Independence Cup to Determine USPA Congressional Cup Winner

For Immediate Release

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022

Newport, RI (June 30thth, 2022) … On Saturday, July 2, 2022, the Independence Cup will feature the championship match of the Northeast Congressional Cup tournament, to decide which team will hoist the Independence Cup trophy and take home prize money and laurels in the Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines

Honoring our nation's Independence, an American summer classic double-header is in store for the day's competition, to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams among the top 4 teams from a field of 7 from the Northeast region that have competed over the past two weeks in preliminary tournament rounds. Players will bring their best game to BD Field on Saturday, in American spirit and celebration to conclude the winner takes all tournament., sanctioned by the United States Polo Association. 

The weekly polo matches, every Saturday in late afternoon, June through September, are an ideal conclusion to a summer’s day, minutes away from the glittering beaches of Newport, in the pastoral setting of the International Polo Grounds at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, where the cooling coastal effect is a welcome retreat in the peak of summer.

Visit www.nptpolo.com for advanced ticket sales and full details on the Independence Cup polo match, and the tournament page for the USPA Congressional Cup

“It is very exciting to host the championship between the highest-level teams in this regional tournament. The high stakes of this competition accompanied with the prize money on the line makes this match a thrilling conclusion to the tournament and really provides an opportunity for one regional team to make polo history,” comments Dan Keating, Polo Series founder and president. 

Last week Newport’s oldest rival Boston journeyed to the International Polo Grounds for a double header of preliminary matches in the USPA Congressional Cup tourney, for a berth in the semifinals. In the first 4-chukker match of the day, Boston dominated the field claiming a victory of 11-8 over Newport with Torrey and Trotz as the highest scoring players of the match. In the second 4-chukker match, Acoaxet and Glen Farm battled back and forth with Glen Farm executing the win over Acoaxet in the last chukker with a final score of 8-5 with Bullis and Campbell as highest scoring players of the match. Upcoming 2022 season highlights include 4 US City Challengers and 6 international rivalries in the 31st season of the Newport International Polo Series. 

During this week’s match, the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest will award prizes to those whose polo party is decorated in the theme of the day - Yankee Doodle. The decorative picnic tradition has earned Newport Polo the title of Best Tailgating in New England from Yankee Magazine. A weekly Door Prize Drawing will award a special gift from Veuve Clicquot to a very lucky spectator who will also be entered to win the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing, which includes 2 round trip business class tickets to anywhere in the world on Turkish Airlines 

Throughout the afternoon, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cart will circle BD Field, bubbling over with a selection of chilled sparkling wines, while the Patio Bar pours cocktails, wine, beer, and more with classics like Santa Margherita Wines, Stella Artois on tap, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Other field-side amenities will include a host of Gourmet Food Trucks featuring options like Newport Chowder Co., Wally's Hot Dog Cart, Village Greek, Chelsea’s Creamery, Hawaiian Jim's Shave Ice, and Milk Caffe. The Pro Shop will be abuzz with new team gear and 2022 souvenir merchandise arriving weekly.

The two matches will conclude with a victory lap around the field in the Newport Polo Fan Salute, a time-honored tradition since 2003, followed by the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation of coveted prizes from Providence Diamond.

Après polo, the Modern Luxury Lounge will host players and spectators for a complimentary player toast from Goslings featuring the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy, the national drink of the Newport International Polo Series.

The Newport International Polo Series applauds its 2022 sponsors including Brenton HotelBDTD BankTurkish AirlinesModern Luxury BostonHerb Chambers ExoticsVanderbilt International PropertiesHotel VikingSanta Margherita WinesProvidence DiamondVeuve ClicquotClarke Cooke HouseAtria Senior LivingUS Polo AssociationStella ArtoisGoslingsROCKSTAR Limo, and Classical 95.9 WCRI; and promotional partners including Newport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport Jaguar ToursInternational Tennis Hall of FameNewport MansionsNewport Classical, Island Surf and SportNewport Picnic Co., Northeast Equestrian LifeNewport 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).      

 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.