Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Chile stepped onto the Newport International Polo field on Saturday, June 1 for the first time in almost eight years. The last time these two teams met in this hemisphere, Chile fell short of victory by a mere two points. After a few days of trying their hand at all that Newport has to offer, the Chileans were a well-oiled machine, eager to compete. At 5 p.m. the 28th season of the Newport International Polo Series began.
Representing Chile were Samuel Rodrigez at #1, Felix Garrido at #2, Emilio Garrido at #3, Eddie Hamilton at #4, and Francisco Asta as the alternate at #1. USA fielded Sam Clemmens at #1, Dan Keating at #2, Rory Torrey at #3, and Dave Bullis at #4.
Chile hit the ground running, with Hamilton and Rodrigez scoring the first two goals, followed by a repeat goal for Hamilton. Torrey got USA on the scoreboard with a confidence booster before the first chukker closed with a score of 3-1. The shift in momentum continued when Keating scored the first goal of the second chukker followed by another two by Torrey, the first of which being a penalty. With USA in the lead, Chile scored another two goals in the third chukker - by Hamilton and Felix Garrido to reclaim the lead, feeling optimistic at the end of the first half, up 5-4.
Keating entered the second half with his mind set on victory; he scored two goals in a row followed by Torrey scoring on a penalty. The fourth chukker concluded with Keating scoring his fourth goal of the game, bringing the match to 8-5 with USA's lead becoming a tough challenge for the Chileans late in the match. Hamilton scored the only goal of the fifth chukker, edging closer to USA but not close enough. The sixth chukker opened with a goal from the USA by Torrey which was met by Rodrigez's first goal since the first chukker. The match wrapped up after one final goal from Bullis, securing the trophy with a score of 10-7.
The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players. The 1993 USA vs. Chile Trophy was presented by Ms. Lani Shufelt, Proprietress of The Chanler, official lodging sponsor of the Chilean Polo Team.
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 28th 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, Peru and Poland.
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 2019 sponsors including Brahmin, Davitt Inc, Turkish Airlines, TD Bank, Boston Common, Gurney's, The Vanderbuilt, Hotel Viking, The Chanler, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Goslings, McGrath Clambakes and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams including the International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Newport Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport, and Scooter World. Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partners, Van Liew Trust, Tanglewood, and WCRI, Classical Rhode Island. “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 28, 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,