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Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Newport, RI … June 25th, 2022 will feature Newport vs. Boston, Newport's oldest rival, in the continuation of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines.
The two oldest polo clubs in America have a long-fought rivalry. The rift can be traced back to early colonial times when religious dissidents splintered off from Puritan Boston, by choice or by excommunication, to seek greater freedom in new settlements to the south.
The weekly polo matches, held every Saturday in the late afternoon, June through September, are an ideal conclusion to a summer’s day, in the pastoral setting of the International Polo Grounds at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, minutes away from the glittering beaches of Newport, where the cooling coastal effect is a welcome retreat in the peak of summer.
The matchup on Saturday will pit teams in contention for prize money in the USPA Congressional Cup, sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, and the largest polo tournament thus far in the Northeast, featuring the most skilled polo players from around the region, and runs through July 2. Visit www.nptpolo.com for full details on the Newport vs. Boston match and the USPA Congressional Cup as well as advanced ticket sales for the match.
"It is exciting to bring out the best competitors in the Northeast hub of polo in one concentrated tournament right out of the gate, to set the tone for a competitive year in the Northeast this season," comments Leighton S. Jordan, USPA Northeastern Circuit Governor.
Last week's Newport Pro-Am featured an intense battle of professionals and international players from Portugal, South Africa, Argentina, and the U.S. in one of the most exciting matches of the season, competing for the historic International Cup trophy. The Globe Trotter's took on the America's, for a thrilling come from behind 11-9 win in the last chukker. Upcoming highlights in the next 3 months of the Polo Series include 6 international rivalries, 4 additional US City challengers, and tournament championships in the 31st season of the Newport International Polo Series.
During this week's match, the weekly Door Prize Drawing will award a special gift from Veuve Clicquot to one lucky winner, and a chance at the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize which includes 2 business class round trip tickets to anywhere in the world on Turkish Airlines. Another gem of each match includes the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest awarding prizes for creativity in embracing the theme of the day. The theme for the Newport vs. Boston match will be Tea Party. The decorative picnic tradition has earned Newport Polo the title of Best Tailgating in New England from Yankee Magazine.
A bubbling cart delivering chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne will circle the stands throughout the day, to the delight of spectators seated on the manicured lawn around BD Field, while the Patio Bar pours cocktails, wines, draft and craft beverages during the match with Stella Artois on tap, Santa Margherita Wines, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Field-side amenities will include Gourmet Food Trucks with options from Newport Chowder Co., Wally's Hot Dog Cart, Village Greek, Hawaiian Jim's Shave Ice, and Milk Caffe. The Pro Shop will be bustling before and during gametime with fans collecting the new limited edition items and annual best sellers that arrive weekly.
The matches will conclude with a victory lap around the field in the Newport Polo Fan Salute followed by the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation of player prizes from Providence Diamond. Autograph signing and the après polo cocktail hour will finish off the evening.
Après polo, the Modern Luxury Lounge welcomes players and supporters with a complimentary player toast, cohosted by The Cocktail Guru and Goslings, featuring the specialty cocktail of the day, often Goslings Dark 'n Stormy, the official drink of the Newport International Polo Series.
The Newport International Polo Series applauds its 2022 sponsors including Brenton Hotel, BD, TD Bank, Turkish Airlines, Modern Luxury Boston, Herb Chambers Exotics, Vanderbilt International Properties, Hotel Viking, Santa Margherita Wines, Providence Diamond, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Atria Senior Living, US Polo Association, Stella Artois, Goslings, ROCKSTAR Limo, and Classical 95.9 WCRI; and promotional partners including Newport Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Jaguar Tours, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Mansions, Newport Classical, Island Surf and Sport, Newport Picnic Co., Northeast Equestrian Life, Newport Vineyards and Audrain Automobile Museum.
"Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is," explains Dan Keating, the Polo Series founder.
The polo grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth RI. Tickets and reservations to the polo match and associated events are available online at www.nptpolo.com. More information about the Newport International Polo Series, the venue, concessions, and amenities, can be found in the About Us section. Keep with the current 2022 team lineup and stats, events, news, and more through our weekly e-magazine (sign-up). Match tickets for the 2022 Newport International Polo Series can be found here
About the Newport International Polo Series:
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport's grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age with the founding of America's First Polo Club in Newport. Open to the public, audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Saturday, June through September at 5PM / 4PM in September.
This season features teams from 8 different countries to compete against the US for the duration of the summer. This is the 31st season of the Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from 35 nations including, Ireland, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, and Colombia.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte 138) in Portsmouth, RI. The bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600s. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by the polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian and community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
Gilded Age Legacy: Polo is, without a doubt, the oldest ball game in the world today. First recorded in the 6th-century B.C. when the Turkomans beat the Persians in the diplomatic tournament, the alluring game caught on with equestrian royalty and calvary, and took off with globalization, withstanding the tests of time. Arriving on Newport's shores during the Gilded Age, the sport had evolved for nearly 2500 years, steeped in tradition, captivating newcomers like Newport's summer sporting set who embraced the new pastime, establishing America's first polo club in 1876. A charter member of the United States Polo Association, the club today is still a trailblazing model polo club, hosting the Newport International Polo Series public exhibition matches, supporting philanthropic causes, organizing tournaments, polo club member services, and polo instruction year-round. Experience the king of games in its American landing at Newport Polo.