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Top Polo Commentator Toby Wayman Polo 101: Get Ready For The Sidelines Fujisan Serves Up Tasty Sushi With Flair Your One-Stop Equestrian Shopping Spot Plus National Polo Center FACES OF POLO
Rides For Team USA On NPC Fields Ready For Inaugural Season
Lucas Escobar
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JessSantamaria Good Samaritan Award 2022

Since moving to the western communities in 1974, Jess Santamaria has made a huge difference to the residents there. He first developed commercial businesses, providing much-needed services to the growing Village of Royal Palm Beach.

Santamaria has since given back to his community with numerous charitable works. In 2006, he was elected to the Palm Beach County Commission for District 6, which includes Royal Palm Beach, the Acreage/ Loxahatchee area, Wellington and the Glades. During his eight years on the board, Santamaria donated his yearly $100,000 salary to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.

And for the past 16 years, Santamaria has partnered with PBSO deputies in the western communities to help families in need, donating $15,000 to $25,000 each year to support this mission.

For distinguishing himself for more than 50 years of exceptional service to his neighbors, Jess Santamaria is more than deserving of the Samaritan Award. Congratulations!

(Front row) Michelle, Victoria and Jess Santamaria; (back row) PBSO Lt. Mike Ferrante, Capt. Ulrich Naujoks, RPB Mayor Fred Pinto, RPB Village Manager Ray Liggins and Chris Santamaria.

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As NPC prepares for what will undoubtedly be a historic first season, get to know the faces behind the facility, and the key people who have worked tirelessly to turn a promising vision into reality.


As is our annual tradition, Wellington The Magazine this month highlights just a few of the amazing players who will power their horses down the fields, mallet in hand, in pursuit of glory.


Toby Wayman was born and raised to be a polo player, but his true destiny was to be the voice for the “sport of kings” as an announcer and commentator at polo matches here in Wellington and at top matches across the nation.


In a successful and monumental debut for the USPA-owned facility, the National Polo Center-Wellington (NPC) took center stage recently, hosting the global XII FIP World Polo Championship. On the field, Team USA played to a silver-medal finish.


Polo is one of the oldest team sports, with its origins in central Asia more than 2,000 years ago. It has since evolved into an intricate sport of four players per team that combines intelligence, strength, power, flexibility and physicality.


Two Wellington-based equestrian businesses have taken one-stop shopping to a different level, making the shopping experience even more convenient. Sport Horse Nutrition and GIT Barn Solutions are both in the same building on Fairlane Farms Road. BY MIKE MAY



Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they will come alive at the 111th annual South Florida Fair, which is themed “Dino-Myte.” The 2023 event will be held Jan. 13-29. BY DOREEN


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Team USA’s Lucas Escobar chases the ball in the final of the XII FIP World Polo Championship, held recently at NPC in Wellington. © DAVID LOMINSKA



‘Favorite Holiday Destinations’ Theme At Wellington Parade Wellington Boys & Girls Club Hosts First ‘Gift Getting’ Event Village Of Wellington Hosts Holiday Party For Area Seniors


The Wellington Village Council and staff are proud of the accomplishments of 2022 and even more excited for the beginning of a new year. Both have worked hard together to prioritize the village’s future efforts with a focus on quality-of-life issues. BY JIM BARNES


Whether your horse suffers from a minor wound, or a more significant injury, VetBlue understands that healing wounds as quickly and efficiently as possible is critical to success in the ring. BY



Advocate Radiation Oncology has recently established a new state-ofthe-art cancer treatment center in West Palm Beach. The practice is known for providing the most innovative radiation therapy available.

It’s a splash of color mixed with happy vibes and fun décor as you enter the new Fujisan Asian Bistro in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza. That flair is also shown through the artistry put into the food, with a strong focus on intricate sushi creations. BY MELANIE


Wellington Real Estate this month visits a charming villa home located in the Pelican Key area of Wellington’s Edge, presented by Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer of Coldwell Banker Realty’s Andrew Burr Group.

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It’s the beginning of a new era of polo in Wellington as the inaugural season of the United States Polo Association’s new National Polo Center-Wellington (NPC) gets underway this month.

NPC, previously known as the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was purchased by the USPA last summer to be the “Sunday Field” for American polo. This month, we get to know the faces behind the newly rebranded facility, who have worked tirelessly to turn a promising vision into reality.

It’s January, and that means the return of Faces of Polo, our annual look at just a few of the amazing polo players who will be galloping across Wellington’s fields this winter. In case you’re not as familiar with the “sport of kings” as you want to be, we have also included a “Polo 101” primer to get you ready for the sidelines. Profiled this issue is well-known polo commentator Toby Wayman, a former player who has since taken up residence behind the microphone. As a final addition to our polo theme, we recap the hugely successful XII FIP World Polo Championship, hosted by NPC in Wellington in late October and early November. Team USA took its battle against Spain into overtime in the final match.

Also in this issue, we visit two Wellington-based equestrian businesses that have taken one-stop shopping to a different level — Sport Horse Nutrition and GIT Barn Solutions, which are both located in the same building on Fairlane Farms Road. We also preview the upcoming 2023 South Florida Fair, which runs Jan. 13-29 featuring a dinosaur theme, as well as the popular Buck Off Challenge event, a benefit for Southeast Florida Honor Flight to be held in Wellington on Feb. 26. Next, we learn how you can keep your horse in the ring with help from the wound-care experts at VetBlue.

Our new Wellington Today feature debuts this month with a column by Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes about the village’s big plans for 2023, with a focus on improving quality of life for residents. Wellington Health profiles the new West Palm Beach office of Advocate Radiation Oncology. The office is led by Dr. Georges Hobeika and Dr. Thomas Klein and is part of a group that includes seven other offices across the state. Wellington Table begins the new year at Fujisan Asian Bistro, which opened recently in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza. Amid colorful and fun décor, Fujisan serves tasty sushi with great flair. Finally, Wellington Real Estate visits a charming villa in the Pelican Key area of Wellington’s Edge, presented by Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer of Coldwell Banker Realty’s Andrew Burr Group.

As the long-awaited winter season returns, we here at Wellington The Magazine are excited to see all that 2023 has to offer, particularly with the many exciting changes coming to our equestrian venues. We will return next month with a focus on show jumping, in our annual Faces of WEF issue.

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Sophie Ghedin is one of the founding partners at Ghedin & Herz Key Advantage. She’s a premier award winning real estate professional, placed among the top five percent at KW, Wellington. Sophie a member of the National Association of Realtors with more than a decade of experience in residential and equestrian RE. Fluent in English, French and Spanish, her enthusiasm to meet the client’s demands is infectious. “As a realtor, my first priority is to make my clients happy.

(561) 236-1977 sophieghedin@kw.com


Robert’s success as an equestrian drew him to the east coast where he became a Grand Prix rider, co-founder of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and launched his RE career specializing in equestrian & luxury properties in Wellington. Robert’s passion and dedication to his clients has allowed him to remain among the Top 3 Keller Williams agents in SF since 2014. Although Robert’s expertise is farm sales & luxury homes, some of his fondest moments have been working with first time home buyers.

(561) 758-6185 robsross@aol.com


A Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist with over 25 years’ experience that transcends nearly all aspects of a transaction. One of the most wellrounded real estate experts in Palm Beach County with unparalleled knowledge for the intricacies that go into a seamless and successful RE transaction. Maria has developed a reputation as one of the most trusted service-oriented professionals for helping you achieve your real estate aspirations. Ranked a Top Agent for Keller Williams Realty.   (561) 800-3609 www.YourFamilyLiving.com


Sommar Clark is a real estate professional with Keller Williams Realty Wellington. A 35+ year resident of South Florida, her previous experience as a teacher in the Palm Beach County school district provides clients with a unique perspective on how neighborhoods feed into the various school systems. This experience combined with her dedication to transparent communication throughout the process has been instrumental to her reputation within the community as a trusted real estate professional.

(561) 315-1834 sommarclark@kw.com

Keller Williams LuxKore Luxury Division is an exclusive, elite and sophisticated group of real estate consultants raising the bar for service in the upper-tier home market.

Anna Niehaus has lived and worked in the western communities of Palm Beach County for more than 3 decades. Her expertise in single family home resales, equestrian properties, vacant land, investment properties and new construction have been award winning locally and in the South Florida Region. Anna’s priority is to find the perfect home for every buyer and to offer effective strategies to her sellers to ensure an efficient and lucrative transaction. Anna speaks German and English. (561) 214-3310



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Born and raised in Chicago, Shelly began her real estate career in 1987. Shelly has 30+ years in the RE business, specializing in residential investment & relocation. Her career started in Chicago as a property manager and pertaining property acquisitions for investors. She later moved to NJ & managed luxury buildings & town homes. In the top 15% in her company and a member of Keller Williams Luxury Division.. Shelly lives in Wellington with her husband and has 2 sons and a sweet Golden Doodle Riley. (561) 310-6074 shellypower561@gmail.com

Specializing in Equestrian & Residential Properties. Whether buying, selling or leasing properties, Marcia is an expert negotiator with extensive local knowledge. From first time buyers to multimillion dollar farm sales, she personally coordinates every detail, minimizing stress, streamlining communications, and always provides a timely follow-up. Praised by her clients for her professionalism, her clients will tell you she doesn’t just meet their expectations, she consistently EXCEEDS them!

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Making up one half of the Drahan-Keiser Team, Betsy Keiser is a real estate professional based out of Wellington. With her personalized service, positive attitude and calm demeanor, Betsy is constantly exceeding her clients expectations while making the entire process an enjoyable one. Betsy’s experience as an owner of a custom residential construction company as well as a state licensed property manager, provides her with unique and valuable insight into multiple facets of real estate.

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Jennifer Drahan - Making up one half of The Drahan-Keiser Team, there is only one thing Jennifer Drahan is more passionate about than horses and that is real estate.  Jen graduated from Texas A&M University (Fighting’ Texas Aggie Class of 1995) with a B.S. in Animal Science, during which time she built a successful hunter/jumper training and sales business.  The extensive background Jen has in both the equine and real estate industry is a major benefit to the team’s clients.

