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After three decades in the New York Tri-State area, the oldest alumni polo match in the nation is moving to the oldest polo club in America. The 35th Annual Harriman Cup between alumni from Yale and the University of Virginia will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29th at the Myopia Polo Club, located in South Hamilton, MA. The event sponsors include the U.S. Polo Assn., Visit Barbados, Port Ferdinand Resort, and JetBlue. 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 2019 Team Rosters

Chelsea Messinger / Leila Chang Simon Colloredo-Mansfeld
Samuel Clemens Merrall Echezarreta
Patrick Marinelli Nick Barry
Seppi Colloredo-Mansfeld Reed Miller

Horse Icon The Harriman Cup Award

Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld
Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld

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 Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld is this year’s recipient of the Harriman Award.

Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld is a longtime equestrian and polo player and serves as the current President of Myopia Polo. In addition to polo, Colloredo-Mansfeld also enjoys fox hunting and shares his passion for horses with his entire family who also ride and partake in equestrian sports. He has generously supported all levels of polo with special emphasis towards Intercollegiate polo including the programs at Harvard, Virginia, and Yale, with children attending all three schools. Outside of the equestrian world, Colorado-Mansfeld is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabot Properties, which he co-founded in December 2001. He is the chairman of the Investment Committee for all current, active funds and separate accounts. He has served on all of Cabot's Investment Committees since 1998. Prior to the formation of Cabot Properties, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Cabot Industrial Trust, a NYSE listed real estate investment trust, starting with its IPO in January 1998 through to its sale for $2.1 billion in December 2001. From the time of its IPO until its sale Cabot was the top performing national industrial REIT, outperforming the S&P and Dow Jones indices during this period. During the years Colloredo-Mansfeld has been CEO, Cabot has raised six private equity funds.

Prior to joining Cabot, Colloredo-Mansfeld was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he worked from 1992 through 1996 in Boston and Budapest. He previously worked in Germany for the Deutsche Bank real estate investment group in 1992, and was a Robert Bosch Fellow at the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) in Frankfurt in 1991. He was also an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1986 through 1989, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions based in New York, London, and Tokyo. Colloredo-Mansfeld is a graduate of Harvard College, with a degree in History, and he received his MBA from Harvard Business School.


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.