Unlike shaving, knitting, or baking soufflé, sports become more enjoyable on horseback. Take in equestrian recreation with today's Groupon to the first round of the New England Challenge at the Newport International Polo Series on Saturday, June 11 at 5 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get admission for two to the subscriber enclosure (a $30 value).
- For $20, you get general-admission seating for four (a $40 value).
Now in its 20th season, the Newport International Polo Series draws top teams from around the world to compete in Olympic-caliber matches. The opening round of the New England Challenge, to be hosted on the historic Glen Farm polo grounds in Portsmouth, pits Newport against regional rivals in a test of riding skill, ball-maneuvering dexterity, and saddle-bedazzling artistry. The thunder of hooves and the thwack of mallets fuel the adrenaline-pumping excitement, and the sight of dapper players astride their well-groomed mounts lends each earth-churning play a sense of gentlemanly ferocity. A trophy presentation follows the two-hour match, as well as the awarding of a weekly door prize for the fan dubbed most Seabiscuit-like.
With a capacity for thousands, the Glen Farm polo grounds offers lawn and bleacher seating, with free general admission for children younger than 15. The tent-covered subscriber enclosure protects patrons from the ravages of the sun and the rain, and features table service for beverages. Picnics are welcome, so long as they consist of traditional polo refreshments hay sandwiches and carrot-flavored chips.