The sporting event that epitomizes a quintessential summer afternoon in the Hamptons will return with the 16th Anniversary Season of Bridgehampton Polo Club. Set once again to take place at Two Trees Farm for six consecutive Saturdays from July 21nd through August 25th, a selective group of Hamptons tastemakers will be invited to take in the thrills of high-goal polo action. Davidoff Cigars is designated as the “Official Cigar” of the 2012 season, and will be featuring a cigar garden and cigar girls for the VIP guests.
Last season, the club made some changes to scale back the Saturday event in size and return to the days where the afternoon was centered around the polo match itself, rather than the festivities. This season, guests will find an even more understated setting than last year. The family-orientated environment, which will include a children’s play area and pony rides, will showcase a smaller reception tent, a chic array of shops and a spacious lawn area with garden seating.
VIP guests will be invited to enjoy a pre-match reception, featuring summery cocktails, afternoon tea and light hors d’oeuvres, and at 4pm will be encouraged to take a seat in the field-side garden areas to watch the match. Also new this season, International Polo Star and Ralph Lauren Model Nacho Figueras is now a partner in Bridgehampton Polo Club with Co-Founder and Owner Peter Brant. “Asthe ambassador to the sport, Nacho has done a tremendous job in bringing more attention to polo worldwide than ever before,“ said Brant. “We look forward to the exciting potential the partnership presents.”
“The Hamptons is a very special place for me,” said Figueras. “Many of my close friends are here and it’s where my family and I love to be in the summer. I am thrilled to be involved with Bridgehampton Polo Club from an ownership standpoint and I believe the club has great potential for growth.” Last season, the club brought in veteran polo publicist and event organizer Shamin Abas to take over the Saturday afternoon operation. The changes Abas made created quite a favored buzz in the media, and amongst the close-knit, hard-to-tap Hamptonites who enjoy a low-key environment. In fact, the news even caught the attention of The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, which awarded the club the coveted Five Star Diamond Award at the completion of the season.