USA vs. Ireland / BMW Test Drives
USA vs. Ireland / BMW Test Drives
The Irish Polo Team makes its 22nd consecutive appearance on Saturday, July 6, at 5pm before an anticipated record crowd at the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers.
The Irish team journeys each year from the Wicklow Polo Club south of Dublin on the Irish Sea. Playing for Ireland will be the top female player in Ireland, Siobhan Herbst and company. An historic all-female USA squad will meet the challenge against the open international rival, and vie for the prestigeous Vanderbilt Cup.
At the polo grounds from 1-4pm, your Rhode Island BMW Centers will offer test drives of their latest model BMW ultimate driving machines.
Dan Keating, Polo Series founder added, “The Irish team is the only one with a track record of consecutive appearances dating back to our inaugural season. We thank the Wicklow Polo Club for bringing competitive teams year after year. In so doing, he has established a following of fans and players alike that is unprecedented in international polo.”
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A weekly door prize from Massage Envy will be awarded, and winners of the Best Tailgate picnic will receive a bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte & tickets to the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships.
After 6 periods called chukkers, the 2-hour match will conclude with a trophy presentation of the perpetual USA vs. Ireland cup, inaugurated in 1992, and naming of the 'Best Playing Pony', and the annual Asado Lamb Roast in their honor. Reservations to the dinner can be made online while supplies last (see News & Events).
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are a unique and popular summertime tradition, open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy cheering for the international guests, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team. The polo matches will run continuously every Saturday from June through September at 5pm (4pm in September).
With yet another national debut this season, the Polo Series will have hosted 28 nations over its 22 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Argentina, Jamaica, Italy and Mexico this summer, and Costa Rica, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Barbados, France, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, and China in the past.
This is the 22nd season of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and Ani, Newportri.com, The Newport Beach Club and The Tower at Carnegie Abby, KPMG, Clarke Cooke House, Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, Pearls Boutique Hotels, Vanderbilt International Properties, Laser Skin and Vein Center, Rockstar Limo, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Lufthansa, Shreve Crump & Low, McGrath Clambakes, WCRI Classical Radio, Boston Common, Equine Journals, Vita Coco and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, Massage Envy, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Discover Newport. “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, Polo Series founder.
The Polo Series takes place in the bucolic setting of Glen Farm, the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600's. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Keating and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.