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Combined 5th generation SF native and midwestern roots bring 23 years of real estate knowledge, passion & enthusiasm to our clients. Our strategy focuses on individual style, needs, and five-star service. Proud parents of 5 boys, we are deeply rooted in the community through mentoring and coaching youth baseball. Also find us boating, fishing, or swimming with our “surf dog”, Charlie. Let our top producing team welcome you and yours to South Florida living.

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A lifelong resident of Wellington, FL, Michele Barone and her team of marketing, design and client care experts offer clients a concierge experience, ensuring that the client’s every need is always put first. A top agent award recipient for many consecutive years, Michele guarantees success by offering expert negotiation skills, honesty, advice and support from the moment you meet her and her multilingual team.

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Oskar Payot, with over ten years of experience in Real Estate, joined forces with the exclusive brokerage of KW Wellington Luxury Division in 2022. Wellington is Oskar’s home town, where he has lived for over 22 years. His nurturing and attentive personality has helped carve out the best techniques to provide excellent service to his clients. When Oskar is not enjoying quality time with his loved ones, he enjoys a very active lifestyle including working out and traveling.

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Marissa is a bi-lingual Wellington native who grew up with a passion for horses and riding. She applies that same passion in providing the highest quality of service whether dealing in Residential RE, Luxury RE, Equestrian RE, RE Investing or renting. Her love for her profession shows not only in the fact that she is in the top 10% of KW Wellington, but also in her dedication to her clients. When she is not devoting time to her clients, she enjoys spending time with her family, dogs and horses. (561) 329-1970 marissaoconnorrealtor@gmail.com

Born and raised in South Florida. I have lived in Wellington since 1985 with over 25 years of RE & Property management. I LOVE what I do and LOVE where I live. I pride myself with Honesty and Integrity. Customer service is my highest priority. I enjoy people and strive for a “WIN WIN” experience for all.  My hobbies include Horses, Golf, Pickleball, Tennis and spending time with my family. Specializing in Equestrian properties, Luxury Homes, Golf & Tennis Communities, Investment properties.

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I’ve been a member of Keller Williams Luxury division since 2017. As a founding member, I pride myself on my white-glove service. Previously, I taught in PBC and worked as principal of an online school. This unique family niche and extensive knowledge of location, education and valuation has led me to become one of Palm Beach’s most trusted realtors and in the top 5% of PBC closed sales volume year after year. I love working with a variety of clients to grow our community. (561) 389-6038 hadargoldberg78@gmail.com



The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington hosted the 38th annual Wellington Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 11 along Forest Hill Blvd. This year’s theme was “Favorite Holiday Destinations.” New Horizons Elementary School was honored as Best in Show. Other winners were: Decorated Vehicle - Wellington Wizards Rugby Club (first) and Palm Beach State College (second); Juvenile Float - Wellington All Stars (first) and Cub Scout Pack 125 (second); Performing Group - Dance Theatre at Wellington Green (first) and the Academy of Dance & Acrobatics (second); Adult Float - Wellington Regional Medical Center (first) and Premier Family Health (second); Band - Wellington High School (first) and Palm Beach Central High School (second); and Marching Group - Cats Gymnastics (first) and Roosevelt Middle School (second).

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(Left to right) Wellington Regional Medical Center took first place for adult float; the Wellington High School marching band was honored as best band; and Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes. (Left) The New Horizons Elementary School float was honored as Best in Show. (Right) Amara and Luke Gerwig, Jordan and Jess Chusid, Alan and Mayor Anne Gerwig with Millie and Leighton Chusid. (Left to right) Nathalie, Sophia, Julia and Wellington Vice Mayor Michael Drahos; the Palm Beach Central High School marching band took second place for best band; Jack and Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind with Koda and Kali; Dance Theatre at Wellington Green was first in performing groups; and Wellington Councilman Michael Napoleone with his wife Cyndi and son Luca. (Left to right) Wellington Councilman John McGovern rides in the parade; Cats Gymnastics took first for marching groups; Premier Family Health took second for adult float; Cub Scout Pack 125 was second in juvenile floats; and Palm Beach State College was second in decorated vehicles. (Left to right) The Academy of Dance & Acrobatics was honored with second in performing groups; the Wellington All Stars took first for juvenile float; the Wellington Wizards Rugby Club was first in decorated vehicles; the South Florida Fair float joins the parade; and Santa and Mrs. Claus and friends ended the parade on the Wellington Rotary float.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County held its first-ever Gift Getting Pre-Wellington Dinner Dance Event on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Wellington National Golf Club. More than $23,000 was raised as guests shopped the night away at fabulous vendor boutiques and bid on silent auction items. The 35th annual Wellington Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. For more info., contact Elena Corsano at (646) 209-6965 or ecorsano@bgcpbc.org.

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The best cancer care in the region is now even closer to home. Turn to the board-certified radiation oncologists at Advocate Radiation Oncology in West Palm Beach – including Dr. Georges Hobeika. Widely published and trained at the most prestigious institutes in the nation, our doctors bring decades of experience and passion for outstanding patient care.

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(Left to right) Board Member Mickey Smith, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Jaene Miranda and Board Chair Louis Eisenberg; Charlene Ramos, CarolAnn Marchand, Chris Ramos, Dan and Angie Payne, and Dawn and Lee Sutton; Marcella Montesinos, Julie Khanna and Elizabeth Bruno; and Todd Fowler with Julia and Richard Giroux. (Left to right) Jenna and Michael Zorn purchased art sets; Pilar Riadigos and Lynn Kirker show off handbags by Daniella Ortiz; John Lacy tries his luck on a lottery ticket auction item; Jaene Miranda and Jennifer Black look over party wear from Voyage Boutique; and Natalie Napoleon, Sharon Cohen, LaTricia Jenkins, Julie Weidner, Kimmy Manlich, Jasmine Galvez, Jeanette Buccola, Wendy Fox and Luciana Diesel. Georges Hobeika, M.D.


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wellington | social scene PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN
(Left to right) Pete Gagnon and Margaret Marte; Josephine Scalzo, Patricia Pramberger, Zoey Lobdell and Elizabeth Tremblay; Lynda Gusaeff, Joyce Cole, Joan Manning, Mary Lalla, Eleanor Rogers and Bonnie Sheil; and Eileen Kuhnel, Wanda Hill and Faye Ford.
ARDING PASS WELCOME HOME. We believe the broker selling YOUR home is equally as important as the pilot flying the plane you’re traveling on. It takes a very skilled pilot to handle turbulent situations.
(Left to right) Michelle Garvey with the Hannukah Dreidel and Jason Katz of All Kids Entertainment; Mrs. Claus and Santa with Diane Rice; Mrs. Claus and Santa with Jenifer Brito; Jamie Tizol and the Zumba Ladies perform; and Mrs. Claus and Santa with PBSO Deputy Roy Gonzales and K9 Charlie.
The Village of Wellington held a Senior Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Wellington Community Center. Local senior citizens got a chance to celebrate the season with a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, along with the Hannukah Dreidel, while music was provided by the Jody Marlow Duo.



WinterFest 2022 with Vanilla Ice A Smashing Success

Winterfest with Vanilla Ice 2022 was presented by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Village of Wellington. Our gracious Host Venue Sponsors were the Santamaria Family, the Royal Inn and the Original Wellington Mall, and our Stage Sponsors were Grand Champions Polo Club, CTV Sports and Orbital Gaming. These sponsors allowed a most successful Winterfest, providing a lineup of exceptional holiday performances, phenomenal food vendors, holiday shopping, exhibitors, Santa, Blizzard Beach Winter Wonderland Village and snow!

Local celebrity musical sensation, philanthropist and Emmy Award-nominated DIY Network star Vanilla Ice performed his iconic, celebrated musical hits to an overflowing crowd.

Winterfest is the most anticipated holiday event of the season. The exceptional hard work and dedication of sponsors, vendors and the professionals at the Village of Wellington allow us to celebrate the success of this event. Each has so many individual gifts and talents; collaboratively they are among the very best if not THE BEST event/ venue professionals in the industry. A very special thank you to our partners at the Village of Wellington, and their incredible team of Michelle Garvey, Jeffrey Goldman, Ryan Hagopian, Mark Belcourt, Alex Wamsley and Rick Febles for their extraordinary hard work.

Our magnificent stage, courtesy of Grand Champions Polo Club, was perfectly implemented and executed by Maureen Gross, Mike Ferreira, Chris King and their amazing team.

The Chamber wishes to thank our sponsors, without who we could not host such a spectacular event.

Host Venue and Title Sponsors

Jess Santamaria Family

The Royal Inn Hotel

Original Wellington Mall

Media and Stage Sponsors

Grand Champions Polo Club CTV Sports Orbital Gaming

Presenting Sponsor

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center Wellington

Entertainment Sponsor Gast Construction Group Wellington International and the Winter Equestrian Festival

Blizzard Beach Sponsor

HCA Florida Palms West Women’s and Children’s Center

Our performers could not have been more phenomenal! The talents of our local superstars are amazing. If you have not heard or seen of the following, please make it a point to check them out. They are exquisite each in their own! Thank you to our Master of Ceremonies Wes Kain, Tom Blake, Larry Brendler, “Living the 80s” and Wellington Dance Theatre.

Thank you to our exceptional volunteers from Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington High School, Suncoast High School and Polo Park Middle School.

A very special thank you to Scott Sweigart, Felicity Biggans, Meghan Buser, Jane Garifo-Springer, Joe Cordero, Tina Martin and Walter Imperatore for their time, talents and diligence, as well as the

Snow Globe Photo Booth Sponsor

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Snow Sponsors

Coral Shores Behavioral Health Shullman Orthodontics Wellington Bay

Lounge Sponsors First National Bank Coastal Community Wellington

360 Photo Booth Sponsor Integrity Dental

Comfort Station Sponsors

Christ Community Church Hack Tax & Accounting Services LLC

Coral Behavioral Services

Selfie Sponsor 501cTees

Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Our local superstar and philanthropist Vanilla Ice astounds us each year. His spirit of giving and dedication to our community is outstanding. His efforts and those of his team make this event possible. Each is to be commended and thanked for their generosity and for giving back to Wellington. The chamber is grateful to have the privilege of collaborating with them!

