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Newport vs. Boston In One of Season’s Biggest Rivalries

June 23, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Newport, RI (June 23, 2017) …. On Saturday, June 24 at 5pm, the two oldest polo clubs in America will come face to face for one of the season’s fiercest contests in the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series XXVI, Presented by BMW.
Boston, the original City Series challenger, is sending its top guns to challenge Newport’s best to reclaim the Liberty Bowl to its Commonwealth roots. Playing for Boston will be captain Nick Snow, CB Scherer, Amanda Roberts, Franz Colloredo-Mansfield and Simon Colloredo-Mansfield.
Playing for Newport will be Rory Torrey, Carlos Maldonado, Dan Keating and Dave Bullis.
The polo match will have a duration of approximately 2 hours, during which a weekly door prize drawing and the Best Tailgate prize from Stella Artois will be awarded. After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, with special guest Zack Green, WJAR NBC10 Sunrise Meteorologist, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to meet with the players.
Tickets to the match ($12 for General Admission and $20 for Pavilion seating) are available at www.nptpolo.com. Valet Parking service, boutique vendors and food & beverage concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Bar and the Newport Polo Pro Shop.

2017 Schedule
June 3 Opening Day: USA vs. Peru 5pm
10 Newport Cup 5pm
17 USA vs. France 5pm
24 Newport vs. Boston 5pm VIP Lounge
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July 1 Independence Cup 5pm
8 USA vs. Italy 5pm
15 Newport vs. Pittsburgh 5pm VIP Lounge
22 USA vs. Ireland 5pm Lamb Roast
29 Newport vs. Palm Beach 5pm VIP Lounge
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Aug 4 Gala la Bamba 7pm Rosecliff
5 USA vs. Mexico 5pm Lobsterbake
12 Newport vs. Philadelphia 5pm VIP Lounge
19 USA vs. Jamaica 5pm Jerk Grill
26 Newport vs. New York 5pm VIP Lounge
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Sept 2 USA vs. England 4pm
9 Newport vs. Baltimore 4pm VIP Lounge
16 USA vs. Dominican Republic 4pm
23 New England Challenge 4pm
30 Finals 4pm
Schedule subject to change

Newport International Polo Series:
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.

Stay current with the 2017 team lineup, latest news, events and more through our e-Magazine, by subscription to our Gameday Scorecard (sign up) and our weekly Emagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam free.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September. This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, and Morocco.

Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600’s. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2017 sponsors including NBC – 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Veuve Clicquot, The Chanler, Hotel Viking, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Atria Senior Living, McGrath Clambakes, and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America’s Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Mansion Rentals and Discover Newport. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.

There’s no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, and is the home of America’s first polo club, est. in 1876, and a founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.

About Newport, Rhode Island:
For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort. A renowned international destination, Newport is ripe with art, culture, history and scenic beauty, with miles of unspoiled beaches, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations and world-class sporting and cultural events

Newport Polo Announces Gala la Bamba To Support Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center

January 23, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

Portsmouth, RI (January 21, 2017) – Iconic couture, lively rhythms and inventive cuisine are hallmarks of Latin cultural inspiration for Gala la Bamba, the social climax of the polo season on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 at Rosecliff with guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, to support renovations for the reopening of the historic Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center. 

Hosted by Newport Polo, the annual sell-out event draws nearly 400 generous and fun-loving attendees to make a red carpet entrance in bold Latin black tie adaptation for a night of exquisite gourmet creations, dancing and heart-warming philanthropy, to welcome international guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, and support the 2017 beneficiary, the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center on Washington Square in Newport.  Gala Tickets are now available at www.nptpolo.com for the highly anticipated annual event.

The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center is so honored to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s International Polo Charity Ball Auction,” states Alison Vareika, Chair, Opera House Board of Directors.  “We truly appreciate the spirit and style in which Newport Polo enriches the international and local community with its exciting polo matches and culturally inspired events throughout the season.  We thank you for supporting the mission of the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center, and for recognizing the value that this restored historic theater, with its dynamic program of year-round live performances, will bring to the greater Newport community and its visitors.”

