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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 13-April 3, 2016) 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!

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 14-Apri 2, 2016) 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 two 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

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!

top combinations 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 13 - APRIL 3, 2016

JANUARY 14 - APRIL 2, 2016

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS (TENTATIVE) SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 7 PM: $75,000 “Battle Of The Sexes” Exhibition Class


$75,000 WEF 1 Grand Prix


$86,000 Grand Prix CSI 2* Sunday, January 24: $35,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Classic


$130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*


$35,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Classic

SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 7 PM: 7th Annual Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®


JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS (TENTATIVE) JANUARY 7-10: Para-Equestrian CPEDI, presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Reilly, Adequan®, and Nutrena JANUARY 14-17: AGDF 1 Dressage CDI-W: Weekly Sponsor and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Brooke USA, FEI Grand Prix and FEI Grand Prix Special presented by MTICA Farm, FEI Small Tour presented by The Axel Johnson Group FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 6 PM - “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Brooke USA JANUARY 21-24: Para-Equestrian CPEDI, presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Reilly, Adequan®, and Nutrena JANUARY 28-31: AGDF 3 Dressage CDI-W: Weekly Sponsor and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by U.S. PRE Association, FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special presented by Yeguada de Ymas, FEI Small Tour presented by Chespeake Dressage Institute FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 6 PM - “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by U.S. PRE Association FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AND PARKING

Main Grounds at PBIEC 3400 Equestrian Club Drive Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.JUMP (5867)

The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center 13500 South Shore Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414 561.793.5867

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Grand Prix Village: Ther e’s a gorgeous brand new 18 stall barn with two tack rooms, feed room, and lots of storage. There is an oversized 2-car garage, and a lovely owners’ lounge with an office, kitchen and living room. The property has a grass Grand Prix field and an all-weather ring already in place. Offered at $12,750,000

Across from Horse Show: Br and new pool home with 20-stall sporthorse facility adjacent to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. 4.5-acre farm boasts solar tunnel lighting, solar panel power, bamboo Rower & Rub Stalls. There is a 1/4 mile track, oversized paddocks and huge sand ring. Offered at $12,750,000

Grand Prix Village: Br and new constr uction 20-stall barn with 4 wash stalls, 2 tack rooms, a laundry room, and a feed room on 4 acres. The owners’ lounge has a fireplace, kitchen with great room for entertaining and a wonderful view of the 220’ x 120’ competition ring. Offered at $11,900,000

Las Palmas Ranch: 24 acr es in the exclusive, gated community of Las Palmas, within hacking distance to the Winter Equestrian Festival and Global Dressage. Brilliantly appointed with stone, granite and hardwood throughout, this custom-built home affords six bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen. Offered at $7,950,000

Saddle Trail: Newly constr ucted 30 stall equestr ian facility with 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath pool home on 6.2 acres in Saddle Trail. This superbly designed professional farm is complete with a new Olympic all weather sub-irrigated ring, grass jump field and 6 horse Kraft covered walker. Offered at $7,250,000

Equestrian Club: 3 bedr oom, 3 bathr oom home boasts a for mal living and dining area, as well as a family room off the kitchen and a sophisticated wood paneled office/den. Tastefully decorated with marble floors to complement the natural sunlight that fills the home. Offered at $2,495,000

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NEW LISTING IN POLO CLUB – DELRAY BEACH Offered at $649,900 6468 Polo Pointe Way Beautifully appointed Courtyard home located in the private Enclave of Crystal Pointe of the Polo Club. No expense has been spared on this gorgeous home. Main home consists of 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Volume ceiling gives this one story home a very grand feeling. Main living areas consist of marble flooring while the bedrooms have wood floors. Walk in closets include built in’s, and all bathrooms have seamless glass shower doors. Entire home has been professionally painted inside and out, two of the three a/c units have been replaced with top of the line units. gourmet kitchen has center island, breakfast bar, all brand new stainless steel appliances, and natural gas cook top with vented hood. Solid wood cabinets with frosted glass section and detailed moulding. Large walk in pantry, butler area, and sunken in wet bar make it perfect for entertaining. The courtyard area is beautifully landscaped and allows for privacy while using the free form pool. The one bedroom, one bath guest home is private and freshly painted with plantation shutters and amazing tile wood flooring. Some other features of the home are central vac, brand new front loading washer and dryer, laundry tub, crown moulding, and tranquil lake in back. Enjoy the privacy of this gated community and the benefits of being a member of the prestigious Polo Club. The Community has running/biking/ walking/golf cart path that leads directly into the main Polo Club. This beautiful home will not last!

