet made up Blue Water.
When they met in bracket play, Hawaii Polo Life squeaked past Blue Water, 5-4, but it dominated the final from the start. In the first chukker, Hawaii Polo Life outshot Blue Water 6-0 and took a 3-0 lead, tag-teamed by Cambiaso and Jackson.
Hawaii Polo Life took a 5-point lead into halftime and maintained that margin behind a tough defense and three goals from Jackson.
Jackson, hailing from Great Britain, received the title of Most Valuable Player. Cambiaso’s Bionica was named Best Playing Pony. Hawaii Polo Life’s ponies came from J5, Adolfo Cambiaso and club founder Chris Dawson.
The U.S. Open Women’s Championship began in California in 1937 and was officially recognized by the U.S. Polo Association in 1972. The championship was recognized as a national tournament in 2011.
Polo competitions continue through April on a 16-week timeline occurring yearly.