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Cow Town to Boom Town

Written By Sam Morton Sam tells us the colorful story of Wellington and its forefathers, as

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Written By John Hood

Photos by Navid

Written By Melissa Leshem

Powerboat Polo Magazine gets with some

of the fastest and most powerful operatives in the game.

Wellington Days

Polo Pop

Melissa observes polo’s place in modern pop culture, since the first Lacoste was produced

well as Wellington’s 30 year history

in 1927, to the modern day polo

of Polo.

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COLUMNS INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB 2010 PALM BEACH POLO SEASON Founder of International Polo Club Palm Beach John Goodman

President of International Polo Club Palm Beach John Wash

Publisher & Editor Angela Baker abaker@internationalpoloclub.com

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Polo Profile, Youth and American Traditions in Polo Written By Charity Baker Interviews with two young rising stars, Isabella Wolf and CB Scherer.

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Polo Profile, EFG Bank

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Wellington Home Photos by Mario Alfonso De Armas

The Escobar and Mandelbaum families let us in for a glimpse into the quintessential Wellington Lifestyle.

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A profile of EFG Bank and owner

Polo Around the World

Jim Whinsend

A synopsis of the top tournaments

By John Hood

Editorial and Production Assistant

of the 2009 International Polo

Becky Feldman

Season.

Contributing Writers Sam Morton, John Hood, Melissa Leshem, Michelle Leshem, Charity Baker, Becky Feldman

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Polo Profile, DCOTA Owner, Charles Cohen By Melissa Leshem

A Q&A with DCOTA Owner, Charles Cohen.

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Sunday Polo Must Haves By Michelle Leshem

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Championship Chic

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REWIND: 2009 American Polo Season Take a step back for a look at the 2009 American Polo Social Season in Rewind.

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Inside Wellington Polo Magazine asks ten residents to

describe their “Perfect Day Spent in Wellington.� LILA PHOTO

By Michelle Leshem

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT INTRODUCTION

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n behalf of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, it is my honor to welcome you to the 2010 Palm Beach Polo Season. As President of Club Operations for International Polo Club Palm Beach and The Wanderers Golf Club, it is my hope that you fervently enjoy this edition of POLO Magazine and the highly-anticipated season that lies ahead.

The season will once again bring forth a level of play and a standard of horsemanship that is second to none. The world’s top players from the finest teams will converge in six prestigious polo tournaments, three 20-Goal Tournaments, The Joe Barry Memorial Cup, The Iglehart Cup and The Ylvisaker Cup, and three 26-Goal Tournaments, The C.V. Whitney Cup, The Piaget Gold Cup and finally, the 106th playing of The U.S. Open Polo Championship. In addition, IPC will feature a series of new eight and 14-Goal Tournaments, which will open the facility to a host of new teams. In total, IPC will welcome 31 teams, from 15 countries and 13 states.

Photography by: LILA PHOTO

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I am pleased to announce that IPC will be at the center of a cultural pastiche this season, when the best in polo meets the best in interior design, fashion and cuisine. Partnerships have been forged with Palm Beach’s famed shopping mecca Worth Avenue, as well as the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and New York City’s Bagatelle Bistrot to enhance, the already, superior experience. Notable brands from around the globe, such as Piaget, Nespresso and Veuve Clicquot, along with Ocean Drive, Whole Foods and Bessemer Trust will once again join us as sponsors to celebrate the spirit and heritage of polo at IPC. The entire IPC staff and myself would like to take this opportunity to thank our esteemed sponsors, advertisers and you, our members, for your continued support and loyalty, as it is you who are at the heart of the growth and vitality of IPC. In closing, I would like to invite you to continue to enjoy the legendary polo lifestyle here at IPC as well as the beauty, the majesty and the electricity of the quintessential game of kings.

Sincerely,

John A. Wash, CCM President of Club Operations

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t is all about Wellington for this issue of Polo Magazine, as we celebrate the thirty one years since the first match was played here in 1979. The United States team historically beat the Argentines, and started a tradition of polo, lasting over three decades. Since then, Wellington has grow n almost unrecognizably, but at its heart there still remains a passion for the eques-

trian lifestyle, which seems to bind this close knit community so uniquely. Wellington, now home to the Palm Beach Polo Season, Winter Equestrian Festival, and the Wellington Classic Dressage ever y w inter, is considered the world’s premiere luxur y, equestrian

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In addition to our regular columns like Championship Chic, profiles, social pages, and Plum TV, Wendy Chernin, Angela Baker, Charity Baker, Michelle McFaul

season resources, our feature articles this year include a colorful histor y of Wellington and its forefathers, Cow Tow n to Boom Tow n, w ritten by Sam Morton, as well as a photo spread Wellington Days, shot on location in Palm Beach and Wellington. We are ver y excited to also have the famed, Miami based w riter John Hood, as a contributor for the first time this issue, w ith a feature on Power boating, and to also have Melissa Leshem back w ith her take on Polo Pop.

As we launch this new 2010 issue, we also kick off the Palm Beach Polo Season, held at the Angela Baker, Shamin Abas, Michelle McFaul, Northrop Johnson Event Hamptons 2009

International Polo Club Palm Beach, and celebrate the entire 2010 Wellington Equestrian and Social Season ahead!

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FEATURES & PROFILES

Bink Gleason, Portrait, Oil on Canvas

FROM COW TOWN TO BOOM TOWN WRITTEN BY: SAM MORTON

CHARLES OLIVER Photo Credit: Courtesy of Village of Wellington

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*** oday, Wellington, Florida is considered the world’s premiere luxury equestrian sports destination, and is home to the largest conglomeration of performance horses in the history of the world. The Palm Beach High Goal Polo Season is held at the International Polo Club, and is center stage for the winter season, and just across South Shore

Boulevard, the show grounds are home for the top equestrian hunters, jumpers and dressage horses from all over the globe. The two mile square south of Pierson Road encompasses private barns on both sides of the road, that are the most lavish equestrian facilities ever built. It happened so fast, that people who have lived it can’t fathom the speed in which it happened. Polo has a history of just over thirty years in Wellington, yet in its first year, 1979, one of the greatest

games ever played in this country happened here when the “all American” team from Texas, upset the “all Argentine” team in over time in the World Cup. This set the tone for excellence in polo in Wellington that continues to this day. This is a story of an amazing history of land deals, horse deals, and the migration of a high society populace, that share a passion for horses in a small Florida town.

WELLINGTON Beginnings In 1952, Roger Wellington stood up in the swamp buggy and surveyed the land his father bought. He looked for land marks but there were none, only a sea of grass that was part of the Everglades water system and ran from central Florida to the southern part of the state. The year before, his father, Charles Oliver Wellington of Boston and New York, purchased an 18,200 acre tract of land in Palm Beach County with his friend and realtor, Bink Glisson. Bink had grown up a local Florida boy and in his youth, he was used as an errand boy for several illegal bootleg establishments during prohibition. Bink used to dive down at appropriated spots in the intercoastal waterway and retrieve submerged burlap bags containing contraband whiskey that was hidden there by rum runners for local speakeasies. He would also taxi affluent revelers, attired in black tie and evening gowns, in a rowboat across a waterway to Club Unique, later called Cap’s Place. Cap’s was an illegal bootlegging, and later gambling establishment and restaurant, run by Bink’s uncle, Captain E.T. Knight. Patrons would signal Bink with a code of flashing headlights to let him know they were not the police.

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Joe Barry, as the USA Team Defeats Argentina in the 1979 World Cup, Played in Wellington, Florida Photo Credit: © POLO PLAYERS EDITION

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fter Bink went into the Navy during World

In 1953, when approximately one hundred people lived in what is

War II, he met Secretary of State Edward R

now known as Wellington, Acme Drainage District was formed to

Stettinius at Caps Place while both men were

control the water in the area, prevent flooding, and drain formerly

on leave. By now, Bink had learned to fly an

swampy areas to be used for farming and home sites. This was

airplane and acquired a boat captain’s license.

done by an extensive system of canals that were dug throughout

Bink served as a fishing guide for Mr. Stettinius. Later Bink,

the area, to pump water either east to the ocean, or west to the

after procuring his real estate license, helped Mr. Stettinius sell

Everglades. Both Bink Glisson and Charles Wellington served on

some land to Mr. Wellington. Bink became the trusted confidant

the Acme board over the years. Aside from controlling water levels

to Mr. Wellington, and handled his local affairs. Bink and Mr.

in Wellington, Acme, now called Acme Improvement District,

Wellington flew over the swamp in western Palm Beach County

provided Sheriffs deputies to Wellington.

in an airplane, and purchased all the land he could. That area constituted most of today’s Wellington and Royal Palm Beach.

In 1967, Acme pushed for Forest Hill Blvd to be extended five

On this area, Charles Oliver Wellington founded the Flying

miles out to Southern Blvd which became the main artery to

Cow Ranch. The cattle were branded with Mr. Wellington’s initials,

Wellington. The road opened in January of 1968 and soon

C.O.W., much to the dismay of many steers and bulls on the ranch.

the farm lands in Wellington flourished. More land was soon cleared and leased as farm land. Soon, Wellington boasted the

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FEATURES & PROFILES

largest strawberry patch in the world, along with orange groves, nurseries and other produce. In 1971, the Wellington trustees put some land up for sale, and the Investment Company of Florida purchased 7,400 acres for close to six million dollars and the community of Wellington was born. James Nall, the head of ICOF with his crack staff of Guerry Stribling, Joan Sawyer, Jenny Graf, Bill Gregory, and Serafin Leal converted over 11 square miles of undeveloped farmland into residences and estates. On June 25, 1972, the great father’s day land rush, was held offering one thousand home sites in Wellington. The same year, the one hundred and fifty acre Lake Wellington was created and a golf course was constructed using the fill from the lake to shape the course. Within the next eight years, a company named Core Point began to develop the area, designed as a yuppie bedroom community. One of the main planners for this was Guerry Stribling. By 1975 five hundred residents lived within Wellington’s borders.

Palm Beach Polo In the mid 1970’s, William Ylvisaker, a polo player from

Palm Beach Polo in the 1980’s Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco,

Chicago, drove polo teammate Herbie Pennell west to where Lake Worth Road ended in a thick overgrown swampy area and told him this is where he was going to build the

Polo and was flown to Argentina, Hong Kong, England and

world’s largest polo club.“I thought he was nuts” Pennell

California to study other facilities, enabling Gould to build

said. It was this part of Wellington’s flooded land that Roger

the biggest and best equestrian center in the world. When in

Wellington had surveyed from a swamp buggy. Fortunately for

Santa Barbara, Stribling asked the woman in charge, what was

the coming horse crowd, the Federal Government had established

the key to the world renowned fields there. “We planted them

a pump station and canal system that ran along the southern

in 1927,” she said. In 1978, ten acres of land on South Shore

border of Wellington which would make development of this land

Boulevard sold for four thousand dollars an acre. During the

easier.

early stages of Palm Beach Polo, Prince Charles came to play in the club. Between the State Department, transportation, housing,

In 1978, Gould Inc, out of Chicago, purchased a large tract of

Scotland Yard, local security, and rebuilding several condos to

land in Wellington, and Ylvisaker, its chairman, introduced Palm

accommodate security, the bill was close to one million dollars.

Beach Polo and Country Club to the area as a resort community.