SOUTH PALM BEACH CONDO “THE BARCLAY” Reduced to $389,900 3546 S Ocean Blvd. #209 Wonderful opportunity to own this gorgeous 2 bedroom 2 bath completely renovated condo. Beautifully appointed with hurricane impact doors that lead directly out to pool area, bbq area and sundeck. Desirable, updated unit with marble floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tastefully furnished, perfect beach condo. Also includes stackable front loading washer and dryer. This condo has beautiful ocean views and breezes, perfect for your weekend getaways or seasonal/fulltime home in beautiful Palm Beach. Close to restaurants, shopping, public beaches, downtown City Place and much more.



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ST. ANDREWS AT THE POLO CLUB TOWNHOME Offered at $269k 11785 St. Andrews Pl. #105 Wonderful opportunity to own this gorgeous 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhome. Take advantage of one of the lowest priced townhomes available for purchase at St. Andrews. Two master suites, dedicated parking space, one car garage with entry to the home. Clean and tidy townhome with crown moulding and master bedroom balcony. Gated community with manager on site. Amenities include heated swimming pool, large entertainment room, indoor racquet ball, tennis court and fully equipped gym overlooking pool and golf course. Close to IPC, WEF, shopping, restaurants, and more.


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ESTATE HOME IN EQUESTRIAN CLUB Priced at $850k 12492 Equine Ln. Beautiful sacramento model which rarely comes on the market. This home offers 5 bedroom, 4.5 Bath, 3 car garage. Beautiful white oak wood floors throughout with ceramic tile in main living areas. Both AC units have been replaced in the last 2 years, freshly painted inside and out, master and guest room on first floor, heated pool and spa with large backyard. Come make this your Florida home!!

NEW LISTING IN EQUESTRIAN CLUB Priced at $1,350,000 12372 Equine ln. Incredible extended yorktown model, custom built and sparing no expense. This impeccable 5 bedroom, 5 bath, office, closed in loft, 4 car garage pool home has it all. Saturnia floors, wood floors, custom built-ins in closets, extensive upgrades to all of the ceilings including beams, tongue and groove, crown moulding throughout, gourmet kitchen with thermador and Sub Zero SS appliances, full home generator, fire-pit, rock waterfall pool with water features, outdoor kitchen with pecky cypress ceilings, gas fireplace, phantom screens, accordion shutters and much much more!!


GRANDE BAY ESTATES AT THE ISLES Amazing opportunity!! 11680 South Sea Court Florenza “Former Model” Home boasts 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths plus office and 3 Car Garage. Very functional floorplan with Gourmet Kitchen, Built in Banquette in Kitchen, Tropical Beach Entrance Pool and Spa, Lush Landscaping, Extensive Upgrades and Built In’s, Custom Window Treatments and much more. Offered at $600,000 .

Want to build a custom home? Ask me about vacant lots in Palm Beach Polo Club and Homeland available to build your custom dream home

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FACES OF POLO 2016: PLAYERS BRING THE SPORT TO LIFE Each winter, the many facets of the perfect polo experience come together right here in Wellington — people watching, high fashion, tailgating, divot stomping, Sunday brunch and more — but it’s the athletes who bring the sport to life. As we do every year, we highlight a few of the elite players who will gallantly ride their steeds in pursuit of eternal glory.





