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The Harriman Cup is an annual fundraiser and alumni polo match between the University of Virginia and Yale that takes place at Bethpage State Park, which is the home of Polo at the Park, and has hosted several U.S. Open Golf Championships.

For over 3 decades, the Harriman Cup has commemorated the life of diplomat, polo player, and former New York Governor Averell Harriman. All alumni, family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend -- the more, the merrier.

The Harriman Cup is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of polo and supporting the collegiate polo programs at Yale and UVa. The organization has raised over $1 million for the schools’ undergraduate polo teams. The Harriman Cup is active throughout the year and sponsors other events as well. For more information about these events, and to keep up with the latest Harriman Cup news, please visit our Facebook page.

Horse Icon 2016 Team Rosters

Liz Brayboy Adam Klopp
Branden Van Loon Nick Barry
Robert Burk CB Scherer
Jim DeAngelis LJ Lopez

Horse Icon The Harriman Cup Award

Martin Brown
Martin Brown

The Harriman Cup was founded in 1984 to commemorate the life of W. Averell Harriman, a 1913 Yale graduate and polo player, who was the former Governor of New York, former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and the Soviet Union, and was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Truman.

The Harriman Cup Award honors stellar individuals who have made huge contributions to the world of polo, and who embody the leadership, public service, and staunch advocacy and support for equestrian sports that were characteristics of Averell Harriman.

We are proud to announce that Martin S. Brown is this year’s recipient of the Harriman Award. Martin is a corporate attorney with Adams and Reese LLP in Nashville and served for years as a director of Brown-Forman Corp., maker of Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, and Jack Daniel's.

After learning polo from his father, Martin Brown embraced the game at Yale in the 1980s. During those years, the rivalry between Yale and UVA was intense but friendly. In Brown's senior year, the USPA Men's Intercollegiate National Championship featured a Yale team of Mike Borucke, Anton Tejeda, and Brown against a UVa team of Tom Huber, Batchy Carpenter, and Derek Sifton. The outcome was uncertain until the final 30 seconds when Brown took a pass from Borucke into the goal for the final score.

Martin Brown played polo after college in Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida before passing his mallets on to his wife Cathy Stewart Brown, who introduced their daughter Sara S. Brown (UVa '15) to polo. Martin and Sara are the only known father and daughter pair coached in college by Lou Lopez, who currently leads the UVa program after many years at Yale. Martin has been an important supporter of the Yale program and was instrumental in the recent acquisition of the club’s new location in Bethany, CT. He has also provided land acquisition funding for the UVa program.


Horse Icon About Polo at UVa

In the early 1950s at the University of Virginia, a group of equestrians came together to form a polo club with a guiding philosophy of “affordable polo for any student”. Funded by alumni, family and friends, the club has grown from humble beginnings to one of the best equipped collegiate polo facilities in the nation, winner of 11 Men’s and 9 Women’s national championships.

Horse Icon About Polo at Yale

Founded in 1903, Yale Polo is the oldest and most successful collegiate polo team in the United States. As of January 2015, Yale Polo has a new home in Bethany, CT, just a 20-minute drive from campus. This marks the first time that Yale Polo has had a facility of its own since the closing of the historic Armory in 2009.

Horse Icon About the Founders

The Harriman Cup was founded in 1984 by Tom Shuman, Zene Colt, Dick Cawley, Mike McGhee, Mike Schram, Molly Baldrige, Bill Ylvisaker, Lou Lopez, Steve Orthwein, Sandy Carden, and John Harris, Jr.

Learn more about the History of The Harriman Cup here.