Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Jamaican Polo Team was Jamin' to victory against USA on August 18th, 2018. An early lead by the Jamaicans was nearly lost in the final chukker, until two decisive drives clinched the match.
Much like other polo playing nations, the sport was established by British army officers in Jamaica during the late 1800s. The idyllic climate makes the island a perfect location for year-round high caliber play. Polo has grown from its colonial roots to become a family affair, passed down through the generations. Their skilled horsemanship and world-renowned hospitality has drawn noteworthy visiting players and is opening the sport to a new league of Jamaicans. Each season, the Jamaican team brings one of their up-and-coming players in an effort to break USA's stronghold on the perpetual cup.
Playing for Jamaica were Conrad Chin at #1, Brandon Richards at #2, Shane Chin at #3, and Hamish Wates at #4. USA fielded Michel Nseir in the #1 position, Minnie Keating at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Jim DeAngelis at #4.
Jamaica's unfamiliar steeds loaned to the players by USA did not put a single hitch in the team's giddy-up. The youngest player, C. Chin, came on strong to win the first goal, followed by his uncle and team captain, S. Chin, with a neat penalty conversion. Jamaica continued the onslaught to double its score thanks to two goals from Wates. Down by 4 goals, D. Keating, and DeAngelis rode hard to put USA on the board, halving Jamaica's lead 4 goals to 2. A two-point stalemate set in as a goal by Richards for Jamaica was matched by DeAngelis, raising the score 5 - 3 for Jamaica. Wates broke the stalemate in the final chukker, opening Jamaica's lead 6 goals to 3. Then, M. Keating built-up moment for USA with two successive goals. C. Chin wasn't satisfied with a one-goal lead, however, claiming the final goal and the match 7 - 5 for Jamaica.
During the match, a lucky winner returned to Boston with a magnum of Veuve Clicquot champagne in the weekly door prize drawing, and the Stella Artois Tailgate Prize went to an island oasis created in the Chalet tents. Specialty vendors and concessionaires in the Vendor & Hospitality villages around the polo grounds served up the grilled fare, chilled fare, seafare, jewelry, sunglasses, cutlery, wine sampling, polo team gear and more.
The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players. The 1994 USA vs. Jamaica Trophy was presented by Peter Jenkins and Mary Marwick, who hosted the Jamaican team on its US tour.
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.
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This is the 27th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, 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, Morocco, and Peru.
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 2018 sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW, Gallo Thomas Insurance, Brahmin, Veuve Clicquot, Grace Hotels, The Chanler, Hotel Viking, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Flint & Flame, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Modern Luxury/Boston Common, Newport Daily News, McGrath Clambakes, Goslings Rum, Where Boston, Equine Journal, Classical 95.9 WCRI and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Newport Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, 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 27, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association,