The 2016 winter polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach thunders in for four months starting in January — and club officials are calling it the “Lucky 13” season in honor of IPC’s 13th year hosting the world’s best high-goal polo action. From the season schedule and tailgating tips to a look behind the scenes, you’ll find all you need to know about this season at IPC in this month’s issue. Unlike most sports, polo depends on the symbiosis created between two breeds of athletes: the human mallet-swingers and their equine mounts. Jeff Hall, a top American polo player, provided keen insight into the daily lives of polo ponies, showing that creating a top horse and rider pairing requires hard work and discipline. By Christine DiRocco





Near the corner of Lake Worth Road and South Shore Blvd., lies the Grand Champions Polo Club. Owned by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, the club is beautiful and elegant, and what happens there is truly special. Unlike other venues, at Grand Champions, polo is played year-round. By Julie Unger Through the efforts of Misha Rodzianko and Joey Casey, the Moscow Polo Club has teamed up as a sister club with Palm City Polo. For Rodzianko, who jets in regularly to train, that means spending four months a year in the Wellington area. By Darlene Ricker

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Rotary Presents Wine & Food Fest Benefit At Polo Club 32nd Annual Wellington Holiday Parade Spreads Seasonal Cheer Grand Champions Hosts Legends Of Polo And International Cup Large Crowds On Hand For Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest 2015 Tipsy Salonbar In Wellington Hosts Grand Reopening Celebration Center For Family Services Hosts Princess & Pirates Ball At IPC





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Just south of Wellington is a hidden gem of a community called Homeland, beloved by top riders, as well as other horse-loving folks. The community is currently made up of more than 50 percent equestrians. This month, Wellington Home visits a Homeland estate featuring wonderful equestrian amenities. By Deborah Welky Wellington Table launches our new Signature Dish series this month with a visit to the Seahorse Fashion Cuisine. Chef John Sarmiento, who recently revamped the restaurant’s menu for its third season, took us on a voyage to the sea as we learned about the restaurant’s new signature dish — Whole Roasted Branzino. By Julie Unger

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We Welcome The Return Of The Season With Faces Of POLO 2016! Each winter, the many facets of the perfect polo experience come together right here in Wellington — people watching, high fashion, tailgating, divot stomping, Sunday brunch and more — but it’s the amazing athletes who bring the sport to life. With nearly every top player in the world competing in this year’s tournaments, the International Polo Club Palm Beach will be kicking off its “Lucky 13” season and once again be home to the world’s best polo action. As we do every year, Wellington The Magazine highlights just a few of the many elite players who will gallantly lead their steeds down the fields in pursuit of eternal glory in Faces of Polo 2016. It’s going to be a season to remember, and in this polo-themed issue, you can find all you need to know to plan your winter. Learn all about the new seating options at IPC, get tips for the perfect tailgate and take a peek at “haute to trot” fans of polo fashion. Getting all of this together and running smoothly takes a great team. With all the pageantry front and center, it takes a village to manage all the behind-the-scenes aspects of the winter polo season. We take an intimate look at some of the key players on the IPC management team. Of course, polo in Wellington is far more than just IPC. Helping the Wellington polo community grow by leaps and bounds is the Grand Champions Polo Club, also featured this month, where owners Marc and Melissa Ganzi have been working to extend the polo season year round. On our cover is polo star Jeff Hall. Wellington The Magazine caught up with Hall to get a look into the daily life of top polo ponies. Creating the perfect polo pairing requires a unique symbiosis created between two breeds of athletes: the human mallet-swingers and their equine mounts. What does it take to make that happen? Hall offers his unique insight. We also preview two very important events. On Friday, Jan. 22, supporters of the United States Equestrian Team will gather in Wellington for “Rockin’ Rio,” an Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit led by Honorary Chairs Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen. Hosted by the USET Foundation, this fundraising event will be one of the main sources of financing for the team’s trip to Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, coming in February, the World Cup of Wellington will take place at Deeridge Farm, opening up that lovely private facility to the outside world. Other features include a look at the unique partnership between Misha Rodzianko of the Moscow Polo Club and Joey Casey of Palm City Polo. Rodzianko seeks to build the sport of polo in his native Russia, and that requires him spending winters here in the Wellington area. Chayse Wachtel has more than a decade of child care experience. Paired with her lifetime love of horses, she has merged her passions to create Saddle Sitters, a new Wellington-based company providing concierge child care to the equestrian industry. You can learn more in this issue. Each new year brings new adventures. In 2016, we are proud to include two new monthly department features for our readers. Our Wellington Education series will profile some of the many educators who are expanding the minds of today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. We kick off with a profile of Daleen Torres of Palm Beach Central High School, who shares her love of the Spanish language with her students. Also new for 2016 is the Wellington Table Signature Dish series, which will focus on the signature dishes at our area’s many fine dining establishments. We begin with Whole Roasted Branzino, available at the Seahorse Fashion Cuisine. Also this month, Wellington Real Estate features Paul Smolchek, who credits his success as a Realtor with Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty to his military background, while Wellington Health introduces Dr. Bao T. Doan, who brings cosmetic medicine to Tipsy Salonbar. Finally, Wellington Home tours a Homeland estate that features wonderful equestrian amenities. The entire staff at Wellington The Magazine looks forward to seeing you around town this season at one of Wellington’s many equestrian venues. We wish you and your family a Happy New Year, filled with peace, joy and good health!

