Horsing around with Nacho, American Pharoah, the Gold Cup, Greenwich Polo

Avril Graham, the gracious executive fashion & beauty editor of Harper’s Bazaar – who shares our love of polo, and polo players – was kind enough to send us this pix of her and Nacho Figueras at the fourth annual Piaget Hamptons Cup, which took place this past weekend in Water Mill, N.Y. to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation.

Graham, featured in WAG’s September “Fashion Passion,” issue, will be in our area Sept. 30 to host a Neiman Marcus Westchester fashion show benefitting the Georgetown Scholarship Fund. The event takes place 11:30 a.m. at the White Plains store. For more information and reservations, call 914-989-4908 or RSVPWestchester@neimanmarcus.com.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of equestrian action in our neck of the woods, what with the United States Polo Association (USPA) and Greenwich Polo Club, in partnership with Audi, Town & Country and Lancôme, recently announcing that six teams will compete for the Perry Cup, one of polo’s most prestigious trophies, at the USPA East Coast Open Sundays Aug. 23 to Sept. 6 at Greenwich Polo.

The 20-goal tournament (played on a handicap level) will be live-streamed on ChukkerTV.com (preliminary matches), with NBC Sports Network presenting a 60-minute national telecast of the final on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

“The East Coast Open will be the most competitive and spectacular polo tournament of the summer season,” Peter M. Brant, founder of Greenwich Polo Club and an accomplished player himself, said of the tournament, which was founded in Rhode Island in 1905, held until World War I and revived in 1978. “Fans will experience high-goal polo played by the finest teams, players and ponies in the sport all competing to have their names added to the historic Perry Cup.”

The gates open at 1 p.m at the site, 1 Hurlingham Drive, with the matches at 3 p.m. Tickets – which include private cabanas, box seating and general admission – are available at GreenwichPoloClub.com/ECO.

The Greenwich Polo season closes Sept. 13, which is the same day as the culmination of the five-day American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm in North Salem. Oldsalemfarm.net and theamericangoldcup.com.

And as if that weren’t enough, American Pharoah may be headed to the Travers Stakes in Saratoga Aug. 29. The race is called “the Graveyard of Champions,” because only one Triple Crown winner has ever won it (Whirlaway, 1941). Will the Pharoah become number two?

For more on American Pharoah and the American Gold Cup, check out WAG’s August “Passion Plays” issue. – Georgette Gouveia

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