The mission of the restored Opera House Theater is to provide the Greater Newport Area with a unique, sustainable community asset that will be a lively center for culture, arts, education and civic interaction, while contributing to the economy of the city and region.  More about the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center.

The evening begins with a pre-gala Meet & Greet event with the Mexican Polo Team, then on to Rosecliff for the main event that includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails created by the Cocktail Guru, a highly anticipated Silent Auction in which a carefully curated collection of unique items & exclusive opportunities will be offered for the highest bidder, a seated gourmet dinner in the gilded ballroom and whirlwind Live Auction offering up the night’s crown jewels, then dancing to a live orchestra until the stroke of midnight .  The odyssey’s finale ascends to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.

17 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the polo season.  The weekend’s festivities continue the next day when the international guests of honor take to the polo field to compete against USA in the Newport International Polo Series on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5pm.  The match concludes with an authentic New England Lobsterbake prepared by legendary bake masters from McGrath’s Clambakes.  For all upcoming events, visit www.nptpolo.com.

Sign up to a private & secure emailing to receive event updates.  To view a gallery of photos from last year’s Bal du Soleil with the French Polo Team, peruse our Facebook Album, or previous galas from galleries published on Newport Polo’s website.

Newport Polo’s gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support nonprofit organizations.  For Sponsorship or Auction donations for the 2017 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to agnes@nptpolo.com.

2017 Charitable Initiatives

Newport Polo will host additional charitable initiatives in 2017, including the Rotary Benefit Match on Saturday, May 27 and an All Charity Day polo match offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations. For more information, please email agnes@nptpolo.com.  Through its 25 year history, Newport Polo has raised over $650,000 for civic and charitable organizations. Initiatives include the International Polo Charity Ball, special benefit matches, and countless ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series.

 

About Newport International Polo Series:

Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series, a popular and unique summertime tradition that attracts audiences from throughout the New England region.  Public exhibition matches are held every Saturday, June through September. The most current information is online at www.nptpolo.com  and by private Subscription to its monthly E-magazine.

 

Now entering its 26th season, acting as a global ambassador to the sport of polo, new teams have been invited for its jubilee.  Teams from 33 countries will have taken to the field for the Newport International Polo Series, including challengers from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore,  Monaco and Morocco.

 

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Equestrian Aid Foundation Supporters Cher The Love at Dinner Party in New Jersey

June 21, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

New York, NY. June 3, 2014 – Equestrian community members in the Northeast gathered on Saturday, May 31st for an Equestrian Aid Foundation fundraiser in Flemington, NJ. The event was held at Sand Hill Farm, the private residence of Scott Stewart and EAF board member Ken Berkley, who co-chaired the dinner party along with fellow board member Mimi Tashjian. The 200 guests in attendance enjoyed dinner, dancing, musical performances and a fireworks display.

EAF board member and event co-chair Mimi Tashjian, EAF board member Jenny Dunion, and event co-chair Scott Stewart

“Scott and I were happy to open our home and our hearts for this event,” said Berkley. “The Equestrian Aid Foundation is an organization we have been supporting for a long time, a unique nonprofit that provides help for those in our community who have fallen on hard times. Hopefully this fun evening will translate into help for many of those in our midst.”

Singer Jacqueline Berkley and her band from Nashville, TN, kicked off the evening with a musical performance as guests mingled and sipped cocktails. Then special guest Chad Michaels, one of the world’s premier Cher impersonators, wowed the crowd with a concert of the diva’s top hits.

Mark Drabich of the Metropolitan Seafood Company provided the catering, which was accompanied by cocktails from Tito’s Vodka. Wine and champagne for the evening was acquired from OneHope Wines, a philanthropic organization that donated $1 of each bottle purchased to charities that fight world hunger, fight cruelty to animals and support breast cancer research.

The evening raised money to support EAF programs that provide financial assistance to those in the equestrian community suffering from chronic illness and injury.

“The equestrian world is very close-knit, and it is imperative that we support one another, particularly those who are in need,” said co-chair Mimi Tashjian. “This event was a shining example of that support. As a result of the generosity of so many, we raised over $95,000, most of which will go directly to EAF recipients.”

