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Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Connecticut, Greenwich Polo Club was established in 1981 and is recognized as one of the elite high-goal polo venues in the world. Known for its unmatched roster of legendary teams, professional players, and champion equine athletes, fondly known as polo ponies. Distinguished families, young entrepreneurs, artists, and well-known personalities are all part of the international dynamic which makes  Greenwich Polo Club so unique.
Polo has been played for thousands of years and the modern game is an exhilarating thrill ride bringing out the best of man (or woman) and horse. Each match showcases eight players galloping on horseback across a 300-yard field at speeds of up to 35MPH.
The club is home to the legendary White Birch polo team, one of the most successful in history, having won the most high-goal polo tournaments of any team over the course of the past 25 years, including the US Open Polo Championship in 2005. Some of the world’s best players have played at Greenwich Polo Club, including Mariano Aguerre, Facundo Pieres, Hilario Ulloa, Nacho Figueras and many others. Each Spring these players descend on Greenwich with their strings of champion horses to compete for one of polo’s most prestigious cups.
Each Sunday match is attended by more than 2,000 spectators flocking from New York City, Fairfield and Westchester counties, to witness the highest caliber of polo while enjoying an afternoon with friends and family. Greenwich Polo Club has also hosted many dignitaries and celebrities and in 2013 Prince Harry chose Greenwich Polo Club to host the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. The prestigious match raised funds for the Sentebale charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers to raise funds for Lesotho’s most vulnerable children.
White Birch Championships
White Birch, one of the most successful polo teams in history, captured its first US Open Polo Championship in 2005. It was their 31st title at the 26 goal level or higher. White Birch won all three 26 goal tournaments during the 2005 season in Palm Beach. In the 1990’s White Birch dominated every major tournament at Palm Beach Polo Club in Florida. The White Birch Polo Team has won more high goal polo tournaments than any other single team in the past 25 years.
In 1979, Mr. Brant founded the White Birch Polo Team, which soon earned a reputation as a formidable opponent. Mr. Brant worked to develop a superior string of horses and sought to bring on board the most talented players—continually pushing the level of the game and elevating professional polo worldwide. With his work with Greenwich Polo Club and the White Birch polo team, Mr. Brant has arguably done more than any other Patron to mentor and promote young talent. The White Birch polo team has gained a global reputation for the strength of its organization and distinguished record of successful matches. By the time White Birch won its first U.S. Polo Championship in 2005, the team had already amassed an impressive record. To date, White Birch has won 31 championships/tournaments at the 26-goal level or above. Mr. Brant’s own performance on the team led to his becoming one of the top-ranked amateur polo players in the world. In the ten years between 1979 and 1989, he rose to a 7-goal handicap—at the time the highest in the world of amateur polo.
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