“It was worth twenty million in publicity.” Stribling said. Palm

Guerry Stribling, who had so much to do with the early stages of

Beach Polo brought class to Wellington, and Prince Charles

Wellington, and also a polo player, was hired on at Palm Beach

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The best of everything was brought to the club. Ten regulation

Tournaments were sponsored by Rolex, Piaget, Cadillac, Michelob

fields were planted, and a world class golf course was added. Fred

and Helen Boehm Porcelain. With Palm Beach Polo up and

Couples was the local golf pro. Tennis courts, pools and a croquet

running, the population had now grown to six thousand by 1980

court were added. Ylvisaker hired Herbie Pennell to manage the

and in only two years the population would swell to ten thousand.

polo and Maggie and Alan Sherer were brought in to promote the club. The new polo club was responsible for the migration of over a thousand polo professionals from the world over.

Big Blue Forest “Before Palm Beach Polo, professionals were mainly harvested in the United States,” said Pennell who served as polo manager

In sharp contrast to the pageantr y of Palm Beach Polo, just

for fifteen years. Juan Carlos Harriott, the greatest player of

to the east of the old polo stadium, stood what was left of

his era, was brought to the club from Argentina to play for the

the largest stand of historic native cypress trees in the area,

Wellington team. The World Cup, moved from Oakbrook Polo

which is dotted with Indian mounds. The Big Blue Forest is

Club in Chicago, to Wellington in the inaugural year of the club

a majestic forest that had been untouched by white man for

which was 1979. Parades of Cadillac’s circled the stadium field

thousands of years. The cypress trees, from seventy to one

which was alive with pageantry including helicopters dropping

hundred and fifty feet tall, formed a canopy, which grew wild

thousands of dollars at halftime to the scrambling crowd below.

orchids, huge sword ferns, elderberries, swamp apples and air

VIP’S were pampered with bouquets of roses as they disembarked

plants underneath. The area was a stop off place for Indians

from the white Cadillac’s in front of the stadium crowd before

canoeing to the ocean from the everglades. The camping

the game. A procession of loyal fans drove from Palm Beach every

spots, known as Indian mounds, contained artifacts left by

Sunday to hear their champion David Andrews call the games and

the Indians dating as far back as the time of Christ. When

welcome them personally to their new hangout to the west.

Wellington was developed, Bink Glisson, who was an avid Florida historian and preser vationist, got permission from developers to preser ve this area at his own expense. The developers agreed and gave him free rein to assure the survival of this fragile, 100 acre preserve which was all that remained of the 5,000 acre forest. He installed a 10,000 gallon a minute pump to bring water to Big Blue when needed to choke out the Brazilian pepper tree, which is a noxious tree that has invaded South Florida. He cleared pathways so the natural setting would not be disturbed, and planted philodendrons randomly among the cypress. The paths throughout the forest created a ghostlike atmosphere of beauty and mystery. Riding through the Big Blue forest, there is always an enchanted quality in that even when it is bright and sunny outside, it is almost pitch dark under the one hundred and fifty foot cypress trees.

Prince Charles at Palm Beach Polo ‘80’s David Lominska/polographics.com

In 1985, Landmark Company took over Palm Beach Polo from Gould Inc. One of the first things that Landmark Company proposed was to develop some land inside the club for more housing. Their bulldozers, approaching the Big Blue Forest, were met by an aged, pistol carrying Bink Glisson. Besides being a realtor, Bink was passionate about local history and preserving what was left of the shrinking forest before it was gone

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Princess Diana at Palm Beach Polo ‘80’s David Lominska/polographics.com

forever. The area w ithin Palm Beach Polo that was slated

filter off the manure drainage from the polo bar ns. It was a

for development was the Big Blue Forest. At any rate, when

rare case where something man made had actually benefited

the bulldozers began to roll towards the Big Blue Forest,

the local w ildlife.

Glisson, a veteran of World War Two, pointed the pistol that had been sur rendered by a Japanese General, at the machines; one man’s passion for histor y and preser vation and a love for his homeland against prog ress. To L andmark ’s

The Horse Show

credit, they tur ned the bulldozers around. Maybe the most instrumental move that involved the latest A nother interesting ecolog ical phenomenon was the creation

growth of Wellington was when Gene Misch was contacted in

of Peacock Pond located behind the Boys and Girls Club in

Lake Placid to get him to change the dates of the larger American

Wellington. A few years back some env ironmental g roups

horse shows, which enabled Palm Beach Polo to host one of the

began to make moves to protect this estuar y that houses an

major horse shows on the circuit. What started as one hundred

ama zing assortment of mig rator y birds. When it made the

horses competing in the parking lot of the polo stadium has

headlines, some of the or ig inal board members from Acme

evolved into the Winter Equestrian Festival, the top horse show

and Wellington had to let the env ironmentalist k now that

facility in the world. The number of show horses coming to

Peacock Pond was created by Acme as a drainage pond to

Wellington literally doubled each year for the next ten years. By 51 2010 POLO MAGAZINE

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The Birth of the International Polo Club Palm Beach nter John Goodman, a business man and polo player from Houston, Texas, who built Isla Caroll Stables and International Polo Club in Wellington. Seeing the need for a central stage for the high goal in Wellington, he began building a stadium, and in 2004 the first games were launched at International Polo

Club, a private club featuring polo, croquet, tennis and a variety of social functions. Goodman, a U.S. Open Polo Championship winner, built the

club next to Isla Caroll. Built out of the orange groves that used to make up much of Wellington’s economy, International Polo Club retains the natural landscape of Florida, with a splash of floral landscaping.

John Goodman on IPC Fields with team Isla Carroll Photography by: LILA PHOTO

The Palm Beach High Goal Polo Season at IPCPB has taken center stage in the United States as America’s capitol of polo. From January

the millennium, the horse show in Wellington had now eclipsed

through April, everyone who is anyone in the world of polo migrates

the largest polo facility in the world. The Winter Equestrian

to Wellington and to the International Polo Club Palm Beach. During

Festival in Wellington has become the top show place for

the month of April, the US Open Polo Championship attracts the top

dressage, jumpers and hunters. The number one ring at The Palm

players, as it is considered one of the top three tournaments played

Beach International Equestrian Center is the dream destination of

around the world.

every aspiring horseman in the horse showing world. Horse show patrons bought up real estate across from polo in Wellington and

Across South Shore Blvd, the Winter Equestrian Festival simultaneously

proceeded to out build and outspend each other to create the

hosts a series of shows that draw horsemen from the world. As a

most elaborate and extensive equine facilities on earth.

result, within a two mile square, south of Pierson road, known as the “Equestrian Square,” the greatest polo horses in the world compete across

In the fall, on Thanksgiving Day weekend, the Palm Beach

the road from the greatest hunters, jumpers and dressage horses.

Steeplechase is enjoying its second year located on the historic site of the old number one field of Palm Beach Polo. In 1993

In this two mile square encompassing International Polo and Palm

Glen Straub bought Palm Beach Polo and Country Club and polo

Beach and the International Equestrian Center, fifteen thousand horses

continued there until the bulk of the patrons in polo began a polo

are kept in the most elaborate stabling complex the world has seen.

league called South Florida Polo. Palm Beach Polo continued but

Wellington by now has become the largest most extensive equestrian

South Florida Polo began to flourish. They played on a handful of

center for performance horses in the

private fields, but they lacked a polo stadium.

“within a two mile square, south of Pierson road, known as the “Equestrian Square,” the greatest polo horses in the world compete across the road from the greatest hunters, jumpers and dressage horses.”

world. At no point in history from Europe to South America has as many performance horses been stabled in one area. “The Equestrian Square” is the area south of Pierson Road, north of the Everglades, East of Palm Beach Point, and West of 120th. The fifteen thousand horses that migrate into Wellington each year does not even include the several thousand horses that live just outside “Equestrian Square.” Additionally, between twenty and thirty thousand

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equestrian personnel accompany the horses to Wellington each year as

Sunday Polo at International Polo Club is the social event of the

winter residents.

week for South Florida, and the U.S. Open is the social event of the year, not only for South Florida, but for the entire sport

How does this fit into Wellington’s economy? The shoeing bill for the horses

of polo around the world. Polo enthusiasts from two hundred

is close to two million each month, with close to another million spent on

clubs across the U.S., and hundreds more from around the globe

manure removal, which is hauled to the nurseries in western Palm Beach

descend on Wellington for the finals. Last year Audi, a relatively

County. The feed bill for the horses in Wellington is close to two and a half

new team to compete in the Open, defeated a previous winner,

million each month, with a comparable amount spent on equine veterinary

Las Monjitas in a thrilling come from behind victory. They join

science for the winter. The horses inside the Equestrian Square drink

the ranks of historic teams from the Wanderers to Retama to Les

150,000 gallons of water; consume over five thousand bales of hay, and 7.5

Diables Blues, to Outback to Isla Caroll to take home the coveted

tons of grain per day. New barns are currently being built across Wellington

trophy. This year, the Palm Beach Polo Season features all levels

which signals a boost in the economy. A small parcel of land in Grand Prix

of polo from 8 goals up to the 26 goal season, culminating with

Acres presently sold for two million an acre. Four years ago two polo fields

the 106th U.S. Open Polo Championship. New this year, a polo

in the area sold for four hundred thousand an acre.

school has been started for all levels of students ranging from already playing horsemen to rank novices. A women’s tournament will also be featured this year at the club during the season.

Balance of Horses with Nature A few years back, I was driving through Isla Caroll where International Polo Club Palm Beach is now, and spotted what appeared to be a large cat crossing the road a few hundred yards in the distance. Using binoculars I discovered the cat to be a Florida panther kitten. Bordered on the Everglades, Wellington’s horse community has become a habitat for the great flocks of 2009 105th US Open Polo Championship, AUDI Wins! Photography by: LILA PHOTO

ibis, egrets, cranes and herons that live in South Florida. Just off Indian Mound Road and South Shore Blvd, a bald eagle nest

Some of the private barns built resemble more the Taj-Mahal

is home to a second generation of eagles that return every year

than a stable for horses. There are over twenty five private

to raise their young. Otters are often spotted on the canals on

polo fields in the area and over one hundred horse show rings.

Pierson and 120 th roads. Ospreys can be seen diving from the

Celebrities like Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Mayor

air for fish in the canals. Wood Storks and Water Turkeys can be

Bloomberg, John Mellencamp and Madonna spend winters

seen fishing as well. A quarter mile to the north of International

here to compete, or watch their children compete. During

Polo Club on Pierson Road stands what left of the big Blue

Sunday Polo, you can run into any number of celebrities from

Forest. With the passing of Bink Glisson, it is somewhat over

sports, entertainment, business and international politics. John

grown and the pump is gone but it still stands in spite of growing

Goodman has bought the Wellington Club and turned it into

development, protected by local environmental groups that have

the Wanderers Club, named after the first team to win the U.S.

picked up the torch that Bink left behind.

Open. The Wanderers is a sister club to International Polo Club, and brings to Wellington added prestige that connects the local and international horse crowd with the local citizenry. Recently, evening polo matches have been added to the Wanderers Club where buffets are served and patrons drive golf carts down to the field to watch the games. 53 2010 POLO MAGAZINE

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Bink Glisson’s museum has been moved to the South Florida Fairgrounds ten minutes out of Wellington. It is now called Yester year Village and contains artifacts and paintings by Bink, connecting the Wellington of today with the histor y of Wellington of long ago. During the U.S. Open Polo Championship you can get a scent of the orange blossoms that used to permeate the area from the orange trees that surround the fields.