Cher Impersonator Chad Michaels

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For over 17 years, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

Palm Beach Polo Wins USPA Spring Challenge Cup; Glenn Straub Named Most Valuable Player

May 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

 

Glenn Straub of Palm Beach Polo battles his way out of a crowd with defenders Neku Atawodi and Marc Ganzi of Ride To Shine in pursuit. Photo by Scott Fisher

WELLINGTON, FL-April 27, 2014—-Palm Beach Polo rallied for four goals in the final chukker to capture the USPA Spring Challenge Cup on a sun-drenched Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.

Trailing 8-7 going into the final chukker, Palm Beach Polo (Alejandro Gonzalez, Brandon Phillips, Tommy Biddle, Glenn Straub), battled back for a hardfought 11-10 victory over  Ride To Shine (Marc Ganzi, Neku Atawodi, Nic Roldan, Martin Estrada).

Straub was named Most Valuable Player after playing well on both ends of the field, scoring a clutch goal in the sixth chukker and blocking Roldan’s penalty shot in the second chukker.

Most Valuable Player Glenn Straub of Palm Beach Polo. Photo by Scott Fisher

“That was a very nice win,” Straub said. “They played three days in a row down at beach polo and came back and gave it their all.

“When Tommy is knocking it you just run as hard as you can run, as far as you can run and for some reason the ball is still in front of you,” Straub said. “He can hit the ball. Brandon did a nice job and that young boy Alejandro I will hire any time I can. He’s going to move up quickly.”

Gonzalez led Palm Beach Polo in scoring with five goals. Big-hitting Biddle had three and Phillips added two.

Alejandro Gonzalez of Palm Beach Polo avoids the hook from Marc Ganzi of Ride To Shine and drives downfield with the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

For Ride To Shine, Ganzi scored a season-high seven goals. Estrada had two and Roldan added one.

Ganzi’s horse Felony, a 7-year-old chestnut mare, was named Best Playing Pony.

Palm Beach Polo made it look easy jumping out to a 6-2 halftime advantage behind three goals by Gonzalez, two by Biddle and one by Phillips while taking advantage of missed scoring opportunities by Ride To Shine.

Tommy Biddle of Palm Beach Polo keeping his eye on the ball as he heads to goal. Photo by Scott Fisher

Ride To Shine regrouped early in the second half and looked like a different team reeling in Palm Beach Polo and scoring four unanswered goals to tie the game at 6-6.

The lead changed hands two more times before Palm Beach Polo mounted its sixth-chukker rally.

Biddle scored on a 90-yarder with 5:21 to tie the game at 8-8 followed by goals from Phillips and Gonzalez for a 10-8 advantage.

With 2:34 left in the game, Straub scored on a breakaway that turned out to be the winning goal after Ganzi and Estrada added two more goals for Ride To Shine as time ran out.

Most Valuable Player Glenn Straub of Palm Beach Polo takes a pass from Tommy Biddle as he heads downfield. Photo by Scott Fisher

“It was good fun today,” Ganzi said. “They jumped on a couple good horses in the sixth and our marking got a little loose. We felt like we had control of the game.

“Tommy and Brandon are really good. Alejandro played really great, he is going to three goals at the end of the year. The kid is really gifted with a good head on his shoulders and has a really bright future in polo.”

It was the first time Ganzi competed for Ride To Shine.

Alejandro Gonzalez of Palm Beach Polo stretches for the ball with Marc Ganzi of Ride To Shine defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

“Neku has been here for most of the season playing here at Grand Champions and is really enthusiastic,” Ganzi said. “This is a fun time of the year when some of the customers get to stay and we get a chance to play with them. I think she had a great time. We thought we had them, tough luck for her.

“This was really a good tournament,” Ganzi said. “This is a nice trophy to win.”

At 19, Gonzalez was the youngest player on the field. After finishing school in Mexico, Gonzalez said his focus is playing polo with and against good players.

Palm Beach Polo’s Alejandro Gonzalez balances the ball in the air with Martin Estrada of Ride To Shine defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

“Today was fun,” said Gonzalez, who first played with his teammates in Friday’s qualifier which Palm Beach Polo won, 11-10, over Power Horse on Biddle’s winning penalty shot.

“It’s an easy sport if everyone does their job,” Gonzalez said. “If everyone does what they say they are going to do then it works out for everyone and we all know what’s going on.”