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Wellington Rotary Presents Wine & Food Fest Benefit At Polo Club

(Left) Eric Goldman, Andrew and Amy Burr, and RenĂŠe Parks. (Right) Julie and Aaron Menitoff, Maggie Zeller and Julie Tannehill.

The Wellington Rotary Club held its second annual Wellington Wine & Food Fest at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Saturday, Dec. 5, featuring plenty of food and drink, as well as art and auction items for all to enjoy. The evening was a benefit for the Wellington Rotary Foundation. For more information, visit www.

(Left to right) Barbara and Dr. Wes Boughner with Keith and Lois Jordano; Rachel Bridge and Stan Kilbas with Steve and Allyson Samiljan; Bradley, Gigi and Henrik Nordstrom; and Mimi and Jim Bailey.

(Left to right) Councilman John and Michelle McGovern, Larry Kemp and Alexis and Councilman Matt Willhite; the group from the Tom Neumann Allstate VIP area; and Sean Gross and Adriana Marquez with Maureen and Don Gross. .

(Left to right) Dr. Jared Gaines and Dr. Lindsay Israel; Johanna Faricelli and Luis Rodriguez; Eric and Jenn Goldman with Barry Manning; and Linda Smith with her auction item, a bike from Wheels of Wellington.

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32nd Annual Wellington Holiday Parade Spreads Seasonal Cheer

(Left to right) Chamber CEO Mary Lou Bedford, Casey Martini of Carrabba’s, Chamber Vice Chair Laura Trosclair of Mercantil Commercebank, Mayor Bob Margolis, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos LopezCantera, Sal DelGreco and Kelly Boudreau of the Schumacher Family of Dealerships, and Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig; Mrs. Wellington 2015 Karyn Turk with Tinu Pena; Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Emilia McGovern, Councilman John McGovern, Victoria McGovern and Dorothy Bradshaw.

The 32nd annual Wellington Holiday Parade rolled down Forest Hill Blvd. on Sunday, Dec. 13. The event, produced by the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington, featured more than 100 parade entries with close to 3,000 participants. There were more than 20 large floats. Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera participated in the parade, and the Wellington Wild 13U softball team and the Wellington All-Stars 13U baseball team served as grand marshals in honor of their amazing seasons.

(Left to right) The Wellington High School marching band; the Palm Beach Central High School marching band; the bedpan brigade from Wellington Regional Medical Center; the Everglades Farm Equipment parade entry; and Santa Claus (Henrik Nordstrom) and Mrs. Claus (Maggie Zeller) on the Wellington Rotary Club float.


