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welcome to the palm beach int MAIN GROUNDS WEF DAILY HIGHLIGHTS Visit WEF during the day from Wednesday through Sunday to take in the exciting scene of several thousand horses and riders competing in 12 arenas. Stroll the grounds at your leisure, grab a bite to eat and shop till you drop at our unique boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, high-end fashion

The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF, January 7-March 29, 2015) is the largest and longest-running circuit in horse sport, a 12-week show jumping competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation held annually from January through March. WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. (ESP). Each show week starts on Wednesday and concludes on Sunday, with major competitions showcased in the International Arena daily and on Saturday nights.

and so much more.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Families and friends are invited to come and watch the “Saturday Night Lights” events. The events not only consist of the largest show jumping competition of the week taking place in the International Arena, but families can spend time in the kids fair, having fun with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, a true Venetian carousel, face painters, performers, shopping, food, and more!

what can you do at wef? Shop - Vendor Row has a wide variety of non-equestrian and equestrian fashions and accessories. Make sure to visit the WEF Boutique by the International Arena for your own WEF logo gear. dine - Enjoy casual or fine dining. The Tiki Hut, The Oasis, Tito’s Tacos, and various vendors throughout the property. children’s activities - Entertainers, live band, balloon artists, face painters, bounce houses...and more!


ternational equestrian center ThE STADIUM AGDF The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF, January 8March 29, 2015) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring seven CDI events. Included are four FEI World Cup qualifiers, one 4* and one 5*, the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere, and four U.S. National Events. The AGDF is offering more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the facility being home to world-class dressage, it will also host exciting jumper derbies and grand prix events, horse exhibitions, and equestrian clinics. The Stadium at PBIEC also houses the Palm Beach Riding Academy.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS The AGDF hosts the entire range of classes available for pony, junior, and amateur dressage riders in five USEF-rated National events.

FRIDAY NIGHT STARS The musical freestyle in which horse and rider “dance” to their own choreography in a routine about six minutes in length has become the most popular entertainment of the sport with top combinations

what can you do at aGdf? Vendor Row at the AGDF offers unique equestrian items as well as beautiful hand bags, jewelry, shoes, and clothes. During international “CDI” competitions, you can watch elegant dressage tests from Thursday through Sunday. If you have the urge to learn how to ride a horse, sign up for lessons at Palm Beach Riding Academy and have your own equestrian experience! Just call 561-784-4275 to find out more!

drawing large crowds and is the feature of “Friday Night Stars” at the AGDF. Spectators will hear everything from classic orchestral pieces to the latest Top 40 pop hits.



Winter Equestrian Festival January 7 - March 29, 2015

Adequan Global Dressage Festival January 8 - March 28, 2015

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saturday, January 10, 7 pm - $75,000 “Battle Of The Sexes” Exhibition Class

January 8-11: AGDF 1 Dressage CDI W/1*/U25/Y/ J/P Presented by MTICA Farm

Sunday, January 11 - $30,000 Grand Prix

Friday, January 9, 6 pm - “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Freestyle presented by MTICA Farm

saturday, January 17, 7 pm - $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2* Sunday, January 18 - $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix presented by Equine Couture/Tuff Rider

January 22-25: AGDF 3 Dressage CDI W/1*/ U25/Y/J/P Presented by US P.R.E. Association and Chesapeake Dressage Institute

saturday, January 24, 7 pm - $127,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI 3*

Friday, January 23, 6 pm - “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Freestyle presented by US P.R.E. Association

Sunday, January 25 - $34,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Classic

January 31-February 1: AGDF 4 Dressage National


saturday, January 31, 7 pm - $372,000 FEI World CupTM Grand Prix CSI-W5* presented by Fidelity Investments®

Friday, January 30, afternoon - Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series Team Event (Jumping)

Sunday, February 1 - $85,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Classic sAVE tHE DAtE! saturday, February 7, 7 pm Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity investments®. Join us in cheering on teams that represent your favorite Palm Beach County charity! Main Grounds at PBIEC 3400 Equestrian Club Drive, Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.JUMP (5867)

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January 2015


BIG PLANS FOR 2015 AT THE INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB This month’s issue features an in-depth overview of all that the International Polo Club Palm Beach has in store for 2015, including a chat with Aaron and Julie Menitoff, the minds behind IPC’s fabulous Sunday brunch experience, with details on other offerings, such as the Kids’ Fun Zone, the Wellington Zone, the tournament schedule and more.











With virtually every top player in the world competing at the International Polo Club this winter, Wellington will once again be the place to be for the world’s best polo action. We take a look at some of these standout stars in this year’s Faces of Polo section.

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The Grand Champions Polo Club had been like a third home to the late legendary polo player Carlos Gracida, who split his time between his farm in Mexico and his Wellington home. In his memory, Melissa and Marc Ganzi, the owners of Grand Champions, recently renamed their Legends of Polo match in Gracida’s memory. By Julie Unger Longtime polo star Luis Escobar has been a Wellington resident since the 1980s, based out of his family’s Santa Clara Polo Club. Profiled this issue, Escobar remains committed to polo, but his life also revolves around his wife and two sons. By Julie Unger The United States Polo Association is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015, and the official U.S. Polo Assn. clothing brand is helping in the celebration. Wellington Fashion features looks from the brand’s Fall/Winter “Live Authentically” campaign. Our new Wellington Gives feature is a monthly profile of a nonprofit organization serving the Wellington area. This month, we take a look at Wellington Gives, a local organization that helps seniors “age in place.” By Deborah Welky


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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts USPA International Cup A Suite Salon Celebrates Grand Opening Of Wellington Location Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest Returns To Equestrian Center 31st Annual Wellington Holiday Parade Rolls Down Forest Hill Season Kickoff Event At Visions Salon Features Glo Pro Makeup





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Wellington Home visits a five-acre estate in the exclusive Mallet Hill community. The oneof-a-kind gem has a 12-stall barn, six-car garage and plenty of room for guests, along with extras such as an art gallery, walk-in wine cooler and screening room. By Deborah Welky The legendary friendliness and hospitality of Thai culture are on display at Tub Tim Thai & Sushi Restaurant in Wellington. The popular restaurant serves up taste-tempting Asian flavors at its new location at the Village Green shopping plaza. By Chris Felker



ON THE COVER Polo stars Luis Escobar and Memo Gracida battle for control of the ball. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID LOMINSKA

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We Welcome The Equestrian Season With ‘Faces Of Polo’ I am thrilled to welcome our equestrian friends back for what is set to be perhaps Wellington’s most incredible winter season ever. This month’s issue is our annual Faces of Polo edition, which highlights all things polo, including many of the celebrated players who will be calling Wellington home over the next few months. Also, we give an overview of all that the International Polo Club Palm Beach has in store for 2015, including a chat with Aaron and Julie Menitoff, the minds behind the amazing Sunday brunch experience at IPC, with a peek at other offerings, such as the Kids’ Fun Zone, the Wellington Zone, the tournament schedule, top sponsors and more. We cannot begin to talk about polo season without turning our thoughts to one of the great legends the game, the late Carlos Gracida. In his memory, Melissa and Marc Ganzi, owners of the Grand Champions Polo Club, recently renamed their Legends of Polo match in honor of Gracida. Learn why in this month’s issue. The United States Polo Association is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015, and Wellington Fashion celebrates with a look at the latest styles from the iconic U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Meanwhile, featured on our cover is longtime polo star Luis Escobar. Turning pro as a teenager, the Costa Rica native has called Wellington home since the 1980s. We catch up with Luis and his wife Georgette, along with sons Lucas and Nicolas, this month. Wellington-based Chukker.TV aims to revolutionize polo broadcasting, and we spoke with founder Mike Ferreira, who has teamed up with the Grand Champions Polo Club on this exciting endeavor. We also check in with Laurie and Timmy Sharma about their plans for India Night, a benefit for their Salvation Tree School, returning in March. We are excited about the launch of our newest series, Wellington Gives. Each month we will highlight one nonprofit organization with ties to Wellington. We will be featuring 12 over the course of 2015, so make your way to and submit your organization today. Our new Wellington Neighborhood series visits the aviation-themed Aero Club community, while our new Wellington Spa feature visits Zen Massage. Wellington Health profiles Dr. Anna Frisch of Palm Beach Thyroid & Endocrinology Wellness, Wellington Real Estate features Marysue Jacobs of Destiny International Properties, and Wellington Home visits an amazing equestrian paradise in Mallet Hill. We hope you enjoy our annual Faces of Polo issue and have a chance to come out to one of Wellington’s spectacular polo events this season, catching up with old friends or making some new ties. After all, Wellington is truly the place to be for everything polo!

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Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts USPA International Cup

(Left) Team USA celebrates after winning the USPA International Cup. (Right) The Aspen Valley team is awarded the Carlos Gracida Memorial Legends of Polo trophy.

The Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington hosted the USPA International Cup Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 29. Team USA, Team Mexico and Team USPA played in a round robin match, with Marc Ganzi, Wes Finlayson, Nic Roldan and Mason Wroe of Team USA victorious. Meanwhile, in the Carlos Gracida Memorial Legends of Polo exhibition match, the Aspen Valley team of Glenn Straub, Ruben Gracida, Tommy Biddle and Joey Casey defeated the Grand Champions team. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Team Mexico after the day’s matches; Team USPA with coach Joel Baker; and Brenda DuPont with Tom Wenham.

(Left to right) Sandy Pallot Klein, Kathleen Stallone, Val Stanley and Carol Roberts enjoy the polo matches from the sidelines; Misty Allen, Brittany Rodel and Amber Owen with Jelly and Derby; and Daria Mlinar with Santiago Alvarez.

(Left to right) Jessica Wittenbrink sings the national anthem; Marc and Melissa Ganzi with daughter Riley; Jim Sackett and Barry Manning; and the Dutta family enjoys the polo tournament.


(Left to right) George, Brenda and Paul Dupont; Peter Rizzo, CEO of the U.S. Polo Association, with Wellington Vice Mayor John Greene; and players gather to celebrate after the day’s matches. january 2015 | wellington the magazine

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A Suite Salon Celebrates Grand Opening Of Wellington Location

(Left) Salon owners at the grand opening celebration. (Right) Ray and Carol Caito, owners of A Suite Salon’s Wellington location with franchiser Dominic Santacaterina.

A Suite Salon held its grand opening celebration Thursday, Dec. 4 for its new Wellington location at 1043 S. State Road 7. Event-goers were treated to snacks, raffles and prizes. A Suite Salon is a franchise in which multiple salons and specialties join together with individual salon owners under one roof, where clients can go from salon to salon for various services such as hair, makeup, nails and more. For more info., call (954) 2047300 or visit

(Left to right) Stephanie Carey of Posh Hair by Stephanie styles Sharon Schwartz’s hair; Roxanne Sosa of Nedsky Sosa Salon styles daughter Angelina Vega’s hair; Lauren Gordon of LG Hair Design gives Don McMichael a trim; and Kelsey St. Marie of LG Hair Design applies makeup to Elizabeth Thal.


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Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest Returns To Equestrian Center

(Left) Vanilla Ice with the Marines from the Toys for Tots drive. (Right) Paige Bellissimo, Vanilla Ice and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig watch as Mayor Bob Margolis announces one of the charities.

Wellington Winterfest, staged by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, drew a large crowd to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday, Dec. 6. Chukker.TV streamed the event, which featured musical and dance performances from local artists, a food and wine exposition, a special performance by Vanilla Ice and more. Also during the event, charities were chosen for the Great Charity Challenge.

(Left to right) Polo players Juan Bollini Jr., Grant Ganzi and Christian Weisz introduce performers; Michaela Paige from The Voice with Julian Picado; Ashley Barnes sings; Mark Bellissimo reads ’Twas the Night Before Christmas; local kids join Vanilla Ice as he performs on stage; and WHS chorus members with Josephine and Bradford Chase.


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31st Annual Wellington Holiday Parade Rolls Down Forest Hill

(Left) Santa ends the parade on the Wellington Rotary Club float. (Right) Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis throws candy.

The 31st annual Wellington Holiday Parade rolled down Forest Hill Blvd. on Sunday, Dec. 14. Thousands of spectators lined the road to watch more than 100 parade entries go by. The parade’s grand marshal was Chris Leavitt, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing-Miami. He was joined by political leaders, school marching bands, dance troupes, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and dozens of community floats.

(Left to right) The Palm Beach Central High School band; Tom and Regis Wenham of the Wellington Preservation Coalition; and State Rep. Mark Pafford.