Even when his team fell behind, Gonzalez said he was confident it was a momentary lapse.

Tommy Biddle of Palm Beach Polo double-teamed by Nic Roldan and Martin Estada of Ride To Shine. Photo by Scott Fisher

“When you start losing and then someone scores an important goal everyone just feels it and says ‘let’s go guys, let’s win, let’s win.’ You just have to let the game run and see what happens.

“We just started winning a lot of throw-ins. You start winning the throw-ins, you start scoring. We got lucky.”

Tommy Biddle of Palm Beach Polo outraces Martin Estrada of Ride To Shine for the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

Gonzalez said he is benefiting from playing with and against better players.

“I love how Tommy hits the ball, that’s how I like polo, hit and run,” Gonzalez said. “Glenn is amazing. He told me he came back from a late night in Miami Beach so we didn’t know what to expect but he was amazing and we won.”

Atawodi was one of two women in the tournament field. Atawodi, a native of Nigeria, is the first African woman international polo player. She owns a hotel in Nigeria and founded Ride To Shine, a charity that helps younger children particularly orphans, to pursue polo by giving them the opportunity to ride horses.

Martin Estrada of Ride To Shine gets loose from defender and heads for the ball. 
Photo by Scott Fisher

In the tournament’s consolation round robin, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, LucasLalor, Guille Aguero) won the consolation title with wins over Pony Express (Benji Daniels, Justin Daniels, Pancho Eddy, Tomas Goti), 8-4 and Power Horse (Melissa Ganzi, Walter Scherb, Jeff Hall, Juan Bollini, 6.5-5.

The five-team tournament was the second of six medium-goal tournaments. Psycho Bunny won the opening tournament.

The remainder of the Grand Champions spring schedule is: May 2-4, USPA Sun Cup, May 8-11, The USPA Eastern Challenge; May 15-18 The Polo Gear Challenge Cup and May 22-26 The Memorial.

Nic Roldan of Ride To Shine on a breakaway balances the ball in the air. 
Photo by Scott Fisher

During the Grand Champions’ 2014 spring season, which is live-streamed around the world by PoloNow Network, amateur polo players play with and against some of the world’s top pros. State-of-the-art instant replay and team challenges are also used in the games.

Admission is free to spectators.

For game recaps, news, features and photos of Grand Champions Polo Club-related events, go towww.grandchampionspoloclub.org.

USPA Spring Challenge Cup awards presenter Erica Gonzalez with three members of the winning Palm Beach Polo team, Glenn Straub, Brandon Phillips and Alejandro Gonzalez. Tommy Biddle not pictured. Photo by Scott Fisher

GRAND CHAMPIONS 2014 SPRING SCHEDULE (561-644-5050)

MAY 2-4: The USPA Sun Cup

MAY 8-11: The USPA Eastern Challenge

MAY 15-18: The Polo Gear Challenge Cup

MAY 22-26: The Memorial

Grand Champions Polo Club trophy table with the prestigious USPA Spring Challenge Cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Flight Options. Everyone is welcome to watch high, medium and low goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the winter, spring and fall tournament season and other special events including International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, ProKidz Tournaments in the spring and fall, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

Sidelines TV Filming Live at India Night This Thursday!

March 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – March 11, 2014 – Guests at this Thursday’s India Night could get their 15 minutes of fame thanks to Sidelines TV. The online television channel will be filming a segment at the inaugural event to be held Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC).

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India Night kicks off with an open bar, Indian cuisine, live music and Bollywood dancers at 7 p.m. at the 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda at IPC.

 

All proceeds from the night go to benefit the Salvation Tree School, a school that has already had a phenomenal, positive impact on the lives of children in India. The school is supported by the Salvation Tree Foundation, a recognized non-profit founded by Wellington, FL residents Timmy and Laurie Sharma and funded through a percentage of the sales of popular equestrian brands TuffRider, Equine Couture and Henri De Rivel. Through the foundation and the Salvation Tree School, the three brands are able to provide the children of their employees in India with an entirely free education, including books, supplies, mid-day meals, transportation and uniforms unlike anything they could otherwise receive.

