Victory Cup Polo + Farm Bash: Pawling

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Join thousands of spectators at The Victory Cup  for “The Best Party of the Summer” and watch intense polo match-ups on a gorgeous polo field at Kirby Hill Farm in Pawling  on Saturday, July 16th.

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Dress to Impress! Gates open at 11:30 am for VIP Pass holders only for a GH Mumm Mimosa and Tito’s Bloody Mary Station in the VIP Tent. A Catered lunch in the VIP Tent will be catered by Chef Rich Parente of Clock Tower Grill. 

The days event includes a polo match, local farm to table food, 30 food and alcohol tasting partners, and a  Farm to Table Diner served on a long table after the match in the middle of the field. Gates open for General Admission at 1pm. Activities include a sponsored car show, VIP Art Show, Children’s Playground and the Green Chimneys Traveling Barnyard. 

The Victory Cup is proud to be a kid friendly & pet friendly event! 🏃🏼🐶

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From 1-2pm enjoy the National Anthem by local artists, a flyover and then the Diamond Properties Polo Battle Begins!

Ticket prices for our New York Farm Bash event on July 16th are increasing at midnight TOMORROW!

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3PM is the Stomping of the Divots and charity partner Green Chimneys Birds of Prey Show.  Green Chimneys’ renowned Farm & Wildlife Center is home to 50 birds of prey. 

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A tribute to supporting local, sustainable agriculture the event is held in the Hudson Valley on a working and picturesque farm in Pawling. This is not your typical uptight polo match. Come ready to party and enjoy an awesome farm to table meal prepared by Chef Rich Parents of Clock Town Grill on the polo field, after the match, and with the polo players!

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A VIP Fashion  Contest is scheduled for 3:30 with VIP Best Dressed Awards

The hat contest that we'll always remember. 👒🏇🎉

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From 4-5 pm are Final Polo Match Chukkers, the Black Stone Check Presentation to Charities and Sponsored Player Awards and Trophey Presentations including a GH Mumm Champagne Sabering.

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Sarah Vickers and Kiel James Patrick at the 2015 Victory Cup Polo event in Patterson, NY. Photo by Melissa Tyler

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Victory Cup is committed on ensuring an unique experience. Their goal is to maintain and improve the quality of the event, refine the VIP and General Admission experience, while slowly and consistently growing the event each year.  In 2015, two thousand attended and approximately $25,000 was donated to various charities. 

Just 55 miles north of Manhattan, you can take the train too! MTA is a partner of the event.  Kirby Hill Farm is a modern equestrian center an hour north of New York City. Located on a rolling countryside of forest and trails. This 5-star equestrian facility provides horse enthusiasts with premium boarding, training and recreational options for nearly every discipline and skill level. Kirby Hill offers boarders top level equestrian care featuring 85  stalls, two indoor riding arenas and more than 30 paddocks located on 247 picturesque acres.

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 The Victory Cup has broken the mold and throws a polo match that everyone can enjoy. This event is all about meeting great people, respecting the sport, the horses and the players and having a great time!

Victory Cup, presented by Black Stone USA was an annual social event and fundraiser that Senator Greg Ball held during his time in office. Now that Greg has returned to the private sector, Victory Cup lives on as a private, for profit event and

‘The Best Party of the Summer’

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The event Hosted by Black Stone (a technology and marketing company) is a fundraiser, in part, for their cherished not for profit ‘Green Chimneys’.

Valley Table Magazine is also a sponsor of the event

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Come on out and enjoy a gorgeous day of food, fashion, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo at the Victory Cup! Now, in its tenth year. The Victory Cup has become the networking destination drawing polo enthusiasts and novices alike!

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Sunday Brunch – Weekend Getaway: The Thayer Hotel

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The Thayer Hotel at West Point is a landmark hotel celebrating it’s 90th anniversary this year. It is rich in our nation’s history and provides guests with a memorable experience.

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Did you know the Thayer Hotel is the only hotel on the Hudson River between Albany and New York City? Plus it has the prestigious 10996 West Point zip code.  It is a favorite for locals as well as weekend getaways and a stop for people who transition south for the winter also known as snowbirds.  People also travel from all over the country as well as from all over the world to stay at the Thayer.

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This past Sunday, I shared Sunday Brunch at the MacArthur Riverview Restaurant and a tour  of the hotel with Jose Tejedor; Director of Sales and Marketing of the historic hotel.  The Thayer Hotel opened it’s doors in the 1920’s and went through a huge transition about six years ago both in renovations and management. Jose talks about the hotel and it’s ambiance to the feel of a mid-evil castle on the outside but with all the modern amenities on the inside.

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Sunday Champagne Brunch is served from 10:30am – 2:30pm and  consists of tables and tables of food including an omelette and waffle station.

Waffle station

Fresh fruit, bagels and salmon, and other cold salads are featured as well as traditional breakfast egg and sausage dishes and lunch options are all ready in a circle of hot chafing dishes.

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Then of course there is the desert station and a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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Reservations are suggested. Reservations are now being taken for Easter and Mother’s Day Brunch. This is a great place to share with someone special or the whole family!

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Weekenders from New York City as well as all over the country and the world love to visit this hotel on weekends. Special packages are available for a shopping experience at Woodbury Common Outlets. Did you know that Woodbury Common Outlet’s is the  #1 Tourism destination in Orange County?  Jose and his team can also plan a trip that includes Storm King Art Center;  one of the world’s leading outdoor sculpture parks. Boscobel, the elegant Federal home with it’s own spectacular history and views of the Hudson River.   Wine tastings and tours are available at local wineries since the hotel is located in the center of Hudson Valley Wine Country.

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Leisure is what people come for on the weekends or a day or evening out for lunch or dinner.  The restaurant is now reserving Valentine’s Weekend at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant with a romantic 4-course dinner offered Friday, February 12th thru Sunday, February 14th.

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The rooms and suites have been remodeled and offer a modern look in the prestigious historic setting. Each of the suites have a bit of a different look paying homage to West Point.

Thayer Hotel General Pattton's Tavern

General Patton’s Tavern  is a favorite place to watch any game including ARMY football, and basketball. This tavern originally opened in 1926 and has river views and all the feeling of  your favorite tavern with a long bar and leather couches and chairs which make it a cozy place to watch the game! Drink specials are offered and appetizers and sandwiches are served.

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Zulo is the rooftop outdoor bar open April through the fall. Here too, the views are spectacular and  in season things kick off at happy hour.

If your a local and you have cabin fever be sure to take a short scenic drive to West Point for Sunday Brunch, an evening out with dinner or watching the game with some friends. If your a weekender or coming up from New York City for a getaway you will love the “Getaway Experience” at The Thayer.

Thayer Hotel Weddings & Conferences

During the week the hotel’s clientele serves many name companies in the tri-state area and beyond. It’s a favorite place for meetings and conferences accommodating up to 300. The hotel has several large rooms for events and weddings.


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Photos By Melissa Tyler






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