Registration Opens for East Coast Open & Handicap Women's Polo Championships

Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Qualifiers, Presented by Dechra Veterinary Products

Date:    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Newport Polo is pleased to open the registration for the inaugural East Coast Open Women’s Polo Championship (14-20 goal) & East Coast Handicap Women’s Polo Championship (8-12 goal) Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Qualifier tournaments, Presented by Dechra Veterinary Products. 

Hosted by Westchester Polo Club in Newport, RI and Myopia Polo Club, MA from June 27-July 1, the tournaments require registration online by 5PM Friday, June 1 (Handicap) and 5PM Friday, June 8 (Open).  Team entry requirements, full schedule and tournament fees can be found on the online registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/7gRO5RjjANDjUPmN2

The tournaments are sanctioned by the United States Polo Association and will be limited to 4 teams each, by invitation from the HTC.  A live draw of teams for their respective opening rounds will be live-streamed on the tournament’s Facebook Group page and on Newport Polo’s Facebook fan page on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30PM.     

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Each tournament will feature top level teams competing for the prestigious Sunny Hale and Anne Hutchinson silver trophies, and the winners recorded in the United States Polo Association annuls.  Hale is remembered as a passionate ambassador for the players and horses of polo, and considered to be one of the all-time greatest female polo players and role model for many women in the sport.  Hutchinson, a champion of civil liberty and toleration in the colonial era, became the first woman to found a community in the New World (Portsmouth, Rhode Island - 1638) and is revered in New England as a heroine of freedom.

A Players Advisory Board may be consulted on the tournaments’ Facebook Group page by players seeking to connect with other players to form a team.  Interested parties may also contact agnes@nptpolo.com to receive detailed information.  All tournament participants will automatically qualify to play in the "Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Finals" in Wellington Florida.

“It is exciting to introduce two new women’s medium and high goal polo tournaments in the US, sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, and bring more opportunities for top level polo competition to the Northeast hub of polo.  It is fitting that this tournament will be played at the first official polo club in the United States, where noteworthy tournaments have originated since 1876.  We will see the top women players in the sport compete in this inaugural event and a historic highlight of the Northeast polo season this summer,” added Leighton S. Jordan, USPA Northeastern Circuit Governor.

“It will be exciting to see another first happening in New England, with two of the oldest clubs in the country.  Women players represent the fastest growing segment of the USPA, becoming a very strong presence in the sport,” stated Peter F. Poor, USPA Governor at Large. “My daughters Amanda and Alyson will be participating, attributing their involvement in the sport to the late Sunny Hale.”

“We are honored to host these two new women’s polo tournaments, with the best women players from across the US and from several nations around the world,” adds Dan Keating, Westchester Club President and USPA delegate.  “to showcase the achievements of women in the sport of polo, and provide more forums of upper levels of competition for advancing players.  We invite you to make your mark in polo history.“

Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction.  Est. in 1876, founding member of theUnited States Polo Assoc, host of the Newport International Polo Series. 

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 colonization for religious freedom to prominent colonial port to 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 makes this international resort uniquely legendary.