I will never forget the inception of Bridgehampton Polo. Neil Hirsch and Peter Brant decided to bring polo to the Hamptons, and Mercedes Benz was going to be the underwriting sponsor. It was a rainy day, but these polo playing, financial wizards knew they could bring the incredible sport to the Hamptons. I held my first charity event there for Hale House. At the time the charity was committed to helping infants afflicted with HIV. Dennis Hopper, Stephanie Seymour, Peter Brant, Gilles Bensimon, Neil Hirsch, Julian Schnabel and I, all went to the rainy polo field and auctioned off autographed jeans while Neil and Peter and their pro polo players played polo.
Today, the polo matches are not only fun to watch, the tent is know for its huge party scene. For me, polo is about the altheticism of the horse and the agility of the rider. And, if you can help a charity by using the sport as a vehicle, go for it. It’s fun to be apart of the process, by coming out to stomp the divots. My girls love that.
What Is Polo?
A polo match lasts about 2 hours and is divided into 6 timed periods called chukkers. The object of the game is to hit the ball down the field and through the goal posts to score. During half time, spectators go onto the field in a social tradition called divot stomping.