USA vs. South Africa

The Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines, welcomes back challengers from the nation’s capital for its next US City rivalry this Saturday, July 30th, when Washington DC will return to the City by the Sea for a classic 6-chukker matchup.

Washington DC is known for its deep roster of talent, clearly demonstrated in 2019 when they last played in Newport. They will come ready to take back the US City Cup in this thrilling competition to end the first half of the 2022 season.

“We are thrilled to have Washington DC with us for another year. It has been several years since we have competed against them, and they always bring a well-balanced roster so it will be a tough matchup for us,” comments Dan Keating, the series founder and president.   

The weekly Best In Show Contest to welcome our D.C. rivals this week calls for a theme of Cherries, the official fruit of the District of Columbia by an act of Congress in 2006.  The cherry was so named in honor of our first president, George Washington, who is symbolically associated with the cherry because of the well-known tale as a child, and a certain cherry tree, the moral of which was the importance of honesty.  Each year, the District of Columbia holds the Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a parade and other events celebrating the beauty of 3,000 cherry trees in bloom, a 1912 gift from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C., attracting millions of visitors each year. 

Visit for advanced ticket sales and full details on the Newport vs. Washington DC polo match.

Last week’s match featured USA vs Italy in a grueling match that left spectators on the edge of their seats till the final bell. The Italians took control over the match with an early lead but Team USA, with their top scorer Rory Torrey, surged ahead in the second chukker to dominate the first half. Team Italy made a strong comeback in the second half, but it was not enough as Team USA claimed the victory with a final score of 9-7. Pedro Llorente of Team Italy was named MVP and Tarzan loaned to Llorente by Dan Keating was named Best Playing Pony. Upcoming 2022 season highlights include several more US City challengers and 4 international rivalries in the 31st season of the Newport International Polo Series. 

During this week’s match the field-side festivities and activities will include the Daily Door Prize awarded to one spectator who will be entered into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize, which includes two round trip tickets to anywhere in the world on Turkish Airlines. Prizes will be given to the winner of the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest, to award those who embrace the theme of the day (Cherries) with their picnics, tailgates, and attire.

Field-side amenities will be offered to spectators throughout the afternoon and throughout the match including classics at the Patio Bar with Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Santa Margherita Wines, and Stella Artois on tap. New Goslings summer cocktails will be available: The Tropic Time Out and Bermuda Rum Swizzle along with the drink of the day from The Cocktail Guru. Serving up chilled wines to spectators, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cart will be circling the field during game time. Gourmet Food Trucks will be field side offering Newport classics from Newport Chowder Company, Wally’s Hot Dog Cart, Village Greek, Hawaiian Jims Shave Ice, and Milk Caffe. The Pro Shop will be fully stocked with new limited-edition items and classics perfect for the summer season and months ahead.

The day will conclude with the Newport Victory Salute as Newport and Washington DC make their way around the field followed by the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation with player’s prizes from Providence Diamond.

To conclude the evening spectators and players will enjoy a complimentary Dark ‘n Stormy from Goslings in the Modern Luxury Lounge.

The polo grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth RI. Tickets and reservations to the polo match and associated events are available online at

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

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