August 14, 2011

NEW YORK CHURCHILLIANS

By Randall Baker

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, Sunday July 10, 2011—Over 100 Churchillians and guests attended the high goal ‘Winston S.Churchill International Polo Cup’—played annually at the Greenwich Polo Club, Conyers Farm, CT. The match is produced and marketed jointly by the New York Churchillians and The Churchill Centre and Churchill War Rooms. Proceeds of the event go to the Centre in support of its programs that promote the life and leadership lessons of Sir Winston Churchill.

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As most Churchillians are aware, Sir Winston was a championship polo player while serving in India in the late 1890’s. He once famously said “a polo handicap is a passport to the world”. Churchill played spirited polo until he retired at age 52—but continued riding until age 76! –a true horseman indeed. This ‘CUP’ was thusly named in honor of Sir Winston’s’ love of polo, all equine sports, and the affection he displayed for animals large and small.

As Honorary Event Chair Jack Churchill, great grandson of Sir Winston, and guests looked on, ‘White Birch’ played ‘Endeavor’ in a highly competitive match that flowed ‘back and forth’ with numerous lead changes and ultimately ‘White Birch’ prevailed:

At the Awards Ceremony for ‘White Birch’, The Churchill Centre and New York Churchillians were represented by Ms. Tina Santi Flaherty and Honorary Event Chair Jack Churchill.

Ms. Flaherty presented the MVP and Team Captain awards of Baccarat crystal glasses on behalf of The New York Churchillians. The beautiful Baccarat designed ‘Churchill Cup’ was presented by Jack Churchill to Peter Brandt of ‘White Birch’ and the Greenwich Polo Club on behalf of The Churchill Centre and the Churchill family.

The day was was beautiful and we wish to thank our polo donors and sponsors without whom this event was not possible.

Event Benefactors:

  • Gregg & Suzy Berman
  • Tina Santi Flaherty
  • Justin Dedeaux

Corporate Sponsors:

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