Women’s International Polo Network Wins Open
In 2018 East Coast Women’s Polo Championships
Newport Polo congratulates the winners of the inaugural East Coast Open Women’s Polo Championship (14-20 goal) and East Coast Handicap Women’s Polo Championship (8-12 goal) Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Qualifier tournaments. Hosted by Newport Polo in Newport County, RI, and Myopia Polo Club of South Hamilton, MA, from June 27-July 1, the tournaments drew a total of nine teams with top level players from coast to coast and from overseas and 150 polo horses for spectacular and highly competitive polo over five days.Sanctioned by the United States Polo Association (USPA), the tournaments are also Women’s Championship Tournament qualifiers for the “Sunny Hale Legacy WCT Finals” in Wellington, FL.
The commemorative Liberty Bowls presented on Independence weekend are symbolic of the New England region as the cradle of American democracy. Designed by silversmith & revolutionary hero, Paul Revere, the original Liberty bowl, signed by 92 leaders of the rebellion, is on permanent display at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Hale, whose name is on the Open Memorial Trophy, is remembered as a passionate ambassador for the players and horses of polo, and considered to be one of the all-time greatest female polo players and role model for many women in the sport. Hutchinson, whose name is on the Handicap Perpetual Trophy, a champion of civil liberty and toleration in the colonial era, became the first woman to found a community in the New World (Portsmouth, RI, – 1638, home of Newport Polo) and is revered in New England as a heroine of freedom.
Out of four contenders in the Open bracket, the 18-goal Women’s International Polo Network team made a winning debut with Cindy Halle, Dawn Jones, Alyson Poor, and Anna Winslow receiving the Sunny Hale Memorial Trophy with a 9-5 win over second place Boston Avalon. Five teams competed in the Handicap bracket, with 12-goal Heiades International’s Minnie Keating, Hannah Stowe, Lizzie Girard, and Izzy Parsons overtaking second place Avalon Farm 7-1 for the Anne Hutchinson Perpetual Trophy.
Noteworthy high goal players including Dawn Jones introducing the Women’s International Polo Network, Courtney Asdourian, Isabelle Parsons, Paige McCabe, Cindy Halle, Alyson and Amanda Poor, Anna Winslow, Julia Steiner, Tiamo Hudspeth, and Athena Malin were among others that traveled to participate. The complete tournament rosters and scores are published on the USPA website.