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USPA National Sherman Memorial Arena Polo Tournament

Time: October 12, 2018 2:00 PM

Location: Newport Polo's Private Instructional Facility by appointment only, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

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Newport Polo is pleased to announce that registration is now open for teams to enter the USPA National Sherman Memorial Arena Polo Tournament to be held at its outdoor arena & training facility in Newport County, Rhode Island.

“We look forward to drawing the best competitors in the US for the National Sherman Memorial,” comments Leighton S. Jordan, USPA Northeastern Circuit Governor.   

“It is a great honor to host the historic National Sherman Memorial,” adds Dan Keating, Club President and USPA delegate.  “We invite you to make your mark in polo history.“ 

USPA National Arena Sherman Memorial Tournament: 

Inaugurated in 1935, to honor one of the giants of arena polo; one of the oldest arena polo tournaments in the United States Polo Association.  

Team registration and tournament match schedule:  Team Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 5.  The Tournament Entry Fee is $400/team, which will include lunch and refreshments Sat/Sun, and Saturday night beach Lobsterboil for all the players (additional guests can be included at $50 each). Prizes will be awarded to the winners.  The tournament will be officiated by professional umpires from the USPA. The complete schedule will be finalized once all the teams have registered. Teams are limited to even numbers up to 6. 

  • Friday, Oct. 12 - Rules Review, Competition Rounds, no-host evening reception off-site;
  • Saturday, Oct. 13 - Competition Rounds; evening on-site dinner
  • Sunday, Oct. 14 - Consolation & Final, and trophy presentation including the historic cup, MVP & Best Playing Pony awards

The USPA National Sherman Memorial tournament will include several teams competing for the prestigious George C. Sherman Cup.  Known as the “father of indoor polo”, Hall of Famer George C. Sherman, Sr. was almost single-handedly responsible for organizing and refining this now-popular variation of the sport. He introduced the inflatable ball, redesigned the standard polo equipment for the arena game’s specific needs and modified the rules of outdoor play for arena use. He was the founder & first president of the Indoor Polo Association (from 1915 to 1926), which merged with the USPA in 1956. He was zealous in bringing young players into the sport, presenting the Interscholastic Cup in 1928. Since all Intercollegiate and Interscholastic polo is now played in the arena, he may be said to have sired this invaluable training ground as well.  The tournament was installed by his son, George C. Sherman, Jr., an arena high-goaler who also made important contributions to the sport as a USPA Chairman and one of the founding spirits of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame. (See the complete list of past winners, p. 247 'Historical Tournament Results'; research information provided by Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame).

Registrations are not complete without all players’ waivers and tournament entry fee by the registration deadline.  

Contact Dan Keating, Westchester Polo Club delegate at dan@nptpolo.com for Paddock space; stabling references available upon request.  Referrals available to Newport Visitors Center travel experts upon request, to answer destination queries and assist with booking reservations.

About Newport, Rhode Island:  For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort.  Evolving from its origins for religious freedom to prominent colonial port to Gilded Age playground to today - a destination ripe with sport, culture, history, art, entertainment and scenic beauty, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations and world-class events, its past, present, and future make this international resort uniquely legendary.  

Tournament Committee:

Agnes Keating 

Ryan Fontaine

Amy Garrison

Equine Welfare Representative:

Rory Torrey