Weschester Polo Club more commonly known as Newport Polo is pleased to announce the 2017 National Sherman Memorial 3-6 Goal Polo Tournament to take place on October 14-15 at its outdoor arena and training facility in Newport County, Rhode Island.
“It is a great honor to have the 3-6 goal National Sherman Memorial trophy being contested at the prestigious Newport Polo. It’s fitting that this tournament will be played in the first official polo club in the United States, where the first tournament was hosted in 1876. We will see terrific polo teams compete in this event, and welcome polo players to join Newport Polo during this wonderful highlight of the Northeast polo season.” – Leighton S. Jordan, USPA Northeastern Circuit Governor
Team registration and tournament match schedule: Team Registration closes at 5:00pm ET on Friday, October 6. The Tournament Entry Fee is $300/team, which will include a Saturday night beach Lobsterboil for all the players (additional guests can be included at $50 each). The complete schedule will be finalized once all the teams have registered.
Friday Night, October 13: Draw Party
Saturday, October 14: The first match will take place at 11:00am ET.
Sunday, October 15: Consolation and Final with trophy presentation including the historic cup, Most Valuable Player and Best Playing Pony awards
The National Sherman Memorial, inaugurated in 1935, is played to honor one of the giants of arena polo and is one of the oldest arena polo tournaments in the United States Polo Association. (See the complete list of past winners, p. 247 ‘Historical Tournament Results’ published by The Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame).
“We are very excited to host the Sherman Memorial, with players coming from as far away Arizona. We invite you to make your mark in polo history. ” – Dan Keating, Club President and USPA Club Delegate
The tournament will include several teams competing for the prestigious George Carter Sherman Memorial Indoor Polo Cup. Known as the “father of indoor polo,” George C. Sherman Sr. was almost single-handedly responsible for organizing and refining this now-popular variation of the sport. He introduced the inflatable ball, redesigned the standard polo equipment for the arena game’s specific needs and modified the rules of outdoor play for arena use. He was the founder and first president of the Indoor Polo Association (1915-1926), which merged with the USPA in 1956. He was zealous in bringing young players into the sport, presenting the Interscholastic Cup in 1928. Since all Intercollegiate and Interscholastic polo is now played in the arena, he may be said to have sired this invaluable training ground as well. The tournament was installed by his wife Helen and his son, Hall of Famer George C. Sherman Jr., an arena high-goaler who also made important contributions to the sport as a USPA Chairman and one of the founding spirits of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame. (Research information provided by Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame).
To register a team, contact Dan Keating, Westchester Polo Club Delegate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paddock space is available; stabling references available upon request. Referrals available to Newport Visitors Center travel experts upon request, to answer destination queries and assist with booking reservations.