During the hot summer months when the sun is foremost on everyone’s minds, there is one place celebrities, socialites, fashion mavens and supermodels go on Saturdays to beat the heat and revel in the sport of kings. That place is Two Trees Farm, the location of the Bridgehampton Polo Club, which hosts the Polo Challenge every Saturday for six consecutive weeks from now until its culmination in the Hamptons Cup matches on August 24th.
While thousands will come out to stomp the divots, sip champagne and watch four star-studded teams compete in two, separate, three-week tournament-style matches—starting with the USPA Monty Waterbury title—there is a conscious effort to transform the Hampton’s signature polo series, albeit off the field. While the fierce competition and high level of showmanship will be unchanging, the VIP area is looking to add a level of exclusivity that harkens back to older days on the East End. Shamin Abas, president of Shamin Abas Public Relations, has scaled back the large crowds in favor of an intimate, debutante outing with the game of polo taking the center stage once again.
“We wanted to put the focus firmly back on the sport of polo. It’s a return to what the sport is all about, good friends and family field side, watching an exciting match on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We’ve created an elegant, yet relaxed environment for our sponsors and guests, ” says Abas.
“We aim to attract a crowd that is totally focused on the game, one that can appreciate polo players’ speed, agility and horsemanship while keeping those world-renowned athletes who enjoy coming to the Hamptons, going to the beach, having a nice social life and playing the sport that they love, ” echos Peter Brant, co-founder of the Bridgehampton Polo Club and highly regarded polo player.
This year the invite-only guests dressed in summer attire aptly described as “Hampton’s chic” lounged among the private VIP cabanas; the women in colorful sundresses and the men in comfortable button-ups and slacks. Among the field-side seating, patrons held sponsor Escada black and white sun-brellas to stave off the hot weather. Patrons were also treated to a gourmet picnic catered with endless glasses of Bertaud Bélieu’s rosé and light, summery hors d’oeuvres from local Italian restaurant, Tutto Il Giorno.
Amidst beautiful weather, the 17th season was officially kicked off by teams White Birch Farm and La Lechuza Caracas. The event started with the opening coin toss by iconic supermodel Christie Brinkley, who appeared ageless and radiant dressed in a form-fitting tangerine dress and sun hat, followed by young phenom Dylan Jenet singing the national anthem. Those fortunate enough to be inside the sprawling comfort of the VIP tent were treated to Brant’s White Birch polo team battling patron Victor Vargas’ La Lechuza in a close, spirited match that saw the White Birch come out on top.
Those attending the relaxed sophistication of the VIP tent can expect to rub elbows with season long sponsors including Burgess Yachts, LaCroix Sparkling Water and the newly launched Gotham Jets. The opening day cocktail reception was enjoyed this year by notables, such as heiress Amanda Hearst, Kelly Klein, Campion and Tatiana Platt, model Natasha Bernard, Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, and fashion designer Donna Karan.ginger hair dye caramel balayage hair bellami hair extensions curtain bangs long hair korean hair salon near me pink hair sun bum hair lightener green hair dye alt hair styles anime boy hair hair loss women bissell pet hair eraser hair cutting places layered hair xpression braiding hair black hair styles for women easy hairstyles for long hair semi permanent hair dye hair cutting places near me medium length 2021 hair trends olive oil for hair hair drug test hair stylist hair pick braided hair cutting hair hair brushes armpit hair box braids men short hair long hair guinea pigs african hair styles anime girl with short hair pink hair dye wild growth hair oil hair bundles dark auburn hair red brown hair ingrown hair hair supply store how much does laser hair removal cost unicorn hair brown hair anime boy vitamins for hair best hair straightener jet black hair ulta hair salon hair is falling out human hair wig blue ombre hair natural red hair hair shops near me alipearl hair how to get hair dye off skin bleach blonde hair aloe vera for hair shades of blonde hair grey hair dye purple ombre hair jay z hair emerald green hair charli d'amelio hair hair styles for short hair best at home laser hair removal hair dye colors pink hair anime girl curly girl hair rainbow hair vellus hair curly hair men hair cut for men highlights blonde hair facial hair styles wolf cut curly hair dyson hair dryer for sale hair follicle how to cut hair long hair curtain bangs ariana grande hair hair texturizer choppy short hairstyles for thick hair hollywood hair bar galaxy hair african hair braiding styles pictures 2020 crochet hair hair growth serum best hair growth vitamins salt and pepper hair light ash brown hair hair loss women does creatine cause hair loss short hair hair splinter anime girl hair vin diesel with hair curly hair with bangs ginger hair dark auburn hair egirl hair revlon hair dye hair love hair quotes hair mask for damaged hair updos for long hair uncombable hair syndrome balayage on dark hair crazy hair hair barrettes hair do hair color near me extensions for hair natural hair products brown hair anime boy laser hair removal at home hair dryer dyson hair wrap wigs human hair black hair styles for women brown hair blonde balayage monat hair mens hair salon near me bleach for hair tea tree oil for hair feria hair color hair stories billie eilish blonde hair hair color trends 2021 girl with black hair gray hair color dark brown hair with caramel highlights waves hair laser hair removal