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New Partnership with The Hermitage Club

Date:    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Newport International Polo Series is pleased to announce its partnership with The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain as the Beach Polo Sponsor for the 27th season.

Like Newport Polo, The Hermitage Club endeavors to enhance New England living by creating a safe, family-friendly resort that offers prime conditions for people who love to ski and enjoy winter activities within the region. And it’s also much more than a winter sports haven. With an 18-hole championship golf course, all-season mountain activities, 6 Inns, gourmet dining, and a full real estate complement, The Club is a year-round destination for connecting with family and friends.

The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a 1000-acre enclave across West Dover and Wilmington, VT and provides members four seasons of private mountain activities, luxury accommodations, and a worry-free safe environment for families of all generations to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.  A state of the art Base Lodge brings all the amenities of a premier resort to this Vermont playground, with fine dining, spa, fitness center, family center, and many more activities year-round.  The Hermitage Club welcomes Newport Polo nation to explore everything they have to offer with a special invitation.

When the weather turns cold, The Hermitage Club is a winter sports haven unlike any other on the East Coast.  Experience the thrill of the chase on the East Coast's only private mountain, with 45 pristine trails, 100% snowmaking coverage, and grooming for 'first-tracks' conditions all day, all season.  Sporting enthusiasts can hit the slopes by ski or by snowboard, with trails for all levels, terrain parks, and 6 lifts to get you there, with no lift lines!  Explore the mountain on a snowmobile, or take an enchanting horse-drawn sleigh ride.  There is something for everyone, from snowshoeing along wooded and open cross-country ski trails, a night-lit snow tubing hill with 500-foot vertical drop, skating rink, outdoor fireplace and more to highlight the best of winter.

As a year-round resort, warmer temperatures bring renewed opportunities to enjoy the beautiful mountain setting.  An 18 hole, 72 par, championship golf course gives a dramatic experience of natural rolling terrain where expansive views of the Green Mountains are revealed on nearly every hole.  Take to the hills to see some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring views of southern Vermont.  Tour the countryside and surrounding Deerfield Valley by mountain bike.  Tennis, pool and lake swimming, fishing, and more make for an equally exciting summer haven. 

Beach Polo is a low-impact, eco-friendly two-day exhibition, and a much-anticipated highlight on the opening weekend of the Newport Winter Festival.  Over 1,000 spectators line the playing field each day, carved out of the intertidal area of the beach.  The players are from the Newport Polo Club and other regional contenders, playing on finely tuned thoroughbred polo horses.  Horses are accustomed to sandy footing in their natural habitats all over the world, including the desert southwest.  The polo ponies are highly fit and exercised in arena polo, played on similar footing materials.  Spectators are encouraged to witness the fast-paced contests in the picturesque setting of Newport's prettiest beach, and cheer on the teams, playing on finely tuned thoroughbred mounts.

There's no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVII, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association.