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or thirty years, parts of the history locked within Wellington are the historic polo games that have been played within its boundaries. From historic World Cup in 1979 when the Texas team upset the Argentine team, to the present day U.S. Open, where Audi came from behind to win over Las Monjitas, the tradition of a center stage for

International Polo continues at International Polo Club. From Juan Carlos Harriot, to Memo Gracida, Gonzalo Pieres, the Heguy family, the great American team of Evans, Barry, Armour and Wayman and now Adolfo Cambiaso, Wellington has hosted every major player and every great polo pony in the sport for over three decades. In 1995, the Village of Wellington became incorporated to receive Federal money. With it came federal housing and a

diversification in its population that has been enjoyed by the polo community for years, which has a populace made up of people from all over the world. Thirty eight thousand people lived in Wellington by the year 2000. This year the figure expected to reach close to sixty thousand. No one has been able to figure an accurate amount of horse people that come into the area each year. If ever yone that made a living off of Wellington horses or the Wellington horse crowd donated five dollars, there would be enough to buy a solid gold statue of a horse to put at the entrance of the town. The greatest horses to walk the earth in several equestrian disciplines for the last thirty years have performed in Wellington. Their legacy fills their respective Hall of Fames. Builders, retailers, bars, restaurateurs, landscapers, and ser vice personnel have made their life’s work off the horses. For now, the symbol that represents and amazing thirty year histor y of polo in Wellington is the stadium at International Polo Club and Piaget field. It is the polo showcase for polo in the world, the nation, and not the least of all Wellington.

“If everyone that made a living off of Wellington horses or the Wellington horse crowd donated five dollars, there would be enough to buy a solid gold statue of a horse to put at the entrance of the town.”

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Cotton dinner jacket with contrast piping and cotton tuxedo shirt by MICHAEL BASTIAN, cotton/nylon pants by LOUIS VUITTON, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR . Jewelry Provided by PIAGET, Piaget Polo Chronograph in rose gold ($26,000)

Neptune cotton twill bustier dress and matching bolero by YVES SAINT LAURENT, corset belt by BOTTEGA VENETA. Jewelry Provided by PIAGET, Piaget Limelight Paris-New York Temptation necklace in white gold set with emeralds and diamonds (price upon request), Piaget Rose cocktail ring ($36,100) and Piaget Limelight Paris-New York cocktail ring (price upon request), both in white gold with diamonds

Shot on Location on WORTH AVENUE, PALM BEACH From Left to Right: Cotton shirt by THOMAS PINK, wool vest by DOLCE & GABBANA, tie by D SQUARED 2, wool tuxedo pants by PAUL SMITH, shoes by

RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL. Tweed jacket with beaded multicolor stones and tulle stripe sequined dress by MARC JACOBS, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR, pink acrylic bag by JIMMY CHOO, blue and white handbag by PRADA, shoes by GUCCI.. Jewelry Provided by PIAGET On him: Piaget Polo Forty Five in titanium ($11,900)On her: Piaget Limelight Party cocktail ring in white gold set with a blue topaz, sapphires and diamonds ($31,500), Piaget Possession bangles ($6,600, $13,000), both in white gold with diamonds

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Shot on location on PIAGET FIELD, INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH From Left to Right: Cotton pique polo shirt with black collar and cotton shorts by LACOSTE, shoes by VIKTOR & ROLF MONSIEUR, red leather woven bag by BOTTEGA VENETA, white leather duffel bag by GUCCI. Wool crepe jacket, linen shirt, linen pants, tie and shoes by GIORGIO ARMANI. Cotton and silk panama coat, leopard print silk bow tie blouse, matching button front cotton jacquard skirt and shoes by CHRISTIAN DIOR, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR, diamond earrings, handbag by EMILIO PUCCI. Linen double breasted jacket, linen shirt, wool/silk pants, belt and loafers by SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR.Wool coat by BOTTEGA VENETA, floral print silk dress by MARC JACOBS, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR, portfolio bag and shoes by MIU MIU. Jewelry Provided by PIAGET, From the left On him: Piaget Polo Chronograph in rose gold ($26,000)On her: Piaget Limelight Party cocktail ring in white gold set with onyx and diamonds ($33,900), Piaget Paris-New York earrings ($22,000), Piaget Polo ($34,000), both in white gold with diamonds On him: Piaget Polo FortyFive Chronograph in titanium ($17,900) On her: Piaget Possession bangles ($6,600, $13,000) and bracelet ($11,000), Piaget Possession ring ($17,000), Piaget Rose cocktail ring ($36,100), all in white gold with diamonds

Shot on location, PIAGET FIELD, INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH On Foreground: Floral print silk pleated halter dress by LOUIS VUITTON, shoes by BOTTEGA VENETA. From Left to Right: Check print seersucker cotton suit, short sleeve cotton shirt and shoes by VIKTOR &

ROLF MONSIEUR. Jewelry Provided by PIAGET, On him: Piaget Polo Chronograph in rose gold ($26,000)On him: Piaget 30th Anniversary limited edition Polo in white gold with diamonds ($66,000)On him: Piaget Polo in rose gold with diamonds ($28,500) On her: Piaget Possession Toi et Moi pendant in yellow gold with diamonds ($5,700), Piaget Altiplano in rose gold ($18,150)

Shot on Location, PIAGET FIELD Cotton dinner jacket with contrast piping and cotton tuxedo shirt by MICHAEL BASTIAN, cotton/nylon pants by LOUIS VUITTON, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR. Floral print chiffon ruched dress by CHANEL, sunglasses by LINDA DERECTOR. Jewelry Provided by PIAGET, On him: Piaget Polo Chronograph in rose gold ($26,000) On her: Piaget Polo ($33,000), Piaget Honey earrings ($5,450), Piaget Toi et Moi double strand necklace ($9,000), all in yellow gold with diamonds. On her: Piaget Polo in white gold with diamonds ($17,000)

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POLO POP

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t has been said that the only problem with the American

Dream, is that it happens when you are sleeping. The

human condition has the innate

desire to venture past what we

are and achieve what we have not. Galileo called it physics, Da Vinci called it art, Darwin called it natural

selection and Warhol called it pop. And although modern society’s list of dreams has morphed into

a different shape than Maslow’s

Hierarchy of Needs, individuals will always savor and crave a

taste of the good life. Where food and shelter were once coveted

principles for survival, style and accessory now dominate. Form has won over function, or has it?

By: Melissa S. Leshem

POLO & POP CULTURE FEATURES & PROFILES

Probably the most A-list of all social anthropologists, Andy Warhol was a master of observing our habits, trends and our relationship with the world around us. Our affinity and affections for a variety of pleasures, past times and styles have often transcended their genres to meld with other mediums. The success of polo and people’s fascination with it, has allowed the sport to lend itself to the art of fashion probably more so than any other instrument. From monarchs to knights to equestrian glamour, horseplay has long been associated with wealth and privilege. Nobility a key factor in the carriage trade, was something that Parisian couturier, Thierry Hermès understood very well. His inventory of perfectly crafted carriages, harnesses, saddles and bridles matched the upscale reputation and family legacies of his client roster. Royalty, politicians and a decadent elite class of society were the few who could enjoy pieces of Hermès art in a 19th century world. It appears as though some things never change. Though through craftsmen and visionaries such as Hermès, the world has been exposed to a level of artistry and detail synonymous with polo- sheer perfection and utter precision in design, demeanor, and attitude. Since it’s days of Victorian prestige Hermès, the initial house of equestrian commodity, has left history books, editions of Vogue and many flips through society pages its own contributions to pop culture- the Kelly and Birkin bags named for their muses Princess Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin. Comparably coveted in some circles as much as food and water, a vacant spot on a waiting list to get one, is just as celebrated as the bags themselves. If only Hermès himself, could foresee the market that would spawn from outfitting horses.

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chieving a notion of decadence, sense of privilege and a tour behind the doors that border ordinary and what most believe to be extraordinary, is a story older than even Perez Hilton’s famed blog itself. An even older tale, and one that knows all too well the power and mystique that comes from behind closed doors, is polo.

Revered for its reputation of exclusivity, luxury and quality, the sport of polo has had the ability to make many wonder what it would be like to not just window shop. Rather, what it would be like to buy into a world of unsurpassed style and reign. Quite the departure from the humble farm horses that have contributed to developing civilizations and economies, since it’s creation over 2000 years ago, polo has ever so elegantly been adopted as a thread woven into the dynamic fabric of our popular culture. Though, do not fool the sport of kings for a Campbell’s Soup dress.

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With a philosophy that dictates refined elegance and a sport that personifies sophistication, it was not long before polo influenced other couture houses to opt for its fundamentals of design, while capturing inspiration from it’s traditions. Christian Dior’s rendition of the Saddle Bag and Gucci’s equestrian inspired monogram echoes articles and accoutrements associated with equestrian and polo culture, while developing a modern fan base for a not-so-modern sport.

“From monarchs to knights to equestrian glamour, horseplay has long been associated with wealth and privilege.”

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f music loves fashion, than Madonna is no exception. On her wildly successful Confessions Tour, Madonna collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier as he designed the ultimate equestrian ensemble, worthy of a Queen of Pop. Complete with a pair of jodhpurs, riding crop, top hat with horse’s tail and of course, five inch heeled riding boots, the outfit seen around the world will forever be remembered as a piece of pop memorabilia. Madonna is an icon and Britney Spears is a pop culture princess. With the ability to speak to tomorrow’s generation, this paparazzi angel and trash mag darling has staked her place in history by shining bright to the top and not-so-gracefully crashing to the bottom, time and time again. Through the erratic theatre that has been her career all eyes are always on her. With the stunning backdrop of the Bella Vista Polo Club grounds, Spears’ Radar music video glorified the sex appeal encapsulated with polo and brought it to the forefront of the mainstream. With cameos from polo players such as; Jason Crowder, Santiago Wulff, TJ Barrack, Parker Flannery, and Mariano Fessetta, ‘MTV’ers’ enjoyed a glimpse into the polo world with none other than Mariano Gutierrez as her love interest. Yes, even polo knows no boundaries when it comes to love.

As long as luxury continues to mutate into a stronger, new strain of ego, a market will always exist. And so goes economics 101 and the rule of supply and demand. Perhaps due to the lack of delicious scandal; as it is a gentleman’s sport after all, polo has never been integrated more into current times than it is in present day. With the recent warm reception that polo has received in the latter part of the twentieth and early part of the twenty first century, we see its many influences take shape in our popular culture. Ralph Lauren whose design philosophy has epitomized Americana at its best, is credited for the timeless polo shirt. Alas, truth be told that the infamous shirt was originally introduced to the world by Rene Lacoste in 1933, under the guise of the term “tennis shirt”.As, polo culture ultimately prevailed; Lacoste’s creation began to be referred to as the “polo shirt”, and thus a star was born. Becoming a staple of musthave preppy attire in 1972, Lauren appointed the image of a polo player upon his mount, as a trademark for his POLO brand and its success started to spread like the gossip of spectators on the sidelines of the field. The silhouette has since been reproduced by countless designers, sold at a myriad of retailers and has found a place in closets, hampers and hearts around the globe. This timeless piece has become an article of affordable luxury. For a reasonable fee, one can wrap themselves up in a morsel of polo luxe.