 

The education that the children receive through the Salvation Tree School is unlike anything that would otherwise be possible. Now the importance of that education is taking center stage at India Night in Wellington, FL – and around the world, thanks to Sidelines TV.

 Laurie and Timmy Sharma at the Salvation Tree School in India.


Laurie and Timmy Sharma at the Salvation Tree School in India.

When the idea of India Night was announced, the meaning and charity behind the event caught the attention of Sidelines TV producer Robert Jordan.

 

“It is really nice to be able to communicate with the Sidelines audience, many of whom will never come close to the equestrian wonder that is Wellington, that horse lovers here, like everywhere, are a very generous and caring lot,” Jordan commented.

 

Joining Jordan in the filming and production of India Night coverage is Manohardeep Singh Josan. Singh Josan was born and raised in the Punjab region of India, and he has since gone on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In addition to working as a soil and water scientist, Singh Josan is actively working to dispel negative stereotypes about India and its culture.

 Robert Jordan conducting an interview for Sidelines TV. The TV channel provides behind-the-scenes equestrian interviews and coverage.


Robert Jordan conducting an interview for Sidelines TV. The TV channel provides behind-the-scenes equestrian interviews and coverage.

“We hope to produce a piece in the Hindi language to reach native speakers worldwide and bring awareness to what a wonderful thing the Sharmas are doing,” Jordan said.

 

Show your support of the Salvation Tree School and plan to ‘party with a purpose’ by purchasing your tickets online at www.indianight.orgRemaining ticket space is extremely limited, so purchase today!

 

Ticket price includes an open bar, gourmet cuisine, an Indian bazaar, Bollywood dancers, authentic Indian musicians, a Bollywood DJ and dancing.

 

Find out more about the Salvation Tree Foundation by visiting www.SalvationTree.org. For additional information on Sidelines TV visit www.sidelinesnews.com.

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India Night 2014 Fast Facts:

 

What: A party with a purpose! Take a journey into the sights, sounds and tastes of India, all in support of the Salvation Tree School. The evening will include Indian cuisine, Bollywood dancers, and Indian bazaar and authentic Indian Musicians.

 

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.

 

Where: The 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

 

Why: To aid the Salvation Tree Foundation in funding expansions to the Salvation Tree School infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the students as the Salvation Tree School continues to grow! The school provides impoverished children in India with an entirely free education, including books, supplies, mid-day meals, transportation and uniforms unlike anything they could otherwise receive.

 

Tickets: Purchase tickets or find out more information one of three ways:

–       Online at www.IndiaNight.org

–       By email at info@indianight.org

–       By calling (561)254-0406

Fine Artist Louise Mellon’s Work Inspired by the Sport of Kings

March 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – March 5, 2014- Louise Mellon’s work is immediately recognizable. Her work primarily features horses, dogs and the equestrian lifestyle. Often, Mellon’s brightly colored, vibrant pieces have a witty or unexpected approach, and are created with the intent to amuse. She has a large collection of vivid polo pieces, which capture a colorful glimpse into the world of polo, on and off the field.

Rabbits Aren’t the Only Ones by Louise Mellon

“My first pony was a retired polo pony that belonged to my sister,” said Mellon. “I started riding him when I was three. I would disappear to his field, lure him to the fence with handfuls of grass and then would leap onto his back. This happened several times before I was caught. My sister later gave him to me as the best gift ever!”

 

Mellon’s contemporary pieces cover all aspects of polo, from the patience of the referee to the determination of a horse and rider team charging across the field towards the ball.

Under the Neck Shot by Louise Mellon

Louise Mellon grew up in Middleburg, VA where she attended polo games and tailgates at the old Goose Creek field between Middleburg and Upperville. “If the creek was up, the field flooded and there would be no polo that Sunday,” explained Mellon. “It was the era of amateur teams, and many players were fox hunting regulars.”

 

Many of Mellon’s paintings portray the incredible agility of the polo pony, with depictions of high-speed gallops, last second turns and instantaneous stops, all frequent in every chukker of a polo match.

 

“I like to paint polo scenes to spotlight the athleticism of the ponies, the fast pace and the sometimes humorous scenarios,” said Mellon. “I always imagine the ponies grumbling to themselves about knowing how to play the game better than many of their riders. That’s what inspired my “Mare Mumblings” series.”

