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2019 East Coast Open & Handicap Women’s Polo Championships

Presented by Dechra

Time: June 29, 2019 5:00 PM

Location: Newport International Polo Grounds 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871

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Newport Polo is pleased to announce the 2nd annual East Coast Open (14-20 goal) & Handicap (8-12 goal) Women’s Polo Championship Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Qualifier tournaments, Presented by Dechra to take place on June 26-30, hosted by Westchester Polo Club in Newport, RI, in conjunction with Myopia Polo Club, MA. 

The tournaments are sanctioned by the United States Polo Association (USPA), and have been approved for matching prize money by the USPA, to be awarded to the Open Finalists. 

“All of our available resources are in effect to provide a first-rate competitive experience, from prize moneys awarded to the two teams that compete in the Open Final, to our clubs' best tournament fields, electronic scoreboards, professional USPA Umpiring, expert video production, the cooperative strength of two neighboring Clubs, an experienced tournament committee, and trusted advisory board,” states Dan Keating, Westchester Club President and USPA delegate “to become the US’s best forum for upper level competition, second only to the US Women’s Open.  We are honored to host these two women’s polo tournaments and invite you to make your mark in polo history.“

Venues will include three of Newport’s best tournament fields, in rotation, and Myopia's historic main field.  A new electronic scoreboard and leaderboard will be on location for the tournament matches.  Professional USPA umpires will officiate the matches.  A special agenda of social events & entertainment for local experiences will round out the itinerary.

A professional video production of the Open Final and Consolation matches will be submitted to the USPA’s Chukker TV for consideration for live or delayed broadcast.

A live draw of teams for their respective opening rounds will be live-streamed on the tournament’s Facebook Group page and on Newport Polo’s Facebook fan page on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30pm.    

Team registration and tournament match schedule: Team Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, June 14, 2019, or sooner if the team limit is reached. Tournament Entry Fee and team registration online here.

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES:

East Coast Open Women’s Polo Championship 

WED   June 26    Semifinals     (Location: Westchester Polo Club, Newport RI)

SAT    June 29    Consolation & Finals      (Location: Westchester Polo Club, Newport RI)

 

East Coast Handicap Women’s Polo Championship 

THU    June 27    Semifinals     (Location: Westchester Polo Club, Newport RI)

SUN    June 30       Consolation & Finals     (Location: Myopia Polo Club, Hamilton MA)

 

 

DAILY ITINERARY:

WED

 

    All Team Lunch  & 2019 Outdoor Rules Review with USPA Pro Umpire

 

    Open Semifinals:    3:30PM Game 1 and 5:30PM Game 2

 

    Players Dinner at Newport's iconic Clarke Cooke House waterfront destination restaurant 

 

THU

 

    Handicap Semifinals: 3:30PM Game 1 and 5:30PM Game 2

 

    All-Team Southern BBQ supper & film screening on the lawn at Newport Polo Grounds 

 

    Newport Pub Crawl  

 

 FRI

 

    (Friday is a rain date or otherwise day of rest)

 

    All-Team Cocktail & Supper Reception at Private Newport Mansion harbor-overlook  

 

 SAT

 

     Open - Final 5PM/ Consolation 6PM

 

     All-Team Burger Bender field-side supper & celebration immediately following exhibition polo 

 

 SUN

 

     Handicap - Consolation 3:00 pm & Final 4:30 pm 

 

     All-Team BBQ  

 

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Each tournament will feature top level teams competing for the prestigious Sunny Hale and Anne Hutchinson silver trophies, individual player trophies, Best Playing Pony & MVP awards, and the winners recorded in the United States Polo Association annuls.  Hale is remembered as a passionate ambassador for the players and horses of polo, and considered to be one of the all-time greatest female polo players and role model for many women in the sport.  Hutchinson, a champion of civil liberty and toleration in the colonial era, became the first woman to found a community in the New World (Portsmouth, Rhode Island - 1638) and is revered in New England as a heroine of freedom.

Players seeking teams may connect on the tournaments’ Facebook Group page and also agnes@nptpolo.com to receive detailed information.  All tournament participants will automatically qualify to play in the "Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Finals" in Wellington Florida.

All inquiries directed to HTC at agnes@nptpolo.com for more information on: Paddock turnout or stabling, horse leasing, team assignment for players seeking a team, lodging options, practice opportunities and more.

“It is exciting to bring more opportunities for top level polo competition to the Northeast hub of polo.  We will see the top women players in the sport compete again this year as a highlight of the Northeast polo season this summer,” added Leighton S. Jordan, USPA Northeastern Circuit Governor.

“Women players represent the fastest growing segment of the USPA, becoming a very strong presence in the sport,” stated Peter F. Poor, USPA Governor at Large. “My daughters Amanda and Alyson will be participating, attributing their involvement in the sport to the late Sunny Hale.”

Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, founding member of the United States Polo Assoc, host of the Newport International Polo Series.

About Newport, Rhode Island: For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort. Evolving from its colonization for religious freedom to prominent colonial port to a destination ripe with sport, culture, history, art, entertainment and scenic beauty, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations and world-class events, its past, present, and future make this international destination uniquely legendary.