Fans pony up to watch East Coast Open Polo tournament

Greenwich Polo Club

The East Coast Open 2015 Polo tournament kicked off in style on Sunday at the tony Greenwich Polo Club. Spectators filled the stands, lawns, and VIP tents, with the help of sponsors that included Town & Country Magazine, Lancôme, and Audi. As expected, the tents were overflowing with champagne, bourbon and a plethora of dainty finger foods, and beyond delectable desserts!

Stylish filly fans were donning everything from colorful shifts and rompers to billowing maxi dresses. Colts were equally stylish in their best and brightest pony wear incorporating Bermuda’s to blazers. As far as fashion rules, there are none, except: white is acceptable year-round at polo tournaments! Oh, and ladies, and gents if you are into that, leave your stilettos in the closet, as they aren’t ideal for preening about on the grassy field. But, definitely bring a fab pair of sunglasses and uber stylish hat.

The East Coast Open dates back to 1905. Founder of the Greenwich Polo Club, Peter Brant, says the event draws the best high-goal players who want to compete for the title and get their names engraved on the Perry Cup. This is the coveted trophy that symbolizes this high-goal championship event.

Team Audi galloped to a win and took home the trophy, defeating Bash Kazi’s KIG team 11-6. The Most Valuable Player was Nic Roldan, and the Best Playing Pony was Kornicova, ridden by Miquel Novillo Estrada and owned by Halo Polo, LLC.

You can pony up to the Greenwich Polo Club Sundays through Sept. 6, 2015. Advance tickets are recommended. Matches begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be live-streamed on ChukkerTV. Oh, and for you polo newbies, a chukker represents a period of play, and there are six chukkers in a game that last 7 minutes and 30 seconds. NBC Sports Network will also air a 60-minute special of the East Coast Open final on Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Dress to impress!

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