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HIGH-GOAL POLO GALLOPS BACK TO GREENWICH POLO CLUB FOR THE 36TH SEASON; OPENING DAY ON SUNDAY JUNE 4, 2017

May 30, 2017 7:36 PM

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Jump on the Pony Express for Direct, Roundtrip Shuttle Service between Manhattan and Greenwich Polo Club

Annabelle Gundlach hits the ball for Postage Stamp Farm team, followed by teammate João Paulo Ganon and Nic Roldan of Audi, during a 2016 East Coast Open match. ©Joelle Wiggins
Annabelle Gundlach hits the ball for Postage Stamp Farm team, followed by teammate João Paulo Ganon and Nic Roldan of Audi, during a 2016 East Coast Open match. ©Joelle Wiggins

Greenwich Polo Club will kick off its 36th season of high-goal polo with opening day on Sunday, June 4th. Sunday’s game is open to the public and will feature the first match of the United States Polo Association’s National 20-goal Monty Waterbury tournament. Polo teams Postage Stamp Farm (Annabelle Gundlach, Brandon Phillips, João Paulo Ganon and Kris Kampsen) and Work to Ride (Joseph Manheim, Mariano Gonzales, Mariano Aguerre and Nick Manifold) will take to the field at 3:00 p.m. for an action-packed match, gates open at 1:00 p.m.

“We are proud to start our 36th season of high-goal polo this summer at Greenwich Polo Club with three of the most prestigious USPA polo tournaments: the Monty Waterbury Cup, the Silver Cup® and the East Coast Open,” said Peter Brant, founder of Greenwich Polo Club. “The East Coast Open was a huge draw last year with record crowds in attendance and we expect the excitement to continue to grow. We’ll also be hosting the oldest American polo tournament still being played, the Silver Cup, for the first time ever at Greenwich Polo Club."

Kris Kampsen is surrounded by fans and friends watching the final match of the 2016 East Coast Open between Audi and White Birch. ©Chichi Ubina
Kris Kampsen is surrounded by fans and friends watching the final match of the 2016 East Coast Open between Audi and White Birch. ©Chichi Ubina

Greenwich Polo Club is launching a new roundtrip shuttle service, Pony Express, between Manhattan and Greenwich Polo Club each polo Sunday. Polo fans can ride in the comfort of an air conditioned VIP shuttle van with pickup at noon on the corner of Little West 12th Street and Washington Street, in front of The Standard Biergarten in the Meatpacking District. The roundtrip shuttle will depart from Greenwich Polo Club at approximately 6:00 p.m. after the award ceremony. Admission with shuttle starts at $60 per person and tickets can be bought online at greenwichpoloclub.com. The shuttle will drop-off passengers at The Standard Biergarten upon return to Manhattan, where polo fans are invited to continue the fun.

On opening day, LOOK Greenwich will be hosting the ultimate VIP experience, while The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp will be hosting its 16th Annual Polo for Children Benefit to support the Camp's growing programs. Tesla will be arriving with an Airstream for opening day, along with the newest Tesla models on display. Barbados Tourism will be onsite in a cabana where fans can enter to win the trip of a lifetime, and the Hobbs pop-up shop will feature the latest British inspired fashions. New York Empire Tennis will also be in attendance and will offer fans a chance to win tickets to see a World Team Tennis match in July, featuring top Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players. Each polo Sunday from 1-3 p.m., fans can tour The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, dedicated to promoting education and appreciation of contemporary art and design, which is located adjacent to the field and is featuring a new exhibit.

10-goaler Hilario Ulloa about to strike in perfect pose with The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in the background, June 2015. ©Katerina Morgan
10-goaler Hilario Ulloa about to strike in perfect pose with The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in the background. ©Katerina Morgan

In addition to featuring the top polo of the summer, Greenwich Polo Club continues to elevate the polo experience to make every match an event to remember. Whether fans choose to picnic on the sidelines or go the VIP route by purchasing grandstand boxes or private cabanas, there are plenty of options to delight even the most discerning guests. Fans can enjoy delicacies from food trucks such as Caffe Bon, Pappis, Dough Girls, Christie Caters, Long Ford’s Ice Cream, Box Car Cantina, Hapa, Lobster Craft, and Bounty. Tastings NYC will be hosting the Pony Bar and providing a full menu of food and drinks for those with private cabanas and box seating. The Tastings NYC mixologists will be serving polo inspired cocktails such as “The Player” a potion sure to leave a lasting impression with vodka, lemon juice, sparkling water, a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

Fans line up fieldside to get a taste of delicious signature drinks. ©Chichi Ubina
Fans line up fieldside to get a taste of delicious signature drinks. ©Chichi Ubina

Hublot is the official timekeeper of the 2017 season and will be presenting a special gift to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the conclusion of the East Coast Open, as well as hosting a “super VIP event” showcasing the finest polo has to offer. Shreve, Crump & Low, the oldest jewelry store in the U.S., will continue its partnership with Greenwich Polo Club and serve as the official trophy presenter, while Maria Mendelsohn is the official real estate partner of Greenwich Polo Club and will be awarding Best Playing Pony at the end of each match. Pololine will be producing a special program each week featuring interviews with polo players, game stats and features on polo ponies and teams. Pololine, in coordination with Argentina, will also be awarding the best “Polo Argentino” horse of each of the three Sunday matches of the East Coast Open. Don’t forget to join divot stomping at half-time to win a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, the official champagne of the 2017 season.

Butler Handicap Trophy, with Shreve, Crump & Low trophies for winners and finalists (July 2016) ©Chichi Ubina.
Last year's Butler Handicap perpetual trophy, with Shreve, Crump & Low trophies for winners and finalists. ©Chichi Ubina

Polo matches are open to the public every Sunday June 4 – July 16 (no match July 2) and Sundays August 27 – September 10. Tickets may be purchased online and range from $40 per car for lawn seating, $60 per car for grandstand seating, $300 for box seats (seats 4) and $500-$600 for VIP private cabanas (seats 8). Gates open at 1:00 p.m. and matches start at 3:00 p.m. The field address is 1 Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut 06831. Dogs on leashes are allowed.

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