Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The crisp, cool August afternoon gave way to a high stakes battle between Newport and New York for the Clarke Cooke Cup on Saturday, August 24th in the Newport International Polo Series XXVIII presented by Brahmin. Aptly named, the team from the Empire State capitol conquered Newport once again, 12-7 in a 6 chukker match.
Representing New York in navy blue in the #1 position was Margaux Buchanan with Slaney O'Hanlon at #2, Esteban Scott at #3, and Keith Hart at #4. In red for Newport was Jenna Davis and Laurel Howe splitting the #1 position with Minnie Keating at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Rory Torrey at #4.
Following the introduction of the teams, the crowd and the players stood in unity watching as the American flag rippled high to the tune of the national anthem.
Torrey opened the game with a goal for Newport early in the 1st chukker. The thrill for Newport didn’t last long. Scott responded with a goal for New York, then another by O’Hanlon. Buchanan hammered it home to end the first chukker with a 3-1 New York lead. Torrey came back blazing for Newport at the start of the 2nd, tying the game 3-all. Before the chukker ended Buchanan scored once again tipping the scales for a 4-3 New York lead. Scott scored another two goals in the 3rd chukker closing the 1st half with a New York lead of 6-3.
Newport came on strong again after half-time. Davis racked up two points while Torrey nailed a penalty conversion to tie again, 6-6. Scott replied with two goals for the New York team turning to score to 8-6 at the end of the 4th. The New York juggernaut kept grinding on as two goals from Scott increased New York's lead. One goal from Torrey brought Newport a little bit closer ending the 5th chukker 10-7. Scott made a relentless pursuit for the win, scoring on a penalty then another during regulation play to seal the win, 12-7, and hold on to the Clarke Cooke Cup for another year.
The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation. Commemorative prizes and the perpetual Clarke Cooke Cup bowl was awarded by Peter Barry, a special guest of the iconic Newport restaurant, the Clarke Cooke House. An autograph signing to meet the players followed the trophy presentation.
During the match, a lucky lady from Jacksonville, FL won a Mini Priscilla handbag from Brahmin and an automatic entry into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing at the Finals to win a trip for 2 anywhere in the world! Also, during the match, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest awarded a fabulous prize to a phenomenally decorated party of spectators. Specialty vendors and concessionaires present in the Vendor Village at the polo grounds, including Brahmin, Lauren Hope Fine Jewelry, Seeside Design, Wag Nation, Nutty Concept, Newport Polo Pro Shop, the Backline Bar, the Horseshoe Wine Bar, the Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar and Shuck Truck raw bar, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne On the Go Cart, and gourmet food trucks.
While in Newport, you can enjoy many of the best attractions and highlights that our visiting teams experience, including VIP ground transportation from Rockstar Limo, a tour of Newport with the new Newport Jaguar Tours, an aerial tour from Newport Helicopter Tours; a glorious afternoon sail with America's Cup Charters; sightseeing fun courtesy of Scooter World; paddleboarding with Island Surf and Sport; a special tour of Water Fire courtesy of Providence River Boat Company, angling excursions with Newport Sport Fishing Charters, and tennis on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
"Polo is an international sport, played in over 80 countries around the globe," stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA squad. "we are honored to have teams traveling great distances to play in Newport."
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s 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 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 to the 1600s. 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 Vanderbilt, 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, Newport Jaguar Tours, Providence River Boat Company 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.
L'esprit de Polo has flourished in Newport, RI, since the founding of America's first polo club in the seaside resort & sporting haven in 1876. Newport Polo hosts the 28th season of the Newport International Polo Series, and offers polo club member services for grass & arena polo and polo instruction year-round; charter member of the United States Polo Association.
Photo: Newport vs New York 2019, courtesy of Scott Trauth Photography