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Ireland Captures Vanderbilt Cup

Date:    Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Irish Polo Team did not disappoint its fans when making its 22nd consecutive appearance on Saturday, July 6, 2013 before a crowd that established a new attendance record at the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers.


An historic all-female USA squad met the challenge against the open international rival, but Ireland prevailed 12-8 for the prestigeous Vanderbilt Cup.  The Irish team journeys each year from the Wicklow Polo Club south of Dublin on the Irish Sea.  Playing for Ireland were Caroline Keeling at #1, Robert Hogg at #2,  the top female player in Ireland Siobhan Herbst at #3, and Paddy Casey at #4.  The USA squad was Julie DeAngelis at #1, Minnie Keating at #2, Heather Rasulisat #3 and Bridget Torrey at #4.
After 6 periods called chukkers, the 2-hour match concluded with a trophy presentation of the perpetual USA vs. Ireland cup, inaugurated in 1992, presented by Stacie Mills of Vanderbilt International Properties, and naming of the 'Best Playing Pony', Tinkerbelle loaned by Peter Friedman.  After the presentation, nearly 100 guests enjoyed the annual Asado Lamb Roast held in the Irish team's honor.  

At the polo grounds from 1-4pm, Rhode Island BMW Centersoffered fans test drives of their latest model BMW ultimate driving machines.  

A weekly door prize from Massage Envy was awarded, and winners of the Best Tailgate picnic received a bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte & tickets to the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships.

The Irish team enjoyed accomodations and hospitality provided by Vanderbilt International Properties, a boutique real estate firm specializing in luxury waterfront properties in the Newport area and the most luxurious & unique properties around the world. 

During their visit, the Italian team enjoyed America's Cup Charter sailing, paddle boarding - courtesy of Island Surf & Skate, tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, helicopter tours with Birds Eye View Helicoptour ToursNewport mansion tours and a team dinner at the one and only Clarke Cooke House for a truly memorable visit to the City by the Sea.

Dan Keating, Polo Series founder added, “The Irish team is the only one with a track record of consecutive appearances dating back to our inaugural season.  We thank the Wicklow Polo Club for bringing competitive teams year after year.  In so doing, they have established a following of fans and players alike that is unprecedented in international polo.”