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Palm Beach & Newport to Square Off in Annual Polo Resort Rivalry

For Immediate Release

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Newport, RI (August 9th, 2022) … The Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines, is thrilled to welcome back Palm Beach for their 11th city series duel on Saturday, August 13th.

Palm Beach’s team will come out swinging, to build upon their 3-year winning streak with an all-star roster of some of the best players on the East Coast. This rival resort town is the renowned winter capital of polo, hosting some of the sport's most prestigious tournaments and best polo talent in the world. The climate allows polo culture to thrive year-round in Palm Beach making it the East Coast mecca of the sport.

“Palm Beach always brings amazing talent and depth when their team comes to Newport. We are really excited to see how we can match up against them this year,” comments Dan Keating, series founder and president.

The weekly Stella Artois Best in Show Contest theme for this match is Lilly Pulitzer Forever, to celebrate the return of Palm Beach to Newport. Lilly Pulitzer, a clothing, and lifestyle brand originating from Palm Beach was created by Lilly McKim Pulitzer, a socialite and hostess. Lilly Pulitzer's brand was born by accident in 1959. Lilly opened a juice stand in Palm Beach and found it successful but messy, so she had her dressmaker make a colorful shift dress to camouflage the citrus stains that soiled her dress when she worked. Thus, the iconic sherbert-colored Lilly Pulitzer print shift dresses were born and grew into the American resort-wear that is recognized world-wide today.

Advanced ticket sales and full details: Newport vs. Palm Beach

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

Last week’s match featured USA vs. New Zealand in one of the most thrilling international matchups of the season. The Kiwi’s whirlwind tour of Newport included numerous tours and attendance at the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball, presented by BD benefitting the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation. Both teams were in lockstep for the first four chukkers of the match, but Team USA surged ahead in the 5th chukker solidifying their win to bring the final score to 8-6Henry Wood of New Zealand was named MVP and Arnold was named Best Playing Pony in the post-match trophy presentation. Upcoming 2022 season highlights include several more US City challengers and 3 international rivalries in the 31st season of the Newport International Polo Series.

During this week’s match the field-side festivities and activities will include the Daily Door Prize awarded to one spectator who will be entered into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize, which includes two round trip tickets to anywhere in the world on Turkish Airlines. Prizes will be given to the winner of the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest, to award those who embrace the theme of the day (Lilly Pulitzer Forever) with their picnics, tailgates, and attire. Herb Chambers Exotics will display high performance luxury vehicles from their new fleet.

Field-side amenities will be offered to spectators throughout the afternoon and throughout the match including classics at the Patio Bar with Veuve Clicquot ChampagneSanta Margherita Wines, and Stella Artois on tap. New Goslings summer cocktails will be available: The Tropic Time Out and Bermuda Rum Swizzle in addition to the Dark ‘n Stormy, the official drink of the Newport International Polo Series. Serving up chilled wines to spectators, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cart will be circling the field during game time. Gourmet Food Trucks will be field side offering Newport classics from Newport Chowder Company, Wally’s Hot Dog Cart, Village Greek, Amano Pizza + Gelato, Hawaiian Jims Shave Ice, and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. The Pro Shop will be fully stocked with new limited-edition items and classics perfect for the summer season and months ahead.

The day will conclude with the Newport Victory Salute as Newport and Palm Beach make their way around the field followed by the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation with player’s prizes from Providence Diamond.

To conclude the evening, spectators and players will retire to the Modern Luxury Lounge for a complimentary player’s toast, courtesy of Goslings Rum.

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.