Last Saturday a few friends and I put on our blazers, packed our coolers with pumpkin beer and champagne, and made our way to Bethpage, New York for the 30th Annual Harriman Cup. The polo match—Yale vs. UVA—makes a perfect backdrop for a day of well-dressed shenanigans.
Here are a few of my favorite moments, none of which include watching the match. (Who won?)
1. The Pilgrimage to Bethpage
Since the match started early, so did our day: from Drybar blowouts to scooped bagels, the buzz started at 8:00 sharp. After a train ride of debauchery (read: mimosas), a school bus picked up all the Harriman-goers and took us to the fields. There’s something perfectly nostalgic about claiming your seat on a yellow school bus, but this time around in head-to-toe seersucker with a bottle of champagne in your hand and no backpack or textbooks to speak of. Needless to say, the bus driver wanted to give all of us detention.
2. The Looks
The Harriman crowd perfectly bridged the gap between summer and fall. For every summer Lilly-print dress, there was a Barbour jacket — which came in handy, since the torrential downpours began no fewer than 10 minutes after the match ended. And let’s not forget the fascinator contest! A few highlights:
3. Stomping the Divots
Burning calories and preventing horse injuries at the same time? Stomp away!
4. The Dog-Watching I thought I was leaving the best dog-watching in New York when I left the Upper East Side that morning. How incredibly wrong I was.
The day ended with hundreds of Cup-goers dancing under a tent to a cover band as the rain came down outside. I made fast friends with this dog, who was too sober for the dancing and made himself comfortable on our bags. (Can you blame him?)
Cheers to a great Harriman Cup!