Grand Marshal Chris Leavitt, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing-Miami; Elvis rocks his way down Forest Hill Blvd.; Toy Roxanne Wash and grandson Ayden James Wash ride with the International Polo Club float; and marchers from the Dance Theatre at Wellington Green.

(Left to right) Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw; Congressman Ted Deutch; KemKids Dance Studio; and Miss Florida US International Alexi Gropper.

(Left to right) Cheerleaders from Elbridge Gale Elementary School; the Think Pink Kids march in the parade; the South Florida Fair float makes its way along the parade route; and the Knights of Columbus march in the parade.


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Season Kickoff Event At Visions Salon Features Glo Pro Makeup

(Left) The Visions Salon staff at the season kickoff event. (Right) Glo Professional sales consultant Nikiis Doherty with Visions Salon owners Tom and Linda Monticello.

On Friday, Nov. 14, Visions Salon in Wellington hosted a Glo Pro Makeup & Season Kickoff Party to introduce the Glo Pro cosmetics line to the community. It was a fashionable night pairing hair and makeup with drinks and snacks. Visions Salon is located at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza. For more info., call (561) 790-7696.

(Left to right) Jenna Arenas and Susan Chasteen make over Jessica Daniels; Tom Monticello applies product to Helen Archer’s hair; Sherri Giles, Marilyn Lapsley and Linda Monticello; Debra Peters, Sylvia Keleman, Gaby Pugliese and Sophie Ghedin; and Helen and Alyssa Archer with Ashley Smith.


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Optimal Health

By Kenneth N. Woliner, M.D., A.B.F.M.

“Everyone tells me how great I look for my age,”

but I don’t feel great inside.” Celeste did look great, either from her modelesque figure, breast implants, Botox, or the combination of all three. Looking at her new patient questionnaire, however, I had to agree, she wasn’t as healthy as she looked. Celeste continued, “My friend Jena raves about you and handed me one of your brochures. She said you made her feel twenty years younger. I want to get what she’s getting!” “Patient-to-patient referral has always been my best source of new patients, but rather than ‘selling the same program’ of tests, supplements, and hormones to everybody, whether they need it or not, I do what a board-certified physician is trained to do, I evaluate each patient individually. Tell me, if there was a miracle tonight, what would be different tomorrow?” “How about tonight? I’d sleep. It seems that I’m up at 3:15 like clockwork every morning to pee, and then I can’t get back to sleep until hours later. And when I wake up for real, I’m destroyed.” “God created night then day; night came first because it’s so important. I want you to wake up fully refreshed, anticipating your day.” “How can I look forward to things when my clothes don’t fit, I need to use hair extensions and acrylics, everything I eat bloats me to where I’m 5-months pregnant, and my girlfriends have more libido towards my husband than I do?” Luckily, not only do I have 80+ minutes to spend with new patients, I also had a box of tissues to hand to Celeste. “All of this is fixable. Instead of using ‘pharmacy’ (or ‘green pharmacy’ of vitamins and hormones) to cover up your symptoms, I prefer a Functional Medicine approach to make your body work properly, the way it did in your 20’s.” “Just up to a few years ago, I was able to eat great tasting food without running to the bathroom, drink champagne at charity events, and still be able to play tennis the next day. Now I’m just spent.” “I’ve seen all this before, and I’m confident we can get you back to optimum health. Let’s finish off our assessment. Besides my history and physical exam, there are some tests I need. Even though you have a concierge physician who did a screening panel, I need to look in depth at your adrenals, thyroid, and other hormones. Food allergies and dysbiosis (bad bacteria in your gut) can cause that bloating, and vitamin insufficiencies are common enough that we have to test for those as well.” “Anything we can start off now?” “Yes! I’ve been practicing this way for over a dozen years, and based upon what I know now, we can start with a little of everything: behavior changes, diet, exercise, supplements, stuff like that.” I continued, “You

I do offer injections of vitamins, minerals, glutathione, and other nutrients.

don’t have to change your life drastically, but little things will make a big difference.” “Like what?” “You already take baths, so we’re going to add Epsom Salts (to absorb magnesium through your skin) to make your skin less dry, your muscles less achy, and your sleep better. I have a ‘detox diet’ handout that mentions safe foods to eat, but if you just think ‘protein and colorful vegetables and fruits’, you’ll do okay. Before you leave, I’ll teach you a stretch that decreases that ‘pouch’ at your beltline, and there are a few vitamins that are so obvious for you to start with (but safe to take too).” “But what about that IV therapy that Jena told me about?” “When patients are really sick, or are trying to get the most optimal results yesterday, I do offer injections of vitamins, minerals, glutathione, and other nutrients. For example, iron injections rapidly help hair growth, brittle nails, fatigue, memory/concentration, and muscle cramps (restless legs).” Celeste’s testing did show causes for all her symptoms and on her second visit, a plan specific to her was put in place. Three months later, she was glowing and her visits were now spaced out to where she only had to be seen once every six months. “Next week you get to see both my husband and daughter. I just booked a family trip to tour the volcanoes in Hawaii. I need them to keep up with me.” Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board-certified family physician in private practice in Boca Raton. He can be reached at 9325 Glades Road, #104, Boca Raton, FL, 33434; 561-314-0950;;

Dressing Up Plates At Oli’s Fashion Cuisine The chef at Oli’s Fashion Cuisine created a menu with the premise in mind that “We eat with our eyes first.” Every plate served has its own artistic flair. The restaurant, located on Forest Hill Boulevard near the Mall at Wellington Green, serves lunch and dinner daily with a weekend brunch. During the week, you can enjoy specials such as 50 percent off bottles of wine from the extensive wine selection, or 50 percent off the delicious offerings from the appetizer menu. This includes the famous ahi tuna tacos that guests return for again and again. Every day, you can enjoy the four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. Owners Juan Gando and Dustin Parfitt are Wellington residents who saw a need for a Palm Beach-style dining spot in Wellington. They created a local spot for residents that is different from chain restaurants in the area. “We focus on catering to our loyal yearround residents, as well as the visiting equestrian community,” Gando said.

Oli’s is part of a family of Fashion Cuisine restaurants in Wellington, which includes The Seahorse, The Grille and The Whitehorse, offering many dining options to Wellington area residents. The restaurant is both classy and modern, with white-brick walls decorated with colorful artwork. Modern crystal chandeliers sparkle beneath the black, industrial roof. Large doors at the front of the restaurant can be opened to provide light and access to the patio. Oli’s takes its name from Wellington’s own history: landowner C. Oliver Wellington, the community’s namesake. “In the beginning, we were going to name it Oliver’s,” Gando said. “But then we thought, ‘Well no, we’ll call it Oli’s.’ People will say, ‘I’ll meet you at Oli’s.’ It sounds better.” Supporting local business is key. Local farms, fisheries and vendors supply the restaurant with heirloom tomatoes, microgreens and even beer. Farmhouse Tomatoes, Bush Brothers,

Black Fork Specialty Produce, Swank Farms and Due South Brewery are some of the restaurant’s Palm Beach County partners. The menu gets international influence from Latin and Italian cuisines, which includes handmade raviolis and chimichurri skirt steak served with black beans and rice. Oli’s is a great dining destination for celebrations, a quick lunch or a leisurely weekend brunch. Call 561.792.2220 today for reservations. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, 10610 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414. PHOTOGRAPHY: JEROBOAM MEDIA

Above right: Owner Juan Gando. Left: Grilled local fish, which changes due to local availability. Bottom left: Chef/Owner Dustin Parfitt. Below: Pan roasted salmon with sauteed spinach, mushrooms and asparagus.

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Some of the more than 250 students who attend the Salvation Tree School.

India Night Benefit For Salvation Tree School Returns To Wellington March 6 Story by Emily Riden • Photos courtesy Salvation Tree Foundation

Halfway around the world from Wellington is a country of extreme social and economic dichotomy; a country where the wealthy lead lavish lives and the poor live in extreme poverty. In India, a caste system still prevails, leaving the lowest class ostracized and with little hope of breaking the shackles of poverty. It is also in India that popular equestrian brands Equine Couture, TuffRider and Henri De Rivel find their manufacturing home. Through the JPC Equestrian factories, the brands are able to supply jobs to more than 1,200 employees from a wide spectrum of economic and social levels. But for the Wellington residents and founders of the brands, just supplying job opportunities was not enough. Laurie and Timmy Sharma wanted to do something more for the people in the country that Timmy first called home. So, in 2010, the Sharmas launched the Salvation Tree School. “Around that time, we decided to have a luncheon for our factory employees and their families,” Laurie recalled. “We were shocked and in awe when we saw hundreds of their beautiful children. These were kids who I knew weren’t getting an education. It broke my heart to see them going back

to their villages with no hope for their futures. I knew something, somehow, had to be done, and it was on the way back from that luncheon when Timmy said to me: ‘I know what we’re going to do. We’re going to start a school for those kids.’” Within months, the Sharmas had founded a school and enrolled 40 kids, all from within the factory worker families. The school began to provide a free education, books, supplies, uniforms, transportation and midday meals to the students through private funding from the Sharmas and a percentage of all sales of Equine Couture, TuffRider and Henri De Rivel products. Now, four years later, the school has grown to the point where it is educating more than 250 students who otherwise would be at home with no schooling or getting a marginal elementary education at best. “A lot of the kids there don’t go to school at all. Many of them are the ones who are there to take care of their young siblings or perform household chores while their parents work. The education is just denied to them completely,” Timmy explained. “What we started out to do was provide them with a world-class education. It is also our mission to help wellington the magazine | january 2015


Laurie Sharma, shown here with students, founded the Salvation Tree School with her husband Timmy in 2010.


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parents understand the importance of education and development of future contributing citizens.” The Sharmas are thrilled to see how the school has paid off for those families. “A year after we started, we met with all of the parents, and we asked them what their aspirations were for their kids,” Timmy said. “To hear people get up and say, ‘I want my son to be an engineer or a doctor,’ was amazing. These were people who, for generations, had completely lived in abject poverty with no hope of ever breaking out. Now their kids are going to be impacting the area and making these kinds of changes.” That makes it all worthwhile for the Sharmas, and it is what the Salvation Tree School, whose mission is to bring hope and meaning to the children of India, is all about. “I felt very happy and excited when this school started in 2010. For this school, I thank Laurie ma’am and Timmy sir for giving me the opportunity to study,” fifth-grade student Seema Mishra said. “I want to become a teacher and teach good lessons to everyone as this school is teaching me.” Fellow fifth-grader Shivam Kumar echoed similar sentiments. “I have learned speaking English and working with computers and many more things,” Kumar said. “I want to be a doctor. I want to help poor and sick people. This school has changed my behavior and made me disciplined.” Now, as the school continues to expand, adding a grade

each year to continue each student’s education, it has outgrown its present space and is in need of further financing. That need is what brought a little taste of India to Wellington last March for Wellington’s first-ever India Night event benefiting the Salvation Tree School. The Sharmas created the event as a fundraiser, with proceeds going directly toward furthering the school’s mission and providing the new space needed to continue to expand. The inaugural event at the 7th Chukker Restaurant & Veranda at the International Polo Club Palm Beach was a stunning success, and now the party is returning in 2015 in an even bigger and better way. On Friday, March 6, the Grande Pavilion at IPC will be transformed into a little piece of India, with gourmet Indian cuisine, an open bar, enchanting music, vibrant colors, live and silent auctions, and the inaugural event’s most popular element: Bollywood dancing. The 2015 event will take the Bollywood dancing one step further with a local celebrity “Dancing With the Stars: Bollywood Style” dance competition. Find out more about India Night 2015 at The proceeds from the event will again go directly to the Salvation Tree School to positively impact the lives of the students. Find out more about the Salvation Tree School at www.

Timmy Sharma, president of JPC Equestrian and co-founder of the Salvation Tree School & Foundation, with students.

