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Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW featured a heated rivalry between USA and Mexico, with Mexico out to reclaim the perpetual trophy from Team USA on Saturday, August 5th.
Representing Mexico, in the #1 position was Ricardo Cos, playing #2 was Miguel Gomez de Parada, Victor Setien was at #3, and playing #4 was Jorge Habib.
Representing USA, Captain Dan Keating was at #1, Heather Souto was #2, Chip Steigler played #3, and Peter Friedman played position #4.
Mexico started off the match with four goals scored by Cos (two goals) and Setien (two goals) bringing the score to 4–0 with Mexico in the lead going into the third chukker. Mexico started off the third chukker with a goal scored by Cos, but USA answered with two goals scored by Keating bringing the score to 5-2 with Mexico in the lead going into half time.
Team USA continued their momentum in the fourth chukker with another two goals scored by Keating, making the score 4-5 with USA just trailing behind Mexico. Mexico started off the fifth chukker with two goals scored by Cos and Gomez de Parada that was answered with a goal by Keating bringing the score to 7-5 with Mexico holding onto the lead going into the final chukker. Mexico kicked it into overdrive for the final chukker with two goals scored by Setien and Habib bringing the final score to 9-5 with Mexico as the victors!
During the match, the door prize drawing of a Magnum of Veuve Clicquot was awarded to one lucky attendee from Clinton, Massachusetts. A lively and colorful Mexico themed Tailgate won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois.
Following the match, the teams took to the podium for the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation, where Buck Sherman of Sherman Publishing and The Newport Daily News presented victorious Mexico with the perpetual cup. After receiving the cup, the teams left the podium for an autograph signing and cocktail hour, then onto the sumptuos lobsterbake, expertly prepared by McGrath Clambakes and Catering.
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.