Polo-goers and champagne sippers alike went to Liberty State Park for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday. With my dear friend Ryan in tow, we enjoyed a thrilling exhibition polo match with lots of sunshine and bubbles.
Here are some fun shots from Saturday that I am excited to share. But in truth, my recent return from Italy has me particularly immersed in history and the origins of all that I am experiencing. Not to mention, Lady Liberty was so close I could have poured her a long over due sip of rosé champagne! So my wheels were turning.
Here’s what I found online in a quick search about the origins of polo.
Modern polo originated in Manipur, India. The Silchar Polo Club was founded in 1859 by British military officers and tea planters. From India, polo spread as fast as its enthusiasts could travel, appearing in Malta in 1868, England in 1869, Ireland in 1870, Argentina in 1872 and Australia in 1874.
On a trip to England, James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the New York Herald, saw his first polo game. Early in 1876, he returned to New York with mallets, balls and a copy of the Hurlingham rules.
The first stateside game was played right here at a city riding academy, pictured above, not far from my apartment! In the spring they moved outdoors to a field in Westchester County. That summer, the New York players took polo to Newport, R.I.
Soon the ‘galloping game’ was being played across North America.
Back to this past Saturday, the getting there was a little tricky but we were committed. We went by ferry from Battery Park to Liberty State Park. The first Hudson River Ferry Service started in 1700, and continues to operate today.
There are many notable polo players but Nacho Figueras, the Argentine polo player who is ranked as one of the top 100 polo players in the world, seems to garner the most attention. Ah-hem, he and I are now following each other on Twitter & Instagram.
There was tons of rosé champagne flowing. Verve Clicquot was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. VC was also credited to be the first champagne house to produce rosé champagne, using the method of adding red wine during production.
There were macarons. I repeat-there were macarons! Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century A.D. During the Renaissance, Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France arrived in France.
And fun fact, both the lunch boxes & macaron containers were designed by Two Paper Dolls! We just love working with them.
Patrick Mott, a regular contributor to Orange County Life captured my thoughts about the sport best: “A pack of six or eight mostly fearless riders doggedly spurring their fast, agile mounts inside a ring at ferocious gallops, windmilling away at a bouncing ball with what look like elongated 3-woods. Horses frothing, nostrils flaring, sweat flying everywhere.
But, say those enthusiasts who spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars pursuing what they call this most addictive of sports, polo is a fine madness.”
Also best quote I found online…
“You play football? That’s cute.”
This adorable image below was created by my friend Ryan.
Thank you honey!