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International Polo Club Ready For A New Season Of Exciting Action


By Joshua Manning

The 12th season of exciting high-goal polo returns to the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington on Sunday, Jan. 4 to be followed by four months of tournaments at the nation’s top polo destination. The 2015 season of thundering hooves, topranked players and cheering crowds will feature the largest field of high-goal teams in the world and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. “Wellington comes alive during the winter polo season, and we are already seeing the players return with their families, trainers, groomers and hundreds of spectacular Thoroughbred polo ponies,” President of Club Operations John Wash said. “IPC has nine polo fields, with polo matches being played almost every day of the week on different fields.” While Wash and true polo enthusiasts enjoy attending the casual tailgates of the always-free weekday games, the star attraction is Sunday polo on the newly named Engel & Volkers Field. “Sunday polo is a thrilling afternoon for spectators who watch dramatic competition on the field and enjoy the Sunday champagne brunch at the Pavilion, or the outdoor lawn seats or box seats in the stadium,” Wash said. “The scene includes families, fashionable trendsetters, polo enthusiasts, jet-setters, corporate outings and IPC members. I look forward to the entire winter polo season. It’s more fun than you can imagine.” The season will launch with four, 20-goal tournaments — the Herbie Pennell Cup, the Joe Barry Memorial Cup, the Ylvisaker Cup and the Iglehart Cup — in January and February. In March and April, IPC will move to tournaments played

at the 26-goal level, including the three most revered competitions in American polo — the C.V. Whitney Cup, the Piaget USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. “The 20-goal and 26-goal series that we host at IPC is the best polo in the United States,” said Jimmy Newman, IPC’s director of polo operations. “We have the only 26-goal polo in the country, and our 20-goal series has the most teams of any U.S. club that has 20-goal polo, and is the most competitive. I have noticed in the last few years that our 20-goal polo is just as competitive as the 26 goal. These players and sponsors put a lot of time, money and effort into this level of polo, which certainly makes it good watching.” Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating, from elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch and exclusive sponsor boxes. With tickets starting at just $10 for general admission, IPC offers a day of polo excitement for the whole family regardless of budgetary concerns. “The International Polo Club thrives on creative innovations to enhance the spectator experience and to keep it fresh and exciting every season,” Wash said. “We have renovated some of the facility’s amenities, added inspired menu items, attracted new sponsors that will activate on-site promotions, and we have booked a few celebrities. The main attraction, however, is no differ-

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ent this season than last season — the world’s most elite polo players competing on the field every Sunday from Jan. 4 to April 19.” While the champagne brunch — starting at $100 — is certainly an amazing experience, IPC offers several options for dining and refreshments, including the popular Wellington Zone, which offers casual dining and a cash bar. For youngsters not yet interested in the action on the field, the Kids’ Fun Zone is a fenced-in area with bounce houses, an inflatable slide, a rock climbing wall, crafts, face painting and more, along with special weekly programs. Just a few of the special events for nonprofits hosted at IPC include the Nespresso 40-Goal Challenge to benefit the Players Support Group on Feb. 14, the Play for Pink fundraiser on March 6, the Hospice Foundation brunch on March 8 and the Boys & Girls Club Great Futures brunch on March 15. It’s all part of IPC’s goal to bring

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more of the wider Wellington community into the polo scene. “We are very engaged in the Wellington community, with a strong presence at every level,” Wash said. “Members of my executive team are actively serving on the boards of local charities and chambers, as well as civic and equestrian committees, and local government initiatives. We host a large number of nonprofit events year-round at IPC, helping numerous charities raise money for important programs. For businesses, shops, services and retailers, we produce a custom polo poster that they proudly put in their front windows demonstrating their support for the entire polo industry.” Newman noted that each polo team adds more than people realize into the local economy. “For example, we have a new team joining us from Europe. Sponsored by Jerome Wirth from France, the Enigma team will play the 20-goal series this winter,” he said. “This move is no small undertaking when you think about flying horses from Europe,

organizing stabling for 50 horses and housing for players and staff. The whole project is like moving an army from one continent to another. The addition of the Enigma Team is actually quite an economic boost to the Wellington area when one considers the number of houses they will rent, amount of horse feed they will purchase and dollars they will spend at local businesses.” Newman is very excited to see the 2015 season get underway. “It is always exciting for me to see the new teams play and to see the new configuration of returning teams,” he said. “Each year, there is a chance that players’ handicaps will change. When this happens, teams need to rebuild their lineups, which keeps things very interesting.” Newman noted that IPC’s fields are ready and waiting. “I am really pleased with the condition of the fields,” he said. “These fields are looking fantastic right now before the season begins, which should guarantee a great season.” Wash is very excited about the growth

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2015 IPC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Polo tournaments are played every Sunday from Jan. 4 through April 19, with the gate opening at 2 p.m. for the start of the 3 p.m. match. Be sure to arrive early to park and to secure your seat in time for the coin toss. JAN. 4 20-GOAL HERBIE PENNELL CUP This tournament was named after Alfred “Herbie” Pennell, the affable polo manager of such prestigious clubs as Meadow Brook and Palm Beach Polo. He carried a 6-goal handicap on the field and an impressive 8-goal handicap in the arena. He sustained, mentored and trained hundreds of polo players, and even supplied trained horses. He is remembered as one of the great polo managers of the game. JAN. 11-25 20-GOAL JOE BARRY MEMORIAL Harold “Joe” Barry has been described as a galloping oak tree with the soul of a poet. An impenetrable back at 9 goals, no one could hit a longer ball or provide a more reliable presence. Soft-spoken off the field and ever the gentleman on the field, polo has no better role model than Joe.


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MARCH 1 26-GOAL USPA C.V. WHITNEY CUP This tournament, first held in 1979, is named in memory of Cornelius Vanderbilt “Sonny” Whitney, and his cousin John Hay Whitney, who were important polo patrons in the 1930s. The son of Hall of Famer Harry Payne Whitney, C.V. won the U.S. Open three times (twice against his brother) and was a renowned owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses. MARCH 8-22 26-GOAL PIAGET USPA GOLD CUP The 26-Goal USPA Gold Cup, first played in 1974 at the Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, is a symbol of professionalism, good sportsmanship and high-goal polo at its finest. This tournament has been played at various polo clubs throughout its history, and IPC has proudly hosted this prestigious event since 2007. Piaget is the title sponsor. MARCH 29 - APRIL 19 26-GOAL U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP The U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the United States, dates back to 1904 when it was first played at New York’s Van Cortlandt Park. It has been played at the International Polo Club Palm Beach since 2004.


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‘Tail Backhand’ Wins IPC’s 2015 Commemorative Poster Contest

The International Polo Club Palm Beach’s 2015 Commemorative Poster was created by notable equestrian artist Debbie Harris. Her painting Tail Backhand captures an extraordinary backhand shot made over the tail of a running polo pony. The commemorative poster is an annual IPC tradition of producing an immensely popular, custom poster that promotes the upcoming polo season. In 2014, IPC added an exciting twist by introducing an artist competition requiring original artwork submissions that personify the thrilling elements of a polo match. The winning artist received a $1,000 prize. “We were inspired and, actually, quite moved by the quality of work submitted in this year’s artist competition,” IPC President John Wash said. “The pieces that made it to the finals were all pretty much winners, making it a difficult judging process. We found the winning painting’s energetic nature, which depicted a difficult polo shot in motion, to be captivating. The overall balance and color presented in Harris’ composition, accented by her creative technique of using bold, broad paint strokes, became 40

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our ultimate choice for the 2015 highgoal season.” Harris is an accomplished, full-time equestrian artist, living in Hampshire, England, with her family, horses and a menagerie of dogs. For more than 15 years, she has specialized in painting horses and dogs, which are an endless source of inspiration and pleasure to her. Harris commands a unique signature style that varies from large monochrome oils to colorful oil interpretations, including detailed animal portraiture. She is a member of the elite Society of Equestrian Artists and has won numerous prestigious awards for her paintings and artwork, which are described as “having a heartbeat.” Harris is a keen follower of polo, and serious collectors attend her solo exhibitions in London searching for her next masterpiece. Her paintings and limited prints can be viewed and purchased online at Artist entries were submitted from near and far, and no entry fee was required. As the winning artist, Harris received the $1,000 cash award, and her equestrian artwork will receive strong

Artist Debbie Harris in her studio.

visibility in the U.S. and international polo communities. Malls, shops, restaurants, hotels, salons, chambers and businesses will proudly display the poster to support the polo season and the large polo industry that settles in the Wellington area for five months. You can join in welcoming the $25 million high-goal polo industry to Wellington by displaying the 2015 Commemorative Poster in a window at your place of business. Send an e-mail to to reserve a limited-edition poster for you on Opening Day, Jan. 4, 2015, at the IPC box office. Tickets for the polo match can be purchased online at with a range of prices to fit every budget.


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IPC’S WELLINGTON ZONE OFFERS CASUAL FARE, SOFT DRINKS AND A CASH BAR For those who may think that the highgoal polo played at the International Polo Club Palm Beach is only for royalty, that is not the case. The winter polo season at IPC is open to the public, and there are several affordable, casual options that will not break the budget. For example, bleacher seating is just $10, and admis-

sion for kids age 12 and under is free. Desirable field-side lawn seating along the front of the stadium is priced at $20 and $30, and onsite parking is just $5. As for informal dining, the popular Wellington Zone is a white tent located on the north side of stadium seating near member tailgate parking. It offers casual fare, drinks and a cash bar, and

Spectators enjoy the Wellington Zone during the U.S. Open Polo Championship PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

there is ample seating available at the tent. You can also place a takeout order, so you don’t miss any of the action on the field. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an exciting afternoon watching the high-goal polo competition on the field, stomping divots and participating in the tournament awards ceremony. There’s no need to dress up — unless you want to. Jeans, a colorful shirt or a sundress are perfect attire for the day. Flats or wedges are the most comfortable shoes, as grass is the major ground cover at the polo stadium. So, pull out your calendar and plan to make Sunday afternoons at polo a family tradition in 2015! For ticketing information, visit www. or call (561) 204-5687.




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Hey, polo-loving parents: Do you crave the polo action on Sundays at the International Polo Club Palm Beach but are concerned about dragging the kids along? Don’t worry! IPC and Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Rinker College of Business have joined forces to create the Kids’ Fun Zone as a place for children to have supervised fun during Sunday matches. Now parents can enjoy making weekly high-goal polo a wonderful family outing for the entire 16-week winter polo season, and leave the fun and games for youngsters to the excellent team at the Kids’ Fun Zone. Open every Sunday from Jan. 4 through April 19, the Kids’ Fun Zone is a fenced-in area with bounce houses, an inflatable slide, a huge rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, crafts, activities, face painting, sports and special weekly programs. IPC staff and senior business students at PBAU are selected for their leadership skills, high academic achievement and their ability to interact with children. The cost is $10 per child. Parents can register their children upon arrival, and each child wears a colorful bracelet. Healthy snacks and drinks are provided at no extra charge. Parents are welcome to stay and play with their children, or take them to watch parts of the polo match.

Each year, two students are responsible for planning, organizing and keeping the costs for rentals, crafts, snacks and special activities within a weekly budget of $1,000, which is provided by IPC. Students learn how to run a business by negotiating contracts, managing finances, and scheduling special programs such as pony rides, a petting zoo and a visit from firefighters, or to host programs from the Science Museum or Kravis Kids. Fellow student athletes are also recruited to run sports and games and to help with supervision on big tournament days. IPC awards all the profit at the end of the season to PBAU business students. The money helps pay for a 10day summer educational business trip. Last year, the scholarship dollars added up to $10,000. The PBAU business college faculty is considering an exciting trip to Dubai in 2015. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $10. For ticketing and sponsorship information, or to book a special event, call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpolo

Face painting at the Kids’ Fun Zone. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

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Known for its high stakes glamour-meetsequestrian chic, the International Polo Club Palm Beach is a fashionable playground for the sport’s fans and lavish jet-setters. IPC’s “first couple” — President John Wash and his lovely wife Toy — are fashion ambassadors of the regal sport. They are

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easy to spot, he in his signature suits and she in her lavish party dresses. For the new year, the power polo couple will be replacing their highoctane couture with an equally refined and toned-down version of giddy-up glam. Here, the Washes showcase some of their favorite prêt-àporter looks and stylish accessories from The Gardens Mall.