The chamber salutes all the exhibitors, sponsors and performers for making their contribution to Wellington’s unique lifestyle, its economy and this spectacular event! And to each of you for attending… for being part of this event and for being a part of our community.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce another smashing success!
We look forward to seeing you all next year! Happy Holidays!
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Join your neighbors and support exceptional emergency services in Palm Beach County.

Through the incredible generosity of those in Boynton Beach and nearby communities, Baptist Health Foundation’s Bethesda Hospital Emergency Services campaign is now at 70% of goal. Every dollar raised will support the complete redesign and renovation of the Emergency Department at Bethesda East Hospital. When completed, this modern facility will offer private rooms, smart technology and optimized patient care.

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Bethesda Hospital relies on donor support to make critical improvements like these possible. Thank you for being there for us, so we can always be there for you.

Give today. Visit BaptistHealth.net/Giving. Email Giving@BaptistHealth.net. Or call 561-737-7733 ext. 84445.

completion date:
Artist renderings. Expected
Summer 2024.


USPA National Polo Center-Wellington Opens Its Inaugural Season With Visionaries At The Helm

Fresh off the massive success of hosting the FIP World Polo Championship, the USPA National Polo CenterWellington (NPC) is gearing up for its inaugural winter high-goal season. Most notably, the calendar will feature the return of the prestigious three-part Gauntlet of Polo series beginning in February. As NPC prepares for what will undoubtedly be a historic first season, after the USPA purchased the former International Polo Club Palm Beach last summer, let’s get to know the faces behind the newly rebranded facility, and the people who have worked tirelessly to turn a promising vision into reality.

Stewart Armstrong: Planting The Seed

The mastermind behind the USPAowned facility, USPA Chair Stewart Armstrong first detailed his vision for a permanent center for polo in America in the Spring 2020 issue of Hurlingham Polo Magazine in an essay titled, “The Sunday Field.” In it, Armstrong discussed the vitality of the Brackenridge Park field for the San Antonio Polo Club in Texas, and how the disappearance of that shared resource in the 1970s forever altered and stifled growth of the sport in the area.

This lived experience propelled his idea of a perpetual Sunday field as a principal element in the health and wellbeing of a polo club. Believing polo will not thrive without a centrally located Sunday field to underpin growth, show-

case teams, players and horses, as well as unite the wider community, Armstrong approached the USPA Board of Governors and proposed that the USPA acquire a communal facility to ensure longevity and prosperity of the sport in America. With this idea in mind, NPC will welcome not only high-goal tournaments, but also tournament play at all levels, guaranteeing inclusivity across all realms of the sport.

Now serving as the committee chair of USPA Sunday Field LLC, which will manage the polo operations of the center alongside NPC Polo Operations LLC, Armstrong continues to eagerly lead the USPA in the height of this new endeavor to establish NPC as the epicenter of American polo.

Armstrong’s polo knowledge and passion comes from a lifetime in the sport. A third-generation player, Armstrong’s grandfather was one of the founders of the San Antonio Polo Club and established a horse breeding program. Armstrong picked up the sport when he was

11 and never turned back. He achieved a 7-goal handicap and won the illustrious C.V. Whitney Cup twice in the 1980s. His experience both on and off the field has made him an exceptional leader for the USPA, especially during a time that offers many thrilling new changes and challenges for the association.

Charles Smith: Cultivating Growth

Recently elected as USPA president after formerly serving as secretary, Charles Smith has been extremely active in the creation of NPC, especially on the operations side, also serving as chair of NPC Polo Operations LLC.

Much like Armstrong, former 7-goaler Smith draws experience from an incredibly successful career in polo, joining the NPC leadership team as a three-time C.V. Whitney Cup winner, two-time USPA Gold Cup victor and five-time U.S. Open Polo Championship title holder. To recognize his talent and excellence in the sport, Smith was also inducted into the Museum of Polo

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The Gauntlet of Polo Trophies: C.V. Whitney Cup, U.S. Open Polo Championship and the USPA Gold Cup.
Nico Escobar of the United States races past a packed stadium at the National Polo Center-Wellington during the recent FIP World Polo Championship.
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and Hall of Fame in 2004. Smith hopes to use his deep understanding of polo to create both a competitive and enjoyable atmosphere for players and spectators.

At the USPA Fall Board of Governors meeting that took place in early November, Smith relayed important updates about NPC Polo Operations LLC, detailing a progress report of the ongoing polo-related renovations. Similarly, he discussed the plans to revitalize the stadium, parking areas and main entrance in a multi-phase renovation project scheduled around the 2023 winter season schedule.

Tim Gannon: Nourishing The Idea

Tim Gannon, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse and three-time U.S. Open Polo Championship winner, has been a vital contributor to the vision of NPC becoming a reality. Outside of creating an empire in the restaurant business, Gannon has a long and fruitful history in the sport. He began playing in 1992 and, as his passion grew, he created the Outback Polo team, which went on to win the U.S. Open five times, three of which he competed in. The team’s success also produced three consecutive wins in the prestigious competition (1999, 2000 and 2001), a feat that has not been duplicated since.

Off the field, Gannon is widely known as a selfless and devoted sup-

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porter of polo and its players. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Philip Iglehart Award, an honor that recognizes exceptional lifetime contributions to the sport. Continuing to remain connected to polo despite not being in the saddle, Gannon now chairs NPC’s Hospitality Operations Inc., setting his sights on reinvigorating the club’s offerings with his extensive experience in the food service industry. He is inspired to use his expertise to add to the culinary side of the club and elevate NPC into a great entertainment and dining experience.

At the USPA Fall Board of Governors meeting, Gannon discussed many of the projects that are ongoing in those areas. He detailed projects aimed at updating the hospitality facilities, expanding and modernizing the Mallet Grill kitchen, bringing in new culinary talent, investing more in catering, and uplifting the experience and what people can expect from the hospitality assets and the club.

Chris Green: Ensuring Longevity

After 40 years as a USPA member and several serving as a governor-at-large and active member of countless crucial USPA committees, Chris Green stepped into the role of chief operating officer/ in-house counsel in July 2021. Green is involved in nearly every aspect of the facility and its operations, contributing to all three NPC-focused subsidiaries:

USPA Sunday Field LLC, NPC Polo Operations LLC and NPC Hospitality Operations Inc.

Green’s connection to horses began in Lexington, Kentucky, where he grew up in the horse racing industry. He was introduced to polo in his 20s while attending the University of Kentucky and now plays outdoor polo at Giant Valley Polo Club in Hamden, Connecticut, and arena polo at Gardnertown Polo Club in Newburgh, New York. Green’s vast knowledge of the game and the rules, formerly serving as chair of the Rules/Rules Interpretation Committee, have made him an invaluable resource in launching NPC and generating early success for the facility.

An overall incredible achievement for the association and the sport of polo, NPC will and already is redefining the American polo experience thanks to the leadership of these individuals, alongside the hard work of many others within the United States Polo Association, NPC Polo Operations and NPC Hospitality Operations. This is only the beginning of a revitalized and prosperous future for American polo, with many more developments and opportunities on the horizon.

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The 2023 winter season heralds a new era in the sport of polo, both here in Wellington and across the United States. Over the summer, the United States Polo Association took control of Wellington’s signature polo destination, the International Polo Club Palm Beach, which has now been rebranded the National Polo Center-Wellington, or NPC. After its debut by hosting the prestigious XII FIP World Polo Championship in November, NPC is ready for its first winter high-goal season as the nation’s “Sunday Field” for polo. Watching the “sport of kings” on Sunday is a tradition to be enjoyed by everyone, from jet-setting socialites to year-round residents, polo experts to those new to the sport. As is our annual tradition, Wellington The Magazine this month highlights just a few of the elite players who will power their horses down the fields, mallet in hand, in pursuit of glory. We invite you to turn the page and start enjoying Faces of Polo 2023.

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A long-time legend in the sport, Adolfo Cambiaso grew up playing polo in Argentina. Quickly rising in handicap, he obtained the illustrious 10-goal status at just 19 years old, the youngest player to achieve the sport’s top rating. In 2000, he founded La Dolfina with Bartolomé Castagnola, one of the most successful Argentine teams in history. That same year, he began his own breeding business from scratch. He went on to become a pioneer in horse cloning, producing the first clone in 2010 with Alan Meeker of Crestview Genetics. In his decorated career, Cambiaso has triumphed in a wide array of prestigious tournaments, many of them on multiple occasions. These include the Argentine Open, the Hurlingham Open, the USPA Gold Cup, the U.S. Open Polo Championship and more. He has played with Scone in the Gauntlet of Polo for the past two years alongside his son, Poroto Cambiaso.


Finding early success much like his father, 16-year-old Poroto Cambiaso emerged on the high-goal scene in 2020, when he captured the King Power Gold Cup in England as well as the Copa Cámara de Diputados, the Copa Pilar and the Repechaje Clasificación in Argentina. He played in the Gauntlet of Polo for the first time in 2021 with Scone, during which Scone won the USPA Gold Cup. He played with Scone again in 2022. Over the summer, he triumphed in the NetJets Pacific Coast Open with L.I.N.Y. Donning the same helmet as his father, which features the signature Argentine flag, 9-goaler Poroto is racing toward a 10-goal handicap and shows no signs of slowing down.




Currently the No. 1-ranked polo player in the world, 10-goaler extraordinaire Facundo Pieres is fresh off a successful Gauntlet of Polo season in 2022, winning both the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship with Pilot alongside teammates Curtis Pilot, Mackenzie Weisz and Matias Torres Zavaleta. Pieres grew up playing with his brothers Gonzalito and Nicolas Pieres in Argentina. He became a professional player in 1997 when he won the Copa Potrillos with the Ellerstina Jr. team. He continues to travel the world playing in the most prestigious tournaments, often finding his way to the podium in the process.

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Originally from San Antonio, Texas, and coming from a polo-playing family, Stewart Armstrong reached the status of a 7-goal handicap while competing in tournaments worldwide. Today, he continues to play while also serving as chairman of the United States Polo Association, a role he took over in 2019 and has used to continue his lifelong work to grow the sport in the United States. He received the Hugo Dalmar Trophy in 2019, played on the Aspen team during the 2021 Ylvisaker Cup, played in the 2021 Gauntlet of Polo series with Aspen/Dutta Corp, and competed again in the Gauntlet of Polo in 2022 with La Indiana alongside Jeff Hall, Lucas Criado Jr. and Mariano Aguerre.


