COLTS NECK, NJ: The celebration of community and country was evident as guests entered the driveway at Bucks Mill Community Park on Sunday, September 13, and were welcomed with American Flags waving proud, lining both sides of the roadway.
The Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) hosted their First Annual Polo Classic, and it was a sold-out 500 guest, Americana success! Ticket sales were closed a week prior due to the overwhelming response coupled with the need to cap the number at 500, the limit for outside events right now in NJ.
This fun filled family polo event began at 12noon with tailgating and tent set-up. Guests brought their own food and beverages, enjoying everything from filet mignon to lobster rolls, hamburgers, hot dogs and everything in-between. The event was grand with fancy hats and colorful attire. Attendees included community members and business owners, local and county government officials, and special guests such as the newly crowned Mrs. New Jersey American, Kristina Henderson.
Welcoming announcements were made by CNBA President Dino Nicoletta, CNBA Board member Glen Dalakian, and CNBA Board Member, Polo Match Co-Chair and Colts Neck Township Committeewoman, Sue Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick commented, “I can certainly speak for myself and the committee when I say, we were overwhelmed and so grateful by the generosity and the enthusiasm of the community. The day went so perfectly, and the polo field was adorned with beautiful tents and tailgate spreads, families, women in fabulous hats and the horses and riders were magnificent. It was truly a sight to behold! The most repeated comment at the event was, “Can’t wait ‘til next year!” That says it all!”
The pre-ceremony opened with Colts Neck High School Color Guard presented, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon. The National Anthem was performed by Gregory Senzack, and the official ball toss was presented by event supporter; Carol Stillwell. The Polo Match began at 2pm with one team sponsored by Delicious Orchards and the other by Huddy's Inn. There was a halftime divot stomp and awards ceremony after match. The Tinicum Park Polo Club brought 2 teams to play in the match with many of the players from Colts Neck.
Two of Colts Neck favorite businesses graciously agreed to sponsor the teams and wore uniforms; Delicious Orchards and Huddy's Inn. It was a very exciting match with Delicious Orchards coming away with the win. A lovely perpetual trophy was awarded to the winning team; Delicious Orchards, which will be passed on year to year, as this is sure to be an annual event and plans are already in the making for 2021. The winning players also received hunter green saddle pads embroidered in gold with the event logo. The Best Polo Pony received a hunter green blanket embroidered in gold with the event logo. Plaques and Wine bottle holders were presented to the Huddy's Inn team. The event hosted a hat contest, won by Karen Matzel and Ginna Turnamian. The tailgate was won by Colts Neck’s Abbey Feiler and the Shed Girls.
There was overwhelming support from the business community and the Township community as well. The Polo Committee Co-Chairs Sue Fitzpatrick & Ronnie Sullivan had great support from their team; Dino Nicoletta, Tara Torchia Buss, Lisa Singer-Fitzpatrick, Jim Schatzel, Julie Richards, Dr. Rebecca Linke, Dr. Bill Meyer, Tom Sullivan, Jim Fitzpatrick, Hesham El-Gharby, Janice Niemi, Robyn Belluardo and give Special Thanks To: Colts Neck Trail Riders Club, Tinicum Park Polo Club, Glen Dalakian Vocalist, Gregory Penzack who sang the National Anthem, Major Greg Penzack, Colts Neck ROTC who presented the colors, County Clerk Christine Hanlon who led the Pledge of Allegiance, Dept. of Recreation and Parks, Hon. Thomas Hennessey, Recreational Director, The Colts Neck Township Committee members, and Public Works Department, Lou Bader, Director and all Colts Neck’s Finest First Responders.
A BIG Shout out of thanks to the event's generous supporters: VIP Sponsor: Tourelay Farm, Greg & Karen Matzel. Presenting Sponsors: Carol Stillwell, Stillwell-Hanson, Joe Wadja, World Jeep. Team Sponsors: Delicious Orchards Huddy's Inn. Community Sponsors: Robert DeFalco Realty A-Norton Septic Contracting, Brock Farms. Green Leaf Pet Resort, Holmdel Funeral Home, Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty, Manasquan Bank Patron Sponsors: Investors Bank, Andrea Giamanco & Connie DeMaio, Artistic Doors & Windows, Brandywine Living Reflections Colts Neck.
For more information on the CNBA, click HERE.