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In 2005, Lauren released the Black Label line, which is befittingly represented by the poster boy for polo in pop culture, Ignacio Figueras. While, the six-goal player has been referred to as the “Brad Pitt of polo”, he is affectionately known as “Nacho” and has become an ideal image for the Black Label brand. With his undeniable good looks, athletic ability, charisma and obvious penchant for modeling he has proven that integrating a real life polo player for the POLO brand has been a most successful endeavor for both himself, and his Black Label sponsored team, BlackWatch. After all, you haven’t truly made it until you have been on Oprah. That’s right, no passport gets cleared at pop culture customs faster, and in a more effective manner than with the diva of talk herself. Initiation into the infamous Book Club, or the opportunity to show off your couch jumping antics however silly, has become a sign of mainstream success. Although Figueras opted to stay seated while he appeared as a guest on the Oprah show, his appearance invited millions of viewers who may not have otherwise been exposed to the sport, the opportunity to gain an intimate look into polo, if not a few minutes to marvel at a handsome subject. While on the show, Figueras expressed a profound respect for his relationship with Lauren as he stated; “he has given me the opportunity of giving the world more of an idea of what my sport is all about, which is one (of) my missions in life.” A mission to cast a spotlight on a sport rooted deep in tradition, while defining athleticism and true sportsmanship are contributing factors to Figueras’ desire to share and celebrate what he loves, with the world. In an effort to further expose the masses to polo, Figueras helped organize the second annual Manhattan Polo Classic, on Governors Island in New York. The exhibition was open to the public and free for all those willing to participate in a day of polo. With a dash of royalty, compliments of HRH Prince Harry, a pinch of society and a whole lot of athletic excitement, spectators enjoyed a true polo experience. Figueras’ efforts to spread the gospel of polo have extended far beyond the glossy pages, and billboards of high fashion. Rather, he has endeavored to reach a fresh and impressionable demographic, with his guest appearance on the ever popular adolescent drama Gossip Girl. His cameo on the season premiere where he played himself essentially exposed a new crop of Gossip Girl fans to a modern and hip injection of polo.

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qually striking and charismatic, eight-goal player Nick Roldan is a man that shares Figueras’ hopes for a polo future filled with a wide spectrum of fans and added visibility. Roldan is pleased to join Figueras’ battalion as a soldier in the fight for polo popularity, and feels an obligation to the game that has given him so much. He believes that; “ although polo has been under the radar as the public has seen it as a sport of the elite, it is actually about real athletics.” Roldan, like many of the sport’s celebrated athletes, supports opportunities to share polo with an often discerning public. Along with a distinguished roster of polo talent such as; Nacho Figueras, Facundo Pieres, Cristian Laprida Jr., Aldolfo Cambiaso, Javier Novillo Astrada, Oli Hipwood, Sam Hopkinson, Julio Gracida and Rob Archibald, Roldan was praised in Vanity Fair as one of Polo’s Hottest Horsemen. When asked about the favorable title, a modest and flattered Roldan noted; “I consider myself an athlete with discipline first. I have a respect for the sport and the people around it and I think it has the potential to grow tremendously”. It appears that somewhere along the line, the public has forgotten the legitimacy of polo and the reality that it is indeed a rapid, high contact, dangerous sport. A sport, that requires years of intense training, mental strategy, streak of daring madness and an absolute regard for your teammates.

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Like Figueras, Roldan grew up in a middle class home, miles away from thoughts of royal teammates, corporate sponsorships and celebrity. Taking to the sport at five years of age, Roldan’s affinity and passion for polo ultimately shaped his future career. When discussing whether financial considerations were required for polo, more than other sports, Roldan explained that; “money can be a concern with any sport that is taken to a professional level, but polo as a hobby is achievable through organizations such as the Polo Training Foundation”. Since its inception in 1967, the charitable foundation has encouraged youth to experience polo while bringing it to the forefront. Through funded programs, young individuals have had the opportunity to learn to play the sport and umpire matches while fostering leadership and team building skills.

blood lines and the courts who entertain them. The bad PR that polo has received has failed to recognize the sport for its strengths. For the pillars of tradition, heritage and sportsmanship that it stands for, rather it has opted to focus on notions of inapproachability. It appears as though polo has finally locked down the right publicist, for as never before the public is welcoming an education into polo. People are genuinely asking questions about the game itself, as opposed to who is on the guest list. With men like Roldan and Figueras whose heart and intentions for the sport are clearly evident, the public are given an in depth and personal look into what has, till now been an occult world, shrouded in stigmas.

Polo’s philanthropic outreach and impact has extended far beyond the field. The brainchild of Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes is a forprofit footwear company that aims to provide sensible shoes for individuals in developing countries in South America, Africa and anywhere else they are needed. With a love for polo, Mycoskie found himself in Argentina taking polo lessons, when he stumbled upon the humble alpargata shoe and the devastating reality that many people there had simply gone without simple footwear. Worn by Argentinean farmers who tended to horses for centuries, Mycoskie’s discovery of the alpargatas fueled a profitable, new trend. Inspired by the colorful and traditional wraps of Argentine polo horses, Mycoskie introduced the TOMS Wrap Boot. Quick to receive design acclaim from even the most discriminating shoe addicts, TOMS Shoes donates one pair of shoes for every boot sold. In true sporting style, TOMS Shoes teamed up with the polo apparel man himself, Ralph Lauren create a line of slip-ons for his Rugby collection. Charity never looked so good. As its sidelines are filled with a barrage of fans that include some of the most stylish people on the planet, there is no negating the fact that polo is synonymous with style. But since when should good taste be a handicap? It is fair to say that although, many sports unite communities; polo culture has always prided itself on creating an unparalleled social arena for all participating. Deemed “the most glamorous day in the English polo calendar” by Britain’s Telegraph, the Chinawhite Rock the Polo event, fused together prolific brands and characters such as Cartier, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew Williamson. Having grown annually to become the world’s largest polo event with over twenty thousand in attendance, spectators have enjoyed watching their favorite teams, such as Argentina and England, vie for the coveted Coronation Cup, whilst their ensembles vie for some attention of their own. Polo is a fashionable sport that has lent itself to inspire many popular trends, clearly at the cost of often being misinterpreted. Roldan explains; “polo and its players do have a style sense, but we work hard. We love the field, the horses, the intensity of the sport, everything else are perks. Polo comes first.”

Nevertheless, one would have to beg the questions; is unlocking the door to the gilded cage going to somehow diminish the exclusivity, cachet and mystique that so many find intriguing about the sport? Will polo ever be incorporated into society’s culture and rituals enough to one day include mass merchandising and even tailgating? In addition to Ralph Lauren’s Black Label line, polo teams have been sponsored by the likes of notable brands such as; Mercedes Benz, Audi, Coca Cola and Bud Light, just to name a few. With this outlet the sport has reached new levels of visibility while initiating a widespread awareness and demand that polo enthusiasts are confident will grow. Many popular brands have embraced polo while soliciting its players and teams to represent their products, and rightly so. Unlike many sports in the mainstream spotlight, polo exudes a sense of magical allure, that for a variety of reasons the public is inherently drawn to. An allure fueled in part by curiosity and in part by stereotype it is a fascination that is derived from both misconceptions and adoration. Or perhaps, it’s simply the hope that just maybe, the American Dream does exist- it just happens on the polo field.

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lame it on Bond, James Bond. But ever since

swayed by breathtaking craft l i ke Thunde rball ’s hydrofoil-

the perennial gentleman secret agent hopped

hiding Disco Volante or Quantum of Solace’s Sunseeker 37M

into a gleaming white Fairey Huntress and

Trideck Yacht, called the M4.

made his spectacular escape in From Russia

w ith Love, people have gone gaga over the power boat.

J CRAFT

And how could they not? Sleek and fast, it’s the highperformance sports car of ocean-going craft. In the r ight

With Bond being so big on luxury power boats, it makes perfect

hands, and w ith the r ight pedigree, it’s also a high status

sense that Sweden-based J Craft would enlist Sir Roger Moore

thr ill.

when the company launched its Tor pedo at 2009’s Monaco Yacht Show. Moore, who portrayed the legendar y 007 in

That Bond, of course, was portrayed by Sean Connery.

just as many Bond mov ies, was (in theor y) at the helm

Yet every subsequent Bond film saw the British super-spy

when that Glastron GT150 f lew over Sheriff J. W. Pepper’s

piloting

who

police cruiser and inadvertently set a world record in Live

was at the helm. From Roger Moore and Live and Let

and Let Die, a story that made the cover of Time. Moore, of

Die’s world record-setting Glastron GT150 to Daniel

course, also played the equally smooth Simon Templar in

Craig in Casino Royale’s sleek, black 1120hp Lancia di

the ‘60’s British television series The Saint. For anyone who’s

Lancia. Even Bond v illains have gotten in on the game,

counting, that’s over two decades of suave and debonair. And

although their power boats tended to be of a more super

it’s just t he k i nd of tone one would wa nt to set for t he

yacht var iety. But you don’t have to be a bad guy to be

l aunch of a cr a ft made e speci a l ly for t he jet set.

ever

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craft,

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n fact, according to J Craft CEO Johan Attvik,

R i v a A q u a r a m a of f t he c o a st of St . Tr op e z he “r e a l i z e d

the man responsible for spearheading the

he h a d t o c r e at e s omet h i n g a bit bi g ge r, mor e r e l i a ble ,

creation of the Torpedo, talks are currently

st r on ge r, t h at h a d a l l t he mo de r n t e c h nolo g y.” G ue s s

underway to have the firm’s elegant new

a h i g h s p e e d c r a sh w i l l do t h at t o a fe l l a .

power boat placed in either the next Bond movie or an upcoming sequel to The

“Ever yone i s ok ay, but we ended up i n t he water ver y

Saint. Noting the 42ft yacht’s elegance

quick ly,” Att vk reca l l s. So now “we’re ma k i ng a boat

and speed, it’s likely to be placed in both.

t hat’s rel i able for Sa rdi ni a or Cor sica. Or for our Spa nish

The producers in charge of such decisions

clients to go between Barcelona and Majorca, and that’s a bit

might want to act as fast as the craft though,

of a journey. [The Riva is] a good day boat, but if you want

because luxury of this class is strictly limited. Attvik says J

to cross oceans, or if you want to do a six or seven hour trip,

Craft plans on only “building between 12 and 15 boats for

with the Torpedo it’s possible.”

2010,” however, given seven or eight months lead time, one can have one ordered.

Attvik divides his time between Stockholm and St Tropez, where he can sometimes be found palling around with Sweden’s K ing Carl, who proudly ow ns another one of the seven Cabr io Cr uisers. Att v ik, who was out on the waters w ith him over last summer, says the K ing “dr ives his boat really enthusiastically” and “is a big yachtsman. He likes motors and he likes constr uction, and he’s the kind of guy who jumps into the engine room.”

The K ing’s son, Pr ince Carl Philip, is also a fan of J Craft J-Craft Torpedo

and Att v ik brought him in to do “a ser ies of silver cutler y we put in all our boats.” It’s one of the finer details

J Craft built its first prototy pe, the Cabr io Cr uiser, back in ’99. And to date the company has made only seven of the much-her a lded debut. Att v i k say s t hat a fter t he l aunch

attendant in ever y Tor pedo, which also boasts the kind of Nardi hand-car ved steer ing wheel used in the Fer rar i 250 GTO.

“t he compa ny went to sleep for a bit.” But once he bought one of J Cr a ft’s i nit i a l batch for hi s per sona l use, t he f i r m’s patented appl ic at ion of moder n technolog y to cl a ssic wood con st r uct ion wa s just too good to let l ie dor ma nt. A nd it wa sn’t long before A t t v i k “e nde d up r u n n i n g t he c omp a n y.”

