For anyone who finds delight in donning Ralph Lauren, Lily, or any other “polo-y” type outfits, heading west (or downtown) to a lush meadow, sipping on mint juleps or tall glasses of Veuve Clicquot, and yes, watching (or semi-watching, the socializing can be so much more fun!) friends on polo ponies whacking balls into goals – then this is your year. There are three major matches this year, all benefiting great causes as well, which you should attend, sponsor, purchase a table … all that good stuff!
May 10 – Land Rover America’s Polo Cup at Historic Morven Park – USA vs. Italy Polo Match
Enjoy the international polo match, live entertainment, airshow demonstrations and a special evening concert performance by Huey Lewis & the News and other National Performers who have been invited to perform, with America’s grand finale fireworks.
June 21st – Meadow Matches Polo Cup at Sheila C. Johnson Field, Great Meadow Polo Club, The Plains, VA
Meadow Matches is one of the largest polo events on the East Coast, and features a day of exciting polo matches including The 5th Annual Courage Cup match â€” featuring the talented kids of the Work to Ride program playing along with professional polo players and celebrities. Also included in the day will be hotly contested USA vs. England, and a Segway Polo Challenge featuring participants from notable firms in Washington, DC (sponsor and participants will be announced very soon). This exciting day of polo matches brings Washington’s professionals, socialites and the polo community together for a day of charity, champagne and chukkers!
September 13th – 2nd Annual Smithsonian Young Benefactors Cup, West Potomac Polo Field, National Mall, Washington, DC
The Smithsonian Young Benefactors, the premier and largest museum-based membership organization for young professionals in the nationâ€™s capital, will host its second annual Polo Cup, a high profile, sporting event held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Cup, which will feature high-goal as well as amateur local and national players (like America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh), will make the game of polo accessible to new audiences and offer an extraordinary opportunity for players and spectators alike.
This will benefit The Smithsonian Associates and the YB Culture4Kids Fund. To purchase tickets and information on packages available, visit http://www.youngbenefactors.org/events/yb_polo.shtm.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.