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CACHÉ OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB Luxury brands seek out prestigious sporting events as a strategic marketing tool to reach affluent lifestyle consumers who frequent these chic events. In the equestrian world, the International Polo Club Palm Beach has a recognizable, global caché that attracts jet-setters, celebrities and style influencers unlike any other polo facility in the country. Luxury brands stand to gain by displaying an affinity for polo, not only because it reaches a concentrated audience, but also because it boosts their reputations among this preferred clientele. “When IPC presents sponsorship opportunities to international brands, we speak only to those brands that personify the core values of the sport and are readily recognizable to our members and guests,” IPC President John Wash said. “Our sponsors’ reputation for excellence in the minds and hearts of our audience makes them a perfect fit for our winter high-goal polo season.” Iconic brands such as Piaget, Veuve Clicquot champagne and Belvedere vodka have a long history of supporting the excitement of polo at prominent clubs, as well as sponsoring high-profile polo tournaments of their own at desirable destinations throughout the world. These brands activate key events and stylish happenings at IPC, branding their products and identity with the panache of Sunday polo matches. Terrie Mooney, sponsorship director at IPC, negotiates sponsorship opportunities such as signage, promotional support, publicity and on-site activation to ensure that sponsors’ investments are fulfilled. “Our sponsors play an important 48

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role at IPC, and we customize each partnership package to maximize their brand impact at the club,” Mooney said. “Many sponsors want to leverage their visibility through hosting private corporate events for key clients, or their executive team, to advance their global objectives. Others want to tastefully promote their product by creatively incorporating it into an event with tastings, fashionable exhibits or giveaways.” The Four Seasons Palm Beach is also returning in 2015, counting on the allure of IPC to expand and elevate their brand awareness with polo enthusiasts, affluent travelers, corporate giants and style influencers. Globally renowned luxury real estate advisors Engel & Völkers in Wellington and Palm Beach have secured the title sponsorship of the Engel & Völkers Field, guaranteeing a prominent position and unmatched visibility among guests, and also roving cameras that will splash their name in published photos on the tournament scoreboard. Fashion powerhouse Lilly Pulitzer will be hosting fashionable events again this season at IPC to align its identity with smart, style-setting consumers. IPC welcomes its many loyal sponsors to the excitement of the 2015 polo season, along with new sponsors that will be collaborating in exclusive cobranding initiatives to optimize their investments and meet their unique objectives. In addition, IPC invites dialogue with entities wishing to align their brands with the elite sport of highgoal polo. For additional information, visit www.

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Make Plans Now To Enjoy Sunday Brunch At IPC

Polo & Brunch: The Perfect Match

By Julie Unger

2015 Polo Brunch Season Jan. 4 - April 19 Opens at 2 p.m., polo match at 3 p.m.

The International Polo Club Palm Beach features an amazing Sunday brunch, with many new offerings in store for the 2015 polo season. The masterminds behind the elaborate designs, beautiful construction, intricate layouts and treats for the taste buds are Aaron and Julie Menitoff of International Polo Club Catering, Powered by Aaron’s Catering, which is the largest off-premise catering company in Palm Beach County. “Calling it a brunch is a bit of a misnomer,” Aaron explained. “It’s really an experience. We’ve built it into something that is really an entertainment event. It has so many aspects to it that there’s really something for everyone.” There is food, drinks, polo, music, high-end retail, people watching, fancy collectable cars, a night-life side to the event and so much more. Married in August, Aaron and Julie decided to bring their Italian honeymoon experience to Wellington through this year’s culinary theme — A Taste of Italy. “A lot of the stations, they stem from our honeymoon in Italy and just all the amazing foods, such as the prosciutto and the cheeses and the gelato,” Julie said. “It just made sense to bring it here.” Looking at the stations, Julie said, “it’s kind of like our honeymoon all over again.” To the Menitoffs, it isn’t just about the food, tables, décor, platters and more. “There’s heart; we care,” Julie said, explaining that passion drives their expertise. “It’s a passion of ours — it’s not just a job. I think that that’s what Aaron and I saw in each other, too, just the passion for what we both do. Every event that we do is a new experience for our brides and our clients. Every day is a different day. Every event is different.” Their passion for creativity is apparent through props and presentations. “That’s a big part of what separates us from other catering companies,” Aaron said. “We place as much emphasis on the look and the feel of the stations, and the creativity behind presenting the food, as we do on the authenticity of the dishes, the creativity of the dishes and the taste.” Sunday brunch at polo truly is an adventure, providing a varied taste with items inspired from around the world. Following with the brunch theme, it is a visual and culinary experience. “It’s not just the food on

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(Above) IPC Sunday brunch sampler. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER

the table; it’s really the whole presentation and the ‘wow,’” Julie said. Three main stations this season will be the charcuterie and cheese station, a brick-oven gourmet flatbread action station and a gelateria desert station. Brunch takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. each Sunday from Jan. 4 through April 19 and offers a breakfast buffet where guests can enjoy savory crepes filled with truffled ham and cheese as well as sweet beignets, banana and cream cheese stuffed French toast, lobster eggs benedict and fresh-baked popovers. The lunch portion of the buffet features 24-hour steamship round, Guinness-braised short ribs, a watermelon rosewater feta fennel balsamic salad and creamy parmesan risotto. The menu changes each week, offering


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a constant supply of delicious and innovative dishes. The main buffet, with 80 rotating offerings, is an eclectic mix of international menu items, Aaron explained, which varies from the three Italian-orientated stations. “It’s almost as fun to look at it as it is to taste the food,” he said. At the charcuterie and cheese station, cured meats and artisanal cheeses from Italy will delight guests. Mozzarella is hand-stretched and loaded with various ingredients to order, and then drizzled with flavored aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil reductions. Beautifully carved cheese wheels are on display as well, providing an artistic element. The station will include burrata cheese that is hand-mixed and customized, hanging meats and giant cheese wheels that evoke the feeling of enter-

ing a boutique meat shop and cheese store. “The action station chefs have the ingredients in front of them, so they’re pulling and manipulating the burrata in front of the guest, and then they fold the ingredients in and then slice it up and fan it out on the plate, and top it with the aged flavored balsamics and the infused extra virgin olive oil,” Aaron explained. “It’s a fun presentation. It’s as fresh as you can get, and it’s delicious.” The brick-oven gourmet flatbread station features a 750-degree fireplace inferno where skilled pizzaioli will create custom creations with hand-made dough and unique toppings such as pear, prosciutto, blue cheese, arugula, caramelized onion, prawn, pesto, sun dried tomato and more.

The gelateria features handmade gelato — one of Julie’s favorites — and soft serve frozen yogurt to be placed in waffle bowls, cones or translucent bowls. An array of colorful candy toppings, including gummy candies, chocolate shavings, hard candies, rock candy and almost anything imaginable, truly allows for a custom creation. Some of the favorite gelato flavors that will make their way to the public include white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, root beer float, pralines and cream, bourbon pecan, sea salt caramel and honey fig. Indulgent miniature delights such as lemon drop cupcakes, caramel-topped sea salt chocolate cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, cake pops and more can be found along with mini petit fours, alternating throughout the season.

In order to provide the opportunity for an even more unique brunch experience, the “Veuve Clicquot Airstream Lounge” was introduced last year, where 50 guests are able to observe the thrilling game of polo from a raised platform with couches and lounge chairs. With elaborate décor at every turn, the lounge features Philip Stark Ghost Chairs, Veuve Clicquot champagne buckets, custom linens, table umbrellas and more, creating a relaxing experience with a private entrance and dedicated staff. New for 2015 is the “Beerstream Lounge” in a classic 1966 Airstream Trailer, customized for tailgaters and craft beer enthusiasts. Brushed stainless steel tables and urban bar stools create a chic industrial atmosphere for enjoying wine, liquor, frozen drinks and craft

beers. The Beerstream Lounge does not require a special ticket — it is open to everyone. After the polo match ends, around 5 p.m., the Pavilion after-party begins. “We feature a different nonprofit organization each week,” Aaron said, explaining that the after-party raises money for local charities. During the after-party, the drapes are closed, the disco lights turn on, the dance floor opens, music throbs through the speakers and champagne flows. Brunch and Airstream reservations sell out quickly and are available at For more information, contact Aaron at aaron@poloclubcatering. com or (561) 792-9292. Visit www.facebook. com/IPCsocial to learn more about the social side of polo at IPC.

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The World’s Top Players Are Back To Compete At IPC This Season Year after year, the International Polo Club Palm Beach attracts the top players in the world — and 2015 is no exception. Nearly every 10-goaler in the game today will be participating in IPC’s 12th season. Adolfo Cambiaso, polo’s top-ranked player in the world, will be returning with Bob Jornayvaz and his Valiente team. Cambiaso won both the 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Piaget Gold Cup with Valiente last year. Facundo Pieres, currently the No. 2 player in the game today, will be saddling up with Steve Van Andel’s Orchard Hill team. The spectacle of seeing the top two players compete in tournament after tournament continues to draw some of the season’s largest crowds. Juan Martin Nero and Pelon Stirling come in at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions in the world polo rankings. Both players carry 10-goal handicaps, with Nero returning to play with Victor Vargas and Lechuza Caracas, while Stirling will be joining Gillian Johnston and the Coca-Cola lineup. No. 5 player Pablo MacDonough is the only current 10-goaler not scheduled to be in Wellington this winter. He’ll be taking part in 16-goal competitions in Dubai. However, Gonzalito Pieres, ranked at No. 6 in the world, will be returning

to Marc Ganzi’s Audi entry, while Sapo Caset (No. 8) and Santiago Torres (No. 9) will join the Valiente family for the season. Caset recently had his 10-goal rating returned after losing it due to an illness two years ago. Twenty-year-old Torres just had his handicap elevated to seven goals. Nine-goalers Mariano Aguerre and Hilario Ulloa will take the field with Julian Mannix and last year’s U.S. Open Polo Championship Alegria team. Three of the four members of La Dolfina, the 40-goal Argentine Open Championship polo team (Adolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling and Juan Martin Nero) will be on the field this winter. The three will participate in the annual 40-goal charity match to benefit the Polo Players Support Group, along with fellow 10-goalers Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres (10-goal handicap in Argentina), Sapo Caset and Miguel Novillo Astrada. With virtually every top player in the world competing in the 20-goal and 26-goal competitions, IPC will once again be the place to be for the world’s best polo action. They will join a long list of the elite players in the game today, touting impressive credentials of their own. We take a look at some of these standout stars in this year’s Faces of Polo section. Turn the page to get started.

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RODRIGO ANDRADE Andrade made his first appearance at IPC in 2011 when the Brazilian 8-goaler won the USPA Gold Cup with Marc Ganzi’s Audi polo team. A hard-riding, long-hitting powerful player, Andrade’s defensive and team skills lifted him to the ranks of one of the top 10 players in the game today. As a member of Lyndon Lea’s Zacara team in England, Andrade helped Zacara sweep the English high-goal season.

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ADOLFO CAMBIASO Cambiaso, the famed Argentine 10-goaler, has been considered the top player in the game for the last 20 years. He has played on six U.S. Open Polo Championship teams and won nine USPA Gold Cup tournaments and a C.V. Whitney Cup tournament. Cambiaso continues to awe and amaze spectators and players alike, whether on the field at IPC or at tournaments around the world.

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SAPO CASET Caset, the son of an accomplished, professional Argentine polo player, earned a 6-goal handicap by the time he was barely 16. In his tenure at IPC, Guillermo “Sapo” Caset Jr. has won the C.V. Whitney Cup (2011 and 2014), the Piaget Gold Cup (2009 and 2014) and the U.S. Open Polo Championship (2011). Regaining his 10-goal handicap after dropping to 9 goals a year ago, Caset will be returning to IPC for the 2015 season with Bob Jornayvaz’s Valiente team. He is currently ranked as the No. 8 polo player in the world.

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LUIS ESCOBAR Escobar, a Costa Rica native, has been a Wellington resident since 1989. After going pro at age 15, he quickly shot up to an 8-goal handicap, playing with polo legends such as Hector Barrantes and Carlos Gracida. Currently rated at 6 goals, Escobar has been a regular on the Wellington circuit for three decades, based out of his family’s Santa Clara Polo Club.

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JEFF HALL Hall comes from a polo-playing family that split its time between Santa Barbara, Calif., and Houston. He counts wins in the U.S. Open Polo Championship, the America’s Cup, the East Coast Open and several Silver Cups among his more important victories. As a member of the 2009 U.S. Westchester Cup team, he played against England and has been a regular on the international polo scene for years. Hall, who sports a 7-goal handicap, is known as a powerful hitter and an accomplished horseman.

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KRIS KAMPSEN Kampsen is a Florida native who has been riding horses ever since he could walk. A deft mallet man, the 6-foot, 5-inch Kampsen has been successful playing polo on the grass, in the snow and on the beach. He has recently been active in the arena, winning the 2013 USPA Arena Open Championship. A colorful character on the polo circuit, Kampsen played for the United States in the 2009 Camacho Cup match against Mexico and continues to compete in 20-goal tournaments at IPC.

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FACUNDO PIERES Pieres is currently the No. 2-ranked player in the world. As a member of the Zacara polo team, he won the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2012 and 2013, followed by a sweep of the English season (the Queen’s Cup and the British Open). One of only six 10-goal players in the game, the talented South American player continues to dazzle the crowd with his expert stickwork and horsemanship.