Att v i k , whose back g round i s i n vent ure c apit a l, “a lway s had a bi g i nt e r e st i n b o at s ,” a nd a f t e r he c r a she d h i s

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Fittingly, J Craft’s state-of-the-art shipyard is located on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, where the craft of boatbuilding has been practiced for over 1000 years. And if the grace and the beauty of the Torpedo is any indication that craft will still be being practiced 1000 years from now.

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THE KING DRIVES HIS BOAT REALLY ENTHUSIASTICALLY” AND “IS A BIG YACHTSMAN. HE LIKES MOTORS AND HE LIKES CONSTRUCTION, AND HE’S THE KIND OF GUY WHO JUMPS INTO THE ENGINE ROOM.”

Roger Moore & J Craft CEO

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uxury speed may be fine for both the super-spy and

Currently, says Schriefer, “a typical season is spring to fall, but

the royal yachtsmen and the adventure-seeking CEO,

we’re looking to expand it to a year round sport. ChampBoat

But some folks aren’t content merely to go luxuriantly

doesn’t require an off-season, so we’re looking to add more

fast, they’ve got to go record-breaking fast. And one of the fastest

tropical destinations.” And though the first ChampBoats

ways to go is the F1 class ChampBoat.

only began blasting down the world’s waterways in 1981, “in terms of serious championships, it’s actually a 36 year-old

As the name implies, this is the water-based equivalent of Formula

sport, but we’ve been running 25 full seasons.”

One racing, and it too is a favorite around the world. F1 is governed by the Monaco-based Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM,

Back in the beginning, the F1 was an open-cockpit plywood boat.

International Power Boating Association), of which the American

These days though, things are very different. Each craft is equipped

Power Boat Association is a member.

with a fully-covered, composite breakaway cockpit, replete with air bag, and also boasts its own “crash box” (aka “black box”),

Mike Schriefer, president of ChampBoat for the last five years, has

so that both driver and builder can determine the cause of any

made the F1 ChampBoat Series the #1 spectator sport on water. Prior

crack-up.

to his involvement with ChampBoat, Schriefer ran The Speedway Group, a marketing and management company that specialized in

Things have changed for the driver as well. In addition to a

auto racing and premium automotive events. Through Speedway,

Super License (the same issued to Formula One road racers),

which he founded, Schriefer managed several Indy drivers including;

each driver is required to pass an immersion test that involves

Kevin Cogan, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi and Boby Unser to

being placed inside a mock cockpit and f lipped underwater.

name just a few.

The subsequent escape is then judged by safety officials, and if they see a problem, that driver doesn’t get out on the water.

Not content merely to be #1 on water, Schriefer seems intent on raising ChampBoat’s profile until its #1 on land as well. Part

When you consider that the 860 pound, 350 hp can go from

of that effort will be reinstituting more high gloss events along

0-60mph in less than four seconds and reach a maximum

with high profile mainstays such as the Pittsburgh Regatta and

speed of over 150mph though, it’s no wonder safety is so paramount

the Grand Prix of Minneapolis. Back in 2007 ChampBoat ran a

to the sport. So is something as simple and sensible as the water.

very successful season-closing race along the waterfront in historic Savannah, and it’s likely the charmed Southern city will be back

We require absolute calm water wherever we run,” says Schriefer.

on the map in 2010. As will Miami’s long-shuttered (and recently

“Formula One boats are some of the hardest running racing

landmarked) Marine Stadium, on Virginia Key, which could easily

machines in the world. That makes it pretty popular for

prove to be the F1 ChampBoat Series’ most glamorous event.

downtown riverfronts and downtown bayfronts, lakes and things like that. But we don’t go offshore at all.”

“Like motor sports, there are three or four major categories in power boat racing: the offshore, the drag, the Unlimited (H1) and the F1. We’re like the Indy car racing on the water, if you will.” Yes perhaps, if Indy also raced in Abu Dhabi, Doha and St. Petersburg.

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“ONE OF THE FASTEST WAYS TO GO IS THE F1 CLASS CHAMPBOAT.” ChampBoat

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Miss Geico breaking the world record

ven faster than the F1 is the H1, also known as The

AMF, which stands for “America Moving Forward,” was only formed in

Unlimited. Whereas the ChampBoat is powered

2002, and Haggin (as he prefers to be called) stumbled upon Miss Geico

by twin Mercury Marine V6s, the Unlimited runs

almost by accident.

on a Lycoming T-55 L7C, the same engine used in

Chinook Helicopters. And, unlike the Formula 1, the H1 really has

“When Geico was first around with all their advertisements, I had

no on-shore equivalent. These thunderboats do have a lot of fans

a couple beers in me and I drew up a Miss Geico, put a little

though, as many, if not more than their Formula One counterparts.

lipstick on her, a bathing suit, and laid her out on the deck of a

And they have a lot of high stakes players backing the action.

boat. Later I went to Washington corporate and met up with all the wherewithal people and it f lew. Then three or four years ago,

One of the most infamous of the high stakes players is John Haggin,

Geico picked us up and sponsored us. It’s kind of a goof. We now

owner of AMF Offshore Racing, home of the Miss Geico and holder

have the largest, fastest turbine boat in the world. It does 213mph

of the World Championship for the last four years. That Haggin’s

and we’ve just been kicking everybody’s butt. It’s really been a great

craft happens to be the fastest in its class is no coincidence. In

run!”

fact, it probably wouldn’t be Haggin’s craft if it wasn’t. The man simply exudes speed: in his speech, in his manner and in his

Indeed it has been. Of the 13 meets AMF competed in last season,

actions, which surely run in his very successful Kentucky bloodline.

Miss Geico won eight and placed second in three. Another was an exhibition race, so that really doesn’t count. And only once during the whole season did AMF earn a DNF (“Did Not Finish”), and that was

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because “we had some new drives on the boat, and, unfortunately,

I think he just did The Dirty Dozen back then. Talk about icons to

we shredded the gears.” And though Haggin says the Michigan City

grow up with!”

incident “was a shame because I had all my Geico sponsors there.” AMF would more than make up for it in Key West, at season’s end,

The Don Aronow that Haggin remembers so fondly is of course

when the team took first in all three of the meet’s races.

the very same man whose deep V-hulled Cigarette racing boat transformed the sport, and who would be forever known as “the King

“It was the wildest thing. We must have had 50,000 people down

of Thunderboat Row.” It’s that kind of legend Haggin exemplifies.

there watching the Geico boat. Warren Buffet was there being my

And it is that kind of resonance such a high-speed, high stakes sport

boss, and he’s calling me saying ‘this is one of the coolest things in

as H1 racing demands.

the world.’ He loves us because Geico is one of his 72 corporations; that’s his cash cow.”

There’s a good reason why the Unlimited is also called “the Extreme.” And that’s because it takes people who are willing to push beyond

Surely Mr. Buffet, being the businessman that he is, would be

any limits, either real or imagined. People like Gar Wood, Don

“proud to sponsor” Miss Geico. But one suspects that he, like Haggin,

Aronow, and now, John Haggin, whose contribution to H1 power

appreciates H1’s pedigree, which can be traced back to the ‘20s,

boat racing seems to have only just begun.

when an entrepreneur named Gar Wood dominated the field. Wood, who was the first man to travel over 100mph on the water, won five consecutive Gold Cup races between 1917 and 1921, the year that he raced a train called the Havana Special from Miami to New York – and beat it by 12 minutes.

Naturally Wood, who would go on to acquire Miami’s Fisher Island in the ‘50s, wasn’t the only colorful figure in the field, either then, when his Miss Amer ica was attracting a million spectators, or now, w ith Miss Geico dr iver Marc Granet setting records in “the Chatanooga Mile.” And it’s certainly not the only colorful character in the ver y colorful Haggin’s life.

“We moved down here from Charlottesville, Virginia 37 years ago. Daddy came down, and of course he wanted to have a Cigarette.

John Haggin and John Goodman

Back in the days of Thunderboat Row, my dad’s best friends were Don Aronow and Lee Marvin. So for me growing up it’s kind of humorous. I was like 5 or 6 years old with those two nut jobs on a boat. And we’d go off to the Sailfish Club or The Buccaneer Club. I remember the [day of the] moon landing, these guys were stinking drunk, and I’m driving the boat even though I can barely see over

“WHEN GEICO WAS FIRST AROUND WITH ALL THEIR ADVERTISEMENTS, I HAD A COUPLE BEERS IN ME AND I DREW UP A MISS GEICO, PUT A LITTLE LIPSTICK ON HER, A BATHING SUIT, AND LAID HER OUT ON THE DECK OF A BOAT.

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YOUTH& AMERICAN TRADITIONS IN POLO Written by Charity Baker

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.” The Catcher in the Rye Mr. Spencer in Chapter 2

LEGACY PROFILE COLUMNS

CB Scherer Playing by the rules and making new ones, this is the unremitting spirit of CB Scherer, a gifted athlete with respect for the sport and a lineage of polo players and enthusiasts. Both his grandfather and father played professionally, 6 and 5 goals respectively, in Wellington, where he recalls enjoying polo his whole life. This is exactly how the young polo players today are involved in the sport, from the beginning.

AMERICAN SPIRIT CB quite naturally took up the sport of polo. With a history of sports including 22 seasons of baseball, lacrosse and some motorcross under his belt, he began playing kid’s polo tournaments in middle school. Practicing at South 40 Club in Wellington, and jumping young, CB got the Polo in motion early. “By 8th grade I started to take polo seriously”, CB relays, although compared to any person his age or otherwise, CB’s involvement already far surpassed that of a mere hobby. Following his father’s footsteps, he has only attended schools with polo teams. Culver Military Academy, an established boarding academy located in Culver Indiana, played a very important role in CB’s development as a young polo player during high school. Tom Goodspeed came to coach at Culver during CB’s freshman year, which was also his first exposure to indoor arena polo. Common to most stories of success, CB was cut from the Culver team at the beginning of the season during his first year. Without dismay he immediately set to work to create an opportunity for himself by practicing solo, hitting cage balls, and ultimately bringing Tom Goodspeed to the effort. And in the fashion of true leadership, CB also started his own team of all rooky players. “Tom was my biggest training influence” recalls CB with absolute conviction, ‘the hardest training ever’, he says. To compliment Tom’s excellent training was 24 hour accessibility to the campus polo facilities at Culver, and so efficiency became key.

MAKING HIS WAY Tom’s arrival created some waves. This new coach had an intense program of practice four times a week. CB talked to Tom on a regular basis, this was priceless polo exposure for him. Ed Little the Director of Horsemanship, wanted to get to Nationals, and Tom worked every day with his players to make it to the Finals. And so that first year they arrived beating the defending champs and winning the semi-finals, but losing to Toronto. Attending the National finals 4 years in a row, they lost to Toronto every year but

Image Right: CB Scherer (Culver Military Academies ‘08) National All-Star Team and Scholastic Player of the Year Image Far Right Photography by: LILA PHOTO

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they played national all-star team, and were voted on the top 4 all star team junior and senior year. CB made ‘Player of the Year’ his senior year while at Culver Academy. When I asked CB where success comes from he answered succinctly--hard work, dedication and time. He works hard to keep his grades high, to train his horses both at school and at home, and to develop his polo skills year round. While at college CB has expanded his polo venue to include new locations and experience by playing with other polo professionals. Currently enrolled at his father’s Alma Mater of the University of Virginia, where he plays varsity polo, on both indoor and outdoor facilities, which does he prefer? Of course outdoor! However, he claims the indoor arena atmosphere is a good one, and can be lots of fun. Comparing the experience to an ice hockey game, if the turnout is good and the crowd is motivated it can make the experience full of energy which can feed the polo players in a very positive way. CB jokes, after-all...’It’s like a party, if the room isn’t full of people it’s not much fun’. At this new level of playing for CB he enjoys an audience.

