Polo, Since 600 b.c.
By the time the sport of polo arrived on Newport’s shores during the Gilded Age, it was already steeped in 2500 years of history & tradition, captivating newcomers as it swept the globe. Newport’s summer sporting set embraced the new pastime, establishing America's first polo club in 1876. A charter member of the United States Polo Association, Newport Polo remains a trailblazing model polo club, hosting the Newport International Polo Series public exhibition matches for the community's enjoyment, supporting philanthropic causes, hosting tournaments, polo club member services and polo instruction year-round.
Each Saturday in June through September for the past 28 seasons, the Newport International Polo Series features teams from around the world & from major US cities competing against USA / Newport. Planned for the 2020 season is an exciting lineup of action-packed polo matches, international team debuts and memorable special events for fun on and off the field, supported by an enthusiastic spectator audience. Schedule is subject to change. Schedule/Tickets for the complete list.
Dear Friends of Polo, 2020
By the time polo arrived on our shores in the Gilded Age, it was 2,500 years in the making, enriched by global influences, refined by tradition, over the course of humanity since 600 b.c. Its expansion would continue, until the sun never set on its reaches, and withstand the test of time.
Newport has been a fertile ground for polo, where its roots have grown deep, since the summer of 1876 when the alluring game was embraced and became a social pastime. Founded as the first polo club in America, this legacy inspires Newport Polo’s dedication to polo’s relevance & fraternal ties to the world, with a community ethos that has enriched the fabric of life here for generations. There is no greater validation than your participation in the Polo Series as a part of your annual summer ritual.
With the worries of the world on everyone’s shoulders today, this season is an opportunity to commune for the shared experience of polo, to restore hope and unity. On the field, competition represents struggle, determination, leadership and teamwork. The new season embodies a conviction to captain the next generation of players, meet challenges, champion the needs of our community, renew our goals for improvement within, and conserve the essence of this tradition.
We are able to extend our contributions to the community in various ways. I applaud the volunteers of the many nonprofit organizations with whom we partner. And I salute the Newport Rotary Club and contributors at Newport This Week for their tremendous effort in producing this publication, whose advertising dollars support the Rotary’s Scholarship Fund and many charitable programs. I thank our sponsors without whom the Polo Series would not be as expansive. Last but not least, I applaud the dedicated staff of the Newport International Polo Series with whom it is a privilege to work.
Very Truly Yours,
Dan Keating, Captain