 

Can I Play Too? by Louise Mellon

Mellon’s inspiration also comes from the sidelines. At one particular polo match, as a player was gearing up to play, his yellow Lab came over, wagging his tail and looking at his owner expectantly. Her piece, “Can I Play, Too?” depicts that amusing scenario.

 

“To me, the dog was clearing saying that he was really good at playing ball and wanted to join in the game,” said Mellon.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family
of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

Images only for use in the context of this press release.

 

 

   

International Equestrians Jump 14,000 Feet for JustWorld International in Inaugural Skydive

March 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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Wellington, FL – March 1, 2014 – Free falling from 14,000 feet is an unusual way to begin the week, but on Monday, February 24, 2014, eight JustWorld Ambasadors jumped for a just world, skydiving to raise awareness for the non-profit organization.

The tension was palpable as the JustWorld Ambassadors gathered at Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington, FL, early Monday morning to ride out to Skydive Spaceland in Clewiston, FL. Two at a time the Ambassadors would fly up and take the leap from 14,000 feet, free falling to the ground below.

The Jump 4 JustWorld initiative was designed to raise awareness and funds for JustWorld’s global efforts to reduce poverty through nutrition, health, education, leadership and cultural development programs in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia. The participating equestrians included show jumpers-Alexander Zetterman (Sweden), Daniel Bluman (Colombia), Hannah Selleck (USA), Francisco Arredondo (Guatemala) and polo players-Brandon Phillips (Canada), Matt Coppola (USA) and Steven Michael King (USA) and Nolwenn Lemée (FRA)-all of whom had never jumped before.

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Click on here to watch the Jump for a Just World video

After watching a training video, the Ambassadors dressed in their jumping gear and flew the 14,000 feet into the sky. Emotions ranged from calm to terrified, but each Ambassador took their turn.

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Hannah Selleck

Jump 4 JustWorld was Hannah Selleck’s first initiative as a JustWorld Ambassador.

“It was really amazing! I wasn’t that nervous because I pushed it from my mind going into it. I was pretty excited until that moment when I was up in the plane, looking down at 14,000 feet and it is your time to jump. Free falling was really exciting. It was a great experience.”

“I probably never would have taken the initiative to do this on my own. But when Jessica presented the opportunity to me, I thought it was a great cause. It was a good lead into getting involved, raising awareness and bringing attention to the work they do. Hopefully I will be able to go on their trips. Spending this time with the other Ambassadors helped to really build camaraderie and excitement for the future.”

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Alexander Zetterman

“I wasn’t scared at all. I wanted to do this once in my life and I thought that this was a wonderful opportunity,” Zetterman said. “I didn’t think too much about the flight up. I enjoyed the view, and the free fall was really nice. I thought this was a really good way to get people involved and interested. People are interested in why we did it and that is wonderful for JustWorld; it gets people talking.”

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Brandon Phillips

“It was very, very high,” Phillips recounted. “It was really fun. I didn’t actually get nervous until I was standing at the exit of the plane asking myself why I should want to jump 14,000 feet. The free fall was a lot of fun.”

“For the first three seconds you have no idea what is going on because you are falling at almost 120 miles per hour. Until you get to that speed, it feels insane, almost like your stomach is in your head. Afterwards though it feels like you are floating. I could do that all day.”

“I had always wanted to do it, and it was one of the things on my bucket list, so I decided that it was the time to do it. It was nerve-wracking, but it helped JustWorld.”

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Daniel Bluman

“I had never done skydiving before, but the cause is what made me decide to do it. It is a great cause, and we are working on the new project in my country of Colombia. When Jessica asked me if it was something I would be interested in doing, I didn’t think twice,” Bluman said.

“It was really nice getting to know all of the other Ambassadors. Everyone had a lot of fun and everyone was nice and polite. It was a good time.”

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Matt Coppola

“It was my first time taking part in JustWorld and I knew I didn’t have to jump out of a plane, but it was for charity and I thought it would be really fun,” Coppola said. “All of the people are wonderful people. We had a great time and it was an exciting day.”

