PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The polo team from France will return this weekend to challenge the USA team in the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by BMW.
The next match will be held Saturday, June 17, at 5 p.m. at the polo fields off East Main Road in Portsmouth.
Playing for France will captain Olivier Girard, France’s highest rated player, who will field a competitive team from the south of France. “This team is tuned up and will require that we bring our best game,” explained Dan Keating, USA team captain and founder of the Polo Series.
The polo match will have a duration of approximately 2 hours, during which a weekly door prize drawing from Veuve Clicquot Champagne and the Best Tailgate prize from Stella Artois will be awarded.
After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players and a special Après Polo: Louie Louie – Bastille banquet; sold separately by advanced reservation.
Tickets to the match ($12 for General Admission and $20 for Pavilion seating) and reservations to the après polo dinner are available at www.nptpolo.com.
Valet Parking service, boutique vendors and food and beverage concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Bar and the Newport Polo Pro Shop.
Polo has a significant presence throughout France, with a history well over a century in the making. It has hosted the FIP World Championship of polo and has been European champion more than once. France became the 6th nation to compete in the Polo Series, debuting in the second season, and quickly becoming one of USA toughest competitors.
Official team headquarters will be the new Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, a waterfront resort situated on Goat Island in Newport harbor, on Narragansett Bay, where the French Polo Team will enjoy the seclusion of a private island with dining options, entertainment, wellness, spa, family fun and the best sunsets in Newport, and only a short walk from the heart and charming cobblestone streets of Newport where more adventure awaits. The team will tour the famed Newport Mansions, enjoy helicopter tours with Birds Eye View, paddle boarding and surfing with Island Surf & Sport, tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sail on 12 meter racing yachts with America’s Cup Charters, enjoy fine dining and dancing at the Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.
Newport International Polo Series
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.
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The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September. This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, and Peru.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting 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 polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2017 sponsors including NBC – 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Veuve Clicquot, The Chanler, Hotel Viking, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Atria Senior Living, McGrath Clambakes, and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America’s Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Mansion Rentals 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.
There’s no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, and is the home of America’s first polo club, est. in 1876, and a founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.