THE SHOWMAN There was a good turnout at Nationals last year. His outfits outside of playing at UVA include visits to playing for John Goodman in Houston over the summer, Lexington National, lots of time with the Pierres Brothers Facundo and Gonazlito, and trips to Wellington which he puts among the top of his list. He spent this past summer in Nashville at Graymar Farm with Robert Lipman. And over the holidays during Christmas he plays with his dad and brother in the Port Mayaca. Carrying the tradition, CB longs to keep polo in his life forever. He will always live somewhere where there is Polo. CB’s short term goals are to win Nationals this year, again. Again, Return to Nashville, and re-visit Texas where he spent time with Sugar Erskine and Chris Nevins. California is on his list of places to explore; perhaps with a higher goal rating he can get that opportunity soon. Favorite role model is Owen Rinehart, who helped CB when he was younger get involved with polo on a professional level along with his dad and grandfather of course. This Engineering and Economics major, with a Business minor, would like to make polo a full time profession, an inherent sense of responsibly allows him to keep his options open while attending college. CB has played his whole life for fun, professional development and to honor the tradition. Like everything polo requires true passion, dedication and hard work, CB has that in spades.

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Isabella Wolf The future for polo lies in the young stars like Isabella Wolf. She is currently in her first year at University of Virginia as a 1-goaler; Issy to her friends and fans is a name in the making. Most recently honored with the MVP at the Miami Polo Cup 2009, Issy trains with Luis Escobar when she is not at school. She is incredibly enthusiastic about the sport and the tradition of polo, with a remarkable insight for both. ‘It is the only sport that I know of which is co-ed, a contact sport, equestrian, and involves teamwork’. She cannot explain her love for polo, but who can explain love? Issy plans to make polo her full time professional career. This lovely lady is a serious player.

TRADITIONS She is charming and upbeat, and proud to come from a historically supportive environment of ‘horse-people’. ‘My grandparents were horse-people’ she says, the love of horses has transcended many generations from both sides of her family in forms of riding, jumping and fox hunting, a sport of her father’s. As a very young girl Issy began riding, a mere 18-month old, her mother, who most closely encouraged her, is a professional jumper rider in her own right. It was at nine years old, when Issy began to practice polo with her mom. At 13 she began to attend practice games at the school she was attending in her home state of Virginia. She says that polo is an essential family tradition, and her parents were both influential in starting her young with riding. Issy sees polo as a sport and a tradition that is passed down, although notably she is the first in her family to pursue it on a professional level. She recognizes that it might be a stretch for most people to intimately comprehend the goals and lifestyle of an aspiring professional athlete. But Issy can claim the unending support and love from her entire family and contributes this gift as an element to her success and determination.

A NEW VOICE

UVA has a girl’s team, all women, and Isabella has made many new friends as a result. She quotes that some of the best friendships in the whole world she has made through her connection to polo. This is a social sport with an integral social life; it is a private society for the players. For instance, when Issy entered the Miami Beach Cup this summer 2009, she did not know ‘anyone’. However since that event she has connected with many of the players, not to mention she had lots of fun, and continues to keep in touch. She makes friends as she goes in all parts of the country and world, and this is one of her ‘polo goals’.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Support, friendships, and mentorships are a big factor with Isabella. John Goodman for instance has had a significant impact on her pursuits along with Luis Escobar who she sees when visiting her mother in Santa Barbara, California. In addition, summers are spent in Virginia and Saratoga, New York. However, the fun is always in Florida with Wellington a regular stop. Issy loves to travel. She wants to experience as many places as possible and meet just as many people. She reports to formally practice 3 times a week, and has a game every Friday through October. Training areas at UVA are on grass which she prefers to indoor arena playing, although beach playing is the most intense, especially for the horses. Future goals: to get as highly rated as possible, abundant travel with the game, and whenever she can Issy wants to ‘take every opportunity handed to me, not focus on one particular team experience’. Having said that, teamwork is everything and she says, ‘you can’t find another equestrian sport with this involvement of team work’ which she loves. She is absolutely involved in training her horses, she sees it as an essential part of playing polo, not to merely ride anything handed to you. Issy has designs to learn as much as possible about training her horses. Miami is the most fun destination because the crowds are enthusiastic. Be it the warm weather, or the deep polo tradition running through, which can be found at Wellington, a supportive crowd is very appreciated by the players. Issy certainly loves playing to a crowd, ‘it’s great for the sport’, and it’s exhilarating! ‘Polo is an addiction’. True words from a blazing star.

As a young athlete she has usually been drawn to similar sports of intricate coordination such as field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and track. ‘Hand-eye coordination’ she chimes, that is where she honed those talents off the polo field. But what about life on the polo field, which had been mostly dominated by men? Issy shows unwavering strength as typically the only female player in a game, where the ratio of men to women is overwhelming. It is admirable to pursue a career and athletic sport in a male dominated institution, and Issy reports one of her top role models is Sunny Hale, a professional polo player. Image Right: Issy Wolf wows the crowds at the Miami Beach Polo Cup Image Left Photography by: LILA PHOTO

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TEAM PROFILE COLUMNS

POLO TEAM EFG Bank/Equus & Co. Written By John Hood

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hen the world polo community descends upon Wellington for the 2010 Palm Beach Polo Season, one of the teams people will be keenly watching is the team fielded by Equus & Co. and sponsored by EFG Bank. Though the team has only been on the International Polo circuit for three years now, they’ve made more than a rather admirable go of things. In fact in ’09 EFG Bank Polo Team made it to two High Goal Polo Game Finals – the Bobby Barry Memorial Cup (vs. Mount Brilliant) and the George Hass Cup (vs. Lechuza Caracas); and they made it to the Semifinals of the Pennell Cup too.

Much of that success must be credited to EFG Bank Polo Team captain Jim Whisenand, founder and CEO of Equus & Co., the company that arranged EFG Bank’s entry into and global presence in the world of polo. Whisenand’s not only blessed with business acumen, but his global in-country expertise is right in line with the polo Sport’s prestige. In fact it was Whisenand who also put together the much-heralded Bombay Sapphire Polo Team of 2003-2006. And he was at the helm when the Bombay Sapphire Polo Team was in the finals the Outback Polo League championship in 2005. With Equus & Co.’s polo team sponsorship presence, Bombay Sapphire (owned by Bacardi) and EFG Bank have supported a team in the annual Polo Players Support Group’s (PSSG) 40 Goal Game with 8 of the best 10 Goal polo players in the world for a total of 80 Goals. In 2005 and 2006, Bombay Sapphire was on the winning side of this extraordinary 40 Goal game. All eyes are on the 2010 EFG Bank Team in the 40 Goal Game for it to have its first victory. All of this Equus & Co. organized corporate polo team sponsorships assist PPSG in – the purpose of the 40 Goal Game – raising money for injured polo players and grooms. No better give back to the Sport of Polo than that.

Whisenand’s an old hand at the ancient sport, and his equestrian roots reach all the way back to his Midwestern childhood, as does his love of and passion for the ponies. “I’ve been riding since I was eight,” Whisenand says. “First, United States Polo Club events, and then many years participating in combined training for 3 day events. I have always had a passion for polo, and equestrian sports.” And though Whisenand “played some polo during the summer months in college,” he “didn’t get serious about the sport until participating in the Sport at International Polo Club in Palm Beach.” Also, that was the year when Equus and Co. entered the Palm Beach polo arena and began carving out their unique niche and platform in the world’s highest marketplace. “Equus and Co. was formed to be the Private Advisor to the Global Equestrian (Polo) community,” he explains. “We focus on creating eight different sectored global corporate-sponsored polo opportunities.” “One of our eight sector corporate sponsorship categories is wealth management and we have an affiliation with EFG Bank, which is the third largest private bank in Switzerland with 55 offices in 30 countries. We’ve created and organized a global polo team sponsorship program with them. Keith Gapp, Head of Strategic Communications and Media, and Member, Executive Committee of the Bank has been strongly supportive of the Program. For EFG Bank, Equus & Co. has organized corporate sponsored polo teams and official bank sponsorships in Palm Beach (the platform), England, Sotogrande (Spain), Dubai, Shanghai, Argentina, Punta del Este and expanding in to new global markets in 2010 with a focus on Europe and Asia.” On paper (and in practice), Equus’s bringing EFG Bank into the polo fold is a natural. But the affiliation came to be in a rather roundabout way.

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In addition to the Equus & Co. business, I have had an international law advisory practice in Miami since 1978,” says Whisenand. “And in that world we’ve constantly come into connection with many of the global financial institutions, and EFG Bank was one of them. Keith Gapp at EFG Bank thought that the affiliation with the international polo community would be beneficial for EFG Bank, plus they wanted to contribute something to the actual sport itself, and to establish the corporate sponsorship of global polo teams. EFG Bank wants to be a material participant in the global advancement of the sport of polo.”

Equus & Co.’s endeavors, however, extend well beyond EFG Bank and Palm Beach. And either “directly or via other corporate sponsors, [the company] supports corporate branded global polo teams in Punta del Este, Shanghai, and the Away Team as part of the Cartier International Day each July in England , participating in the Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club w ith Prince Charles or the Queen of England presiding.” And while Equus & Co., has for the most part adhered to the more traditional global season, commencing each January in Palm Beach (International Polo Club), then to England for the summer, August in Sotogrande (Spain) and culminating in Argentina from September to December, Whisenand says that they’ve “looked at also being involved with Beach Polo,” and that he and Equus & Co. are even “entertaining the idea of entering a Polo Team in the South Beach Polo this spring. If what Equus & Co. and EFG Bank have accomplished in Palm Beach is any indication, they’ll undoubtedly take South Beach and global polo by the same proverbial storm. Granted its more reserved cousin to the north is mostly associated with high finance, but Miami’s most glamorous stretch of sand also attracts its share of heavy hitters, albeit primarily in the realm of arts and entertainment, but it’ll be exciting to see how Equus & Co. links the two communities, and corporate sponsored professional polo teams. Then again, the two already have at their core a common bond, and that of course is polo, a sport that has linked disparate peoples for centuries. And it’s a cinch that Whisenand has long had that fact in mind. With offices in Wellington, Miami and Madrid, and a global polo presence second to none, one might also say that Equus & Co. is already set up to serve as special liaison. And why not? The company certainly has proven itself to be all the right things to just the right people in each of the

world’s four corners. No reason why a few more of the right people wouldn’t readily agree. Equus & Co.’ s successful approach of integrating global companies and the sport of polo stems from their ability to speak both languages (global business + polo) and integrating the global business venues + the global polo venues with the Polo Lifestyle which is best emulated by a platform based at International Polo Club – Palm Beach. Predicated on America’s best polo at IPC, Equus & Co. then creates a bespoke global polo presence for the corporate sponsor in key countries and the fabulous polo venues. All the time making certain the corporate polo team sponsor is truly a peer participant of the Sport. Ultimately, Equus & Co. would like to see corporate supported polo team with the companies providing polo players with fully funded teams and multi-year contracts – always globally advancing the sport Yes, business may always be business. Still this is a sport that transcends the deal, no matter how artfully it’s been consummated. And just as Jim Whisenand has discreetly made his company the global leader in its high-powered niche, he knows that leading his polo team to the finals is but a small part of the charm and benefits inherent in the sport that he loves. “People play polo for the sport and the passion,” he says. “That always comes first.” Passion for sport and talent for business: sounds like just the recipe for that great dish called success.