“Honestly, I was terrified,” Coppola admitted. “Brandon and I were the last two to go up and we had just watched these girls and other riders land; there was no way that I was going to back out. I kind of had to do it. It was unbelievable. It was awesome and I think that maybe one day I might jump again, but for right now I think I will be able to hold onto this memory for a long time. Right now I want to be a part of the trips to their projects; I really want to be part of the charity.”

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Francisco Arredondo

Arredondo has climbed Mt. Everest and raced motorcycles in the world’s largest races, so jumping out of a plane didn’t faze the Guatemalan Ambassador.

“I have been interested in the organization for a long time, hearing about their work with Los Patojos through Juan Andres Rodriguez,” Arredondo said. “I spoke to Jessica about it and when she said that she was interested in having me participate I jumped at the chance.”

“It was a lot of fun and although I had done it once before a long time ago, it was a great experience; it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it and I hope to be able to continue having a large participation. I joined the equestrian community not long ago and I think that these projects are great for our countries, so any way that I can help out would be great.”

Steven Michael King of Jeroboam Media was onsite for the entire adventure, including jumping alongside everyone. He documented the entire day through photos and video. For more information on Jeroboam Media, please visit http://jeroboammedia.com/.

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Steven Michael King

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit our website, www.justworldinternational.org, or e-mail us at jwinfo@justworldinternational.org.

JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Tax-deductible donations are accepted in Canada and Switzerland. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.

For Artist Louise Mellon Dogs Rock!

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2014 – Known for her equestrian art often seen on the covers of equine publications, Louise Mellon also has a fun  gallery of canine works. Brightly colored and whimsical, a Mellon painting is full of energy, happiness and humor  and captures the joyful quirks of that unique dog.

Louise Mellon has dog friends of her own, occasionally featured in her pieces.

 

“I am constantly inspired by my dogs’ view of the world,” Melon said. “As dog lovers do, I treat them with love and a great sense of stewardship.

The Shortest Route to Dinner by Louise Mellon

From pedigreed to mixed breeds, Mellon’s works reflect the humorous, fun-loving, mischievous and sensitive nature of dogs.

 

Mellon explained that Corgis are especially known for being eager to get to their dinners.”One evening, I went down the two steps from the kitchen and put Perry’s dish on the floor with her hot on my heels,” Mellon explained. “She dove into her supper with front feet on the floor and hind feet still up on the step. Eating back end uphill didn’t seem to bother her in the least!” Perry’s dinnertime shenanigans inspired Mellon’s piece, The Shortest Route To Dinner.

 

“Dogs quickly learn how to stretch the boundaries to see what they can get away with,” Mellon said. “This is where some of the funniest portrait opportunities play out. Just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner!”

 

Mellon is entertained by the tricks dogs play on their friends to get what they want.

 

“My Cricket always wants the chew bone that Ruffie has because she thinks it must be better than the one she has,” Mellon said. “She will whine and stare at Ruffie like a hungry lunch patron standing behind an occupied seat to pressure the diner to finish up and leave. Ruffie is immune to this ploy, so Cricket will go get a favorite toy, squeak it enticingly, and when Ruffie comes after the toy, Cricket zooms in for the bone. Tactical strategy at its best!”

Mellon gives a painting lesson to Cricket and Ruffie / Photo courtesy of Louise Mellon

Mellon appreciates how dogs have an innate sensitivity toward observation, taking in subtleties to which humans are oblivious. Their motivation is to bond with us.

 

“They get to know our quirks, expressions and routines better than we might give them credit for,” Mellon said. “Dogs have helped most of us through some very difficult times, even saving our lives in many ways. They certainly have done that for me”.

 

Mellon’s colorful, canine centered portraits portray the connection dogs share with their people, while bringing years of joyful memories of their pets’ unique personalities.

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

What You Must Know When Feeding Genetically Modified Commercial Feed to Your Horse

February 12, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Every day we are bombarded with the detrimental effects of chemicals in our food and in the products we put on our bodies. We do what we can not to consume these products but let’s be honest, living a completely organic lifestyle is expensive and can be cost prohibitive for most of us.

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However, if we only partially change the food we consume and products we use, we will improve our lives and we can do the same for our horses. Those changes, although they may be small can have a profound impact. They can make a massive difference in the health of our horses and the chemical exposure that confronts them day after day.

