XII FIP World Polo Championship
Returns to the United States In 2021 After 23-Year Hiatus
The United States Polo Association (USPA), USPA Global Licensing and Empire Polo Club are pleased to host the XII Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Polo Championship in 2021 with official apparel supplier U.S. Polo Assn.Welcoming the international contest to the United States for the second time in the history of the competition, the 2021 tournament will be held from October 22-31 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, featuring eight countries representing the top 2-to 5-goalers from around the world.
As the United States has only raised the trophy once,in 1989, the United States Polo Association is thrilled for the opportunity to welcome the competition back to California for the first time in over two decades. Selecting the best playersto represent the American team on an international stage, the strengths of the United States lie in both high-quality horses and a prime location featuring world-class fields and facilities. Home of the world-famous Coachella Music Festival and located just two hours from Los Angeles, Empire Polo Club is the ideal venue, attracting global exposure for both the sport and the U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Seeking to elevate the experience of the FIP World Polo Championship for players, sponsors and spectators, the United States is proud to accept the challenge and prepared to deliver an unrivaled experience in 2021.
Featuring more than 200 exceptional horses from J5 Equestrian, top rated polo fields, VIP experiences for both fans and players, and corporate hospitality, the XII FIP World Polo Championship promisesto be an unforgettable global event. Providing access to the best bloodlines in the world, the Jornayvaz family’s J5 Equestrian organization will feature an in-house horse management teamfor the eventwithall tack, feed, shavings, and farrierservices provided. Additionally, players will have access to 10 world-class fields,including three dedicated tournament fieldsand seven practice fieldsat Empire Polo Club.
“When it comes to horses, J5 Equestrian is the top organization in America and one of the most important in the world,” said Robert Puetz, the United States Polo Association’s Chief Executive Officer. “USPA has committed to partner with J5to provide over 200 horses and we are ecstatic that they are able to support this significant international event. We know the quality of the horses—it willbe above and beyond. I believe that many of the young competitors are going to play on horses that have a skill level and talent that they haven’t had the pleasure of playing before. It will be a highly competitive tournament on an international stage.”