Juan Carlos Harriott Jr. (28 October 1936 – 11 September 2023) was an Argentine polo player renowned in the sport. Affectionately known as “Juancarlitos” to distinguish him from his father, he was also nicknamed “El Inglés” (The Englishman).
Juan Carlos Harriott Jr. was born on 28 October 1936. He began his polo career at a young age, obtaining a polo handicap of 1 in 1953. Later that same year, his handicap was elevated to 3.
In 1961, Harriott achieved a handicap of 10 goals, a rating he maintained until his retirement in 1980. During his career, he won the Argentine Open Polo Championship 20 times, the Hurlingham Open 15 times, and the Tortugas Open 7 times.
Harriott holds the record for the most tournaments won with his team Coronel Suárez, amassing 38 titles. Furthermore, he won the Triple Crown four times in 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1977, with two of these wins occurring consecutively.
Internationally, representing Argentina, Harriott secured victories in the Copa de las Américas in 1966, 1969, 1979, and 1980. He also claimed the Sesquicentennial Cup in 1966. While playing with the Villafranca team, he won the Sotogrande Gold Cup in Spain in both 1975 and 1976.
One of Harriott’s significant partnerships was with Horacio Heguy, another eminent figure in the world of polo.
Harriott died on 11 September 2023, at the age of 86.
- Argentine Polo Open Championship: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979.
Juan Carlos Harriott Jr.’s contributions to polo have left an indelible mark on the sport. His records and accolades stand as a testament to his skills and commitment to the game.