Grand Prize Drawing, Battle of the Sexes This Saturday in Polo Finals

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Newport Polo is excited to draw the winner this weekend of the Turkish Airlines grand prize trip for two anywhere in the world.

The raffle drawing will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, for the conclusion of its 2019 season at the Turkish Airlines Finals – a Battle of the Sexes at 4 p.m. in the Newport International Polo Series, presented by Brahmin.

“We’ve witnessed great polo this season, and a highlight has been hosting the Women’s East Coast Open Tournament, where some of the top players in the world demonstrated that women players can be every bit as talented and competitive as their male counterparts. With ideal conditions expected for the heated rematch this Saturday in the ultimate showdown, the Newport Women taking on the Newport Men will not disappoint,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series Founder. “This will be the 3rd time in our history that we’ve lined up a Battle of the Sexes, and it has become the players’ most-awaited annual tradition.”

In 1993, the Newport International Polo Series staged its original Battle of the Sexes in a fundraising campaign for endangered species, with celebrity polo players including an all women’s team from California led by actress Stephanie Powers, and Ron Ferguson among the male notables. The large crowd on hand also witnessed the famous Cheetah Run across the polo field.

After 6 periods, called chukkers, the Turkish Airlines Finals match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing for a trip for 2 on Turkish Airlines to the winner’s choice of more countries than any other airline, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour around the firepit at the Patio Bar to meet the players.

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

During the match, the weekly Door Prize drawing will award a pair of 2020 Season Passes to one lucky winner, and our contest for the Best Tailgate will reward a coveted prize and jumbotron moment of fame, courtesy of Stella Artois. Specialty vendors and concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds including the Davitt Pavilion & Patio Bar, Horseshoe Wine Bar, Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cart, Newport Polo Pro Shop, and several other unique specialty vendors and gourmet food truck concessionaires.

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2019 sponsors including Gallo Thomas Insurance, Brahmin, Davitt Inc., Modern Luxury/Boston Common, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Hotel Viking, The Vanderbilt, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Turkish Airlines, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Newport Daily News, McGrath Clambakes, Goslings Rum, Where Boston, Equine Journal, Classical 95.9 WCRI. “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.

2019  Schedule

May         31  Season Kickoff Cocktail Party          7pm     Clarke Cooke House & Team Dinner                                   

June        1  Opening Day: USA vs. Chile             5pm     Apres Polo: Con Mucho Gaucho                  

                8  Newport Cup                                       5pm     VIP Lounge

              15  USA vs. Scotland                                5pm    Apres Polo: Laird’s Supper      

22  Newport vs. Boston                            5pm     VIP Lounge

              29  East Coast Open Finals                      5pm     Apres Polo: Championship Dinner

July        6   USA vs. Ireland                                    5pm    Apres Polo: Irish American BBQ

13   Newport vs. Pittsburgh                      5pm    

              14   All Charity Day                                    5pm     

              20   USA vs. Italy                                        5pm    Apres Polo: Amici Riuniti

              27   Newport vs. Palm Beach                    5pm    VIP Lounge       

Aug        2    Diamonds Are Forever                       7pm     Marblehouse

               9    USA vs. South Africa                          5pm     Apres Polo: Lobsterbake

              10   Newport vs. Washington                    5pm     

              17   USA vs. Jamaica                                 5pm     Apres Polo: Jamaican Jerk Grill

              24   Newport vs. New York                        5pm      VIP Lounge

              31   USA vs. England                                 4pm     Apres Polo: Sailor’s Delight

Sept         7   Newport vs. Baltimore                        4pm     

               14   USA vs.  New Zealand                        4pm    Apres Polo:  Asado Lamb Roast

               21   New England Pro-Am Challenge       4pm     VIP Lounge

               28   Finals                                                   4pm

Schedule subject to change

About the Newport International Polo Series:

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age with the founding of America’s First Polo Club in Newport.  Open to the public, audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.

The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including Chile, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Jamaica, England, New Zealand, as well as 6 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 28th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, 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, Morocco, Peru, and Poland.

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.

L’esprit de Polo has flourished in Newport, RI, home of America’s first polo club, since 1876.  Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series public exhibition matches, and offers polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association.

About Newport, Rhode Island:
For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort.  A renowned international destination, Newport is ripe with art, culture, history and scenic beauty, with miles of unspoiled beaches, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations and world-class sporting and cultural events.

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