Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Peru made their highly anticipated debut this past Saturday, June 3rd, in the opening day of the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW Centers.
Representing Peru, in the #1 position was Adrian Poblete, playing #2 was Jose Aramburú, Iago Masias was at #3, and playing #4 was Santiago de Osma with Rodrigo Viejeux as his alternate.
For USA, Minnie Keating was at #1 with Rory Torrey as her alternate, Sam Clemens was #2, Chip Steigler played #3, and Captian Dan Keating played position #4.
Peru started off their debut game with a goal by Masias that was answered with a goal from Steigler. Peru gained momentum and Masias scored two more goals before the end of the first chukker bringing the score to 3-1 in favor of Peru. Team USA fought back in the second chukker with consecutive goals by Clemens and D. Keating, bringing the score to 3-3 going into the third chukker. The final chukker of the first half was in favor of Peru as they scored three consecutive goals by Poblete, de Osma, and Masias bringing the score to 6-3 with Peru in the lead going into the second half.
Newport started the second half of the game with one goal from Clemens in both the fourth and fifth chukker, bringing the score to 6-5 with Peru in the lead going into the final chukker. Peru kicked it into gear in the sixth chukker with five consecutive goals scored by Masias, Poblete (two goals), Aramburú, and de Osma. Team USA answered with two goals scored by M. Keating and D. Keating, but it was not enough to take the win. Peru was triumphand in their first match with a score of 11-7.
During the match, a lucky winner from Wakefield, RI took home a Magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne the weekly door prize drawing. A beautiful tailgate with beautiul, summery decor, a mouth-watering spread of food and, Newport Polo themed cookies won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois.
During the team's visit to Newport, they enjoyed many of the best attractions and highlights in the City by the Sea. The team toured the famed Newport Mansions, enjoyed helicopter tours with Birds Eye View, paddle boarded and surfed with Island Surf & Sport, played tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sailed on 12 meter racing yachts with America's Cup Charters, and enjoyed their stay at the official team headquarters, Hotel Viking, renown for superior guest accommodations, exceptional cuisine, rooftop entertainment, European spa and desirable Bellevue Avenue address..
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, 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. This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, and Morocco.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) 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 polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2017 sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW Centers of Rhode Island, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Brahmin, Stella Artois, Clarke Cooke House, Patrón Spirits, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Where Boston, RIB & RHEIN x New & Lingwood, Atria Senior Living and promotional partners including McGrath Clambakes, International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport and Scooter World. “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.
There's no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and a 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.