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2018 Year In Review

Date:    Saturday, December 8, 2018


This year, Newport Polo exceeded $1.4 million raised for civic and charitable organizations.  Initiatives included the International Polo Charity Ball, benefit matches, and countless ticket donations, all of which are long-standing traditions and an integral part of Newport Polo’s community efforts.
The 18th International Polo Charity BallMidnight in Marrakesh, received over 400 attendees in fabulous arabesque ensembles across Rosecliff's red carpet for a night of exquisite food, dancing and heart-warming philanthropy, welcoming guests of honor, the Moroccan polo team and supporting gala beneficiary SAVE THE BAY by raising nearly $28,000 towards crucial conservation measures to protect the Ocean State's most vital resource.  Save the Date - Join the Newport Polo Club at the 2019 gala on Friday, August 2.
All Charity Day: Over 2,000 supporters of 24 civic and charitable organizations turned out in July for an afternoon of exciting polo action, raffles, silent auctions and more, raising over $22,500 for the participants of this second annual event. 
Newport Rotary Match and Season Program Ad Sales: This annual drive, launched in 1991, added a thrilling benefit match on a beautiful Memorial weekend and co-produced the 24th edition of our Season Program, raising tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Rotary Club of Newport's local scholarships and international giving programs.  
Bollygood: Over 100 local supporters turned out for a weekend of events for the Royal India Polo team’s humanitarian mission to support education and clean water access in rural India on their polo tour.  Combined fundraising efforts organized by Newport Polo yielded over $4,000 donated to the Shivrati Trust and Water Wisdom Foundation, championed by the India Polo Team’s captain, Maharaj Raghav Raj Singh Shivrati of Udaipur. 

Polo Milestones

Hosted 8 international teams, including the debut of Poland.

Hosted 6 city teams, welcoming the return of Baltimore.

Hosted 9 women's teams and 150 polo horses over 5 days in the inaugural East Coast Open & Handicap Women's Polo Championships

Hosted the National Sherman Memorial, the inaugural Northeast Circuit Amateur Cup, a number of grass and arena Club Tournaments and 10 home games for Brown U and Roger Williams U intercollegiate teams and Newport Interscholastic teams in our newly resurfaced & enhanced night-lighted outdoor polo arena and newly leased state-of-the-art Indoor Arena for the winter Polo School

Hosted 9 Intro-to-Polo Clinics for over 100 new participants in Spring through Autumn.

Graduated a new class of players from the Coaching League

Sent teams to represent USA in Jamaica and Poland Snow Polo

Reached all-time record number of Polo Club members 

 Recognized Club Standouts for Sportsmanship - Patrick Quigley & Minnie Keating, Most Improved Player - Lauren Bilsky, and Newport Polo Hall of Fame inductee - Dan Keating 


Other Achievements

 Unveiled the world's 1st and only polo Jumbotron videowall scoreboard

 Exhibited the 7th annual Beach Polo competition as part of the Newport Winter Festival.

Created 6 Modern Luxury VIP Polo Lounge experiences

Hosted 8 unique Aprés Polo events for field-side celebrations with the international teams

Awarded 18 Stella Artois Tailgate Contest prizes

Awarded 18 weekly door prizes valued over $5,000, including 8 magnums of Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Debuted over 25 new items in the Pro Shop's 2018 sportswear collection & revamped an express online shopping experience

Participated in the Volvo Ocean Race Farewell parade

Hosted newportFILM’s summer screening of 'Life in the Dog House' on the lawn.

 Launched the Veuve Clicquot Champagne delivery cart, the Horseshoe Wine Bar with wine sampling from acclaimed wineries, and introduced the Twisted Pony's all new specialty cocktail menu

Earned Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence.


 2018 International Polo Sponsors

The Newport International Polo Series is honored to represent its 2018 Sponsors:  NBC - 10BMWGallo Thomas InsuranceBrahminVeuve ClicquotGrace HotelsThe Chanler, Hotel VikingGurney's Newport Resort & MarinaVanderbilt International PropertiesClarke Cooke HouseFlint & FlameStella ArtoisRockstar LimoAtria Senior LivingModern Luxury/Boston CommonNewport Daily NewsMcGrath ClambakesGoslings RumWhere BostonEquine Journal, Classical 95.9 WCRI and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of NewportNewport Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersInternational Tennis Hall of FameIsland Surf and SportThe Cocktail Guru, and Scooter World, Newport International Boat Show, Bike Newport, Secret Garden Tours, and Discover Newport. “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.