One of my all-time favorite things to do is attend a polo match hosted by the International Polo Series in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It's a perfect way to spend a summertime Saturday evening for anyone and everyone. Want to get dressed up and sit field side with champagne service? Opt for a seat at in the Alex and Ani Pavilion or a spot in the Positive Energy Polo Lounge. Want to throw down a picnic blanket and bring along food and drink for your family? Take advantage of General Admission. Looking to tailgate? Reserve a spot for $50-$100 and start setting up when the gates open at 1:00 PM. Really, there are so many ways to enjoy the Newport International Series, so do yourself a favor and just go.
We attended the USA vs Palm Beach match when we were in town this past weekend, and it was, as always, a perfect event. Our small group reserved a table in the Alex and Ani Pavilion, and are so happy that we did. There's nothing like sitting a mere few feet from a field of horses pounding by. The buckets of champagne delivered to our table didn't hurt, either.
The International Newport Polo Series is in its 25th season, and has upcoming matches against France, Jamaica, England, Morocco, and more. The series is home to the Westchester Polo Club, and with 31 countries visiting to date, America's first polo club has done well in its mission of connecting the local community to the the thrill and awe of this international game.
Here's what you can expect at a match: The game lasts for about an hour and a half, and is comprised of six seven-minute chukkers. There's a fifteen-minute half, during which you'll be invited to go out onto the field to stomp divots. You'll laugh at the accounts made by the snarky British commentator throughout, and you'll enjoy being a spectator of such a worldly sport.
Have I sold you on it yet? Yes? good, I'm glad. Below are links to helpful information to help you plan:
Below are some photos from the USA vs Palm Beach match: