There’s nothing like a polo match to kick off summer in style. Don’t believe us? You’ve probably never been to a Victory Cup.
Held across the country in locations like Texas, South Carolina, and New York City, Victory Cup is fast becoming the equestrian event of the season. Yet, that’s not to say it’s merely a polo match. On the contrary, Victory Cup unites athletics, fashion, and food to create a classy event that is just as much about entertainment as it is about competition.
On Saturday, July 14, the Hudson Valley’s very own Victory Cup is set to take place at 3J Farm in Patterson. The match kicks off in the morning, although that is far from the only attraction planned during the day. Attendees can also look forward to a mimosa brunch, a tasting tent, and a special craft brewer’s festival, which will feature the talented breweries and distilleries of the Hudson Valley. Expect to see local favorites like Peony Vodka, New Paltz Brewing Co., Treasury Hard Cider, and Crossroads Brewing Company, to name a few. Add to that beloved eateries like Le Express Bistro, Essie’s Restaurant, and Heritage Food and Drink and you have more than enough reasons to make a whole day out of it.
“We’re so excited to bring the Victory Cup polo match, sponsored by Vineyard Vines and Land Rover, back to the Hudson Valley,” says Karen Hertz of Squeakywheel Promotions. “If you love good food, craft beer, horses, wine, or spirits, the Victory Cup has you covered!”
Fancy hats and horses help to make the day memorable.
At the outdoor shindig, fashion is just as important as the sport itself. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their Sunday finest in order to take in the competition. Later, guests can participate in the informal best-dressed awards.
“Remember, you can never be too dressed up for polo,” the event’s website declares.
The multifaceted Victory Cup is a full day of fun in the sun. After the third polo match concludes late on Saturday afternoon, the winner receives an honorary trophy and an abundance of complimentary champagne. Top-level ticket holders can stick around for this year’s special farm-to-table dinner on the lawn with the talented polo players themselves.
Tickets to the Victory Cup exist at a number of tiers, from budget-friendly Lawn Pass and General Admission to Golden Mallet, which includes a catered lunch and private tastings, and Founder’s Lounge, which offers exclusive access to the Founder’s Lounge and the farm-to-table dinner. If you purchase tickets online, don’t forget to add a parking pass to your cart before checkout. You’ll pay more if you wait to pay for parking on the day of the event.
Attendees end the day with a picturesque farm-to-table dinner.