Born in New York but raised in Argentina, Pablo “Polito” Pieres is among the few polo greats who have achieved a 10-goal handicap. Becoming a professional in 1997 at age 18, Pieres was introduced to the sport by his father, Paul Pieres. Pieres has played on winning teams in the British Open, the Deauville Gold Cup in France, and the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup and USPA Gold Cup here in Wellington. He played with Santa Rita Polo Farm in the 2022 Gauntlet of Polo and found success in 2020 with La Indiana in the USPA Gold Cup. Most recently, Pieres triumphed in the 2022 Tortugas Open, and the 2021 Argentine Open, Hurlingham Open and Queens Cup.



Achieving the elusive 10-goal status in 2017, Hilario Ulloa has remained among the top players in the world, competing in the United States, England and Argentina. Playing with Park Place for the last two years in the Gauntlet of Polo, Ulloa has experienced great success, winning the 2021 and 2022 C.V. Whitney Cup, as well as making it to the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final in 2021 and the USPA Gold Cup Final in 2022. He is a three-time winner of the U.S. Open Polo Championship, a three-time winner of the C.V. Whitney Cup and a one-time winner of the USPA Gold Cup. Outside of the U.S., this polo prodigy has triumphed in the Hurlingham Open, the Tortugas Open, the Ellerstina Gold Cup and more.

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American Jeff Hall was raised in Santa Barbara, California, and Houston, Texas. He began riding when he was just four years old. He became a professional at the young age of 12. Still one of the highest-rated American players at 7 goals, Hall has won every high-goal trophy in U.S. polo, including the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2003. He most recently won the USPA Gold Cup with La Indiana in 2020. Over the summer, he also competed with BenSoleimani. com and won the Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup, marking his 10th win in that prestigious competition. While he travels for polo frequently, he calls New Pueblo, his Houston ranch, home. He also lives in Wellington during the winter season.



Mariano “Peke’’ Gonzalez Jr., 23, represents the latest generation in a polo-playing dynasty. The son of Mariano Gonzalez Sr., he currently sports a 6-goal handicap. Gonzalez has a wealth of experience in some of the most competitive tournaments here and in Argentina, as well as representing Team USA in the 2018 Westchester Cup. Gonzalez won the 2017 Copa Provincia in Argentina, playing alongside his father in a tournament won by his grandfather back in 1958. On the Iconic team during the Gauntlet of Polo in 2019, he was a part of the Postage Stamp Farm team in 2020. Gonzalez played on the victorious Scone team in 2021, claiming the U.S. Open title alongside Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso, along with David Paradice. This summer, he played with Farmers & Merchants Bank in both the Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup and the NetJets Pacific Coast Open, making it to the final of the latter before falling to L.I.N.Y.


Argentine polo player Raul “Gringo” Colombres is hard to miss in his bright red helmet. Rated as an 8-goaler, Colombres returned to high-goal play in Wellington in 2019. He wasted no time making his presence known, leading Dutta Corp to a string of early season victories, including the Herbie Pennell Cup, the Joe Barry Memorial Cup and the Ylvisaker Cup — and along the way capturing consecutive MVP awards for himself. Colombres returned in 2020 to play on the Palm Beach Equine team with Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Gonzalo Ferrari and Scott Swerdlin, again winning the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. In 2021, Colombres was back in action with Palm Beach Equine for the Ylvisaker Cup, and he competed with Aspen/Dutta Corp in the Gauntlet of Polo series. In 2022, he played with Cessna alongside Miguel Novillo Astrada, Camp Campbell and Will Johnston.

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Fourth-generation polo player Hope Arellano comes from a long line of polo players — with her father Julio Arellano achieving a 9-goal handicap at the peak of his career. Picking up the sport at a young age, Arellano played in her first adult tournament at age 11 and won her first 12-goal tournament along side her father and two older brothers, Lucas and Agustin, at age 12. At 14, Arellano be came the youngest player ever to win the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship. Now 19 years old, Arellano hasn’t slowed down a bit, recently competing for the United States in the FIP World Polo Championship, becoming the first woman to ever compete for the U.S. in that prestigious international contest.

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Pilot’s Facundo Pieres and Matias Torres Zavaleta, and La Elina’s Facundo and Geronimo Obregon in action at NPC.


Retired Polo Player Toby Wayman Is Now Known As One Of The Sport’s Top Commentators

Toby Wayman was born and raised to be a polo player, but his true destiny was to be the voice for the “sport of kings” as an announcer and commentator at polo matches here in Wellington and at top matches across the nation. Wayman has been found behind the microphone since 2010, and he does it very well. He is a natural, talking about polo with a microphone in his hand.

Wayman, who lives in Wellington with his wife and two sons, spends his time these days as a livestream announcer for polo matches in Wellington, as well as Sheridan, Wyoming, and Santa Barbara, California. In Wellington, he provides commentary at the Gauntlet of Polo, which includes the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open, as well as the Wellington Polo Tour, which is a 16-goal league.

While Wayman has the “gift of the gab” when it comes to talking about polo, his background as a polo player is the foundation for his current role. He can “talk the talk” because he has “walked the walk” in polo.

Wayman’s polo background goes deeper than his career as a player. He is a fourth-generation polo player — born into the sport and raised within the sport. As a player, he was a 4-goaler, while his father, Tommy Wayman, was a 10-goaler.

Wayman, 40, was a good polo player, but he was not among the greats of the sport. He, unfortunately, had to retire from playing at age 28 due to an injury. He didn’t realize it at the time, but his career-ending injury was probably the best thing that ever happened to him, career-wise, since he was perfectly qualified to make the transition to being a polo announcer.

“After I quit playing, I sold my horses, and I only had a high school education,” Wayman recalled. “All that I knew anything about was polo.”

While Wayman knows a great deal about polo, he added that his father was his top teacher.

“Everything I know in polo, I learned from my dad,” he said. “Polo is the only topic that I ever talked about with my father while growing up. We still only talk about polo every time we get together.”

Soon after he retired from being a player, Wayman received an offer from longtime friend Jimmy Newman to come fill in as an on-field announcer at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, now the National Polo Center-Wellington. If it had not been for that invitation from Newman, he probably would not be where he is today.

As they say, success in life is often based on who you know and not what you know. In Wayman’s case, he both

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knew all the key people in the industry and had all the background knowledge to make a go as a polo announcer.

Wayman is forever thankful to Newman for giving him a chance to do what he does best, which is talking about polo.

“Initially, I saw my role as an announcer as a way to use my knowledge of polo to stay relevant in the sport,” Wayman said.

Now, livestream announcing of polo is a way for Wayman to make a living in the sport.

Soon after his guest debut with a microphone in 2010, Wayman started working as a livestream announcer for Melissa and Marc Ganzi at Chukker TV, which included providing play-by-play

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commentary for the “Featured Game of the Week.”

He then made the transition to working for the United States Polo Association and is now providing livestream commentary for Global Polo TV.

Looking back since 2010, Wayman has probably provided commentary for more than 1,200 polo matches. Yet he honestly feels that his best days as a polo announcer are still ahead of him.

“Polo is a sport that is always evolving, and it always feels fresh,” Wayman said. “Today, there are so many brilliant players with the ball, and the horses are equally amazing.”

One of Wayman’s unique on-the-air skills is his ability to correctly anticipate what’s about to happen on the polo field, and then to analyze what just happened.

“I have good vision, and I can tell what’s about to happen before it actually takes place,” Wayman explained. “Then, I like to go back to review what happened and explain why it happened. I like to be precise and accurate. I want the viewers to understand what it is they are watching.”

After the polo season ends each spring in Wellington, Wayman and his family will relocate to his childhood hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming, where polo is big in the summer months. His parents also live in Sheridan, so it’s a great family time, as well.

From his home base in Wyoming, and with access to technology, Wayman provides commentary for polo matches in California, as well.

“On Thursdays and Saturdays, I’m

commentating on polo matches in Sheridan, and on Fridays and Sundays, I’m announcing polo matches being played in Santa Barbara, California, from my home base in Wyoming,” Wayman said. “I can watch the video feed from California on my iPad and provide the commentary through a microphone. The two big polo events in California are the Pacific Coast Open and the Silver Cup.”

Clearly, Wayman has a unique way of making a living, and it’s a profession which he’s in no hurry to stop doing. “I’d like to do this ’til the day I die,” he said.

When he’s not providing commentary on polo, Wayman spends a great deal of time at home with his wife and two sons. When he needs to relax, he likes to sharpen his knife collection and look after his bonsai tree.

“It’s very relaxing to prune, water and nurture my bonsai tree,” Wayman said.

As someone who has been around polo for years, Wayman has his own thoughts about some of the best polo players and polo horses currently on the scene.

Two of his favorite horses to watch are Aji, ridden by Lucas Criado Jr., and Magnifica, owned and played by Facundo Pieres. According to Wayman, both horses sense the significance of any occasion and make things happen with their riders aboard.

The same thing can be said of Wayman when he’s providing commentary. He can sense the significance of the occasion, and he can accurately predict what’s about to happen. And, more often than not, he’s right.

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“Polo is a sport that is always evolving, and it always feels fresh, today, there are so many brilliant players with the ball, and the horses are equally amazing.”
Toby Wayman rides across the field on a Ninebot. © ALEXIS VON GONTARD
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FIP World Polo Championship A Monumental Debut For The USPA’s New National Polo Center

In a successful and monumental debut for the USPA-owned facility, the National Polo Center-Wellington (NPC) took center stage recently, hosting the global XII FIP World Polo Championship.

The competition welcomed eight talented teams from across the world for ultimate international polo glory — Argentina, Australia, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, Uruguay and the United States. Outfitting the teams with official performance jerseys and equipment as the official apparel partner and presenting sponsor, U.S. Polo Assn. was proud to join forces once again with the FIP World Polo Championship to promote the brand.

Visiting teams arrived by Oct. 26 and

drew one of eight evenly matched strings of 22 horses provided by J5 Equestrian, then spent time leading up to the first day of competition riding and practicing them to develop strategies. Bracket play began Oct. 29, and the competition officially started in grand fashion with the Opening Ceremony at NPC, which featured a team parade in classic cars and plenty of sideline spirit from spectators.

Over the course of the week-long event, Team USA (Agustin Arellano, Lucas Escobar, Nico Escobar, Jake Klenter, Hope Arellano, Joaquin Avendaño and Nico Diaz Alberdi) and Spain (Nicolas “Tuki” Ruiz Guiñazu, Luis Domnecq Carrión, Pelayo Berazadi Rózpide and Nicolas Álvarez Cervera) rose to the top of the competition. Both captured a 3-1 record entering the final.

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Hope Arellano made history as the first woman to compete for Team USA in the FIP World Polo Championship. © DAVID LOMINSKA

In their opening match, USA triumphed 9-4 over Australia, establishing their position as one of the tournament’s dominant competitors. A slight setback followed, falling to Italy 6-4. Desperate for a win in order to qualify for the semifinal round, USA worked tirelessly in a physically and mentally exhausting battle to edge out Uruguay 7.5-7. In the semifinal match, Hope Arellano entered the playing field substituting for Jake Klentner. Making history, the 19-yearold polo phenom became the first woman to compete for the United States in an FIP World Polo Championship. Her addition to the lineup continued USA’s forward momentum, allowing two sets of siblings — Hope and Agustin Arellano, and Lucas and Nico Escobar — to emerge with an electrifying 9-8 overtime win against the defending champions and competition favorites, Argentina.

USA and Spain met on NPC’s immaculate U.S. Polo Assn. Field One in front of a sold-out grandstand crowd. It was an exciting game, and regulation time ended in a 10-10 deadlock to force overtime. Fierce play on both ends kept the match going through the overtime chukker’s halfway point, but a foul from USA gave Spain a penalty opportunity, which Pelayo Berazadi Rózpide masterfully scored, sending the ball high above the USA defenders to capture Spain’s first FIP World Polo Championship title. For his five-goal performance, golden goal and leadership on the field, Rózpide was named Most Valuable Player. His third and fifth chukker horse, J5 Matilde, was awarded Best Playing Pony honors.

An event that was years in the making, USPA Executive Director of Services Carlucho Arellano expressed how meaningful the success of the compe-

tition was, especially after meticulous planning efforts. “One thing that I promised when the U.S. was still bidding to be the host of the world championship was that we would give the world the very best of the USPA — the very best horses we could find, the very best venue and the very best service,” he said. “I think all of that planning really translates into good polo.”

FIP Tournament Coordinator Felipe Del Sel also described his pride in being a part of the team to bring the FIP World Polo Championship to the United States. “I think that the event went smoothly and exceeded all expectations,” he said. “FIP and the teams were really impressed with all the attention to detail and the level of fields, horses and accommodation. It was the perfect event to present the National Polo CenterWellington to the world.”

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Team USA coach Julio Arellano, Hope Arellano, Agustin Arellano, Lucas Escobar, Nico Escobar, assistant coach Jesse Bray, Jake Klentner, Nico Diaz Alberdi and Joaquin Avendaño, pictured with USPA President Charles Smith. © DAVID LOMINSKA
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All You Need To Know Get Ready For The Sidelines With A Primer On The ‘Sport Of Kings’

“Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake,” is a quote attributed to actor and avid polo player Sylvester Stallone.

While golf is generally an individual sport, polo is one of the oldest team sports, with its origins in central Asia more than 2,000 years ago. Mounted nomads played a version that had elements of sports and training for war, with as many as 100 men on a side and using the heads of their vanquished foes as the ball.

Polo has since evolved into an intricate sport of four players per team that combines intelligence, strength, power, flexibility and physicality while riding 1,000-pound horses at high speeds on a 300-yard by 160-yard grass field. Whoever scores the most goals, wins — like hockey on horseback, but without a goalie.

The best players in the world are in Wellington during the

winter season, playing at the USPA’s National Polo CenterWellington (NPC) and the Grand Champions Polo Club, among other area clubs.

Carlucho Arellano is a longtime professional player who grew up in the sport and currently is the USPA’s executive director of services.

“[Polo] is nothing short of the best sport in the world,” he said. “There is none other like it, really. A contact sport where you can get on an animal that requires excellent hand-eye coordination. Name another one like it. As a profession, it is the best. As a hobby, it is equal to snowboarding, skiing, flying and racing. As therapy, it takes you away from the hustle and bustle. And as a way of life, it is a family-oriented and healthy culture.”

Players are rated from minus-1 to a maximum of 10 by a committee, based on a player’s horsemanship, hitting ability,

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quality of horses, team play and game sense. Their handicap is not a reflection of how many goals they score. Each of the polo associations in the United States, Argentina and England update player handicap ratings at least once a year. So, a player could be a 10-goaler in the U.S. and England, and a 9-goaler in Argentina.

Player ratings, or handicaps, is a way to keep teams as equal as possible during a tournament. The four players’ handicaps must not exceed the tournament rating. For example, the U.S. Open Championship is a 22-goal tournament, so the combined handicap rating of the four players cannot be more than 22 goals. Most teams play with three professional players and a patron, an amateur who pays the other players.

Players, like in hockey, wear protective gear. There are leather boots specifically for polo, knee pads, white jeans, team jersey, a protective helmet and gloves. More and more players also wear protective eyewear and elbow pads. This helps protect them when bumping into an opponent, or if an errant ball or mallet hits them.

The mallet is made of bamboo and its length varies, depending on how big the horse is and how tall the player is. Mallets usually range from 49 to 54 inches and are changed throughout the game, depending on the horse or if they break. The ball is about 3.5 ounces and made of hard plastic that starts out round but quickly develops an odd shape after being hit many times.

The game starts with teams lining up at midfield, and an umpire rolls the ball between them. Play continues throughout the seven-and-a-half-minute chukker (period) unless there is a foul or injury. The most common fouls are “crossing the line,” an imaginary line created by the ball as it goes down the


field. Some are obvious, others not so much, and it creates animated discussion both on and off the field.

Other interesting rules distinctive to polo is that teams switch sides after each goal to mitigate advantages of sun, wind and field conditions. And all players must play right-handed, even if they are natural left-handers, for the safety of the rider and the horse. This rule decreases the chance of a head-on collision if two players were riding toward each other.

Penalties are called by either of the two mounted officials on the field, and if they can’t agree, a third referee in the stands makes the final decision. There is also video review available during most major matches. Penalty shots are taken from 30 yards, 40 yards and 60 yards, or at the spot of the foul, depending on the severity of the foul. All goals are worth one point. There aren’t any two-point shots, except in exhibition matches.

Most team’s tactics use man-to-man coverage for defense, but sometimes the plan is to double-team the opponent’s best player. But no matter the tactics, many times the outcome is determined by which team has the better horses. Experts say that horses are at least 70 percent of the game. Most horses are Thoroughbreds trained specifically for the sport over several years. They usually play from about five years to 12 years old at the highest levels. For high-goal matches, the pinnacle of polo in the United States, each player will bring at least 12 horses. They usually play two horses per chukker and often will double their best horses. The better players have at least 16 ponies to play throughout the long, arduous season. Players are always trying to improve their string of ponies, either by buying from others or breeding their own.

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The featured stadium match is usually Sunday at 3 p.m. at NPC and Sunday at 4 p.m. at Grand Champions. There’s pomp and circumstance, brunch, women wearing sundresses and hats, men in khakis and blazers. There isn’t a dress code at either venue; jeans, a collared shirt and sneakers are quite acceptable.

There are also games during the week on the club’s other fields in a more casual setting. Arellano has some insider tips for watching polo in Wellington at either of the major clubs.

“I recommend polo games during the week. They are free,

and you’ll get a true feeling for it if you tailgate and just soak it in,” Arellano said. “The first time the players and horses come running over the boards by where you’re parked, you’ll feel the intensity and excitement. There will be family members cheering, kids practicing on the neighboring field with their foot mallets and one wheels, and the empanada guy will cruise by in his station wagon. You have to try the ham and cheese empanada or a milanesa sandwich. Befriend the polo player in the car parked next to you and ask him or her about the rules, line of the ball and teams. Polo players are friendly and outspoken.”

Veteran polo player Luis Escobar, whose two sons also play high-goal polo, suggests concentrating on the horses while watching the action.

“Look at how the horses and players move around the field with such ease, how they increase and decrease in speed, make big stops and small turns as fast as the rudder can stay on,” Escobar said. “Look at the players, how they hit and place the ball.”

He also had a warning for those new to the game.

“Polo is an addictive sport. Be careful,” Escobar said, smiling.

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Sport Horse Nutrition And GIT Barn Solutions Offer One-Stop Shopping For Your Horse-Care Needs

Two Wellington-based equestrian businesses have taken one-stop shopping to a different level, making the shopping experience for equestrian customers even more convenient. The two retailers are Sport Horse Nutrition and GIT Barn Solutions. Both are located in the same building at 3080 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington.

Sport Horse Nutrition

At Sport Horse Nutrition (www. sporthorsenutrition.com), located in Suite 5, the goal is customer satisfaction following every single transaction.

“Here at Sport Horse Nutrition, we provide you with the finest and most efficient horse products to keep your horse healthy,” General Manager Youssef Bargach said. “We are here to provide you with the finest selection of horse supplies and products to keep your horse in the best shape possible no matter what.”

Sport Horse Nutrition has a wide array of horse supplies available because this retailer has the room to stock all the necessary equestrian supplies.

“We have a 12,000-square-foot warehouse for the hay and feed, as well as two and a half acres out back where we store the shavings, our trailers, flat beds and box trucks that are used for deliveries,” Bargach said. “We make sure that we have at least 30 days of inventory of all products at all times.”

If you are in the market for hay, horse care supplies, horse feed, supplements or

wood shavings, Sport Horse Nutrition has what you need.

In the hay category, customers have four varieties to choose from: Alfalfa, Green Meadows, Orchard and Timothy. In horse care supplies, Sport Horse Nutrition has a large number of categories that it sells, such as fly control, grooming items, hoof care, horse treats, horse first aid, poultice and clays, salts and minerals, and wraps. Many of those supplies are produced by trusted brands, such as Pyranha, Farnam and UltraShield.

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Jorge Falcon-Sillet GIT Barn Solutions.

Under the horse feed tab, there are six categories: Hubbard, Hygain, Manna Pro, McCauley’s, Tribute and Divers. In the area of supplements, Sport Horse Nutrition stocks seven different subcategories, which include Calmers, Digestion and Ulcers, Hoof Supplements, Joint Supplements, Oils, Performance and Weight Control.

Sport Horse Solutions also sells four varieties of wood shavings.

According to Bargach, the lifeblood of Sport Horse Nutrition’s existence is its ability to get products delivered to its clients in a timely manner.

“At first, every customer comes to our store to check out our inventory and discuss deliverables,” Bargach said. “After that, they submit orders via phone or text.”

Once an order is placed, Bargach and his 13 employees focus on getting that product delivered as soon as possible.

“We strive for same-day deliveries or next-day deliveries,” Bargach said. “Our goal is to stock quality products and provide great customer service.”

Sport Horse Nutrition delivers to customers in Wellington, Loxahatchee, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm City and Okeechobee. Orders can be placed via text at (561) 634-5252 or e-mail at orders@sporthorsenutrition. com.

According to Bargach, he’s delighted to have a fellow equestrian business, GIT Barn Solutions, just a few yards away.

“They show support for us, as we show support for them,” he said.

In addition to enjoying working in the equestrian field, Bargach is also a fan

of polo, dressage, racing and jumping.

“I’m a fan of all four equestrian sports,” he said.

GIT Barn Solutions

At GIT Barn Solutions (www.gitbarn. com), located in Suite 1, its specialty is collecting and disposing of horse manure, which is a major, year-round issue in Wellington and across Palm Beach County.

GIT aims to solve the horse manure concerns for its clients without the mess and the flies.

“By installing GIT plastic, closed, non-leaking dumpsters with lids, you avoid the flies and are using an environmentally friendly solution to manure removal,” said Jorge Falcon-Sillet, sales and customer care manager for GIT. “We also deliver super bedding pine shavings. Our drivers are friendly and prompt. Our goal is to serve you at the highest level.”

In addition to providing specific bins for the manure and shavings/bedding for the horse stalls, GIT Barn Solutions also sells top-quality hay from Canada.

“We store the hay in an air-conditioned facility,” Falcon-Sillet said.

The magnitude of the manure issue in Palm Beach County is eye-opening, he explained. During the high season, GIT Barn Solutions is picking up and disposing of 100 tons of manure a day, which is 200,000 pounds daily, if you do the math. It drops down to 30 tons a day in the off season.

Clearly, GIT Barn Solutions is doing a great job, as its business has grown from 50 systems with a handful of clients in 2016 to more than 400 accounts

today — and there’s room for growth.

“Our business is growing 30 percent a year,” Falcon-Sillet said. “This is a big undertaking, which must be well organized. Some horse barns contain 40 horses, and that’s a great deal of horse manure every day.”

The biggest issue facing GIT Barn Solutions is purchasing enough land where it can dump and treat the manure by building its own compost. Right now, the company has to pay a third-party to legally dump the manure. That’s a charge that gets passed on to customers. There are three legal dumping locations in Palm Beach County that GIT Barn Solutions uses.

“If we can buy 30 acres, we can develop our own organic compost,” FalconSillet explained.

Since manure accumulation is a daily issue, GIT Barn Solutions only takes off two days a year — Thanksgiving and Christmas. “We put out extra trucks the day before and the day after those holidays to pick up the extra manure,” Falcon-Sillet said.

The demand for shavings and bedding is also huge. Each week during the high season, four trailers of pallets containing shavings and bedding are delivered to GIT Barn Solutions from a factory in Leesburg, Florida. Each trailer has 28 pallets, and each pallet contains 45 bags of shavings/bedding.

To learn more about GIT Barn Solutions, call (561) 600-3407, e-mail sales@ gitbarn.com, or drop by the office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Saturdays, and open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon during the winter season.

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Popular Event Will Be Held On Feb. 26 Behind The Wellington Community Center

The popular Buck Off Challenge, the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit Southeast Florida Honor Flight, focuses on fun for a good cause.

The Buck Off Challenge is an entertaining, family-friendly competition pitting a lively mechanical bull against more than 50 competitors on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. on the boardwalk behind the Wellington Community Cen ter.

Last year’s event raised more than $65,000. Each flight costs about $120,000, according to Janet Hoose, who chairs the nonprofit organization. The first two flights in 2023 are sched uled for April 15 and May 20.

A limited number of sponsorship op portunities are available, ranging from $500 to $15,000. VIP tables of 10 are $750, and single VIP reserved seats are available for $75. VIP tickets include dinner and a cash bar. General admis sion is based on an optional donation; bringing your own chairs is encouraged, as general seating is limited.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Village of Wellington for the second consecutive year. To register a team or purchase tickets, visit www.honorflight sefl.org/events.

The Buck Off Challenge benefits Southeast Florida Honor Flight, an allvolunteer nonprofit organization that flies World War II, Korean War and

Vietnam War veterans from Palm Beach International Airport to Washington, D.C., four times a year free of charge to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

Four-person teams compete in the Buck Off Challenge, where individual rides are scored by a panel of celebrity judges and totaled to determine the winning team. Riders are scored on their ability to stay on the bull while keeping one hand in the air at all times, and the style of the ride. Higher scores may be achieved for character, team spirit and costumes. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. The entry fee is $100 per team.

The Southeast Florida Honor Flight is a day devoted to honoring the local men and women who served the country in conflicts around the globe. For the veterans, it is a day to reflect on those heroes who never came home, connecting with fellow military compatriots and the fact that America has not forgotten them. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for their service.

The Buck Off Challenge is a fundraising event started by Wellington’s Bobbi Rottman of Eques Solutions, which primarily specializes in bringing the equestrian community and businesses together. Rottman and her team started this event more than 10 years

ago, and for the last five years, Southeast Florida Honor Flight has been the beneficiary. They spend months going over every detail to make sure that the nonprofit receives enormous support from the community.

“This event is not your normal fundraiser, it is funny, exciting and touching all at the same time,” Rottman said. “We have attendees ranging from WWII veterans to children, and riders who have never ridden anything to riders who have sat on real bulls. I wanted a fundraiser that everyone is welcome to attend. The community needs to be educated on the fact that Southeast Florida Honor Flight touches a lot of lives, and with no discounts from airlines, the raising of funds for them is important.”

For additional information about Southeast Florida Honor Flight, visit www.honorflightsefl.org or www.facebook. com/honorflight, or call 1-855-FLYAVET (1-855-359-2838).

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2023 South Florida Fair Jan. 13-29 Will Be ‘Dino-Myte’

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they will come alive at the 111th annual South Florida Fair, which is themed “DinoMyte.” The 2023 event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a Ride-A-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 12, and the full fair being held Jan. 13-29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, located at 9067 Southern Blvd.

With a scale unmatched in animatronic dinosaur displays, Imagine Exhibitions will showcase some of the world’s most unique and recently discovered dinosaurs in a traveling exhibit titled “Dinosaurs Around the World.” Guests will experience a multi-layered narrative and cutting-edge research. They’ll discover which dinosaurs lived where and how they arrived, and learn about tectonic plates, geological formations and the latest paleontological research.

The South Florida Fair also will bring Jurassic Kingdom to fairgoers. Since 2014, this show has been one of the most beloved displays in the fair and festival industry. Host Miss Kala opens the show with an introduction that

sends the audience back in time. Guests will have the opportunity to see lifelike dinosaurs in action and may touch and interact with them throughout the show.

Additional theme-related exhibits include prehistoric dinosaur adventures, a mobile museum, the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, the Cox Science Museum & Aquarium, dinosaur explorer, the Dino Encounters Excavation Zone and Mr. Adler — an experienced paleontologist who loves to take his babies for a stroll around the fair.

“We like to present what we call ‘edutainment’ at the fair, where our guests can learn and be entertained at the same time,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president and CEO. “We began creating themes in 1993, and our themed expositions are one of the most popular attractions of our 17-day event.”

New experiences at the fair are also a priority. All new for 2023 — two different wine pairing dinners, which will take place in the hospitality building

on Monday, Jan. 23, and on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Presented by Cugini Winery, limited tickets will be available for $75 per person, which includes fair admission. Reservations are required. Wine tastings also will occur each day in Building 3, along with demonstrations (included in fair admission).

Another new feature will be a drumline competition on the community stage and two robotic competitions. A kids’ bake off on Jan. 21 will include 25 children from Palm Beach County schools who will make a variety of desserts. Artist Alley will feature the artwork of some of the area’s most creative artists in Building 2, and the Horton Fair Display will show off a giant fair display of rides and more, all made from recycled materials.

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(Above) The fair lights up the sky with rides, games and attractions. (Inset) This triceratops replica is one of many dinosaurs included in the Imagine Exhibitions traveling display.

The South Florida Fair’s ice skating shows are among the event’s most popular attractions. The tried-and-true fair favorites also will return, including quilts and other handmade items on display.

Among the top reasons guests attend the fair is to delight in the vendors’ wacky food creations. The usual “fried everything” will be offered, as well as new items, which include Miller Lemonade’s pickle lemonade, Holy Macaroni’s Thai bowls and its build-your-own macaroni bowls, which were introduced last year. Guaca Go is returning with its vegan guacamole and plant-based meat options that can be added.

New vendors include Mango Splash, which will tempt fairgoers with mango cups, mangonadas and empanadas. Guests will be able to build their own gourmet nachos at Rosie’s Nachos, Low & Slow will feature barbecue pork with assorted sides, the Biscuit Barn will create assorted biscuit sandwiches, and Bubble Tea & Bubble Waffles will prepare freshly made teas and waffles.

Of course, the rides are also among the top reasons people attend the fair. More than 200 rides and games will return, including the Midway Sky Eye, North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel. New rides include the Wave Swinger and Corky’s Wipeout.

At the root of the fair is its awardwinning agriculture and livestock program featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 Florida counties. The Mooternity barn is always a hit, giving guests a chance to see calves being born. This year, a new horse show titled

Hollywood Horses Tricks & Tales is expected to wow guests as well.

Five stages of live music and entertainment will get guests on their feet, dancing the night away, and fans will appreciate that the Tribute Band Competition is returning. The traditional fair offerings that folks have come to expect and enjoy also will be back with attractions that include the racing pigs, ice skating shows, daily parades with custom floats from New Orleans and shopping.

“Our fair is really about making memories and keeping a tradition going that has lasted for more than a century,” Chouris said.

The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions Inc., a nonprofit organization, and has a longstanding tradition of raising funds for educational and charitable purposes.

For more information, call (561) 7930333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.

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Keep Your Horse In The Ring With Help From The Wound-Care Experts At VetBlue

During the grueling 12 weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, the chance of injury is high due to the stiff competition and the longevity of the show series. Whether your horse suffers from a minor wound, such as a boot rub or grab wound, or a more significant injury where proud flesh is present, VetBlue understands that healing wounds as quickly and efficiently as possible is critical to success in the ring.

With a diverse set of wound care products to treat a variety of wounds, VetBlue can keep you and your horse in the competition and on your way to many more blue ribbons.

As an extension of the longtime human wound care product Hydrofera,

VetBlue exists to provide the same trusted healing practices to animals. VetBlue delivers superior clinical outcomes to feline, canine and equine species by providing prime conditions for natural wound healing, so wounds can heal efficiently and completely.

The dynamic range of VetBlue helps in all phases of the healing process, allowing patients to get back to feeling themselves as quickly as possible.

“VetBlue is superior to other wound care products because it is an ‘all in one’ product,” local VetBlue representative Abbi Bentz explained. “It is antibacterial and antifungal, it debrides dead tissue, it helps to decrease inflammation, it provides an analgesic effect, it absorbs

exudate, and it provides a moist environment for wound healing. In addition, it protects the wound from insects and other organisms, helps wounds to heal faster, and does not contain any banned substances, so there is no withdrawal time for competition horses.”

Wound care is not a one-size-fitsall approach, and VetBlue aims to treat as many wounds as possible. The PVA foam is designated for severe wounds where there is dead tissue or proud flesh present. This flagship product improves epithelialization while wicking exudate and debris from the wound bed. The result is a multifaceted, non-toxic healing environment that kills bacteria and reduces bioburden.

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VetBlue’s PU foam is more appropriate for shallow wounds, such as boot rubs or grab wounds. This product tackles wounds with higher exudate, managing absorption of the secretions while maintaining a moist wound bed. VetBlue also offers tunnel dressings to help with tough-to-get areas.

Veterinarian Dr. Crystalyn J. Kasa, who is also local to the Wellington area, has seen the benefits of VetBlue.

“VetBlue has been an excellent wound-healing element I have added to my practice,” Kasa said. “It is cost effective and very easy for clients to use. The variety in the size and type of PVA, PU and tunnel dressing provide many options for use. I have seen incredible rates of healing with exudative wounds, chronic non-healing wounds and proud flesh. The tunnel has been a remarkable replacement for penrose drains. The bioburden indicator is helpful for client assessment of wound healing. VetBlue has been my go-to for managing a diversity of wounds.”

Bentz has done a lot of work throughout Wellington and South Florida. In some cases, VetBlue has given animals, like Streaker, a second chance at life. He was found abandoned at a boarding facility, during which time a fly mask and bandage around his leg started to merge with his skin. Five different veterinarians treated his wounds with several injections and creams, but nothing provided a long-term solution.

Vicki Moore, Streaker’s owner, is thankful they found VetBlue when they did. “He’s a completely different

horse,” Moore said. “He used to not even be able to bend his leg; it was all so swollen. Now you can’t even tell where his wounds used to be in some places.”

Although Streaker’s healing process on VetBlue has lasted months, the wound care foams also work for the quick fixes as well. The smaller wounds that horses at WEF are more likely to experience can turn into big problems if not treated properly and quickly.

“It is bad enough for animals to get a wound, but they are highly susceptible to getting secondary infections, and for the wounds to get bigger if not treated quickly,” Bentz said. “Animals go through the same stages of wound healing as humans. Most people will immediately clean a new wound and apply a Band-Aid. It is even more important for animals, who are exposed to more microorganisms, often lick their wounds and don’t have the ability to protect their wounds from further injury.”

The team at VetBlue prides themselves on their products’ ability to heal small grab wounds as quickly as one day.

Another important piece of VetBlue’s mission is to provide as much education about proper wound care as possible. Bentz is a certified BS, RN and CRRN, and participates in barn visits throughout the Wellington area to provide hands-on tutorials to grooms, barn owners, riders and more about proper wound care and the uses of VetBlue, ensuring that the product will be effectively applied and will lead to fast and more efficient healing.

“I hope that clients who start using VetBlue see firsthand the benefits, and tell other animal owners about VetBlue,” Bentz said.

If you are interested in trying VetBlue, contact Abbi Bentz at (561) 789-6076 or abbi@equinewoundcare.com.

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Village Of Wellington Has Big Plans For 2023 After A Successful 2022

The Wellington Village Council and staff are proud of the accomplishments of 2022 and even more excited for the beginning of a new year. Both have worked hard together to prioritize the village’s future efforts in the form of a 2023 operating budget and a 2023 to 2027 five-year capital budget. These budgets will help to provide the best quality of life and an environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive. The village continued to make many strides in 2022 and has planned its future efforts in the following five strategic focus areas.

Safe & Resilient Community

Resident and employee safety remains our highest priority. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) continues to provide an environment that is one of the safest in the county, state and nation. Our deputies and their leadership engage proactively with our residents, maintain a high presence throughout the community, and offer many services to raise awareness of and prevent crime.

We also work seamlessly with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue to respond to any emergency, and we plan and train together to ensure that we are prepared

for man-made and natural disasters. The village’s five-year capital improvement program will continue to invest in your safety through road maintenance and new road enhancements, adding shareduse paths, improving older playgrounds, replacing and repairing sidewalks, and replacing, maintaining and improving our critical water and reclaimed water systems.

Smart, CustomerFocused Government

This past year, Wellington residents, through the National Community Survey, rated Wellington services with an overall approval rating of 85 percent — one of the highest among more than

200 municipalities participating in this national survey. A total of 94 percent of residents gave excellent and good ratings to the village’s overall image and reputation, the overall quality of life and as a place to raise children.

We take great pride in providing best-in-class services, ranging from recreation programming; curbside services such as refuse, recycling and yard waste; street sweeping; policing; parks maintenance; and so much more. Our departments continue to be accredited by their professional associations and consistently achieve high honors and awards that recognize them among their peer organizations and communities as some of the best and most innovative in the nation.

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Economic Vitality

Great progress has been made on the expansion of our multi-modal path system, connecting various portions of the village with key destinations like parks and schools. The village remains focused on recreation and sports tourism, as it serves as an integral and contributing part of our local economy.

Community Engagement

The council, its boards and committees, combined with both the council and staff’s resident and neighborhood engagement efforts, provide many opportunities for residents and businesses to be involved. We are constantly com-

municating through meetings and inperson gatherings, as well as digitally through media outlets, mailings, our web site, social media and the GoWellington mobile app. Our efforts serve to better connect with you and respond to your questions and concerns.

Fiscal Health

The village’s fiscal health remains strong. Village revenues have continued to surpass estimates. By setting budgets accordingly, and operating within the council’s fiscal policies, the village continues to operate well within its means. For example, the village retains a healthy reserve in excess of 36 percent and operates within the confines of the village’s debt policy, leaving significant debt capacity now and

in the future, should it be needed. Wellington has and continues to position itself to execute an aggressive five-year capital budget investing in its neighborhoods, setting conditions to attract future economic investment and reinvestments, while retaining the capacity to provide best-in-class services. This past year, Wellington’s budget was awarded the Distinguished Budget Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The village retained its high bond ratings while simultaneously receiving another outstanding auditor’s report.

While we take some time to enjoy the accomplishments of 2022, I assure you that we won’t become complacent. We know 2023 will bring a new set of challenges, and in turn, new possibilities for success. We look forward to connecting Wellington to you, our residents and businesses, so that we can all thrive!

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Advocate Radiation Oncology Offers

World-Class Cancer Care Close to Home

Advocate Radiation Oncology has recently established a new state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in West Palm Beach. Known for providing the most innovative radiation therapy available, it is Advocate’s second location on Florida’s east coast. This new office gives residents throughout Southeast Florida access to world-class physicians and advanced cancer treatment technology.

Led by Dr. Georges Hobeika and Dr. Thomas Klein, the West Palm Beach cancer treatment center features an experienced team of compassionate, board-certified radiation oncologists who partner with cancer patients to

customize personal treatment plans that include the most precise cancer-fighting machines on the market.

After many years of dedication to cancer patients across the United States, Hobeika brings valuable experience and empathetic care to the region. He advocates an evidence-based approach that puts patients first, ensuring that they receive personalized treatment with an emphasis on minimizing side effects.

Fluent in English, French, Arabic and Spanish, Hobeika has participated in many cancer support groups, channeling his passion for improving the wellness of his patients.

“Dr. Hobeika combines extensive cancer-treatment knowledge with a caring and warm personality. His ability to create customized treatment plans using this approach aligns with the guiding principles of our practice,” said Dr. Arie Dosoretz, managing partner at Advocate Radiation Oncology. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Hobeika and to offer these services to the patients of Florida’s east coast with the addition of our West Palm Beach location.”

Hobieka joins Klein as a leader and advocate for cancer patients on Florida’s east coast. Klein is currently accepting patients in the West Palm Beach area.

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He values the personal relationships he forms with each patient and is committed to helping them in their fight against cancer both in and out of the clinic. He is passionate about raising awareness about cancer treatment and educates physicians around the country on making better treatment decisions for their patients.

Advocate Radiation Oncology is a locally owned and operated radiation oncology practice. The Advocate team of doctors work tirelessly to create individualized treatment plans that are aimed at maximizing effectiveness while minimizing the impact of treatment on a patient’s daily life.

A patient-focused approach requires the physician and surrounding staff to understand a patient’s goals and provide a compassionate and comfortable experience throughout the cancer treatment journey. The entire team at Advocate firmly believes that all patients deserve to feel that their care team is a source of strength and support from the moment they first walk through the door.

The process begins by first learning the essential details about each patient, their daily life and overall health. The goal at Advocate Radiation Oncol-

ogy is to develop a highly personalized treatment plan that caters to each individual’s needs. This includes forming a well-organized and focused radiation oncology team that works closely with each patient, their caregivers and the other physicians involved in the patient’s fight against cancer. Then the Advocate team reviews the plan with the patient and their loved ones, so everyone knows what to expect and is comfortable moving forward together. As advocates, the team stays by the patient’s side throughout the treatment journey, every step of the way.

Most people may not know that radiation therapy has been used to treat cancer for more than 100 years. Radiation therapy is a safe and effective cancer treatment and is included in many treatment plans. Most likely, a patient’s treatment plan will be combined with chemotherapy and surgery to provide the best chance of controlling the disease.

With today’s technology, radiation therapy can target cancer cells with pinpoint accuracy. Advocate patients have access to the latest Varian technology, including the Halcyon, Identify and TrueBeam radiotherapy systems, widely recognized as the most innovative

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cancer-fighting machines on the market. Combined with a team of boardcertified radiation oncologists trained at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, cancer patients receive compassionate, cutting-edge care.

Each Advocate treatment plan is unique to the patient, guided by the most up-to-date data to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate evidence-based cancer care. This allows patients to receive modern radiation treatment that can be delivered quickly and efficiently so that patients can live their lives with minimal disruption.

At Advocate Radiology Oncology, physicians provide treatments for breast, prostate, lung, head, neck and other types of cancer. The mission of this toptier team of doctors and staff is in the name — to advocate for each cancer patient during their journey.

The West Palm Beach location of Advocate Radiation Oncology is located at 4832 Okeechobee Blvd., with additional Florida locations in Tamarac, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Bradenton and Naples. For more information about Advocate Radiation Oncology, call (561) 277-0786 or visit www.advocatero. com.

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Oncology, physicians provide treatments for breast, prostate, lung, head, neck and other types of cancer. The mission of this top-tier team of doctors and staff is in the name — to advocate for each cancer patient during their journey.
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Fujisan Asian Bistro Opened Recently In Wellington’s Town Square Shopping Plaza

It’s a splash of color mixed with happy vibes and fun décor as you enter the new Fujisan Asian Bistro in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza. That flair is also shown through the artistry put into the food.

“People like sushi in this area,” Fujisan Manager Nicole You said. “People like healthy food, and sushi is a great option.”

Fujisan officially opened its doors this past fall, welcoming sushi lovers to quench their cravings for fresh, mouthwatering and handcrafted creations ready to be devoured and enjoyed.

“We also do hibachi, but sushi is our specialty,” You said. “But people like it all.”

There’s a huge selection to try from, with about 50 sushi rolls in all on the menu.

Sit at the sushi bar with its soothing soft colors amid an array of fresh and colorful fish on display, and where patrons can watch the chef’s artistic talents put into each order with precision and pride.

That presentation is just as pleasing as the food itself, like the Tuna Tartare. The beautifully stacked diced fish with cubes of avocado are displayed with vibrantcolored tobiko and kimchi sauce. The Seared Tuna Over Crispy Rice makes for a gorgeous display of colors, with a flavorful combination of textures. It is topped with kimchi sauce, spicy mayo, wasabi sauce, tobiko and cilantro.

The Sweetheart Roll is a must try and a perfect sharable. This features a beautiful presentation of four individual heartshaped rolls by combining two pieces of sushi, as rose petals line the plate. Inside

is spicy tuna and avocado, topped with tuna and wasabi sauce. Each bite makes for a rich mix of flavors, while the tuna melts in your mouth.

The specialty rolls across the board are widely ordered, while there are also a number of traditional kitchen appetizers, such as the Gyoza (pan-fried pork dumplings), as well as the Rock Shrimp, which is fried and served with a spicy cream sauce. Both are staples on the menu.

As you wait for your food, check out the wall design that’s filled with traditional and whimsical Asian lucky cats, whose purpose is to bring cheer and luck. The steel blue seating and décor make for a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant’s quaint dining room seats about 30, with a few tables for two outside.

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(Left) Enjoy a pop of color with all the fresh fish in the Sashimi Deluxe, which is filled with 15 pieces of assorted raw fish presented with fun decorative pieces. (Top, left to right) The Tuna Tartare is a favorite featuring stacked diced fish and cubes of avocado displayed with vibrant-colored tobiko and kimchi sauce; the Spicy Tuna and Avocado Roll is wrapped in fresh tuna with a rose for a beautiful presentation; the Sweetheart Roll is lovely with four individual heartshaped pieces, perfect for sharing; and the popular Seared Tuna Over Crispy Rice appetizer is artistically created.

“We try to keep it fun and a little different, so we did the wallpaper, and the lighting, and tried to keep it cozy,” You said.

The sushi bar entrees are beautifully displayed and perfectly placed. The Sashimi Deluxe is a top choice, filled

with 15 pieces of fresh, assorted raw fish layered among decorative pieces.

The are about 25 special roll offerings, with the Lobster Roll being one of the favorites. Inside is lobster katsu and mango, topped with avocado, steamed shrimp, fried kani and special sauce.

The Monster Roll lives up to its name, with shrimp tempura, cream cheese and avocado, topped with imitation crab meat, eel sauce and spicy sauce. The Dinosaur Roll is huge in flavor, deep fried with tuna, eel, cream cheese, avocado, scallion, eel sauce and spicy mayo.

There’s also a selection of soups from traditional miso to seafood hot and sour. A number of salads are also offered, including an Avocado & Crab Salad, and a Sunomono Salad with octopus, shrimp, conch, kani and cucumber in a vinegar sauce.

Those not looking for sushi can order hibachi, which is served with clear soup and a shrimp appetizer, vegetables and hibachi noodles. Order a single item or a combination from vegetable, chicken, shrimp, steak, scallops, lobster and more. There’s also teriyaki options.

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Watch the delicate sushi entrees being carefully created while sitting at the relaxed atmosphere of the sushi bar.
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Kids have their own menu, which includes chicken, steak or shrimp teriyaki with lo mein, as well as some traditional kid favorites, like chicken nuggets.

Lunch specials are offered Monday through Friday and come with soup or salad, and any of two or three roll combos.

Lunch bento boxes are also a favorite, from sushi to shrimp tempura, salmon and more, served with edamame, a spring roll and four pieces of a California roll. Rice and noodles or hibachi are also available lunch items.

Whether it’s lunch or dinner, the selection is sure to fill both the stomach and soul with the tasty food and cheerful, elevated presentation that Fujisan hopes will bring people back for more, as the beckoning cats await your next visit.

Fujisan serves lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Friday hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. for dinner. Weekend hours are noon to 10:30

p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Fujisan Asian Bistro is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33. For more information, call (561) 513-8888 or visit www.fujisanasianbistro.com.

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Traditional Asian lucky cats decorate the dining room wall at Fujisan and make for a happy mood as they greet guests.

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Home Features A Beautiful Lakefront View In The Pelican Key Area At Wellington’s Edge

Enjoy your morning coffee with a beautiful lakefront view from the screened-in patio in this three-bedroom, two-bath villa at Pelican Key in the conveniently located Wellington’s Edge gated community. This bright, airy move-in-ready villa features vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan, a walk-in closet, a third bedroom that can be used as den or office, a one-car garage, luxury vinyl-plank flooring throughout, tile in baths, plantation shutters and stainless-steel appliances. Refresh and relax at the community’s clubhouse, pool, fitness center and tennis courts. Enjoy the peaceful lakefront and tropical walking paths available. The location offers nearby restaurants, shopping, entertainment and equestrian events — all with the unique flair of Wellington.

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(Clockwise from top left) Kitchen: The kitchen area features stainless-steel appliances, a faux brick backsplash, a pantry, white cabinetry, a dishwasher, microwave and electric range. Primary Bedroom: This spacious 16-foot-by-14-foot master bedroom features French-style shutter windows with a beautiful scenic view of the outdoors. Ariel View: The property sits on a quarter-acre lot with breathtaking views of the lake, as well as great amenities such as the clubhouse, community room, fitness center, game room, pool and tennis courts. Living Room: The large living room features cathedral/ PHOTOS COURTESY COLDWELL BANKER REALTY/ANDREW BURR GROUP
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Front Elevation: This villa home is in the Pelican Key area of Wellington’s Edge and includes two-plus parking spaces and an attached, one-car garage. (Above, left to right) Entryway: As you enter Wellington’s Edge, you are greeted by security in this gated community. Patio: The large, screened patio features beautiful views. Bedrooms: The bedrooms include luxury, vinyl-plank flooring and beautiful scenic window views with plantation shutters. Lush Landscaping: Peaceful lakefront and tropical walking paths are included with this great Wellington location.

Meet Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer

Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer have enjoyed living and working in the western communities for more than 25 years. Originally from Westfield, New Jersey, Randy began his career in investment banking in Chicago, where he developed his negotiation skills. There he met his wife Leslie, a schoolteacher. After moving to Palm Beach County, they formed their own company, Pfeiffer Financial Services, working with hundreds of satisfied clients as investment and estateplanning professionals.

Randy and Leslie are actively involved in community service through leadership and support of local programs and activities using their time and talents to make the world a better place and help those in need. Randy has been a Rotarian for more than 25 years and is a past president of the Wellington Rotary Club and currently serves on its board of directors. Leslie is an art and education advocate, serving on the boards and committees of local organizations. They enjoy art and music, and support art and cultural initiatives locally and regionally.

With unparalleled technology, local market knowledge, ability and desire, they will find the perfect home or buyer, and be there for clients every step of the way, from finding the home, touring it, negotiating and putting the home under contract, inspections, obtaining insurance, walking through the closing process, right up to the final walk-through.

Learn more about Randy & Leslie Pfeiffer at www.pfeifferrealtors.com

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