The International Polo Cup, also called the Newport Cup and the Westchester Cup, is a trophy in polo that was created in 1876 and was played for by teams from the United States and United Kingdom. The match has varied in length over the years from a single game to the best of three games. In 1886 the two nations decided to make the polo match a continuing competition. A total of 12 matches were conducted between 1886 and 1939 between the two countries. The tournament was suspended during World War II and, due to changing times and interests, not revived until 1992.The last match was held on July 28, 2013 at Guards Polo Club.
The cup was first awarded to the team of Capt.John Henry Watson in 1876* in Newport, Rhode Island. The cup was later purchased by a subscription and presented to the Westchester Polo Club in 1886. It was won again in 1886 and 1902 by English teams from the Hurlingham Club. *This is unlikely. Capt. Watson served with the 13th Huzzars in India from 1874 to 1882. He is documented as winning the Grand Military Steeplechase of India in 1878. (British Newspapers 19.03.1878).
In 1909 James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Lawrence Waterbury, Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn formed a team, dubbed the Big Four, that won the cup from the English.The same team was successful in 1911 and 1913, but lost the cup to England in 1914.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Westchester Cup was the most anticipated event on the sporting calendar in the United States.
The cup has been won a total of 10 times by the United States and 6 times by England, including the initial 1876 match. The match was suspended in the 1940s due to World War II and was not revived until the 1990s.
|Year||Winner||English Team||American Team||Score||Venue/Date|
|1876||England||Capt. John Henry Watson This is unlikely. JHW was serving with 13th Huzzars in India 1874 to 1882]||Newport|
|1886||England||Thomas Hone, Richard Lawley, Malcolm Orme Little and Capt.John Henry Watson||William Knapp Thorn, Raymond Rodgers Belmont, Foxhall Parker Keene and Thomas Hitchcock, Sr.||10-4|
|1902||England||Cecil Patteson Nickalls, Patteson Womersley Nickalls, Frederick Maitland Freake, Walter Selby Buckmaster, George Arthur Miller and Charles Darley Miller||Rodolphe Louis Agassiz, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., John Elliott Cowdin, Lawrence Waterbury and Foxhall Parker Keene||1-2 |
|Hurlingham from May 31, 1902 to June 21, 1902.|
|1909||United States||Herbert Haydon Wilson, Harry Rich, Frederick Maitland Freake, Patteson Womersley Nickalls, John Wodehouse, 3rd Earl of Kimberley and John Hardress Lloyd||Lawrence Waterbury, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn||9-5|
|1911||United States||Leslie St. Clair Cheape, Arthur Noel Edwards, John Hardress Lloyd and Herbert Haydon Wilson with Arthur Noel Edwards as the alternate.||Lawrence Waterbury, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn||4.5-2.75|
|Meadow Brook from May to June 9, 1911.|
|1913||United States||Leslie St. Clair Cheape, Ralph Gerald Ritson and Vivian Noverre Lockett.||Lawrence Waterbury, Louis Ezekiel Stoddard, James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Devereaux Milburn||5.5–3|
|Meadow Brook on June 14, 1913|
|1914||England||Henry Archdale Tomkinson, Leslie St. Clair Cheape, Frederick W. Barrett and Vivian Noverre Lockett||Rene Morgan La Montagne, Jr., James Montaudevert Waterbury, Jr., Devereaux Milburn and Lawrence Waterbury||8.5-3|
|Meadow Brook on June 15, 1914|
|1921||United States||Henry Archdale Tomkinson, Frederick W. Barrett, Lord Wodehouse and Vivian Noverre Lockett||Louis Ezekiel Stoddard, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., James Watson Webb, Sr. and Devereaux Milburn||16-5 |
|1924||United States||Thomas William Kirkwood, Teignmouth Philip Melvill, Frank Brereton Hurndall, Geoffrey H. Phipps-Hornby, Sr., Eric Garnett Atkinson and Lewis Lawrence Lacey||James Watson Webb, Sr., Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., Malcolm Stevenson, Robert Early Strawbridge, Jr. and Devereaux Milburn||16-5|
|1927||United States||Claude Ernest Pert, Richard George (polo), Austin Henry Williams, John Pitt Dening, Charles Thomas Irvine Roark and Eric Garnett Atkinson||James Watson Webb, Sr., Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., Malcolm Stevenson and Devereaux Milburn||13-3|
|1930||United States||Gerald Barnard Balding, Sr., Lewis Lawrence Lacey, Charles Thomas Irvine Roark and Humphrey Patrick Guinness.||Eric Leader Pedley, Earle Hopping, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr. and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest||10-5|
|Meadow Brook on September 15, 1930.|
|1936||United States||Hugh Hesketh Hughes, Gerald Barnard Balding, Sr., Eric Horace Tyrrell-Martin and Humphrey Patrick Guinness.||Eric Leader Pedley, Michael Grace Phipps, Stewart Birrell Iglehart and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest.||10-9|
|1939||United States||Robert Skene, Aiden Roark, Gerald Barnard Balding, Sr. and Eric Horace Tyrrell-Martin||Michael Grace Phipps, Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., Stewart Birrell Iglehart and Winston Frederick Churchill Guest||11-7|
|1992||United States||William Lucas (polo), Cody Forsyth, Alan Kent (polo) and Howard Hipwood||John Gobin (polo), Adam Snow, Owen Rinehart and Robert E. Walton||8-7||Guards|
|1997||England||William Lucas (polo), Cody Forsyth, Howard Hipwood and Andrew Hine||Julio Arellano, Michael Azzaro, Guillermo Gracida, Jr. and John B. Goodman (polo)||12-9||Guards|
|2009||England||Luke Tomlinson, Mark Tomlinson, James Beim and Eduardo Novillo Astrada||Adam Snow, Mike Azzaro, Nic Roldan, Jeff Blake (polo) and Jeff Hall (polo)||10-9||International|
|2013||England||Luke Tomlinson, James Beim, Mark Tomlinson and John Paul Clarkin||Marc Ganzi, Polito Pieres, Nic Roldan, Mike Azzaro, Jeff Blake (polo)||12-11||Guards|
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