As humans, we have choices in the products we use and the foods we consume. Our horses do not have that capability; we need to make those informed healthy choices for them.

We can no longer hide our heads in the sand on this topic. For years we’ve been reading studies and scientific journals about the damaging effects of GMOs and associated herbicides. One of these toxic culprits is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, called glyphosate.

Glyphosate based herbicides are also private labeled and marketed by over 150 companies worldwide under various brand names. Since glyphosate is used on 75-95% of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and alfalfa grown in this country, it is impossible to avoid the residue of this dangerous herbicide in your horse’s feed and in our food human chain.

There is overwhelming worldwide documented research data confirming the deleterious effects of glyphosate on soil, plants, bacteria, animals, and humans. It’s easy to find the data by searching the web for glyphosate and you will uncover a host of shocking information on its dangers.

Via this link you can also go to the National Library of Medicine’s citation database MEDLINE. There you will find that glyphosate-based agri-chemicals have now been connected to some 40 different health conditions, including Parkinson’s, Leukemia and others. To read more on these disturbing facts go to http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/glyphosate-formulations.

The bottom line here is that when a glyphosate contaminated plant is digested, the glyphosate in the plant is released into the horses gut and ties up (chelates) vital minerals necessary to the horse’s health.

This can cause Gastro-Intestinal (GI) problems, lameness, stiffness, lethargy, weight loss, and diarrhea. It can also cause and present itself as a whole host of other symptoms seen as Lyme Disease, Cushing’s, Vaccinosis and much more. So, the goal is to protect the horse from the negative effects of glyphosate found in your horse’s feed and also alleviate the toxic effects of formaldehyde, which is the major end product of glyphosate degradation.

Once again, it would be nice if we could all feed our horses only organic feeds, but this would be much more expensive and not available to everyone. Instead, StemPhase has developed a simple and very affordable solution to the dangers of glyphosate.

The simple solution is to add two organic, natural and GMO FREE supplements to your horse’s present diet. If you love the commercial feed you are feeding your horse, you can continue, but by simply adding two supplements – DTX Formula and micronutrient Plus it will revitalize your horse’s gut health. What these two products do is unlock the intestinal gridlock caused by glyphosate in your current feed, and thereby allow access to the vital nutrients your horse needs.

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* DTX Formula is a pelleted style formula which you simply top dress to your horse’s regular diet to help unlock the nutrients so your horse gets the nutrition it needs. The concept behind this product is that it pulls the toxins in your horse’s gut together and allows them to exit the horse’s body safely via the manure

* micronutrient Plus is a complete amino acid profile building block that contains natural GMO FREE ingredients and when used together with DTX Formula on a daily basis, this powerful combination of these two products reduces inflammation and allows your horse to unlock, digest, utilize, and absorb the vital nutrition it needs.

By Using DTX Formula and micronutrient Plus, you will noticeably find in just a few short weeks you will have a more vibrant and healthier, happier horse. For more information about these StemPhase Biomedical products go to www.stemphase.com

Fine Artist Louise Mellon Has a Different Approach to Commissions

February 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 5, 2014 – Louise Mellon is well known for her brightly-colored, impressionist, whimsical and sometimes downright funny art. Mellon’s recognizable work is often seen on the covers and pages of equestrian publications. Hiring Mellon for a commission is a departure from the norm.

 

   Oscar by Louise Mellon


Oscar by Louise Mellon

“Most artists ask for half up front,” Mellon said. “I don’t ask for a deposit. The client has the choice of seeing the work in progress or, if they prefer, to have the work unveiled as a surprise when it is complete. If they love the piece and are completely satisfied, they pay the fee in its entirety at pick up. Their satisfaction is the most important element of the process.”

 

With a Louise Mellon commission, if for some reason the client doesn’t completely love their painting, they have the option to pass on the purchase. The only stipulation is that they agree that Mellon may sell it to another collector if they opt not to buy.

    The Offering by Louise Mellon


The Offering by Louise Mellon

“My style and technique are different than the typical equestrian artist,” said Mellon. “My commission policy allows me the freedom to create really unique, collectable work.”

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

 

 

 Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone


Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

 

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family

of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

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