The Barrière Deauville Polo Cup and its legendary Gold Cup is a must-see for the international polo circuit. This year, similar to previous years, four tournaments will take place at the Deauville International Polo Club grounds from August 7 to 29.
In the Gold Cup, there will be at least five players of handicap 7 or more who will play in Deauville before flying off to the great Argentine season via Chantilly. It includes names like Martin Aguerre Jr (Arg, Barrière), winner of the Copa Camara, Tommy Beresford (Chi, Talandracas) finalist of the Copa Camara, Juan-Gris Zavaleta (Arg, Le Pommeray), a regular of the Argentine Open alongside Rufino Bensadon (Arg), a winner of the Copa Camara and recent winner of the Prince of Wales Trophy in England, and young phenomena of Argentine polo Camilo Castagnola (Talandracas) with the handicap 8 (9 in Argentina) and semi-finalist of the Argentine Open last year.
The other three teams are entering players with more homogeneous handicaps (4, 5, and 6). Among them are the two best French handicaps 6: Pierre Henri N’Goumou (Mungo) and Brieuc Rigaux (Britanny Polo). Los Dragones, led by French new talent Sam Sztarkman, will have three Argentinian players with handicap 5.
Most of these teams will have their warm up in the Silver Cup, happening on August 7. It is set to open the Deauville 2021 season. The Ladies Cup is scheduled on August 11, while the tournament’s final is slated on August 15.
The Bronze Cup, on the other hand, will start on August 16, the same time as the Gold Cup. Eight teams will engage in this tournament.
Access to the games will be completely free during the week. Tickets are only needed for the finals and the weekend games.
The public will be welcomed in a friendly village where it is possible to linger after the games, have a drink or do some shopping and even meet the always affable players.
Side events are also part of the program, such as the traditional parades in town on the eve of the finals, or the beach polo sessions at low tide or kids polo exhibition games at the opening of the finals.
There is not a more festive and simpler place to discover and tame the oldest team sport than in Deauville in August. It is, therefore, not to be missed!