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Beach Polo 2019

Apres Polo at The Chanler

Date:    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Plans are in the works for the return of Beach Polo in the Newport Winter Festival for the weekend of Feb. 23 & 24 at 2pm, weather permitting. Newport Polo and Winterfest organizers are working with City of Newport officials to hold the popular 2-day outdoor polo exhibition at Easton’s Beach (locally known as 1st Beach), in Newport, RI.

For the second year, The Chanler at Cliff Walk will offer drinks & refreshments from its birds-eye-view beach overlook location. 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

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 renown beaches, and cheer on the teams, playing on finely tuned thoroughbred mounts.

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.  

All Beach Rules are in effect: http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/easton-s-beach/rules-regulations
Current beach conditions: http://bit.ly/2yarkAy 

This is the 31st annual Newport Winter Festival, running from February 15th to the 24th.  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.  2018 Beach Polo photo album on Newport Polo's Facebook Fan Page.

Best. Season. Ever.  Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series 28 and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, 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.