Dechra Named Presenting Sponsor of Women's Polo Championships

Date:    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Newport Polo is pleased to name Dechra Veterinary Products as Presenting Sponsor of 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. 

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Hosted by Newport Polo 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, both tournaments 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.

“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.

“We are grateful to have the support of Dechra Veterinary Products to help launch 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, Newport Polo 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 to make their 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.