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2020 USPA National Sherman Memorial Arena Polo Tournament

Time: October 9, 2020 10:00 AM

Location: Newport Polo's Private Instructional Facility by appointment only, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

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Newport Polo is pleased to announce that registration is now open for teams to enter the 2020 USPA National Sherman Memorial Arena Polo Tournament to be held at its outdoor arena & training facility in Newport County, Rhode Island. The tournament will include several teams competing for the prestigious George C. Sherman Cup and $2,500 in prize money awarded to the 1st place team by the United States Polo Association.

"It is a great honor to host the historic National Sherman Memorial, and very exciting to start the arena polo season with high caliber competition," adds Dan Keating, Club President and USPA delegate.  "We invite you to make your mark in polo history."

USPA National Arena Sherman Memorial Tournament: 

Inaugurated in 1935, to honor one of the giants of arena polo; one of the oldest arena polo tournaments in the United States Polo Association.  

Team registration and tournament match schedule:  Team Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 2.  The Tournament Entry Fee is $400/team, which will include lunch and refreshments Sat/Sun.  The tournament will be officiated by professional umpires from the USPA. The complete schedule will be finalized once all the teams have registered. Teams are limited to even numbers up to 6. 

  • Friday, Oct. 9 - Rules Review, Competition Rounds (dependent on # of Teams);
  • Saturday, Oct. 10 - Competition Rounds
  • Sunday, Oct. 11 - Consolation & Final, and trophy presentation including the historic cup, MVP & Best Playing Pony awards

Known as the “father of indoor polo”, Hall of Famer George C. Sherman, Sr. was almost single-handedly responsible for organizing and refining this now-popular variation of the sport. He introduced the inflatable ball, redesigned the standard polo equipment for the arena game’s specific needs, and modified the rules of outdoor play for arena use. He was the founder & first president of the Indoor Polo Association (from 1915 to 1926), which merged with the USPA in 1956. He was zealous in bringing young players into the sport, presenting the Interscholastic Cup in 1928. Since all Intercollegiate and Interscholastic polo is now played in the arena, he may be said to have sired this invaluable training ground as well.  The tournament was installed by his son, George C. Sherman, Jr., an arena high-goaler who also made important contributions to the sport as a USPA Chairman and one of the founding spirits of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame. (See the complete list of past winners, USPA Blue Book 'PAST WINNERS OF UNITED STATES POLO ASSOCIATION® CHAMPIONSHIPS'; research information provided by Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame).

Registrations are not complete without all players’ waivers and tournament entry fee by the registration deadline.  

Contact Dan Keating, Westchester Polo Club delegate at for Paddock space; stabling references available upon request.  Referrals available to Newport Visitors Center travel experts upon request, to answer destination queries and assist with booking reservations.

COVID-19 Response:

  • Compliance by all participants (players, staff, spectators, etc.) with USPA and State of Rhode Island regulations, including quarantine for out-of-state travelers
  • All participants (players, staff, spectators, etc.) must complete a health screening and receive a contactless temperature check upon arrival
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times while at the tournament site, including by players engaged in play
  • Maintain 6' social distancing from all persons outside of your team/household to the extent possible
  • Limited spectator audience, recommended no more than 2 spectators per player household
  • Frequent hadnwashing/sanitizing encouraged

About Newport, Rhode Island:  For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort.  Evolving from its origins for religious freedom to prominent colonial port to Gilded Age playground to today - a destination ripe with sport, culture, history, art, entertainment and scenic beauty, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations, and world-class events, its past, present, and future make this international resort uniquely legendary.  

Tournament Committee:

Agnes Keating 

Ryan Fontaine

Amy Garrison

Equine Welfare Representative:

Rory Torrey