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NIC ROLDAN Roldan was born in Argentina but grew up in Wellington. He became the youngest player in history to win the U.S. Open Polo Championship when he did so in 1998. Great hand-eye coordination and exceptional accuracy allowed this talented athlete to excel in both golf and hockey before selecting polo as his career path. He has twice represented the United States in international play, and at 8 goals, he is one of America’s top players.

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SANTI TORRES Torres began riding at the age of three and was playing polo by the time he was four years old. He turned professional at the age of 10 and has been competing ever since on polo fields all over the world. With a 7-goal handicap, the 20-year-old has won the Pacific Coast Open (2012), two USPA Gold Cups (2013 and 2014), a C.V. Whitney Cup (2014) and the Joe Barry Memorial Cup (2014).

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HILARIO ULLOA Ulloa competes on the field with a 9-goal handicap. He began playing at IPC in 2010 for the Crab Orchard polo team, which swept the high-goal season that year by winning the C.V. Whitney Cup, the Piaget Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Competing on the Alegria team at IPC in 2014, his wide-open style helped capture the U.S. Open Polo Championship by defeating Valiente in the final match.

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Legends Of Polo Match At Grand Champions Renamed In Memory Of The Late Carlos Gracida By Julie Unger

The Grand Champions Polo Club had been like a third home to the late legendary polo player Carlos Gracida, who split his time between his farm in Mexico and his Wellington home. In his memory, Melissa and Marc Ganzi, the owners of Grand Champions, considered it an honor to rename their Legends of Polo match in Gracida’s memory. The Carlos Gracida Legends of Polo Memorial preceded the USPA International Cup games held at Grand Champions over Thanksgiving weekend. Gracida’s son, Carlitos, is touched by the outpouring of support, friendship and love from the Ganzi family and the polo community. “I’m really happy that Marc and Melissa organized something,” he said. “Not only that they did it, but it’s near my house, and for me, Wellington is home.” Carlos Gracida died last February at age 53 following a polo accident. The newly renamed Legends of Polo game holds a tremendous amount of meaning to the Ganzi and Gracida families. “When he passed away, we thought, ‘What better way to honor him?’” Melissa said. “We were also honored and pleased that the family endorsed the Legends of Polo.” Turning Wellington into a year-round destination was something Carlos was working on with the Ganzis. Marc noted that when Grand Champions was offered the opportunity to host the USPA highgoal tournament in November, Carlos was thrilled. “Carlos was really excited about that, and he asked me if he could play with Audi,” Marc said. “We were already playing with his son (Carlitos) and Nic Roldan. We put that team together in 2012, and then played in 2013, and were supposed to play this fall in 2014.” The Legends of Polo game, played before the USPA International Cup, serves a dual purpose, 78

both as a fundraiser for the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame, and to raise awareness for polo in the community. The first Legends of Polo game took place in 2013 and was one of the last high-profile fundraising games that Carlos competed in. “We had all of these living legends in Wellington,” Melissa recalled. “We wanted to honor them, and have a game that sort of took some players that hadn’t played in a long time and brought them back to competitive play.” Carlos, who reached the coveted 10-goal handicap rating at age 25, was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in February 2012. He was thrilled to play in the inaugural match. Naming the game after him only seemed fitting. “When we started these international test matches, Carlos was really in favor of it, and so I think it was befitting that something named after him is played on the same day that the International Cup is played, because I know it was a day he always looked forward to,” Marc said. Carlos was one of Marc’s mentors, coaching his 20-goal team. But more than that, he was a close friend of the family. “You just hung around him and you learned. It was sort of polo by osmosis,” Marc recalled. “If you played with him, he showed you what it was like to compete with dignity and class. Those things were important to him. He really felt that polo was more than just a sport. He believed it was an honorable sport and that you had to play it with honor and character. Carlos felt like there was a dignity and a privilege to play polo.” Polo is a family-oriented game that tends to run in families, and teammates become like family. Carlos was both a family man and an amazing athlete, Marc said.

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 The late Carlos Gracida.


“When you have an athlete who excels at that level and has achieved everything there is to achieve in the sport, then at the same time is such a gentleman, and someone who had become a good friend of ours, it’s pretty special for us,” he said. “There are certainly many great athletes in every sport, but few of them can transcend the sport and be past their prime, but still be relevant and important as an ambassador to the sport. Carlos was that. Wherever he showed up, he was welcome and doors were open, whether it was China or Argentina or England.” Carlitos, who has been playing with the Ganzis for two years now, thinks it is great that they named the Legends of Polo game after his father. “I’m happy that we are still able to contribute to what Marc and Melissa have done during the spring and in the fall,” he said. “He (Carlos) loved playing polo. That’s what he loved to do.” Melissa said that it was very impor-


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tant to her that the Gracida family has been able to participate in the event and attend. “That speaks volumes,” she said. Naming the Legends of Polo game after Carlos has already had an impact on the demeanor of the day, Marc said. The friendship, camaraderie and respect could be seen at every turn before, during and after the games of the day. “Particularly, that day, now with Carlos’ name affixed to the day, I think it does sort of transcend competition,” Marc said. “The International Cup is to promote sportsmanship and to promote international cooperation, and I think having Carlos’ name associated with that day is really befitting. He was a sportsman, and when the game ended, he was everybody’s friend… Guys like him don’t come along very often.” To learn more about the Carlos Gracida Legends of Polo Memorial at the Grand Champions Polo Club, visit www.grand

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Family, Polo Remain The Focus For Wellington’s Luis Escobar Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Longtime polo star Luis Escobar has been a Wellington resident since the 1980s, based out of his family’s Santa Clara Polo Club. Born in Costa Rica in 1971, young Luis began coming to Wellington for the winter at age 7, when Palm Beach Polo was new to the area. He sometimes rode horses in Costa Rica, but it was in Wellington when his love for riding was sparked. Before he knew it, he was riding every day. “I could not wait to go to the barn,” he recalled. “We used to get up every morning at 5 a.m. to go and ride the horses and work the horses and be with the horses.” That drive and dedication, especially as a young teen, is difficult to find. “You get that, one in a million, right there,” said Georgette, Luis’ wife. “It was pitch black,” Luis said, noting that it wasn’t the time that was important but the dedication, drive and devotion. As Luis and his family traveled back and forth between Costa Rica and Florida, his desire to play polo only increased. “For me, time was too slow before we would come back from Costa Rica to be here in the winter,” he said. “For me,

growing up, I always had in the back of my mind that I was going to move here, live here, play polo here and become a professional. There was no other option.” The road to becoming a professional polo player did not take Luis long. His first job playing polo was at age 15, playing for Peter Brant, founder of the Greenwich Polo Club. Luis played polo with the famed Hector Barrantes, and they quickly won three tournaments. “Every single game we won. We were the team to beat,” he said. “I was [then] picked up by Carlos Gracida, who altered my life.” This came at a time when Luis was deciding where to attend college. “I was accepted to Texas A&M, and I was going to go to school there because they had polo there, but [Gracida] made me an offer and said, ‘Come and play the Gold Cup.’ At that time, that was the main tournament here. It was a 26-goal tournament, and I was 2 goals at the time. I was 17 and had just finished high school.” With that offer, Luis changed his

“For me, time was too slow before we would come back from Costa Rica to be here in the winter... Growing up, I always had in the back of my mind that I was going to move here, live here, play polo here and become a professional. There was no other option.” LUIS ESCOBAR


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Luis Escobar with his wife Georgette and sons Nicolas and Lucas. wellington the magazine | january 2015


“When it comes to him playing, we don’t miss a game. When he’s on the field, I’m right there. The kids are super supportive. They want to see their dad do well.” GEORGETTE ESCOBAR


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major to stay local and attend school in Florida, riding and playing with Carlos Gracida starting in 1989. From then on, he has stayed in Wellington, playing professionally, and jumping to a 5-goal handicap by the time he turned 21. After college, Luis advanced from a 6-goal handicap to an 8-goal handicap within two years. “And then the rest is history,” he said. “I’ve been here ever since, going at it.” Doing what he loves and having his dream job, Luis compares the experience to that of a good architect or a good business man. “They’re doing what they like, and if you like what you’re doing, you can stay there longer and you might do it better,” he said. “If you’re trying to learn about it — learn about the game and study the game, trying to pull all the pieces together — that’s what makes it entertaining, it makes it better, so you don’t get bored. It’s a never-ending learning

process. You’re always trying to see how you can make it better.” This season, Luis is playing for Scott Swerdlin of Palm Beach Equine on a 12goal team, with plans in the works for the 20-goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. On and off the field, what drives Luis, Georgette said, is his family. Though Luis may come across as quiet and subdued, it is because polo is his profession and his livelihood, she explained. Once a relationship has developed, his funny side comes out. “It’s the side that I fell in love with 23 years ago, 1992, right out of high school, here in Wellington,” Georgette said, contrasting his polo field demeanor. “He’s all business in this setting, which brings out his serious side.” Polo requires a unique lifestyle, Luis explained. “We get up every day thinking about it and go to bed thinking about it. We have dreams about it, too. We think

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about the horses all day, all night. We think about the fields, we think about teams — how to make the team better,” he said. “I spend a lot of time now with my kids — they’re playing now, they’re 12 and 14. I spend a lot of time playing with them, riding and sticking ball, teaching them and trying to get them ready for their tournaments and for their careers, if they want to stay in polo.” Lucas and Nicolas Escobar have been playing polo since they were three years old and rarely miss one of their dad’s games. “When it comes to him playing, we don’t miss a game. When he’s on the field, I’m right there,” Georgette said. “The kids are super supportive. They want to see their dad do well.” In polo, family support is a given, but Luis and Georgette make it a point to reciprocate that support and encourage the next generation. “It’s part of the lifestyle,” Luis said. “It’s something that you don’t think about, but you kind of implement. Just like I get that kind of support, the kids get that kind of support when they’re doing their thing. When they’re playing their soccer or their polo or their games, they get that support. We all do the same thing for each other, which is pretty cool.” Passion for the game drives Luis. Teaching the boys polo, playing with them, and working with his Santa Clara polo school, established in 1994, constantly inspires him. “I hope that I can give them something good in their lives, and I think that’s what it is,” Luis said. “It feels good, and it also keeps me on my toes, trying to be fresh and good about ideas, because if I’m able to do something good and they learn from it, I think that’s going to be the best thing that I can give them.” Continuously learning is also important, he explained, and he hopes to instill that into the boys. “That’s what keeps me also trying to be good at what I’m doing because I know they’re learning, and that’s what I can teach them. Whether it’s running the barn or running the team or playing polo, that’s what I can give to them,” Luis said. “I love to learn and am always trying to learn from other riders.” Luis is confident in the future. “Be careful, because we’re going to win every tournament that we play in,” he said. “My goal is to win every tournament, show everybody that my horses are the best horses in the U.S. and have fun.”

Passion for the game drives Luis. Teaching the boys polo, playing with them, and working with his Santa Clara polo school, established in 1994, constantly inspires him.

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U.S. Polo Assn. Brand Helps USPA Celebrate Its 125th Anniversary The United States Polo Association is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Since 1890, the USPA has been the national governing body for the sport. The USPA is funded by the U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Revenue from the sales of the brand supports the sport of polo and the development of players through programs such as Team USPA, the Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Program, Equine Welfare and Umpiring. The U.S. Polo Assn. brand’s mission is to sustain and grow the sport of polo by raising awareness via education and participation. One of the first of many celebratory events marking the milestone anniversary was the U.S. Polo Assn. Central Park Polo Challenge that took place Sept. 21. It was a special opportunity to see the sport return to its roots in New York City. The first polo match in the United States was played in New York in 1876 on a field that is currently a busy block in Midtown Manhattan. The U.S. Polo Assn. brand not only was a presenting sponsor, but also outfitted its own team, which consisted of three highly talented American polo players: Grant Ganzi, Juan Bollini (one of the faces of the Fall/Winter “Live Authentically” campaign) and Nic Roldan. As the official and authentic brand for the sport of polo in the United States, U.S. Polo Assn. helped to kick off this special year by holding a t-shirt design contest in collaboration with Creative Allies, a platform and database of artists and designers from around the globe. The contest spanned three months last spring. Designs were voted on by U.S. Polo Assn. fans via social media. The winner, John Snyder, who hails from Maryland, will have his t-shirt design sold in select stores worldwide during the Spring/Summer 2015 season. To further increase the visibility of the sport, the U.S. Polo Assn. brand will be taking this commemorative year worldwide. Exclusive 125th anniversary collections will be available in U.S. Polo Assn. stores in Turkey, India and Italy, among others. Special advertising congratulating the USPA will be found in magazines and newspapers, and on billboards, all featuring real polo players as part of the brand’s “Live Authentically” campaign, messaging its authenticity and support of the sport. This milestone year not only celebrates the rich heritage and history of one of the world’s oldest equestrian sports, but also highlights the uniqueness of the community and its love and passion to keep the sport of polo alive. wellington the magazine | january 2015


wellington | fashion Polo player Juan Bollini models a U.S. Polo Assn. shirt with a watch.


