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2021 Club Awards Presented at Players Dinner

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Newport Polo’s annual Players Dinner on Oct. 30th at Clarke Cooke House in Newport gave opportunity to celebrate the 2021 polo season successes, conclude the 30th anniversary jubilee of the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by Turkish Airlines, and recognize those who contributed to an outstanding year.  

“The awards dinner is an opportunity to express appreciation for the leading figures that make the Polo Series a great tradition, and members of America's First Polo Club leading the charge,” commented Keating.   

Glasses were raised in appreciation of the 2021 Polo Series Sponsors including Brenton Hotel, Davitt Inc., TD Bank, Turkish Airlines, Modern Luxury Boston, Herb Chambers Exotics, Vanderbilt International Properties, Hotel Viking, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, US Polo Association, Goslings, Rockstar Limo, McGrath Clambakes and Classical 95.9 WCRI, and the private Lodging Hosts of several international teams this year.

Also acknowledged were the 2021 Best Playing Ponies chosen as the standouts by this year's visiting international teams: Pumpkin Loaned to Switzerland by P Friedman; Picaza Loaned to Argentina by S Corro; Sylvie Loaned to Italy by D Keating; Jack Loaned to Dominican Republic by D Keating; Persia Loaned to Jamaica by M Keating; Diva Loaned to Mexico by D Bullis, whose names are embroidered on the perpetual blanket displayed across the Trophy Table in the center of the dance floor.

2021 Polo Gala Volunteers were applauded for shattering the 20-year record, raising over $80k for this year's beneficiary, Jeffrey Osborne Foundation, including Ambassadors Meg and Jeremy Stowe, and Auction Committee Members representing the Club: Stacie Mills, Dave Schultz, Meghan Ziobro, Mary Roda and Agnes Keating.

Polo Club Honorees included the 2021 recipient of the United States Polo Association's General George S. Patton Jr. Award - Dan Keating; the Coaches' Rookie of the Year - Leslie Strueli, presented by John Wigdahl; and finally, chosen by their peers, 2021 Sportsmanship Award recipient Chris Fragomeni, and 2021 Most Improved Player Felipe Rojas, handed out by previous recipients Minnie Keating and Sam Clemens (see past recipients).  In conclusion, Club President Dan Keating conveyed an appreciation award to Polo Manager Dave Markell for his tireless efforts all year long.

A dozen or so Minnie Awards were also given out to cap the evening's memorabilia of the past season, before DJ Drew took center stage with dance floor hits til last call, including the 1977 throw-back R&B/funk hit 'Back in Love Again' by our Entertainer of the Year, Jeffrey Osborne.  See our Facebook fan page for an album of photos from the evening.

Named the Polo Series’ Restaurant of the Year for the 11th consecutive year for innovative cuisine and legendary ambiance as the place to see and be seen, the Clarke Cooke House is a quintessential Newport experience and polo players’ entertainment headquarters in downtown Newport (historical details).

Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXX and is the functioning body of the historic Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club, founded in 1876 and a charter member of the United States Polo Association, still a trailblazing, model polo club, supporting philanthropic causes, hosting world class public exhibition polo matches, tournaments and club member services including instruction, year-round. Today's club is based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with a public exhibition event venue at Glen Farm as well as private practice & tournament fields, indoor & outdoor arenas and training facilities in Newport County, RI.  Experience the king of games in its American landing at Newport Polo: view our weekly Club Agenda to play; visit our Box Office for tickets & season passes; Subscribe to our eMagazine for the latest news and announcements, including team lineup, important dates and upcoming events (Secure, spam free and minimally issued).