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Trump. CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation and the proprietor of the D&D Building in New York City, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Decorative Center Houston in Texas and finally, the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Florida, Cohen is at the helm of an unparalleled design empire and he is beautifying America and the world, one room at a time.

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FEATURES & PROFILES

PM: In design circles, the name Charles Cohen immediately suggests an inclination for the aesthetic. With a real estate portfolio that successfully dictates form and function, spanning countrywide, your penchant for revitalizing building landscapes and architecture is undeniable. How do you feel your role as a kind of “design renaissance man” has helped shape the communities and cultures around your building projects? CC: Our portfolio of properties is worldrenowned. We believe our success results from how we custom tailor our projects and relate them to the surrounding communities – In business, design and art. Our exclusive collection of showrooms engages the design community and their discriminating clientele - celebrating trends and devising a direction for each market.

CC: Cutting edge design with immeasurable quality. We collaborated with a number of showrooms that would be able to realize the vision that we believe- and best represents what DCOTA has to offer. We are working with Polo to leverage the overall aesthetic of the space. The result: creating a contemporary and modern luxury environment that defines the essence of polo. PM:  At nearly 800,000 square feet, and showcasing over 100 showrooms, the Dania Beach campus of DCOTA is comparable to a design lover’s wonderland, how has its Florida backdrop inspired the ultimate design playground?

CC: South Florida has a very unique and diverse culture. Because of its geographical location, we are an international hub for design professionals PM: Polo and its culture are often synonymous and enthusiasts. DCOTA caters to clientele with being conscious of style and design. As drawing from the Caribbean and South America Design Centers of the Americas (DCOTA), as well as Miami Beach and Palm Beach - while has teamed up with the International Polo still maintaining a national relevance. The new Club this year to outfit the Nespresso Grande DCOTA will become known as a country club of Pavilion with a variety of lines, how do you feel design. the sport and its culture exudes principles of PM: Your past achievements indicate a life fine design? philosophy and work  ethic that constantly CC: Principles of fine design resonate with the looks to expand, evolve and push the envelope sophistication of the sport and its’ audience. Our This zeal for betterment and efficiency are partnering with the International Polo Club is no doubt contributing factors to the current a natural fit – the sports audience is analogous redesign that the Dania Beach DCOTA to clientele that frequents our design centers. campus is undergoing. How can you possibly Polo’s sophistication and exclusivity echoes what improve on perfection, and  what can loyal DCOTA fans and rookies come to DCOTA is all about. expect from the new and improved campus? PM: Featuring product lines from the likes of ARCH, Inside Out, Adriana Hoyos, Century CC: Expect continuous and evolutionary Designer Showroom, Casual Environs Luxury growth - we are entrepreneurial and progressive Outdoor Living, and the Nessen Showroom in our approach to design and in how we plan during the course of the IPC season, what can and execute our initiatives. The redesign of the guests, members and even design aficionados Center will revolutionize the way the world looks come to anticipate when the visit the outfitted at design and the design center Nespresso Grande Pavilion and how did you come to select these lines, from DCOTA’s PM: Art is an instrument of all ranges of design. Your contributions to The Norton Museum of Art already distinguished roster of talent? in West Palm Beach, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and  Art has played an integral role in your affinity for the aesthetic. What do you hope to achieve with the Design Loves Art initiative launched by Cohen Design Centers?

CC: We realized early on the correlation between fine art and high design and the importance of encouraging a dialogue between them. We wanted to provide visitors the opportunity to explore both worlds. PM: As Polo is just as much about the spectator as it is about the game itself, design too, shares a sense of social energy about it. In what ways can individuals come to experience and partake in DCOTA’s social savvy services? CC: Design defines lifestyle. We are ready to assist outfitting your home. PM: With DCOTA’s venture into the world of Polo, it is sure to add to the already stylish International Polo Club grounds. How has Polo and this endeavor inspired you to look beyond the design studio drawing board and to the lush green Polo fields?  CC: As an entrepreneur it is my responsibility to look beyond the design studio drawing board for inspiration, recognizing the community, and supporting related endeavors that enhance the experience for all.

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he Nespresso Grande Pavilion offers guests the exceptional opportunity to admire and utilize four unique lounges,

beautifully customized by the showrooms at the Design Center of the Americas, exclusively for International Polo Club Palm Beach.

SUNDAY POLO MUST HAVES By: Michelle Leshem

Everyone’s Favorite Accessory Pretty in Pooch. The Lauren Polo Shirt is preppy and in a breathable pique cotton with button details and Velcro closure. 100% cotton. Available at bloomingtailsdogboutique.com $26.99

Drop of a Hat! Amazone by Hermes. A Polo classic that will never go out out of style. Audrey would be proud. Cotton Poplin. Lightweight for any event. Available at Hermes, $500. A Touch of Glamour Swarovski Idomeneo’s 8x20 Crystal Pocket Binoculars lend a touch of glamour to watching Polo. The smallest ever, waterproof bincolulars that you can take anywhere. Available at Swarovki.com $998.

White Horse Feel like you have been taken back to the days of the Belle Époque with Louis around your neck. Hand made white resin frame with a horse cameo, resin rose bud beads, amethyst colored Swarovski crystal and silk ribbon on a 14k goldchain. Available at rellajewelry.com, $960.

Made in the Shade Made for men but delicate enough for a women. Gold bordeaux shades $260. Available at Cesare-Paciotti.com

Poetry on Canvas Store away your polo gear with BVLGARI’s 1910 Collection bags that epitomize history and an innovative spirit with the chromatic contrasts and natural printed chevron canvas. Available at BVLGARI, price available upon request.

Wine & Dine A perfect compliment to any polo tailgate. This limited edition vintage 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from deep in the heart of Napa Valley. Available At Voltawine.com - $70 btl. Back to the Future Where the past meets the present. Featuring a 45 mm diameter case reminiscent of the 45 minutes of a polo match, it adopts a sporty attitude with platinum, rubber and steel exterior—a first for Piaget. Available at Piaget.com Tomato. Tomatoe. Your dose of vegetables isn’t only made for eating, but moisturizing and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. The ingredients are so good you can almost eat it! Key ingredients: Tomato, Chestnut Pulp, Aloe Vera, Orange Oil. Available at Eminence $66. /2floz

A marriage made in polo heaven What better way for the polo spectator to capture the moment than with the special edition Leica M7 camera in collaboration with Hermès. Fans of Leica’s classic 35mm retro design will appreciate the exterior options. Coming in silver chrome with 2 calfskin leather Hermès colorways, they’re delivered in a decorative silk-lined box and are finished with an Atelier Hermès matching leather strap. Only 100 models of each will be produced. Each camera has a serial number between 1-100. Memories of polo while fashionable and functionable, has a price tag of $14,000US.

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By: Michelle Leshem

Art You Can Wear A mainstay in cuttingedge design with a reputation for obtaining the most unique diamond specimens in the world and setting them in an award winning signature style. Bangle with hidden hinge made with 18kt gold, natural rose cut diamonds (60.95 ctw), raw diamond cubes (38.8 ctw), hand forged and fabricated. Available at toddreed.com $82,500

Bring Her Flowers These are the flowers, every woman loves. 18kt white gold diamond flower cluster necklace. Available at levinsonsjewelrs.com $150,000

Romancing the Stone Look good while improving your natural vitality and energy with this agate ring wrapped in 14kt gold filled wire. Nothing better than being able to justify that jewelry does a body good. Available at Cimber Designs, $199.

Crocodile Rock Adriana Castro’s clutch rocked 15,000 votes as a fan favorite from the Independent Handbag Designer Audience Fan Favorite Award in NYC. You can add one more vote to that. A perfect accessory for any sporting event. Available at Henri Bendel, $1530.

His Leave it to Cesare Paciotti to design shoes for both men and women that are chic and modern. Just enough glam mixed with the look and feel of casual elegance. Available at Cesare Paciotti, Men’s Lace-Up $635

Pearly Pinks Rawhide and leather cords embellished with Tahitian South Sea pearls and pave diamond nuggets. This piece accessorizes any day to night ensemble. Available at RobertPerlmanJewelers.com $7,000 La Vie En Rose BVLGARI’s new fresh and versatile collection is set in Parentesi frames among a vivid color combination of 18k pink gold with diamonds and citrine. Available at BVLGARI.com $8,850

Hers Just enough glam mixed with the look and feel of casual elegance. Available at Cesare Paciotti, Women’s Whip Stitch Stiletto$780,

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Fly Like An Eagle Too many wow factors to list. We can first state, that this gift is sure to please both sexes. After years of development with some of the world’s best aerospace engineers and industrial designers, ICON Aircraft has released the first of its line of sport planes, the ICON A5. Designer, Steen Strand, didn’t leave one stone un-turned. The A5 is a bold yet elegant design that communicates beauty, performance, safety, and most importantly… fun. Available at iconaircraft.com $135,000.

Pillow Talk From origami designs and chunky stones, to suede fabrics and metallic chains, this new line of pillows draws inspiration from the latest colors, patterns and stones. The Passionate Pillow Collection evokes pure emotion – compelling intense feelings of desire, power and sensuality. Available at bandgdesign.com $340-$660.

Art in a Cup Katarina Häll’s graduation project from Beckmans School of Design is a comment on a world spinning faster and faster. The Poem Cup offers a moment of reflection, a meditative break in the rush of everyday life. Available at elementalstore $50.

Good Read One of the world’s leading and influential Spanish furniture designer and artist, Jaime Hayon developed the first monograph to present the full spectrum of his work, that includes examples of interiors, furniture, tableware and decorative ceramics. Available at elementalstore.com $85.

Animal Farm Furniture mimicking mother nature at its best. The joy of housing animals without the cleaning or the maintenance. Who needs a farm when you can have your very own Bambi by your side? Made out of wood, this table’s long paws and small body contains intimate secrets. Available at elementalstore.com $2000. GoldenEye To those who think that bicycles can be as luxury and posh as the most expensive cars, Aurumania presents to you the world’s most luxurious bicycle. Featuring 24k gold plated two wheeler and covered with 600 Swarovski crystals. You will surely put the petal to the metal since this a limited edition with only 50 available. The bicycle can delivered anywhere around the world. Available at aurumania.com $103,000.

High Design- Caffeinated Created to please both Nespresso coffee drinkers and lovers of modern design, CitiZ, represents the union of functionality and “retro-modern” design. This single-head espresso machine is available in 60’s white, limousine black, fire engine red, or steel gray. You’ll love the design so much, it will be the envy of your kitchen. Available at nespresso.com $279.

Amsterdam Export Spyker Cars of the Netherlands, with a heritage dating back to the 1880s, began hand building its stylish, highperformance sports cars in 2001. Its newest model, Spyker C8 Aileron features design heavily inspired by the company’s aviation heritage. Available at spykercars.com $224,000.

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INSIDE WELLINGTON POLO MAGAZINE ASKED TEN RESIDENTS TO DESCRIBE A “PERFECT DAY SPENT IN WELLINGTON” Photography by: LILA PHOTO

Kris Kampsen and Ali Solimine

Will Johnston

Polo Player, Wanderers/Isla Carroll Team and Girlfriend

Polo Player

Everyday in wellington is perfect. We love it here. Its home.