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All Looks Courtesy U.S. Polo Assn. (Above, L-R) Juan Bollini, Isabella Wolf, Wesley Finlayson, Ashley Van Metre, Jonny Lavine, Julia Steiner and Herndon Radcliff.

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(Above) Michael Ferreira of ChukkerTV. (Below, L-R) Steph Schwetz; Austin Sarmiento; and Michael Ferreira with polo star Nic Roldan.

Wellington-Based Chukker.TV Aims To Revolutionize Polo Broadcasting By Chris Felker

Wellington businessman Mike Ferreira began galloping along with the polo ponies and players at the Grand Champions Polo Club last January assisting in the launch of PoloNow, a live-streaming Internet start-up. In the year since, he has become immersed into the polo world since Melissa Ganzi, co-owner of the club with her husband Marc, brought Ferreira aboard to help not only with the technological side of polo broadcasting, but to connect their audience better with their product. Since then, the PoloNow concept has given birth to the ChukkerTV Broadcast Network. “I fell in love with the product and what they are trying to achieve,” said the self-described “techno-geek.” Ferreira is a 30-year-old married father of three, including a newborn. He is moving with his family to Wellington this month from suburban West Palm

Beach, where he was born and raised. Found at, the new network calls itself “the leader in polo broadcasting.” Ferreira feels that the name ChukkerTV instantly explains the concept to viewers. “A chukker is a period in polo, so everyone will know that,” he said, and as quickly as a goal can be scored, the community is drawn in. “It’s our distribution platform. It’s an Internet web site, and, in 2015, an Internet TV station focused on polo concepts.” Ferreira is excited as this unique concept takes shape. “PoloNow is slowly transitioning to ChukkerTV,” he explained. “PoloNow is very much still

involved in the technology and production aspect, but they’re kind of two and the same now.” Ferreira, mostly a behind-the-screen presence, was brought in to fill a technological need, and it grew from there. “Melissa runs the Grand Champions Polo Club, and they were tasked with using instant replay for the first time in the history of the sport,” he recalled. “Melissa had an idea where maybe she could start a company that would not only use that technology, but provide broadcast of the sport as well.” Since then, PoloNow/ChukkerTV has been broadcasting polo matches during the Wellington season and through the summer from across the country, as well as doing reports for NBC Sports. “We grew the company from nothing wellington the magazine | january 2015



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The Rotary Club of Wellington presented its inaugural Wellington Wine & Food Fest on Friday, Dec. 5 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The fundraiser benefited the Rotary Club of Wellington Foundation’s charitable endeavors, such as Back to Basics, the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, The Lord’s Place and more. Wine and food tastings were provided by local businesses, and there was live entertainment and a live auction.

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“It’s like a little mini-vacation,” said Lisa Eisenacher, co-owner of Wellington’s Zen Massage location. Zen Massage, a no-contract, no-membership professional massage therapy and skin care franchise, has 13 locations in six states. Eisenacher, along with her son Rob Proctor, own and operate three in Palm Beach County. They opened the Wellington location in February 2008, followed by a Boynton Beach location in December 2008. They added a Boca Raton location in 2013. Zen Massage stands out from other massage franchises, Eisenacher explained. “We fell in love with the idea of being able to get a massage at a reasonable price without having to sign a contract or a membership,” she said. All Zen Massage locations feature highly trained employees, many of whom are certified estheticians. “The people we hire here love their craft and love to work on people,” Eisenacher said. “When people come out, they’re so relaxed and so happy. Sometimes, when you see people coming in, they’re so full of the stress of the day, and when they come out, they’re different people.” This amazing transformation is what drives the staff at Zen Massage. “Wellington is a community that really has active people,” Eisenacher said. “I think that people who are active have more use for massage therapy. A lot of times, fitness, massage therapy and just general well-being are all connected.” Runners and serious athletes often come in every other

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week for a massage. The most popular massage offering is the Swedish Massage. “Swedish massage is basically for relaxation,” Eisenacher explained. “It uses long flowing strokes. It’s not a lot of deep work. People love Swedish massage… it’s just a really nice, relaxing way to spend an hour.” Zen Massage’s Wellington location features nine massage rooms, including two couples massage rooms, which provide a tranquil environment for clients to relax and escape the everyday. For those who have never experienced a professional massage, Eisenacher suggests that they try to be in as relaxed a state of mind as possible. Arrive on time, so that there is a chance to take in the environment, hear the sounds, and let the calm and soothing colors begin to relax you.

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There is nothing to be nervous about, she stressed, explaining that the level of disrobement is up to the client. She also stressed the importance of communicating with the therapist. “Their job is to make you comfortable and to ask, ‘Is this enough pressure?’ ‘Would you like more pressure?’ ‘Less pressure?’ ‘Why are you here today?’ ‘Are you having issues with anything specific?’ The massage therapist is there to help you feel better, and to get what you want out of the massage,” Eisenacher said.


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Aside from an array of massage offerings, Zen Massage also features specialty facials by Dermalogica-certified expert estheticians. Lead esthetician Kim Manhong is especially excited about the BioActive Peel. Zen Massage carries Dermalogica products, which are all extremely popular because they are professional formulations that can address any type of skin concern. In order to use Dermalogica products professionally, certification and training is necessary.

wellington | spa The available facials — a Zen Facial, a Mini-Facial, the BioActive Peel and the Micro-Zone Facial — are all relaxing treats. “Every time you come in to get a facial, it is personalized to your skin type,” Eisenhacher said. “Every client gets their skin analyzed, and the preparation is done just for them.” Eisenhacher described the massage and facial experience as something not to be missed. “When you’re done, you don’t understand why you didn’t do it last week, why you didn’t do it

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The Wellington Aero Club is a unique, aviation-themed community. It is located near the intersection of Greenbriar Blvd. and Aero Club Drive. John Herring, president of the Aero Club Property Owners Association, describes it as a community within the community. “We’re in Wellington, but we’re really a border through Wellington,” he said. “We’re located between Wellington proper and the horse community.” With original documents and blueprints from 1979, the community got its start in the early 1980s, with the clubhouse groundbreaking taking place in August 1980. As its name suggests, there is a strong aviation thread tying together the Aero Club. With 254 lots, and approximately 225 homes, there is only about 10 percent of the community’s lots left unbuilt. While each lot in the Aero Club is ca-

pable of housing a small plane, Herring estimates that approximately 120 aircraft consider Wellington home, with four of those being helicopters and the rest airplanes. Herring, one of Aero Club’s earliest residents, moved to Wellington in 1977, before the community was even built. “I thought it was pretty cool in 1980, to think you could fly your private airplane and go pick up a date — which I did, back in the day,” he said with a chuckle. Why did Herring choose to live in the Aero Club? The answer is simple: “I love to fly,” he said. The planned aviation community is different from most aviation communities, Herring explained, because other such communities might have 5-acre lots and be more commercial than residential, more in the country, and not within a larger community, like the

Aero Club is in Wellington. The Aero Club was planned to be an aviation community with plenty of large lots centered around a big runway. Often, other aviation communities have a runway and then houses on both sides, and are designed for only 20 homes or so, Herring noted. In comparison, the Aero Club is probably one of the largest such communities in the country. Resident Dave Yoder, who helped organize the community’s annual fly-in event in October, explained that the layout of the community increases safety. “The nice part about the Wellington Aero Club is the taxiways are in the back of the houses and the roads are in the front. In many of the fly-in communities, the roads are the taxiways,” Yoder said. “In our case, the taxiways are for airplanes and the roads are for cars, and we don’t mix them, which makes for a much safer environment.” wellington the magazine | january 2015


The design of the Aero Club, with single-family homes and lots that are one acre or more, is conducive to a sense of community. “We all have a common denominator that we all love aviation,” Herring said. “Most people who live here are very much aviation enthusiasts. When you drive by and you see a hangar door open with an airplane in it, you stop in and usually talk airplanes or we borrow a wrench from someone or we fly each other’s airplanes.” Gathering together to learn about aircraft isn’t unusual within the community, which hosts two different types of fly-ins throughout the year. The first type, the larger of the fly-ins, are the annual events — usually one or two — where non-residents are invited to fly in and join the community for the afternoon. More common are private, smaller fly-ins for veterans groups, the Girl Scouts and other clubs, where locals get together to see planes, Herring explained.

Mark Baker, president of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, was the special guest at October’s fly-in, where more than 158 people attended. It was the first fly-in that the Aero Club did with the AOPA, Yoder said. Palm Beach County’s Trauma Hawk helicopter was able to attend, and many invited guests came to show off their aircraft. Attendees enjoyed flying activities, exploring the aircraft on display, the entertainment, lunch and gathering to learn and discuss aviation. These fly-ins, and other events, center around the community’s clubhouse, known as the Pilot House, located near the 4,000-foot runway. Paved in 2012, the runway, which was a grass runway when it was built in 1980, can accommodate aircraft that weighs up to 14,500 pounds. Adjacent to the middle of the runway is the Pilot House, the epicenter for all things social in the Aero Club. Though predominantly used as a meeting loca-

tion, plans are in the works over the next few years for a major renovation to the 35-year-old building. The conceptual plans include a multifunctional two-story clubhouse with an aviation theme. Upstairs, Herring said, will be a pilot lounge where you can watch the sunset, and downstairs there will be a meeting hall. New entrance gates are also a potential renovation for the community, Herring said, explaining that the $595 quarterly dues per lot take care of the 50 acres that the association maintains. The private runway alone is 10 acres. The runway is one of the many attributes that makes the aviation community special. “We are unique in that we have a runway. Unique that we have airplanes and helicopters in our garages. We’re inside the village, and we meld right into the community,” Herring said. “From the road, people wouldn’t know that there are airplanes unless they come into the community.”

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Destiny International’s Marysue Jacobs Combines Love For Wellington, Horses & Giving Back Story by Carrie Wirth | Photo by Tracy Trevorrow

Marysue Jacobs, a successful real estate broker and the founder of Destiny International Properties of the Palm Beaches, has loved horses from the minute she was born. She was raised on a farm in the Maryland hunt country near Sagamore Farm, home to famous racehorses Native Dancer and Bed o’ Roses. “We had a couple of hundred acres, and we grew everything you could imagine,” Jacobs recalled. “I used to run the produce stand for my family. I was in 4-H, and I had sheep and cattle as projects. It was wonderful.” As a child, Jacobs dreamed of being the first girl to win the Hunt Cup. “Back then, girls weren’t allowed to ride in the Hunt Cup,” she said. “I grew up on National Velvet. I wanted to cut my hair and ride in the race.” Jacobs helped run the stables at Merryland Farms, a thoroughbred racing farm, for Mrs. Henry Obre, the niece of Harry Guggenheim and owner of Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star. Later, she worked in real estate and nonprofit organizations. She discovered Wellington when she came to run a charity event at the old Palm Beach Polo. “Sylvester Stallone and Ivana Trump were there, and Merv Griffin and Zsa Zsa Gabor threw out the first ball,” Jacobs said. “I loved it here, and I was offered three jobs to stay. I stayed and started a marketing company, and that led to a magazine and a TV show.” Jacobs produced The Florida Horseman, which aired on the local ABC affiliate every Sunday. “It was the number one local television program for 32 weeks in a row,” she said. “When The Horseman magazine went national, I sold it and got back into real estate.” Jacobs has raised her disabled daughter, Kelly, now 25, as a single mother and took in Sammy when he was 12. “Sammy and his mother had no place to live three years ago,” Jacobs explained. “I took them in, and I’ve raised him and love him like he’s my son.” For Jacobs, helping people and animals is in her DNA. She has had as many as 200 rescue animals at her farm, including peacocks, different varieties of parrots, horses, tortoises, dogs, cats and more. In business, Jacobs has been very successful. Her company

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soars in national sales, staying in the top one percent for nine consecutive years. She has a loyal and growing following of happy clients. “She is a great people person. She is very honest and upfront,” professional polo player Tommy Biddle said. “She is very conscientious,” added Dawn Minger. “If you are serious about getting your house sold, she is going to move heaven and earth to get it done.” Jacobs is living out her dreams in Wellington with the best of all worlds. “I’ve been here for more than 20 years, and I love this town and love what I do,” she said. For more information, call Marysue Jacobs at (561) 791-2501 or (561) 758-5212, or visit wellington the magazine | january 2015



