Hotel Colorado takes Devereux Cup
In the first Devereux Cup, the polo team of Hotel Colorado grabbed the trophy from the Roaring Fork Polo Club with a decisive victory Sunday afternoon near New Castle.Set against rugged mountains of the Garfield Wilderness Area at the Stout Ranch, a 100-plus-year tradition was resurrected – the refined sport of polo played in the Rocky Mountains.
Named for the two Devereux brothers, Horace K. and Walter B., the Devereux Cup is sponsored by the Hotel Colorado. The two brothers helped establish Glenwood Springs as a “spa resort” and had a burning passion for the sport of polo. The Devereux Cup was an annual event in the silver days at the turn of the century, when the genteel English silver barons tapped into the skilled horsemanship of local cowboys and ranchers to create the Glenwood Polo and Racing Association.In Sunday’s match, Carbondale resident Linnie Hutton, playing for Hotel Colorado, made the first goal just a few moments into the 7-minute chukker. Hutton’s teammate Tom Taylor made the next goal in the second chukker with a powerful back shot past Roaring Fork’s Linda Lafferty, who battled him for the ball.
Hotel Colorado captain Barry Stout then carried the ball down the field, despite an aggressive ride-off at a hard gallop by Roaring Fork’s Tom Powell. Stout managed to keep control of the ball for a score in the third chukker.As Stout’s teammate Bill Stoddard rode off Roaring Fork’s defense, Stout compounded the damage by adding one more goal in the fourth and final chukker with a neck shot that put Hotel Colorado up 4-0.
Roaring Fork’s Todd Merriam took a spill when battling for the goal when he hit the left upright of the goal post. The audience cheered from the sidelines as he quickly remounted his horse and galloped back on the field.Finally, late in the fourth chukker, Roaring Fork captain Don Delise carried the ball down the field, right from the starting line-up and racked up a goal for his team, softening the 4-1 defeat. The silver trophy cup was awarded to Hotel Colorado’s team and will reside in a case at Hotel Colorado, which once boasted its own polo grounds for guests. Larry McDonald, Hotel Colorado’s general manager, plans to continue the tradition of the Devereux Cup with an annual polo tournament.
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