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Beach Polo 2018

Sponsored by The Hermitage Club. Feb. 17 & 18, 2018

Time: February 18, 2018 2:00 PM

Location: Easton’s Beach (1st Beach) 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport , RI 02840

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Back by popular demand, Beach Polo, sponsored by The Hermitage Club returns to the Newport Winter Festival on Feb. 17 & 18 at 2pm, weather permitting. The exciting 2-day outdoor polo exhibition will take place at Easton’s Beach (locally known as 1st Beach), in Newport, RI.

We are pleased to introduce you to our newest sponsor, The Hermitage Club, and invite you to explore everything they have to offer with this special invitation.  Like Newport Polo, The Hermitage Club endeavors to enhance New England living by creating a safe, family-friendly resort that offers prime conditions for people who love to ski and enjoy winter activities within the region. And it’s also much more than a winter sports haven. With an 18-hole championship golf course, all-season mountain activities, gourmet dining, and a full real estate complement, The Club is a year-round outdoor destination for connecting with family and friends.

For Beach Polo weather updates, please call (401) 846-0200.  Click Here for directions.

The Beach Polo exhibition polo matches, organized by Newport Polo, will feature teams competing each day in a match composed of 4 chukkers (periods of play) for a duration of 1+ hour, during low tide. Spectators are encouraged to witness the fast-paced contests in the picturesque setting of Newport's prettiest beach, and cheer on the teams, playing on finely tuned thoroughbred mounts.

Admission and parking at the Easton’s Beach parking lots are free. 

This is an alcohol-free event.  Please observe Easton's Beach Rules: http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/easton-s-beach/rules-regulations
Live beach cam: https://video.nest.com/live/AAxlBuGnfC 
 

Drinks & Refreshments are on offer from a birds-eye-view overlook at The Chanler at Cliff Walk.  Catch the game from their Cliff Walk Terrace, or join their Aprés Polo celebration with the players after the match!  Cash bar will be serving up hot chocolate and warm adult libations to enjoy 'round the firepit, with s’more kits & cookies.  The Chanler welcomes guests Sat & Sun,  2PM – 6PM

Beach Polo is a low-impact, eco-friendly exhibition, and a much-anticipated highlight on the opening weekend of the Newport Winter Festival.  Over 1,000 spectators line the playing field each day, carved out of the intertidal area of the beach.  The players are from the Newport Polo Club and other regional contenders, playing on finely tuned thoroughbred polo horses.  Horses are accustomed to sandy footing in their natural habitats all over the world, including the desert southwest.  The polo ponies are highly fit and exercised in arena polo, played on similar footing materials.

This is the 30th annual Newport Winter Festival, running from February 16th to the 25th.  Over 100 events taking place throughout Newport County will be featured in 'New England's Largest Winter Extravaganza,' combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages.

Photo by John Lincourt Photography.  2017 Beach Polo photo album on Newport Polo's Facebook Fan Page.

There is no sport like polo.  Be a part of it!   Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVII, 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.  Information about Newport Polo's events, polo lessons, membership, and sponsorship can be found in About Newport Polo.