Ponies, hats and cocktails: Polo season opens in Greenwich

GREENWICH — It was Altares vs. Gardenvale in the opening round of the East Coast Open Championship as action returned to the Greenwich Polo Club on Sunday for the first match of the new season.

The scene is always a mixture of sports and style — with the fast-moving action of the of the galloping polo ponies cheered on by well-dressed crowd enjoying cocktails, picnics and socializing along the manicured field located among the estates of backcountry Greenwich.

The match was open to spectators with mask-wearing and social-distancing rules in place as they enjoyed a quintessential Greenwich pastime under perfect weather conditions for late summer. The club also redesigned its seating areas and limited the size of the crowd because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Greenwich Polo Club is hosting only two days of play this summer — after canceling its first seven matches of the season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The second round of the East Coast Open Championship will be played next Sunday — but the match is already sold out. No tickets will be sold at the gate. To get on the waiting list, visit www.greenwichpoloclub.com,

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