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Dr. Anna Frisch Focuses On

Endocrinology And Thyroid Issues Story by Ron Bukley • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Dr. Anna Frisch of Palm Beach Thyroid & Endocrinology Wellness draws on a broad background of internal medicine to help patients unlock the relationship of the body’s glands to diseases. Frisch moved to Wellington five years ago. She worked at another practice until March, when she and her husband, Dr. Michael Frisch, who serves as office manager, opened their own practice. Originally from Poland, Dr. Anna Frisch moved to the United States 12 years ago and finished her residency at the University of Connecticut and her fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. “After that, I became a clinical technologist and I moved to the Palm Beach County area,” she said. “My first trip to the United States was about 12 years ago, when I was invited to come here for observation. It was a stipend for skilled residents in diabetes and endocrinology.” Frisch chose Wellington as an ideal place to raise her young family. “It’s a great community with excellent schools and very cool people,” she said. “I have three children, they are 10, 8 and 6 years old. We love the community, we love this area, and of course, the weather.” Despite advances in recent decades, physicians are still unlocking the mysteries of endocrinology and its relationship to other conditions of the body. “It’s a huge puzzle, but it is very rewarding, very exciting,” Frisch explained. “Every patient is individualized because of the complexity of the disorder. Getting together with internal medicine problems, you have to put all of the pieces together.” The symptoms of endocrine disorders are often nonspecific, including fatigue, hair loss, malaise, some gastrointestinal problems, headaches, joint pain and insomnia. “You have to match it with rheumatoid arthritis and internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonology,” she said. “It requires

a very extensive training in internal medicine, and then you have extensive training in endocrinology.” Frisch finished two internal medicine residencies before she became an endocrine fellow. “We were rotating between internal medicine and endocrine residence, so I had quite a bit of internal medicine exposure,” she said. “I believe this is what makes you a good endocrinologist, because you have a big exposure to internal disorders.” Frisch also learned a lot growing up with her mother, who is an endocrinologist in Poland. “I grew up in that environment, so I was always interested in diabetes particularly,” she said. “The endocrinology is together with diabetes. In Europe, we have it separate, and that’s why I was engaged in this area.” Frisch describes the thyroid as “the masterpiece of metabolism” because it controls every cell of the body. “Thyroid disorders are sometimes difficult to find because the ranges for the thyroid are very wide, and you have to fit the symptoms into the blood work,” she said. It is estimated up to 100 million Americans have some type of thyroid disorder. “It’s a part of aging and partly the environment,” she said, adding that it is prone to be hereditary, and that far more women than men have thyroid disorders. “It’s extremely important to have the thyroid medication adjusted correctly. This is all individualized treatment. You cannot just say per blood work because blood work may not necessarily indicate a deficiency of the hormone.” Palm Beach Thyroid & Endocrinology Wellness is located at 12957 Palms West Drive in the Palms West Professional Center on the campus of Palms West Hospital. For more information, call (561) 303-2800 or visit wellington the magazine | january 2015


Wellington Cares Helps Seniors ‘Age In Place’ By Deborah Welky

Wellington Cares, a community-based, nonprofit organization, coordinates volunteers of all ages to assist in helping senior citizens over age 65 remain in their homes with the support of the Wellington community. The organization was founded in 2012 by Kathy Foster, Wellington’s first mayor. “Four years ago this spring, I was in New York on vacation, and the cover of The New York Times asked, ‘What is a NORC?’” Foster recalled. Reading on, she learned about “Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities,” where seniors are able to remain in their homes and in their familiar neighborhoods because a host of short-term services are provided free of charge by volunteers. “My parents retired down here in the 1990s, so I had been through the aging 114

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process with them in a full lifecare facility, offering independent living options to full nursing care,” Foster said. “Personally, I couldn’t see myself or other Baby Boomers looking to make a choice like that. I felt that we would be looking for something different.” In order to come up with “something different,” Foster invited seven friends to lunch, explaining her idea to provide short-term, non-medical services to retirees who wanted to “age in place.” Using volunteers, some of whom are retirees themselves, the group would engage participants before a crisis occurs

and respond to changing needs over time, coordinating with other support service programs and augmenting what was already available. Those seven friends became the core of what has become Wellington Cares. With Foster as executive director, the group spent two years studying NORCs around the U.S. (there aren’t very many), gathering demographics and completing the necessary paperwork to launch the nonprofit. In November 2012, Wellington Cares started providing services. As of now, more than 1,500 hours of volunteerism have been logged, with teens to grandfathers doing everything from fetching groceries to minor home repairs. Wellington Cares also provides in-home services such as laundry, meal

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prep, light housecleaning, writing letters, paying bills, scheduling appointments, filling out medical and insurance forms, and even navigating other social services. Wellington Cares drives homebound seniors to church, appointments and, yes, even to bingo. “One lady just loved bingo but was afraid to go by herself,” Foster recalled. “Her daughter now sends money from up north so she can go to lunch and bingo twice a month. It doesn’t sound like much, but it made a real difference in her quality of life.” Another woman contacted Wellington Cares because her family was going to put her into assisted living because they could never contact her. Her phone was often disconnected due to nonpayment of bills. When Wellington

Cares came by, they discovered that the real problem was that her driveway was extremely steep. The woman got dizzy and was afraid that she would fall, so the mail went uncollected for weeks at a time. Home Depot ultimately donated a new mailbox and volunteers arranged with the post office to deliver her mail to its new next-to-the-front-door location. Twice a year, volunteers change batteries in smoke detectors. (“Teenagers love ladders,” Foster said. “Seniors, not so much.”) Teens are also invaluable when it comes to technical support for televisions, hearing aids, computers and iPads. Wellington Cares even assists seniors when hurricane prep is needed. To date, nearly 60 participants have been served by Wellington Cares.

“What was interesting for us was that we thought we would provide shortterm intervention after an accident or hospitalization, or when a person was getting out of a rehab facility,” Foster said. “We thought we’d help them get back on their feet. What we found were very elderly seniors who have outlived all their family and friends and have no one to turn to. They meet our team of two on their front porch or in their garage, but once we win their trust — because it’s all about trust — we are eventually invited in for a cup of tea. One woman told us, ‘You’re angels sent from God. I was so alone and so scared until you came into my life.’ And, conversely, our volunteers have had their lives enriched by these seniors.” Because different volunteers have wellington the magazine | january 2015



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wellington | gives different skills, a volunteer coordinator matches them up with the seniors who need their services. One may have a talent with caring for plants, another may love pets. Foster’s greatest wish is that other communities will establish their own NORC. She is currently working with Tarpon Springs and Ocala, and a bimonthly conference call has her sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with seven more Florida communities, as well as one in Alabama and one in Tennessee. Wellington Cares was the first NORC organization in Florida. “The demographics for Wellington show that, of our 60,000 residents, 18,000 of them will soon be over 65. They can’t all sell their houses and move to retirement facilities. Plus, they want to age in place, in the community they love and helped to build,” Foster said. “These simple services help people stay in their homes. And it’s all free.” If you or someone you know needs assistance to maintain independence and remain at home, or if you are interested in volunteering your time or making a donation, call Wellington Cares at (561) 568-8818 or visit www.wellington

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David Bias comes to the Wellington Design Center with more than 30 years of decorating and design experience. With a background that ranges from major department store visual merchandising to residential design, David has a unique and varied perspective to help you fulfill your design dreams.

David has spent the last 13 years working with a prominent Palm Beach design firm. Starting with the nuts and bolts of space planning and logistics, and moving to having regular design clients, he was also heavily involved in the firm’s participation in charitable events. David has installed multiple Red Cross Designer Show Houses, the Veranda Show House at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, the Adamsleigh Estate for the Junior League of Greensboro, N.C. (where his personal artwork was also shown), and even personally produced pet clothing and table linens for the Broward County Humane Society PAWS To Help fundraiser at DCOTA in Dania. Having a keen eye for line, balance and color, David was also the stylist for all of the firm’s photography for publication. “At the end of the day, design should be fun,” he explains. “The client needs to enjoy the process. My job is to take the frustration away and replace it with a sense of joy and accomplishment. The Wellington Design Center is the perfect environment in which I can make this happen for my clients.”


Anyone can own a house. Your personality and tastes are what makes it a home. It doesn’t matter if you choose everything alone, with a friend or use a trusted design firm like the Wellington Interior Design Center.All too often, we hear clients start out by saying, “I know what I like, but I don’t know how to put it all together.” Or “I know this isn’t good design, but I like it.” The only truly bad choice you can make is an item that makes more work for you. Good design is design that works for you and your lifestyle. Good design is not a period, style or color palette. Forget fashion and faddish trends. My design mentor always said, “Timeless design will never look dated or tired. It will always be fresh, classic and attractive.” The design staff at the Wellington Design Center knows that the most important thing to remember is that your environment must work for you, not the other way around. If you have children or pets that will play or hide in the drapes, don’t use drapes. Dress the window with a classic top treatment. If you need to control light and/or need privacy, Hunter Douglas offers a variety of shades in all colors and finishes that are beautiful and can disappear under the top treatment when not in use. If you don’t have time to make a bed with layer upon layer of pillows, then don’t have layers of pillows. Keep it simple, clean and classic. A crisp coverlet and a pair of shams is the first step in getting that boutique hotel and spa look. Collect your collections. If you have more than three of anything, you

have started a collection.You may not have meant to, but you have. Don’t spread these items throughout the house. Collections should be together. Whether on a table, in a bookcase or on the piano, display them together, and you have instant impact. If you spread them out, they get lost and lose meaning. Organize yourself. A clean space is an appealing space. Use decorative boxes for all of those remote controls. Use beautiful woven baskets for magazines or the books you are saving to “read later.” Keep the little one’s toys in bins. Perhaps choose canvas and let them decorate it with their own art, or cover hard-sided bins with leftover wallpaper from the room. Bathroom vanities can benefit from small canisters for cotton swabs and cotton balls to reduce clutter. We have to be realistic in understanding that memories are not in things. Memories are in our hearts. That being said, if it means something to you, it has meaning. If it has meaning, it has a place in your home. No matter how tattered and time worn, certain items will always stay with us. You can find a way to blend it into your space. Tie it in by color or texture, or start a new collection. If you love it, it should have a home. At the end of the day, how you feel in your home is the most important thing. If you feel comfortable and calm, you have succeeded. If your home feels like a getaway retreat, you have succeeded. If your home feels like your own personal sanctuary, you have succeeded. Let the Wellington Design Center help you succeed. Here’s to your success! W

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These five acres of equestrian heaven are located in Wellington’s exclusive Mallet Hill gated community. With a 12-stall barn, six-car garage and plenty of room for entertaining short-term or long-term guests, this one-of-a-kind home has it all, including an art gallery, a walk-in wine cooler, a gym and a screening room. Together, the well-appointed guest house and grand main living quarters have a total of eight bedrooms and six baths, giving the homeowners and guests the pleasure of convenience, while also affording them the luxury of privacy. Vaulted ceilings and large, ample windows welcome the Florida sunshine, making the property both a welcome retreat and a comfortable home.

Wine Cooler: Separated by a gleaming glass wall and running the full length of the dining room, this walk-in wine cooler assures that your drink of choice will never be more than a few steps away. A playful cork end wall is a wonderful design element. Formal Dining Room: What dining room is complete without conversationinducing views? This one offers views of both the unique wine cooler and the outside patio area with its pool and summer kitchen.

