On Saturday, Sept. 16th at 4pm the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW, will feature USA vs. Dominican Republic, followed by a special Après Polo dinner with the teams – ‘Oscar de la Plenta.
The 6-chukker exhibition polo match will feature USA vs. Dominican Republic for a duration of approximately 2 hours. The match will commence with the national anthems, and will conclude with an après polo culinary celebration including a pig roast, sold separately by advanced reservation.
Polo was popularized in the Caribbean nation during the mid-20th century as its social elite began playing in the capital, establishing several polo clubs. The Dominican Republic is relatively new in the world polo community, launching its first international tournament series in 2015, but the sport enjoys an idyllic climate for high caliber play year round. Trailing from a loss during the inaugural rivalry, it’s up to Team USA to bring the perpetual cup back to its home shores. Representing the Dominican Republic will be Alexander Schad, Rodolfo Paliza, Pedro Cabrera, and Mauricio Bogaert.
“We are looking forward to bringing the Dominicans back this year. They bring a certain zest, on and off the field, not to mention salsa and merengue,” explained Dan Keating, USA team captain and founder of the Polo Series.
Tickets to the match ($12 for General Admission and $20 for Pavilion seating) and to the après polo field-side dinner are sold at www.nptpolo.com.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing of a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and prize for the Best Tailgate 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. The match will be followed by a special Après Polo event: Oscar de la Plenta – including a pig roast and special Caribbean menu; sold separately by advanced reservation, to break bread with the teams, as a highlight of the 2017 season.
Sponsored by Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd. , a boutique real estate firm specializing in waterfront homes and the most luxurious and unique properties across Rhode Island and the world. The team will enjoy Stogies & Spirits at the Hotel Viking, explore the City of Arboreta tour this week, visit 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, cruise the sights by scooter, bike, or scoot coupe from Scooter World, enjoy fine dining and dancing at the Clarke Cooke House, and visit the 47th annual Newport International Boat Show this weekend, all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.
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Specialty vendors and concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, and other specialty vendors and gourmet food trucks. Info about the Polo Series, our venue, concessions & amenities and other information can be found on the About Newport Polo page.
Season subscriptions to the Newport International Polo Series are available for individual lawn or Pavilion seating, reserved tables, corporate tailgates & VIP lounge tables to take in all 18 weeks of polo action.
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, and Morocco.
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 Centers of Rhode Island, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Brahmin, Stella Artois, Clarke Cooke House, Patrón Spirits, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Where Boston, RIB & RHEIN x New & Lingwood, Atria Senior Living and promotional partners including McGrath Clambakes, International Tennis Hall of Fame, America’s Cup Charters, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport and Scooter World. “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.