Father’s Day at Greenwich Polo

It was a picture-perfect day for dads, father figures and their families at Greenwich Polo Club this past Sunday as Huntsman Polo topped RollerRabbit 9-6 to advance to the finals of the new Shreve, Crump & Low Cup against Hawk Hill on Wednesday, June 20. (Only Sunday matches are open to the public.) Huntsman (captain Dillon Bacon, Toro Ruiz, Tomas Garcia Del Rio, Segundo Merlos) led from the beginning, but in the later chukkers, RollerRabbit (Andrew Seibert, Nick Manifold, Matias Magrini, Kris Kampsen) made it interesting. In the end, though, Huntsman simply would not be denied. Ruiz was named Most Valuable Player and Guri Vanina, owned and ridden by Merlos, the Best Playing Pony.

As usual, the match was just part of the show. Shreve, Crump & Low was among the vendors on hand along with official timekeeper Hublot; longtime supporter Tesla, which drove both teams onto the field for the post-match ceremony; Sub-Zero, which had a trailer outfitted as a state-of-the-art red, white and steel kitchen; Barbados tourism; and Filipacchi, the vroom-vroom motorbike company.

The new Players’ Lounge was in full swing, with tastings from Douro, the Mediterranean-style restaurant on Greenwich Avenue; drinks by Ketel One Botanical vodka; and music by MOJO. (The Pony Bar hosted Veuve Cliquot After Polo.)

Sitting there sipping a slightly sweet hibiscus iced tea, courtesy of Shreve, Crump & Low, listening to the sounds of MOJO covering Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” before the match started, all we could think was, It doesn’t get much better than this.

Next up for Greenwich Polo Club — the Monty Waterbury Cup, this Sunday, June 24. For more, visit greenwichpoloclub.com.

– Georgette Gouveia

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