Silver Air named title sponsor of the USPA Pacific Coast Open by Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club


Chuck Stumpf, EVP of business development at Silver Air

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Silver Air, the private jet management and charter company, is the new title sponsor of the USPA Pacific Coast Open by Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (SBPRC), the most prestigious polo tournament in the Western United States.

Named the “Silver Air USPA Pacific Coast Open,” the tournament will be played August 16 to September 2, 2018, culminating with the final match on the Sunday of Labour Day Weekend.

“The USPA Pacific Coast Open is the premier polo event on the West Coast, and it’s a fun and relaxed environment to connect with Silver Air clients, jet owners and other private aviation enthusiasts,” said Chuck Stumpf, Silver Air’s President of Business Development. “Silver Air is the premier private jet management and charter company on the West Coast, so this is a great fit for our brand and our business. We look forward to enjoying the USPA Pacific Coast Open and celebrating the world-class teams as they compete for the championship trophy.”

Silver Air, with corporate offices in Santa Barbara, manages and operates privately owned aircraft from bases throughout the United States, including the Santa Barbara Airport.

As the only company to offer unrestricted charter availability on a Boeing Business Jet, Silver Air’s fleet also features light to large-cabin jets from Gulfstream, Dassault, Bombardier, Embraer, Cessna, and Hawker/Beech. Silver Air is one of the largest Citation X operators in the U.S.

“We believe Silver Air is a perfect fit,” said SBPRC President John Muse, “for our Club and the USPA Pacific Coast Open. Some of the world’s largest private jet manufacturers have been partners with SBPRC with outstanding results for nearly two decades.”

High Goal SBPRC corporate sponsorship program has been handled by Charles Ward of Idea Works Global for the past 17 years.

Standing at nearly five feet tall and 106 years old, the USPA Pacific Coast Open Trophy is considered the “finest polo trophy for which horsemen of any land have ever competed.” When a British polo team won the USPA Pacific Coast Open in 1910, the trophy was taken overseas to England, until it made its way back to the U.S. the following year. Every year, the winning team of the tournament is placed on a silver medallion at the handcrafted wooden base of the trophy. With silver, semiprecious stones, and 18-karat gold decorating this masterpiece, it’s no wonder people travel from all around the world to compete in the USPA Pacific Coast Open.

Founded in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the premiere equestrian Polo club in the Western United States. The club, located between the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, consists of three full size outdoor polo fields, one arena, extensive horse boarding and exercise facilities, as well as stabling for 350 horses.

In addition to polo, SBPRC has eight championship hard true tennis courts, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and beautifully remodelled locker rooms.