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Bridgehampton Polo Opens – A Whole New Stick and Ball Game

Submitted by on July 27, 2011 – 9:05 amNo Comment
Betsey and Lulu Johnson

Betsey and Lulu Johnson

By Heather Buchanan

While some elements of Bridgehampton Polo were familiar such as the lightning fast polo ponies which can turn on a dime, fearless players, and the beautiful Two Trees farm setting, others were new.  For the sophisticated spectator the Blue Star Jets VIP Tent and newly christened Circa Championship Field feltmore civilized with  a breath of fresh air (despite the sweltering heat.)




Bridgehampton Polo in action - photo by R. Cole for Rob Rich

Bridgehampton Polo in action - photo by R. Cole for Rob Rich



Peter Brant has taken the reins this year for the 15th anniversary season of Bridgehampton Polo and a new team, including Shamin Abas Public Relations which works with Palm Beach Polo, has shifted the focus back to the game and a more elegant viewing atmosphere.  The invitation-only Blue Star jets VIP tent with Hamptons’ tastemakers features a new set of sponsors for fine food, drinks, and pop up boutiques.  Guests enjoyed the Sector No Limits watch display, Alex and Ani Bangle Bar, live music by DJ Airloom, tastes from Southampton Social Club and featured drinks such as the Sobieski Mint Pony and Aperol Spritzer along with other refreshments including  4 Orange Vodka, Martin Codax, Don Miguel Gascon, Vita Coco and Smartwater. 

Cold Aperol Spritz to the rescue

Cold Aperol Spritzer to the rescue

The Aperol Spritzer with the blood orange apertif mixed with prosecco and a splash of soda on ice was a cool hit on the hot day. 

Vanity Bells

Vanity Belles

The Vanity Belles started the festivities, taking to the Circa Championship Field to sing the national anthem.  Betsey Johnson in her true original style tossed out the first ball with fashion flare and a cartwheel to boot with daughter Lulu at her side.

Lulu and Betsey Johnson with Blue Star Jets Todd Rome

Lulu and Betsey Johnson with Blue Star Jets President Todd Rome

In a high scoring game, White Birch defeated Yellow Cab 16 – 10.  White Birch exploded from the onset, scoring 12 goals in the first three chukkers to end the first half 12-1.  Goals from Nacho Figueras, Luis Escobar and Michael Dorignac on Simon Garber’s Yellow Cab team narrowed the lead in the second half, but Yellow Cab still fell short to the powerful White Birch team who walked away with a 16-10 victory.  White Birch’s Mariano Aguerre led all scoring and was awarded MVP.


White Birch: Mariano Gracida, Fredy Mannix, Mariano Aguerre, and Peter Brant.

Yellow Cab: Simon Garber, Nacho Figueras, Michael Dorignac, and Luis Escobar

Blue Star Jets VIP Tent

Blue Star Jets VIP Tent


Spotted under the tent were a mix of artists and media, business, and industry leaders such as Russell Simmons, Kelly Klein, and Chairman of NBC Broadcasting Ted Harbert with wife Lisa.

Lisa and Ted Harbert

Lisa and Ted Harbert


Leading dentist to the White House Nicholas Toscano D.D.S, M.S. was enjoying with wife Jennifer.  The smile perfectionist treats such high profile clients as Hillary Clinton.  He assured us with a background in the Navy that he will work both sides of the political aisle.  Luckily teeth are bipartisan.

Dr. Nicholas and Jennifer Toscano

Dr. Nicholas and Jennifer Toscano

We visited the Bangle Bar from Alex and Ani.  They bill themselves as the positive energy company with their bracelet charms with special meaning.  They feature symbols such as Path of Life: Strength, Motivation, Knowledge . . . (hmmm maybe a rich husband, thinner thighs…)

Alexandra Barbolla, April Reach of Alex and Ani

Alexandra Barbolla, April Reach of Alex and Ani

They warned us one is not enough of these bangles which are made in the US.  We have a lot of things to wish for so we’ll take a dozen.

Ian Shapolsky, Heather Buchanan, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, George Wyne

Ian Shapolsky, Heather Buchanan, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, George Wayne

Writers Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave and Vanity Fair’s George Wayne enjoyed with publisher Ian Shapolsky.

Mari Malek, Imany Doucourd

Mari Malek, Imany Doucoure

Mari Malek made a grand entrance, founder of the Southern Sudan Intiaitves, a charity focused on improving and saving lives in the Southern Sudan region.   
Cahdlah Forsythe and Chris Lukas

Cahdlah Forsythe and Chris Lukas

Guests also enjoyed Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Lounge with its retail collection which supports the foundation and its initiaties in Haiti.
The afternoon ended with Bridgehampton Polo club being awarded the coveted Five Star Diamond for its 15th Anniversary Season presented by Founder Joseph Cinque and Emmy Ward Winning Journalist Marvin Scott.
Polo continues this Saurday until August 31 – Lounges in the reserved field side area under the Blue Star Jets VIP tent are available for purchase on a weekly basis or season.
For up-to-date polo information, please contact the Bridgehampton Polo Line at 631-613-1377.  Field sound lounges and tailgate tents are available for purchase or fans can simply enjoying the afternoon in the grandstands.  Gate entrance fee is $20 for standard parking and $40 for premier parking with the proceeds benefiting The Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center. For more general information or questions

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