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

Bill Newman and Sheila Johnson. Photo by Julie Napear Photography

Bill Newman and Sheila Johnson. Photo by Julie Napear Photography

Brett and Laura Rees. Photo by Julie Napear Photography

Brett and Laura Rees. Photo by Julie Napear Photography

Catherine and Cathy Brentzel. Photo by Julie Napear Photography

Catherine and Cathy Brentzel. Photo by Julie Napear Photography

Nacho Figueras and John Gobin relish the first class competition.

Nacho Figueras and John Gobin relish the first class competition.

David Tafuri, International Lawyer, Fox News contributor, and accomplished polo player enjoys the day with model and girlfriend Anastasia Vakula.

David Tafuri, International Lawyer, Fox News contributor, and accomplished polo player enjoys the day with model and girlfriend Anastasia Vakula.

Team British Forces Foundation and Team Dubai take the field in the Founders Cup Match before the cheering crowds.

Team British Forces Foundation and Team Dubai take the field in the Founders Cup Match before the cheering crowds.

Nacho Figueras and John Gobin relish the first class competition.

Nacho Figueras and John Gobin relish the first class competition.

The Orange County Hounds take the field with the majestic bagpipes nearby.

The Orange County Hounds take the field with the majestic bagpipes nearby.

Nacho Figueras executes an amazing shot in pursuit of a win.

Nacho Figueras executes an amazing shot in pursuit of a win.

NSLM Polo Classic Divot Stomp. Photo by Middleburg Photo

NSLM Polo Classic Divot Stomp. Photo by Middleburg Photo

NSLM Polo Classic tailgating at its best. Photo by Middleburg Photo

NSLM Polo Classic tailgating at its best. Photo by Middleburg Photo

Steve Thompson, of the Dubai polo team, gives Jacqueline Mars a signed polo jersey, Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

Steve Thompson, of the Dubai polo team, gives Jacqueline Mars a signed polo jersey, Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

Brad Bondi, Member of the NSLM Board of Directors at Meredyth Farm Pavilion, Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

Brad Bondi, Member of the NSLM Board of Directors at Meredyth Farm Pavilion, Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

John Gobin and Whitney Ross of Great Meadow Polo, and David Greenhill. Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

John Gobin and Whitney Ross of Great Meadow Polo, and David Greenhill. Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

NSLM Executive Director Melanie L. Mathewes and Nicole Stribling, Curator of Permanent Collections at NSLM during the visitation of the polo teams. Photo by Alex Mangione

NSLM Executive Director Melanie L. Mathewes and Nicole Stribling, Curator of Permanent Collections at NSLM during the visitation of the polo teams. Photo by Alex Mangione

Paula Rosenberg, Sheila Johnson and Bill Newman at Meredyth Farm. Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

Paula Rosenberg, Sheila Johnson and Bill Newman at Meredyth Farm. Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

Rebekah Pizana, David Greenhill, and Anastasia Vakula at Meredyth Farm. Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography

Rebekah Pizana, David Greenhill, and Anastasia Vakula at Meredyth Farm. Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography