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Ocean House to Host “The Match” Between Harvard and Yale Polo Teams

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Harvard Polo Club

The Ocean House in Westerly will be the site for the inaugural 2017 Ocean House Beach Polo Classic between Harvard University and Yale University on Sunday, September 10 at 12:00 PM. 

Cavison Polo Group is developing the Polo Classic.

The event will be the first-ever beach polo match between the two renowned Ivy League polo clubs.

“We are excited to bring the sport of polo to the beach at Watch Hill, and could think of no better partner than the Ocean House, whose location and reputation is second-to-none,” said Cavison Polo Group Co-Founder Steve Courville.

The first game between the two colleges dates back more than 100 years ago. Playing on sand will provide new challenges to both teams in an unchartered territory.

Ocean House, Watch Hill

“The Harvard and Yale athletic rivalry that started with football in 1875 and now covers a wide range of team and individual sports is certainly the oldest and one of the fiercest of any college rivalry in the country,” said Harvard Polo coach Crocker Snow Jr., who first was introduced to the rivalry as an ice hockey player during his undergraduate years at Harvard. “The game at the Ocean House will be an added first - the first between Harvard and Yale polo played on a beach, with fresh challenges of sand and nearby surf for horse and rider.”


Brandon Van Loon, Yale Polo Team coach agreed, “We are looking forward to matching up against Harvard with a set of variables that have never been done before, neutral turf completely new footing, and the rare opportunity to put Yale horses against Harvard horses at the same time.”


Yale Polo Club


Yale has won 21 national titles in Intercollegiate Polo, a record 19 men’s championships and the first two women’s championships ever awarded.

The Rivalry and the site

“Hosting one of the oldest and most legendary collegiate rivalries in the country will be an exceptional experience to offer our guests this fall,” said Daniel A. Hostettler, President and Group Managing Director of Ocean House Management, LLC.

The Beach Polo Classic package at the Ocean House, which includes two tickets to the match and one breakfast for two, can be booked by contacting Destination Services at 844-367-7710. Rates from $1,060.

Tickets for the event are by RSVP only and are available to guests of the Ocean House who book an exclusive Beach Polo Classic package, or by contacting Sean Burke, Cavison Polo Group Co-Founder at [email protected].

About Cavison Polo Group:
The Cavison Polo Group is a Polo event management company comprised of industryprofessionals, primarily a partnership between Steven Courville and Sean Burke.

Cavison is dedicated to the producing the very best in polo productions and positioningcompanies to benefit from luxury branding and their association with the Sport of Kings.

About Harvard Polo Club:
The oldest intercollegiate polo program in the U.S., the Harvard Polo Club builds on a tradition of polo at the University dating back to 1883. The team, reestablished in 2006, currently has 22 members and practices regularly at the Harvard Polo and Equestrian Center in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

About Yale Polo Club:
Founded in 1903, Yale Polo is the oldest and most successful collegiate polo team in the United States. A powerhouse in polo for the last century, Yale has amassed more national
championships than any other university. The Yale Polo Club is home to players of all levels and ages, including Yale students, high school students, and players in the local community.

As of January 2015, Yale Polo has a new home at 79 Rainbow Road in Bethany, CT, just a 20-minute drive from campus. This marks the first time that Yale Polo has had a facility of its own since the closing of the historic Armory in 2009.


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