Beach Polo 2013 Concludes Newport Winter Festival

Date:    Monday, March 4, 2013

Thanks to a compromising Mother Nature, we had a terrific turnout of spectators for Beach Polo on Saturday, Feb. 23nd at renown Easton’s Beach.  Though tied throughout the 4-chukker match, the Newport Polo Club was defeated by the Newport Girls Team in the fourth chukker
when the girls broke open the 6-6 tie with a 12-6 rally!  Beach Polo Video.

 

We are grateful to the City of Newport and the Beach Department for inviting us to play in their sand box this year, and for providing superb grooming for ideal footing conditions.  Cheers also to our friends at the Newport Winter Festival and the supportive local media for bringing it to you.

Beach Polo returned to the Newport Winter Festival by popular demand for the 4th consecutive year.  This year, the Newport Polo Club enjoyed immaculately groomed sand at Easton's Beach, courtesy of the City of Newport, for an exciting exhibition of equine polo each day.  The event was free and open to the public.  Public beach parking was available at no charge.  Map This Location

Weather/Match Status updates are always available on the 24-hour Info Line 401-846-0200.

Beach Polo, organized by Newport Polo Inc., featured 2 teams competing in a match composed of 4 periods of play, 7 minutes per period.  In between periods, the players changed to fresh horses.  In total, the match had a duration of about 1+ hour during low tide.  Spectators witnessed the fast-paced contests and cheered for the teams, playing on finely tuned thoroughbred mounts.

“Polo in the summer is one of Newport’s hottest attractions.  It is exciting to see the event in the winter too,” adds Kathryn Farrington of the Newport County Visitors & Convention Bureau.   “Polo appeals to an audience of all ages, and like the beach, polo is great  outdoor entertainment for the whole family!”

The event is a low-impact, eco-friendly exhibition played on the inter-tidal area of the beach at low tide in keeping with the Parks & Recreation Department guidelines for horses and
off-season use of the beach.  Horses are accustomed to sand footing in their natural habitats all over the world, including the desert southwest.  The thoroughbread polo polies are highly fit and exercised year-round in arena polo, played on similar footing materials.

To ensure the mutual enjoyment of Newport's beautiful beaches, on this occasion and for the future, everyone was asked to observe all City of Newport guidelines for beach use, as posted.   Dogs are permitted on the beach during the off season, with a leash law in effect. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

“Newport Polo seeks to highlight unique assets of Newport County by combining a popular spectator event and the year-round natural beauty of the sea shore.” states Dan Keating, president of Newport Polo.  “We had numerous inquiries to host this event again, so we expect it will draw our regular fans out midwinter for all the festivities, as well as entertain all the visitors of Newport’s Winter Festival.” 

Beach Polo made its debut in 2010 in the Newport Winter Festival, which features over 150 events as "New England's largest winter extravaganza."  The Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music, and entertainment, with fun for all ages.

For the NBC-Channel 10 video, follow this link: http://www.turnto10.com/video?clipId=8507887