A perfect day in Wellington for me would consist of farm chukkas in the morning with family and freinds at Everglades followed by brunch at my Grandparents house, and yes there would be lots of Dora biscuits.. Watching a high goal game at IPC followed by dinner and drinks at the seventh chukka.

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Brenda and George Dupont

Hunter Harrison

Owner, Polo Museum

Managing Partner, Winter Equestrian Festival

A perfect day spent in Wellington would have to be  a  pleasant sunny day at IPC (the winter polo capitol of the world) while  watching the best polo  players and finest horses in the  universe engage in a sport that could be called the Last Mounted Wargame as we  enjoy champagne and great friends at our tailgate!

“My ideal day in Wellington would start with an early round of golf followed by brunch. I would then go to the horse show, walk the course, do a little coaching and watch my horse win the Grand Prix. I would end the day with a celebratory dinner with family and friends at The Wanderers Club.”

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Noreen O’Sullivan-Flanagan

John Flanagan

Managing Partner & Show Manager, Wellington Classic Dressage President and Show Manager, Gold Coast Dressage Association

Managing Partner, Wellington Classic Dressage

The wonderful thing about Wellington is that you don’t have to go very far to be involved in horses, and you don’t have to own a horse to enjoy equestrian sports here. For my perfect day, the sun is just coming up at the horse show grounds, with the familiar bustle of grooms, riders, owners all getting ready for the upcoming competition. The rings are perfectly groomed and set for the day, and wherever you look, you can see horses -in the barns, in the warm-up and in the competition rings. The beauty of the horses, the spirit and elegance of the competition, and the camaraderie of friends. As the sun sets and the competition day ends, I go home to my family and three horses of my own. What could be more perfect?

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My perfect day could either be a round of golf at one of our local courses with good friends, or enjoying the day at one of the equestrian events - dressage, show jumping, polo...You name it, we’ve got it! We’re very fortunate to have the ability to participate in so many different lifestyles here in Wellington.

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Amy Swerdlin

Janne Rumuogh

Breeder and Equestrian Enthusiast

Breeder and Equestrian Enthusiast

Any perfect day for me would of course consist of spending time My perfect day is riding training my horses at my farm and with my horses. Whether it is riding, grooming them or just plain enjoying all the wonderful equine activities Wellington offers and hanging out at the barn, my horses make me so happy. The watching the beautiful sunsets. fact  that we live in Wellington only makes  it better! You can’t top the feeling of being a part of such a  unique equestrian community  and not to mention the fantastic winter weather. Every day here is like being in paradise!

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Kim Boyer

Isabella Wolf

Breeder and Equestrian Enthusiast

Polo Player and Student

A perfect day in Wellington is a typical Sunday, which begins like every day at home, watching

I would like to get Starbucks for breakfast, then stick and ball, see my little sister

my riders, Courtney Dye and Maria Lithander, schooling their horses here at Hampton Green.

compete in hunter/jumpers in the morning, eat sushi at Kontiki with friends

From there, it’s the Wellington Classic and the Grand Prix Dressage class at the Jim Brandon

for lunch, play a medium or high goal polo game in the afternoon, then have a

Equestrian Center. My friends and I love to go back and fort between the FEI classes held in

barbeque/asado for dinner with my friends, family, and good music. No homework

the covered arena--featuring a stellar line-up of our sport’s top riders and most stunning

due the next day would be nice, too.

international horses-- and the lower level classes exhibiting the best young dressage horses coming up the ranks. Next, I’ll jump in the golf cart and take the back way into Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the Grand Prix Jumpers and a crepe with my husband Frederic, who will already be there enjoying the show with some of the other Frenchies that can be found around the show grounds, all wearing similar bright-colored polo shirts. Our group will then head over to IPC once the crowd is seated and the line for parking has abated, enjoy the match and the after-party, and watch the sun set behind the stadium from a cabana by the pool. Then its home for a quiet dinner with my husband and cuddling with the Jack Russells-an incredible day experiencing the world’s best equine examples at three world-class competitions.

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By: Becky Feldman

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s the Season concludes at the International Polo Club Palm

Beach, it is just the beginning of an exciting year of polo

that will take players, ponies and fans to the far corners of the globe.  The Palm Beach Polo Season sets the stage for the premier Teams and Players to watch, as they travel to Europe and South America, the Middle East and Asia, all striving to prove they are the Champion of this truly international sport. 2009 shared that there is no definitive victor, and the world cannot wait to witness the battle that will continue into 2010‌

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The Harcourt Developments Queen’s Cup Guards Polo Club, England Sunday, June 14th, 2009 A well played match on both sides, resulted in Apes Hill capturing victory over Sumaya at this year’s Queen’s Cup. A Polo legacy lives on as Mark and Luke Tomlinson win the Tournament that their parents’, Simon and Claire, Los Locos Team won 30 years earlier in 1979. Though Luke Tomlinson led the Sir Charles Williams sponsored team for most of the match, it was Charlie Hanbury’s goal in extra time that clinched the win over Oussama Aboughazale’s Sumaya team, 12 to 11. Though Apes Hill came out on top, both the Most Valuable Player Award and Best Playing Pony, Russien, went to South African Ignus Du Plessis of Sumaya.

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Apes Hill: Charlie Hanbury Mark Tomlinson Juan Gris Zavaleta Luke Tomlinson

Sumaya: Ahmed Aboughazale Hilario Ulloa Milo Fernandez Araujo Ignus Du Plessis.

The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Cowdray Cup Polo Club, England Sunday, July 19th 2009 It was finally the year for Jean-Francois Decaux to fulfill his dream of winning the Gold Cup, as his team La Bamba de Areco took home the title. Though Dubai, with famed Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. leading the way, was favored to win, the Pieres brothers, Facundo and Gonzalito, accompanied by patron Decaux and Tomas Garbarini, triumphed as the underdog with a 13 to 10 victory to become the 2009 British Open Champions.

Photo: Richard Young

La Bamba de Areco Jean Francious Decaux Gonzalo Pieres Jr. Facundo Pieres Tomas Garbarini

Dubai Tariq Albwardy Christian Laprida Adolfo Cambiaso Martin Valent

Coronation Cup Windsor Great Park, England Tuesday, July 28th 2009 It was England’s worst defeat to date as they were trampled by Argentina 12 to 5 on Cartier International Day. Polo superstar Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. received the Coronation Cup from Prince Charles, but 3-goal player Martin Valent was the Argentinean to be rewarded the player of the match. Audi sponsored England’s captain Luke Tomlinson, along with his brother Mark, Malcolm Borwick and James Beim fought courageously to stay in the match, and plenty of thrills were provided for the 20,000 plus spectators that crowded the field. However the combination of Cambiaso and Pieres proved too strong and the day ended with a score that England would rather forget. Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com

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Argentina: Gustavo Usandizaga Martin Valent Adolfo Cambiaso Facundo Pieres

England: James Beim Mark Tomlinson Malcolm Borwick Luke Tomlinson

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La Revanche de l’Open d’Argentine Le Polo de Deauville, France August 1st 2009

©R&B Presse/Pascal Renauldon

Put on as The Rematch of the Argentine Open, this was first time that two teams with the maximum rating of 40-goals competed against one another in Europe. Sponsored by Rolex and featuring the world’s two leading teams, Ellerstina and La Dolfina, who are continuously battling for the Argentine title, the match was neck and neck throughout. It was clear how strong both teams are as they fought hard, showing off extremely high levels of skill, culminating in an 11 to 10 victory for Ellerstina, the 2008 defending Argentine Open champions. Though his team did not win, 7-goaler Guillermo Terrera, who came in to replace an injured Lolo Castagnola in the second chukker, impressed everyone by taking home the most valuable player award against the toughest field in the sport of polo. Ellerstina: Facundo Pieres Gonzalito Pieres Pablo MacDonough Juan Martin Nero

La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso Lucas Monteverde Mariano Aguerre and Bartolome Castagnola (Substitute-Guillermo Terrera)

Sotogrande Gold Cup Santa Maria Polo Club, Spain August 28th, 2009 In a match the surprised everyone, Tattinger Dos Lunas beats Las Monjitas in extra time. The game looked lopsided early on, with Las Monjitas leading 7 to 1 in the third chukker. Dos Lunas pulled off a spectacular comeback and tied the match 10 to 10 at the end of the 6th chukker. Then, Gonzalito Pieres connected on a 40-yard penalty shot to clench the victory for the 11 to 10 victory.

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Tattinger Dos Lunas Santiago Stirling Pascaul Sainz de Vicuna Gonzalo Pieres Jr. Rodrigo Rueda Jr.

Las Monjitas Camilo Bautista Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr. Juan Gris Zavaleta Francisco Elizalde

Deauville Gold Cup Deauville Polo, France August 29th, 2009 Royal Barriere continued their undefeated streak and captured the Coupe D’Or, winning over Talandracas, 10 to 9. As in any major Polo win this year there was a Pieres involved. This time it was Facundo, who took home the most valuable player and top scorer prizes, as well as the best playing pony for his own Mayflower.

PHOTO CREDIT: R&B Presse/Pascal Renauldon

Royal Barriere Christopher Mackenzie Francisco Bensadon Facundo Pieres Andre Fabre

Talandracas Edouard Carmignac Guillermo Terrera Lucas Monteverrde Jota Chavanne.

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Tortugas Open Abierto del Tortugas Country Club, Argentina October 10th, 2009 Ellerstina defeated Pilara Piaget 14 to 11, making this the third year in a row that they have captured this title. Facundo Pieres was the most valuable player of the match with 10 goals to his credit. Pilara Piaget may have suffered from the absence of Agustin Merlos, who was suspended for 30 days during a match with La Dolfina the previous week. The Tortugas win allowed Ellerstina to set their sites on the ultimate prize, the Argentine Triple Crown.

©R&B Presse/Pascal Renauldon

La Aguada Tupungato Winelands Javier Novillo Astrada Eduardo Novillo Astrada Miguel Novillo Astrada Ignacio Novillo Astrada

Ellerstina Etiqueta Negra Facundo Pieres Gonzalo Pieres Pablo Mac Donough Juan Martín Nero

Hurlingham Open Palermo, Argentina November 6th, 2009 After a prolonged delay due to heavy downpours, the finals of the Hurlingham Open took place on a dreary and drizzly day. The hearty crowd that braved the weather had the chance to see Ellerstina Ellerstina Etiqueta Negra, the nation’s favorite, capture its second title in the race to the Triple Crown in a 14 to 12 defeat over La Aguada. Pablo Mac Donough scored 3 goals fo Ellerstina Etiqueta Negra, replacing the suspended Juan Martin Nero in this high goal match.

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La Aguada Tupungato Winelands Javier Novillo Astrada Eduardo Novillo Astrada Miguel Novillo Astrada Ignacio Novillo Astrada 
 

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Facundo Pieres Gonzalo Pieres Pablo Mac Donough Juan Martín Nero 
 

The Argentine Open Palermo, Argentina December 12th, 2009 It was a battle of the country’s two favorite teams at the 116th Campeonato Argentino Abierto Movistar, presented by Mercuria Energy Group. Both have previously captured this title, but it was La Dolfina who won the prize this year, crushing Ellerstina’s dreams of the Argentine Triple Crown. The match was intense and exciting throughout, with Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. dominating the field with 11 goals. However it was Pablo MacDonough who won the prize for MVP and Mariano Aguerre who scored the final goal in extra time, solidifying La Dolfina’s 17 to 16 victory.

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