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Yale Beats Harvard in 2002 Polo Cup

In an effort to rekindle a tradition that began in the late 1800s, to raise funds for small, under-funded New York charities, and to support undergraduate clubs at their alma maters, almost six hundred turned out to watch Harvard challenge Yale in a charity polo match at the Greenwich Polo Club grounds September 14 - the largest crowd to see these two rivals play in modern times. It was to benefit the Charity Network of New York City and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for the purposes of melanoma research.

For nearly 200 of the attendees, the festivities began at Grand Central Station around noon, where private train, provided by event organizers, spirited the Manhattan contingent north to Greenwich. There, modest school buses took them the last leg into the Connecticut back country and the beautiful property of Conyers Farm.

The beautiful September afternoon began with an equestrian exhibition, alongside a garden cocktail hour. The exhibition featured adorable young jumpers overseen by Christina Schauder, wife of Yale polo coach Fred Schauder. After the opening cocktails the crowd walked up the hill to awaiting tents for lunch and the match.

Guests ranged from toddlers to octogenarians (and their dogs, of course), from the philanthropic set to polo aficionados from New York and Connecticut, but was largely dominated by young Harvard and Yale alums who watched the heavily favored Yale team beat Harvard 14-9 from a starting handicap of 7 for Yale.

The match itself was heralded in with an opening ceremony led by Erin O'Brien (with American flag, astride her palomino), and short messages from event organizer Brett Johnson and Simon Fulford, speaking as representative of Art Start, one of Charity Network's benefiting organizations. The afternoon featured the vocals of Yale a capella group the Spizzwinks and the orchestral accompaniment of the Kandinsky String Quartet, and was staffed my member of the Charity Network and the undergraduate Harvard and Yale equestrian and polo clubs.

The party at the farm continued until dusk after which the crowds dispersed, only to regroup off the premises at after parties in and around Greenwich, as well as one gathering back in Manhattan, at the favored nightclub, Lotus.

Snow v. Snow
One of the most interesting aspects of the day was the rival teams were both captained by members of the same family. From the legendary New England Snow polo dynasty, journalist Crocker Snow Jr. fought hard for Harvard but it was his son Adam Snow, a Yalie and currently the second highest rated professional American polo player, brought home the Cup. Also on the field were some of the biggest names in the recent history of American Polo: investor George Haas and Hall of Famer Bill Ylvisaker, of Saratoga Polo, media investor Adam Lindemann, publicist and polo patron Ashley Schiff, who all played vigorously for the Bulldogs.

Covering the field for the Harvard Side in addition to team captain Crocker Snow were event co-chair and Darien dermatologist Rhett Drugge, international investor Amir Farmin Farma, manufacturing executive Michael Levin and restaurant mogul Bruce Colley.

Event organizers Brett Johnson and Rhett Drugge were Harvard classmates (Drugge captained the 1979, 80 and 81 teams) who sought to rebuild Polo at Harvard and raise money for worthwhile causes; the event was such a success its first year out they expect to expand it in subsequent years to further benefit their fundraising efforts and the undergraduate teams.



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Every year on the weekend after Memorial day, the Ivy Cup Charity Polo Match is held at
Greenwich Polo Club amidst the splendor of some of the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast.
The event is organized by Charity Network of New York City,
a 501 c 3 non profit organization that assists small charities serving children's needs.

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