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Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Newport Polo's 7th annual Turkey or Feathers Thanksgiving Tournament drew five teams to work off the Thursday feast in friendly competition. The much-anticipated weekend tournament is a regular highlight of the autumn arena polo season when club members and advanced players can continue to hone their game after summer grass polo ends. Participants included members of the USA/Newport home team, players from the polo school, intercollegiate players and Newport's Interscholastic Girl's Polo Team.
Semi-finals kicked off on Saturday, Nov. 30th as each team vied for a berth in the Championship. TD Bank (green), Kinsella Building (black) and Synergy Solutions Today (white) faced each other in round-robin format for game one. Synergy Solutions Today had two decisive wins to earn the first seat in the Championship. Next up, Newport (red) overcame the Galloping Grooms (navy), to earn the second position in the Championship.
The following day, the teams returned to contest the Consolation and the Championship amid the swirling snow of a wintry New England storm. The round-robin consolation began with TB Bank taking a one goal win over Kinsella Building. Then, strong offensive by the junior Galloping Grooms overcame Kinsella Building and TD Bank to take the bronze medal finish. Finally, the four chukker Championship for the prizes and glory got underway with Synergy Solutions Today against Newport. Newport set the tone of the match with four goals in a row, plus a penatly conversion to jump to a 5-0 lead. Synergy Solutions Today slowed the advance but didn't hit its stride until the final chukker. Newport had already pulled too far ahead to catch, taking the prizes and last bragging rights in the autumn tournament season.
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About Newport Polo: Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club est. 1876, and charter member of the United States Polo Association, offering club member services for outdoor (grass) & arena polo, and polo instruction. The founding members, who hailed mostly from Westchester County, NY, established the club's summer headquarters and polo grounds in Newport, RI where its members annually convened for summer recreation. The original club in Newport remained active until 1929 and is credited for organizing the world's first international polo competition, the Westchester Cup. The Westchester Polo Club was revived in 1992 by President and delegate, Dan Keating. Colloquially know today as Newport Polo, the Club supports a vibrant polo training program continually introducing newcomers to the sport. It is home to the Brown University and Roger Williams University intercollegiate polo teams and the Newport Interscholastic polo team. Newport Polo also hosts the Newport International Polo Series, the popular 18-week summer exhibition series.
Newport, Rhode Island: For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort. Evolving from its origins for religious freedom to prominent colonial port to Gilded Age playground to today - a destination ripe with sport, culture, history, art, entertainment and scenic beauty, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations, and world-class events, its past, present, and future make this international resort uniquely legendary.