Season Finale Sparkles!

Date:    Sunday, September 29, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the 22nd season of the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW, came to a close with Newport defeating Twin Paddocks 11-5 in 6 regulation chukkers on a spectacular, sunny autumn day before a full house.  The MVP was Peter Friedman with 5 of Newport’s 11 goals. 

Presenting the trophies were Nina Beacher and Michelle Faust, Marketing & Sales Execs from the Newport Beach Club and the Tower at the Carnegie Abbey Club.  A special ‘sabering’ of a magnum of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, official champagne sponsor, concluded the trophy presentation, and a fireworks display completed the festivities.  Prizes were given out for Best Tailgate (a bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte) and a door prize drawing included 2 tickets to the 5th annual Beervana Fest craft beer expo in Cranston on Oct. 18. 

It was a full house on the gorgeous autumn afternoon, including many of our sponsors. VIPs in the audience included Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame; John Rodman, Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County; Rick Simone, Vice President of Events & Special Projects at Seven Swords Media/Alex and Ani; Keith Chouinard and Cassandra Earl, Sales and Marketing execs from the Hyatt Regency in Newport; Ross and Leah Cann from the Board of Directors of our 2013 gala beneficiary – The Hope Funds for Cancer Research; and Susan Whitney, great grandniece of America’s most famous polo star – Harry Payne Whitney;

Playing for Newport were Amy Rice at #1, Sam Clemens at #2, Jim DeAngelis at #3 and Peter Friedman at #4.  Twin Paddocks' roster included Bridget Torrey at #1, Stephanie Still at #2, Chip Stiegler at #3 and Christer Still at #4.  DeAngelis and Rice openened the scoring for Newport in the first period, while Twin Paddocks had only a trailing pony goal point to counterbalance, ending the chukker 2-1.  Clemens and DeAngelis (penalty shot) padded the lead, but Stiegler scored for Twin Paddocks to end the 2nd chukker 4-2.  Friedman (2) and Stiegler exchanged goals and Rice rallied for one, to give Newport a 7-3 lead at the half.  Both teams were scoreless in the 4th chukker.  Friedman (2) kept up the shelling by exchanging goals with C. Still, and Clemens added a penalty shot converstion to widen the gap 10-4.  C. Still and Torrey (penalty 2) sparked a last chukker comback for Twin Paddocks, but Friedman drove the final nail in the coffin to win 11-5.

After 6 regulation periods called chukkers, the match was concluded with the presentation of the Championship silver liberty bowl, as well as a ceremonial sabering of a magnum of Champagne, autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.   Champagne sabrage is a tradition from Napoleon’s era, “as a celebration in times of victory and a comfort in defeat”.  

Polo match tickets, including box seats and lawn seats are sold online at until 10am on the day of the match, or at the entry gates which open at noon in September.

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are a unique and popular summertime tradition, open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy
cheering for the international guests, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team. The polo matches will run continuously every Saturday from June through September at 5pm (4pm in September).

With yet another national debut this season, the Polo Series will have hosted 28 nations over its 22 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Argentina, Jamaica, Italy and Mexico this summer, and Costa Rica, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Barbados, France, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, and China in past seasons.

This is the 22nd season of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode
Island BMW Centers
, and sponsored by Alex and Ani,, The Newport Beach Club and The Tower at Carnegie Abby, KPMG, Clarke Cooke House, Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, Pearls Boutique Hotels, Vanderbilt International Properties, Laser Skin and Vein Center, Rockstar Limo, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Lufthansa, Shreve Crump & Low, Hinckley Allen,  Rentals Unlimited,  McGrath Clambakes, WCRI Classical Radio, Boston Common, Equine Journals, Vita Coco and promotional partners including The Preservation
Society of Newport
, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, Massage
, Island Surf and Sport, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Discover Newport. “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.

The Polo Series takes place in the bucolic setting of Glen Farm, at 715 East Main Road in Portsmouth, RI,  which is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600's. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Keating and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.