2016 Year In Review

Date:    Monday, December 5, 2016

Season Highlights

Hosted 8 international teams, including the debut of Morocco.

Hosted 5 city teams, welcoming newcomer Pittsburgh.

Created 6 sold-out Positive Energy Polo Lounge experiences.

Hosted 8 Aprés Polo events for field-side festivities with the visiting teams.

Raised $15K for 8 participating non-profits at the inaugural All Charity Day.

Surpassed $650,000 in total fundraising for civic and charitable organization.

Awarded 17 Stella Artois Tailgate Trunk prizes.

 

International Polo Charity Ball

The 16th International Polo Charity Ball, Bal du Soleil in honor of the French Polo Team, sold out long before welcoming over 400 guests for an exquisite evening at Newport’s famed Rosecliff mansion.  A dedicated auction committee & generous bidders raised $20,000+ for newportFILM’s year-round documentary series.  A pre-party at Forty 1° North, guests in French Riviera black-tie glamour, red carpet photo entrances, gourmet menu and band worthy of ovations sent the night over the top.

Save the Date: Join the Newport Polo Club & guests of honor at the 2017 gala on Friday, August 4th.

 

 2016 Player Achievements

Laurel Howe & Stephanie Boyer - Sportsmanship Award.

Heather Souto - Most Improved Player.

Newport Polo Hall of Fame inductions:

William Crisp, beloved commentator; Ginger, 20-year veteran mount & winningest BPP.

 

International Polo Sponsors

The Newport International Polo Series thanks its 2016 sponsor that made our summer-time tradition possible: NBC 10BMWALEX AND ANICox, Veuve ClicquotForty 1° NorthHyatt Regency NewportHotel Viking, Vanderbilt International PropertiesNAVSTA Newport Homes, RISD Executive Education, Stella ArtoisClarke Cooke HouseRockstar LimoNewport Daily NewsLufthansa, Atria Senior LivingGreen Gear Global, WaterRower, McGrath Clambakes & CateringShreve Crump & Low and promotional partners including Bird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursAmerica’s Cup Charters, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, The Cocktail Guru, Newport MansionsIsland Surf & Sport, Mansion Rentals, and Discover Newport. 

 

Other Achievements

Filmed feature-length documentary encapsulating the 25th Anniversary Season.

Published 25th anniversary collectors edition magazine.

Exhibited 5th annual Beach Polo matches as part of the Newport Winter Festival.

Hosted 6 Intro to Polo Clinics and 5 arena polo tournaments in Spring & Autumn.

Opened the new field-side Pro Shop and added Free Shipping for online orders.

Launched the weekly Game Day Scorecard.

Extended hours & services for ALEX AND ANI Pavilion and Twisted Pony Bar.

Added Corporate VIP Lounge Table and Tailgate Chalet to season subscription options.

Launched BMW VIP Experience.

Opened the Cox Dog Park.

Catalogued an official Pony Roster.

Hosted a United States Polo Association Middle School Tournament during the program’s inaugural year.

Partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee for official Olympic Day Interscholastic Polo.

Hosted newportFILM’s summer film 'Being AP' on the lawn.

Sent a team to represent USA in Poland Snow Polo.

Captivated an expanding social media network of fans & followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.