An enthusiastic crowd of art and polo fans turned out to celebrate the National Sporting Library & Museum’s 7th Annual Polo Classic weekend of events that culminated on Sunday, September 10th as four competitive polo teams assembled on the beautiful fields at Great Meadow for sport and the support of NSLM’s programs.
Participating in the weekend were the British Forces Foundation Team, Team Dubai, Team Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and Team Beverly Equestrian/Cria Yatay, the Mounted Army Color Guard from the Caisson Platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the St. Andrew’s Society of Pipes & Drums, the Parade of Orange County Hounds, and the many volunteers, patrons and staff that make this one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.
Earlier in the week, an Art & Wine reception was held in honor of Greg Montgomery, artist once again for this year’s Polo Classic poster that was commissioned on behalf of the NSLM by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Saturday the 9th marked the official opening of NSLM’s newest exhibition, The Horse in Ancient Greek Art, and many of the team members took advantage of the opportunity to have a private tour of the exhibition on Saturday afternoon.
As the players and supporters of NSLM gathered over the course of a few days, the anticipation grew for the pomp and circumstance to follow. The gorgeous white tents capped with their red pennants under fair skies presented the perfect backdrop to the smartly dressed gents and ladies gathered at Great Meadow.
In the true spirit of sportsmanship, the teams took the field, with the British Forces Foundation Team defeating Team Dubai in the Founders Cup Match, and Team Greenhill Winery & Vineyards edging out Team Beverly Equestrian/Cria Yatay in the Mars Cup finale. It was clear that it was all in good fun and a true celebration of time-honored traditions, camaraderie and mutual commitment to preserving the history and role of the sporting life throughout the ages.
We hope you enjoy these images captured throughout the weekend, and that you will reserve your place on next year’s calendar to come out and be a part of this grand event! ML