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Brazil to Debut in Polo Series

Date:    Thursday, September 13, 2012

Brazil will make its debut this Saturday, September 17th at 4pm in the Newport International Polo Series, a highlight of the 20th anniversary season.  The match features USA vs. Brazil on the polo grounds of historic Glen Farm at 715 East Main Road/Rte.138 in Portsmouth, RI.

Competing for Brazil will be Luiz Matarazzo, Rodolfo Curbelo, Marcelo Junqueira and José Catejon from the Sao Paulo region, where the largest concentration of polo is played in Brazil.  Brazil is emerging on the international stage, as a World Championship contender after being a finalist 4 years ago, and advancing again this year to the final rounds of the FIP World Championship next month. 

Polo arrived in Brazil in the 1930’s and has gradually spread to other main regions as well, enjoying a long playing season from March through November. “We are excited to have the team from Brazil making its debut as the culmination of our international lineup this season,” explained Dan Keating, USA team captain and founder of the Polo Series.

After 6 periods, the match will conclude with a champagne trophy presentation of the inaugural USA vs. Brazil silver cup, as well as the naming of the Best Playing Pony.  A door prize is of a luxury Italian leather weekender bag from Terrida will also be awarded.

Dating back more than 130 years here, the polo matches are a unique and popular Newport summertime tradition, open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy cheering for the international guests as well as for the home team.  The Polo Series has hosted 25 nations over the years, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica,  Barbados, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, and debuting this summer are Kenya and Brazil. 

The polo matches will run continuously every Saturday from June through September. 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.