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2021 East Coast Open & Handicap Women’s Polo Championships

Time: July 27, 2021 9:00 AM

Location: Newport International Polo Grounds 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871

More Info:

In celebration of Women's History Month, Newport Polo is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 3rd Annual East Coast Open (14-20 goal) and East Coast Handicap (8-12 goal) Women’s Polo Championships slated for midsummer, July 27-Aug 1, 2021.

Offering $2,500 prize money in each tournament, the semifinal rounds of both tournaments will be hosted by Myopia Polo Club in Hamilton, MA, and the Consolation & Finals of both tournaments will be hosted by Westchester Polo Club in Newport, RI on the weekend.

Sanctioned by the United States Polo Association. Prizes, MVP, and Best Playing Pony recognitions will be awarded in each tournament. The first 4 teams in each tournament to register by June 24 will receive official team jerseys sponsored by USPA Global Licensing Inc.

Tournament registration deadline is 5PM Monday, July 19, 2021 or sooner if the team limit is reached. Entry form, requirements, schedule, tournament fees, and details can be found at: https://forms.gle/1zwTjS1ytKhuYvxo8.

Confirmations will be issued by the HTC within 48 hours of registration deadline, as well as information re horse boarding, leasing, lodging, and other pertinent details.

Tournament Entry Fee will be required within 48 hours of entry confirmation, or invitation may be forfeited:
• Open - $1,000/team
• Handicap - $750/team

Tournament Manager, Myopia Polo Club: Amy Trytek
Tournament Manager, Westchester Polo Club: Rory Torrey
HTC: James DeAngelis, Kaila Dowd, David Markell, David Strouss
Umpires: all games will be officiated by Professional Umpires from the USPA.

Registration Requirements:

  1. Completion of  Team Registration Form: https://forms.gle/1zwTjS1ytKhuYvxo8
  2. Waivers of Liability from Each Player, completed online at this new link (each player must complete the online form) https://signnow.com/s/yBzzZt9W
  3. Player Eligibility: All Players Must be Current USPA Members with a USPA Women's Outdoor Handicap
  4. Team Eligibility: Total Women's Outdoor Handicap of Team Must Equal: Open: 14-20 goals Handicap: 8-12 goals

Covid-19 Safety Protocol may be required, pending the State of RI's mandates in effect at that time.

Tentative Tournament Schedule - (based on 8 teams in each tournament) Subject to Change if fewer teams enter.

TUE 7/27: Myopia Polo Club - boarded tournament field
All Teams: Rules Review
Open: Semifinals

WED 7/28: Myopia Polo Club - boarded tournament field
All Teams: Rules Review
Handicap: Semifinals

THU 7/29: Myopia Polo Club - boarded tournament field
Open: Semifinals

FRI 7/30: Myopia Polo Club - boarded tournament field
Handicap: Semifinals

SAT 7/31: Newport - boarded exhibition field, spectator audience
Open: Final, Consolation, Trophy Presentation

SUN 8/1: Newport - boarded exhibition field, spectator audience
Handicap: Final, Consolation, Trophy Presentation

Prize Money:
Open: $2,000 Awarded to 1st Place Team: $500 Awarded to 2nd Place Team
Handicap: $2,000 Awarded to 1st Place Team: $500 Awarded to 2nd Place Team

Professional USPA umpires will officiate the matches. A live draw of teams for their respective opening rounds will be live-streamed on the tournament’s Facebook Group page and on Newport Polo’s Facebook fan page on Saturday, July 24 at 7:30pm.

These tournaments are made possible, in part, by the United States Polo Association Tournament Stimulus Program.

“It is exciting to continue the momentum for high caliber women's polo competition in the US with these medium and high goal tournaments during the summer, hosted by two of the oldest clubs in the country, and that have done a great job establishing these tournaments as fixtures in the Northeast polo season," stated Leighton S. Jordan, USPA Northeast Circuit Governor. "It will be a highlight again this summer."

Each year we have raised our game, and this year will be no exception. All available resources are in effect to provide a first-rate competitive experience, from prize monies to the collaborative strength of our two clubs (Westchester and Myopia) for each of our best field conditions, at the peak of the Northeast polo season, professional USPA Umpires, a veteran Host Tournament Committee, and trusted advisory Tournament Managers at each host site,” states Dan Keating, Westchester Club President and USPA delegate. “It has been epic to host these tournaments for the past couple of years, with top players participating the US and abroad. We are doing everything we can to support the progress of women in the sport of polo, and provide forums of upper levels of competition for players to advance. We invite you to make your mark in polo history.

Each tournament will feature top-level teams competing for the prestigious Sunny Hale and Anne Hutchinson silver trophies, and the winners recorded in the United States Polo Association annuls. Hale is remembered as a passionate ambassador for the players and horses of polo, and considered to be one of the all-time greatest female polo players and role model for many women in the sport. Hutchinson, a champion of civil liberty and toleration in the colonial era, became the first woman to found a community in the New World (Portsmouth, Rhode Island - 1638) and is revered in New England as a heroine of freedom.

Players seeking to connect with other players to form a team are encouraged to post on the tournaments’ Facebook Group page and also contact agnes@nptpolo.com for more information.

All tournament participants will automatically qualify to play in the "Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Finals".

Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, charter member of the United States Polo Assoc.

Photo: 2018 Handicap Finals - Izzy Parsons and Athena Malin, Courtesy of Eric Schneider