Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
It was all good times for good causes this Sunday, at the Newport International Polo Series first annual All-Charity Day, a special highlight of the 25th anniversary season. The venue was alive with over 1,500 gleeful attendees present to support the nine nonprofit organizations that the match funded, including Boys Town New England, Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island; Bruno United FC; Community String Project; Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center; Junior League of Rhode Island; Portsmouth Dog Park; Newport County YMCA Adapted Physical Activity and Special Olympics, and the San Isidro Stolen Polo Horse Fund. All proceeds from ticket sales went directly to the organizations, raising $15,000 for the participants.
Spectators were treated to an incredible match played between Newport and local challenger Twin Paddocks, plus activities hosted by the nine charities there. Everyone wanted to join the Brain Injury Association's raffle to win a picnic basket filled with goodies, and the spectators applauded and cheered when Portsmouth Dog Park ran its Dog Parade across the field at half-time. There was so much to do and see, and for most it was their first time witnessing a polo match.
It was a game to remember with Suleman Iddrissu, Laurel Howe/Stephanie Boyer, Jenna Davis and Minnie Keating playing for Newport. And Amy Rice, Stephanie Still, Alexander King, and Michel Nseir playing for Twin Paddock.
Newport took an early lead with two goals in the first Chukka, while Twin Paddock only scored one. During the second Chukka however, it was Twin Paddock that scored two while Newport Polo only scored one. The Twin Paddocks advance continued, putting up two more goals to Newport's one, ending the first half 5-4.
Newport changed momentum in the second half, matching Twin Paddocks point for point. It was during the final Chukka, with Twin Paddocks still leading by one goal that the tables really turned. Newport whipped out three successive goals, one after another to place themselves ahead of Twin Paddocks. Twin Paddocks put up a good fight, but unfortunately they couldn't match the goals from Newport. Newport rose to victory, 9 to 11.
Through its 25 year history, Newport Polo has raised over $650,000 for civic and charitable organizations. Initiatives include the International Polo Charity Ball, special benefit matches, and countless ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Italy, France, Jamaica, England, and the debut of Morocco, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September.
The Polo Series will have hosted 32 nations this year over its 25 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Kenya, Jamaica, Italy and Singapore 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, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco and Morocco.
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is 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 Newport Polo founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
This is the 25th season of the Newport International Polo Series, with the support of sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Cox, Forty 1° North, Vueve Clicquot, NAVSTA Newport, RISD Executive Education, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Lufthansa, Green Gear Global, WaterRower, Atria Senior Living, Hotel Viking, Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News, Newport J House and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions 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.
Discover Polo! Watch it, Play it, Support it. Newport Polo is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and founding member of the United States Polo Association offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round. Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXV. Information about Newport Polo's events, polo lessons, membership and sponsorship can be found in About Newport Polo.