Kitchen: This kitchen begs to be put to use entertaining guests. The gleaming stainless steel top-ofthe-line appliances include four ovens. A view to the front drive and its equestrian-themed fountain area lets the homeowner keep an eye out for guests as they arrive. Screening Room: This well-appointed screening room makes for a luxurious media experience. Media options also include the art of the written word with bookcases nearly surrounding the room. A fireplace tops off the coziness of this unique space. Formal Living Room: The ceiling in this spacious formal living room draws the eye forever upward, making a statement without speaking a single word. To the right of the piano, visitors exit through the gallery to the guest house. wellington the magazine | january 2015


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Tub Tim Thai & Sushi Story by Chris Felker | Photos by Abner Pedraza

The legendary friendliness and hospitality of Thai culture are on display at Tub Tim Thai & Sushi Restaurant in Wellington. That’s not to mention the stunning Siamese artwork in ornate frames lining the walls of the restaurant’s welcoming space in its new location at the Village Green shopping plaza. Owner Jit Meeudon stood smiling widely next to the big, beautiful aquarium containing living coral and schools of colorful fish in the entranceway as she greeted us, not batting an eyelash as we explained that we were novices to Thai cuisine. Suffice it to say, that after our visit, Thai food has some new aficionados! Meeudon and her staff are used to people who are new to Thai food and treat them with special care, catering to their preferences even while easing them outside their usual comfort zones. There was much to like as our gracious servers brought one spectacular dish after another. It was a veritable parade of perfect palate-pleasers more colorful than a South Pacific rainbow. The dishes were nearly too pretty to eat with several even adorned with colorful orchid blossoms, but their wonderful aromas prompted us to pick up chopsticks and dig in. The culinary artisanship practiced at Tub Tim is directed toward producing an eye-popping and palatepleasing plate, producing an always interesting array of food textures and complementary layers of flavor with every bite.

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While we were originally concerned about Thai food being on the “hot” side, it turns out Thai spices are less “hot” than just zesty — and delightful. “A lot of people eat more spicy stuff than we have,” Meeudon said. “They say the foods have to be spicy — they want three-star, fourstar — but Thai food is different than the Chinese.” She meant that the choices listed on the menu are not distinguished by the familiar Chinese star system of ranking the “spicy” factor, and also explained that Thai food is not as hot as some dishes from farther north in Asia, since Thai spicing is more subtle. That certainly was true of all the dishes we tasted. We started out with a small sampler plate of tiny spring rolls and sautéed chicken skewers and dumplings that came with four sauces (only the peanut sauce could be termed slightly “hot”), which were delicious. Then we moved on to Sushi Chef Tony Chantna’s enticing offerings of three plates of sea bass, salmon and wahoo appetizers rolled up with crunchy greens, topped with caviar and drizzled in bold sauces. That was followed by the Tub Tim Roll, a blend of dynamic crab, shrimp tempura and tuna meat with cream cheese, avocado, tempura flakes and asparagus, topped with avocado and fresh strawberry slices and served with spicy mayo. It was an amazing blend of flavor. Also from the sushi menu was the Tub Tim Volcano Roll — conch crab dynamite with spicy mayo masago on top of a California roll with eel sauce. The dish had

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wellington | table an eye-popping presentation with a bit of a kick. “People spice to tantalize the taste buds. Also on order was the Tub now want everything healthy, and sushi is not bad for you,” Tim Crispy Duck, which is another of the house specialties. Meeudon explained. “With that many calories, it’s not heavy It featured crispy roasted duck slices served with broccoli, like meat.” cauliflower, green beans, snow peas, celery, asparagus, bell Indeed, we had plenty of room for the entrees, starting pepper and cabbage in a red wine sauce. It was absolutely dewith the Pad Thai with jumbo shrimp. lectable. We also sampled the excellent Grilled Miso Sea Bass “This is rice noodles with egg, ground peanuts, scallions with sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes in a miso sauce. and bean sprouts, and comes with the homemade Tub Tim is a hit with people in the area. Meeudon sauce that we prepared. The sauce is said she couldn’t say when they’re most kind of sour/sweet, so three flabusy, because they’re busy all the vors in one, with your choice time. of the other ingredient,” However, after the resMeeudon said. “[Pad taurant’s move last sumThai] is very popular mer, Meeudon is conhere. Many people don’t cerned that some of her even need the menu; seasonal regulars may they just come in and be having trouble finding order the same thing, for the restaurant, which has years.” moved slightly north on State The dish was wonderful, with a Road 7. Give this restaurant a try, Pad Thai with Jumbo Shrimp. great display of vegetables over the nooand you’ll come away satiated from the dles that provided flavor to match the size of the huge tangy array of tasty flavors awaiting you. shrimp. Tub Tim Thai & Sushi Restaurant is located at 2815 State Another entrée was the Pla Saam Rot, comprised of deep- Road 7 (at Stribling Way), Suite 100, just north of Trader Joe’s fried pieces of fish nestled inside the whole fish itself, with and west of the Buffalo Wild Wings in the Village Green shopping steamed mixed vegetables topped with Thai crushed chili plaza. It is open seven days for lunch and dinner. Call (561) 641sauce. The breading was unique, and the dish had just enough 5550 to learn more. Staff members at Tub Tim Thai & Sushi Restaurant in Wellington.


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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit For a touch of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, visit Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment. For more information, visit or call (561) 798-6227. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. For more info., call (561) 7903287 or visit Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicious Mexican Cuisine, opened recently in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www. Coach House Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd.) features gourmet cuisine along with a piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. For an authentic, elegant Italian experience, visit Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington

Green. For more info., call (561) 615-1551 or visit The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For more info., call (561) 2497168. Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environment. The restaurant is located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-9394 or visit www.jordans Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For more info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wel-

lington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For more info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit www.strathmorebagels. com. Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant serves American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 469-1109 or visit With a wide and varied menu, the Wild West Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. For more info., call (561) 469-2333 or visit A wide variety of food choices can be found at Welli Deli, located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. For info., visit or call (561) 784-5884.


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wellington | calendar Thursday, Jan. 1 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present its New Year’s Concert 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. with a salute to Vienna by the Strauss Symphony of America. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Friday, Jan. 2 • The popular West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 4. Visit for more information. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present the Pacifica Quartet with Christopher O’Riley on piano on Friday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit • The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach) will host a Star Party with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches on Friday, Jan 2 at 6:15 p.m. An array of telescopes will be focused on different parts of the night sky. RSVP to Elinor Williams at to be notified in case cloud cover necessitates cancellation. Bring bug spray. For information about the refuge, visit www. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present Howie Mandel on Friday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Saturday, Jan. 3 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. Sunday, Jan. 4 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will open the


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2015 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 4 with the Herbie Pennell Cup. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. • The Good Earth Farm Children’s Petting Zoo on B Road in Loxahatchee Groves is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of March. The nonprofit sanctuary rescues large farm animals and has an area for the smaller child to touch and learn about the farm. The cost is $16 for kids 6 months to 90 pounds and $12 for everybody else. Call (561) 792-2666 for more info. • The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea (141 South County Road, Palm Beach) will take place Sunday, Jan. 4 with performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m. With more than 160 cast members, the performance is a re-enactment of the Christmas and Epiphany story. For more info., visit or call (561) 655-4554. Monday, Jan. 5 • The Wellington Garden Club will meet Monday, Jan. 5 in the Greenview Room at the Wellington Community Center with a business meeting at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a program on “Elegance in Floral Design” presented by Petal Harvill, a master floral designer and owner of Petal Designs. Guests are welcome, but seating is limited. RSVP to Carol Coleman at (561) 792-2290. For more info., visit Tuesday, Jan. 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Game Day for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pokémon League for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will

hold its monthly meeting and lecture Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.). Professional consulting ecologist Gregg Braun will speak about Bird Island, Florida’s newest critical bird area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Wednesday, Jan. 7 • The 36th annual Winter Equestrian Festival will begin Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. The largest and longest-running horse show circuit in the world, the 12-week competition will close Sunday, March 29 after awarding more than $8 million in prize money. For more info., visit or call (561) 793-JUMP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craft-a-Palooza for ages 2 and up Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate winter with multiple crafts available, and take home everything you make. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Jan. 8 • Registration closes Thursday, Jan. 8 for the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission’s 26th annual Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy. The 11-week program begins on Monday, Jan. 12. Visit to register. Call (561) 355-4943 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Food Truck Invasion on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host an After-Hours Networking Event on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Cellar (10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 150). Call (561) 793-6525 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction

Sunday, Jan. 11 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 11 with the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, Jan. 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 6 and up Monday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Live through art by exploring different mediums. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Jan. 12

Wednesday, Jan. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: Jerry and Betty Ford for adults Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. William and Sue Wills bring to life the story of the Fords. Preregistration begins Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m., by phone at (561) 790-6070, in person or online at Thursday, Jan. 15 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m., and the No Strings Attached Band will play at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Friday, Jan. 16 • The 103rd annual South Florida Fair will turn to the lights, entertainment and action of Las Vegas from Friday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 1. The fair’s theme will be “Las Vegas Exposition: A Jackpot of Memories.” Advance discount tickets are on sale through Jan. 15. For more info., call (561) 793-0333 or visit Saturday, Jan. 17 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the

Sunday, Jan. 18 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 18 with the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. Tuesday, Jan. 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Snow Day for ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. Snow days in Florida are rare, so enjoy stories, songs and a craft that encompasses a winter wonderland. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Jan. 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to share and work on. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Jan. 22 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m., and the Spitfire Band will play at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 for more info. Friday, Jan. 23 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of The Book of Life on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit






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Saturday, Jan. 10 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info.

Tuesday, Jan. 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paper Bead Bracelets on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Learn to make a unique bead bracelet out of magazine pages and wrapping paper. Bring scissors; all other supplies will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Treasure Tales for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Is the pirate life for you? If so, join in for fun stories, songs and a craft featuring pirate pals. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.


Friday, Jan. 9 • The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its Business Academy 1-2-3 on Friday, Jan. 9 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the chamber office (13901 Southern Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves) Visit for more info. • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will host its 27th annual Wellington Dinner Dance on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club (1080 Wellington Trace, Wellington) from 7 to 11 p.m. For more info., contact Melissa Mulvihill at (561) 683-3287 or, or visit • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of The Maze Runner on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit

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wellington | calendar Saturday, Jan. 24 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the PGA Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking is at 6 p.m. with dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20. Guests are welcome. RSVP to Karen Dooley at (561) 543-5641 or Pat Key at (561) 6222713. Visit for info. Sunday, Jan. 25 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2015 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 25 with the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, Jan. 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 6 and up Monday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Jan. 27 • Kravis on Broadway will host Flashdance The Musical from Tuesday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Feb. 1. The pop culture phenomenon is now live on stage. For tickets, call (561) 832-7469 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Teen Game Night for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze from sunset to 8:30 p.m. outside, if the skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Jan. 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Jan. 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writers Live: Field to Feast for adults Thursday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. The authors of the bestselling cookbook will talk about the book and do a cooking demonstration, with a book signing to follow. Pre-register by phone at (561) 790-6070, in person or online at • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 5 p.m., and the Jamie Mitchell Band will play at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Super Bowl Trivia for adults Thursday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Make friends and compete in a friendly pre-game competition. Refreshments will be served. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, Jan. 31 • ArtFest on the Green presented by the Wellington Art Society will return to the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Meet local artists and view beautiful works of art available for purchase. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • Wellington’s Father-Daughter Dance will take place Saturday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info.

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Angel Program Anniversary — This is the 30th year that the Back to Basics Angel Program has provided sneakers, socks, underwear and an extra gift to needy kids in Palm Beach County. The Wellington-based program currently serves more than 5,300 kids. Shown here is program founder Beverly Perham with gifts ready for delivery.

Toy Donation — Officials from the Village of Wellington, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and the Mall at Wellington Green gave out toys at the Children’s Hospital at Palms West on Friday, Dec. 19. Shown here, representatives from the different groups gather with Santa Claus.

Boys & Girls Club Turkeys — The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington gave out turkeys on Tuesday, Nov. 25 to the families of club members. Sponsor Neil Hirsch provided the 280 turkeys. Shown here are Kenda Peterson and Maria Becker with the turkeys.

Seniors Installation Gala — The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual Holiday Dinner Dance & Installation of Officers on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Wanderers Club. The Whitestone Band played oldies and kept the dance floor filled. Shown here are the new club officers.

Caridad Holiday Party — On Saturday, Dec. 13, Caridad Center client families gathered at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to enjoy face painting, balloons, music, entertainment, lunch, raffles, toys and more. Volunteers and donors worked to make sure that all the families had a bright Christmas, including a visit with Santa and a bag full of gifts.

(Above left) Valeria and Luis Palacios visit with Santa Claus. (Above right) Valerie Luengas and Marta Hidalgo won a bike in the raffle. (Left) Caridad Executive Director Laura Kallus, Director of Social Services Scarlett Fave, Development Director Dollene Ewing, Founder/President Connie Berry and event chairs Caroline Moran and Nancy Hooker.


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Wellington The Magazine January 2015  

January 2015 | ON THE COVER Polo stars Luis Escobar and Memo Gracida battle for control of the ball. - Photography By David Lominska | Big...

Wellington The Magazine January 2015  

January 2015 | ON THE COVER Polo stars Luis Escobar and Memo Gracida battle for control of the ball. - Photography By David Lominska | Big...