Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The crisp autumn air under the warm September sun served as the perfect weather for the match between Newport and Baltimore on Saturday, September 7th in the Newport International Polo Series XXVIII, presented by Brahmin. Newport hit the ground running in the first half until Baltimore got its footing, surpassed the home team and finished the match with a score of 10-8.
Representing the capital of Maryland in white for Baltimore in the #1 position was Yiming Xing with Claudio Barrientos in the #2 position, George Hempt in the #3 position, and his father, Max Hempt at #4. Representing Newport in the #1 position was Tim Day, with Minnie Keating at #2, Sam Clemens at #3, and Dan Keating at #4.
Newport began the first chukker with a goal from M. Keating. The home team continued its advanced in the second chukker, with a goal each from Day and Clemens. Then, G. Hempt put Baltimore on the scoreboard to end the 2nd chukker 3-1 in favor of Newport. Baltimore forged ahead in the third when Barrientos managed to hit one in followed by a second goal for G. Hempt closing the first half at a tie of 3-3.
Not a single goal was completed in the fourth chukker. M. Keating brought it back for Newport with a goal to briefly re-take the lead in the 5th chukker. Barrientos answered for Baltimore, followed by another goal from G. Hempt and another still from M. Hempt. D. Keating broke Baltimore's flow with a goal for the home team, but M. Hempt had the last point to end the chukker 7-5 for Baltimore. G. Hempt began the 6th chukker furthering the Baltimore lead. M. Keating replied with a goal for Newport, followed by another from D. Keating. Newport was trailing by just one point until G. Hempt reinforced Baltimore's lead with another goal. M. Keating attempted to bring Newport back with one last goal, but M. Hempt scored the final goal of the match, securing a 10-8 win.
The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation. Commemorative prizes and the perpetual liberty bowl were awarded by Nicholas J.A. Colquhoun-Denvers, the past president of the Federation of International Polo and former chairman of HPA and HAM. An autograph signing to meet the players followed the trophy presentation.
During the match, a lucky woman from Mattapoiset, MA won a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in the weekly door prize drawing, 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 spectacularly decorated party of spectators. Specialty vendors and concessionaires present in the Vendor Village at the polo grounds, including the Lauren Hope Fine Jewelry, Seeside Design, Woof Woof!, Nutty Concept, Newport Jaguar Tours, Newport Polo Pro Shop, the Horseshoe Wine Bar, the Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar and Shuck Truck raw bar, 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.
Cover Photo: Newport vs. Baltimore 2019, courtesy of Scott Trauth Photography; View the Album