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Grand Champions Hosts Legends Of Polo And International Cup

Memo Gracida, Meghan Gracida, Julio Gracida, J.J. Celis, Carlos “Carlitos” Gracida Jr., Alejandro Gonzalez Gracida, Weston Gracida, Rubén Gracida and Mariano Gracida.

The Grand Champions Polo Club hosted two big matches Saturday, Nov. 28. The day led off with the Carlos Gracida Memorial Legends of Polo Tournament, with eight members of the Gracida family taking the field. The team of Meghan Gracida, J.J. Celis, Memo Gracida and Julio Gracida led Les Diables Bleus to a 4-3 victory over Tramontana’s Weston Gracida, Alejandro Gonzalez Gracida, Rubén Gracida and Carlitos Gracida. Next up was the 24-goal USPA International Cup, featuring South African players Selby Williams, Chris MacKenzie, Gareth Evans and Tom de Bruin against Marc Ganzi, Jeff Hall, Nic Roldan and Julio Arellano of Team USA. The Americans led from start to finish, taking a 12-7 victory.

(Left to right) Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis throws the ball into play; Rubén, Julio and Memo Gracida during the Carlos Gracida Memorial Legends of Polo Tournament; Carlitos Gracida takes control of the ball as Memo Gracida closes in; and Mayor Bob Margolis, joined by Councilman John McGovern, reads a village proclamation naming Carlos Gracida Way.

(Left to right) Jessica Wittenbrink sings the national anthem; the South African team of Tom de Bruin, Gareth Evans, Chris MacKenzie and Selby Williams; South African Gareth Evans takes control of the ball; and South African Chris MacKenzie and American Marc Ganzi compete for control.

(Left to right) Lucas Ferreira holds his mallet; Juan Olivera, Yulia Konovnitsyna, Duncan Huyler, Jim and Lisa Scully, and David and Pamela Cummings; and future polo stars take to the field.


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Large Crowds On Hand For Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest 2015

(Left to right) Katherine Bellissimo picks a charity for the Great Charity Challenge; Dr. Randy Laurich and Johnny Meier from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce; and event sponsors Chris, Victoria and Jess Santamaria.

Large crowds were on hand as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce presented its Winterfest 2015 on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The evening included a Grand Prix show jumping competition, along with entertainment by superstar Vanilla Ice, Michaela Paige from The Voice and others. There was also winter-themed fun, an ice skating rink, parachutists, a food and wine expo, and drawings to determine 26 of the charities that will take part in the 2016 Great Charity Challenge.

(Left to right) Aiden and Owen Finocchietti; Baylee and Ava Schloth try iceless ice skating; Paige Bellissimo, Kenneth Wasley, Bill and Brenda Gatter, Stanley “Bo” Kinnison, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo, and Emily and Paul Kubek with the Special Forces Parachute Team; Jaclyn and Hayden Brown with Olaf, Elsa and Anna; and entertainer Vanilla Ice gets the crowd excited.

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Center For Family Services Hosts Princess & Pirates Ball At IPC

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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;;



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(Above right) McLain Ward and Sapphire won the team gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. (Below right) Steffen Peters aboard Ravel at the 2012 Olympics. PHOTOS BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

(Far right) Chris Kappler, Peter Wylde, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward at the 2004 Olympics. PHOTO COURTESY USET ARCHIVE

‘Rockin’ Rio’ Will Provide Crucial Support For The United States Equestrian Team By Rebecca Walton

This summer, the United States will send four teams of athletes to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in hopes of reaching the top of the podium. To achieve this goal, the athletes, horses and support teams must not only train and prepare, but also be away from home for three weeks in a foreign country. With no government support, this goal is made possible only by the help and support of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation. On Friday, Jan. 22, supporters of the team will gather in Wellington for “Rockin’ Rio,” an Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit event led by Honorary Chairs Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen. Hosted by the USET Foundation, this fundraising event will be one of the main sources of financing for the trip to Rio de Janeiro. Serving as the benefit chairs for each discipline are: Dressage Chair Elizabeth Juliano and Vice Chairs Akiko Yamazaki and Kimberly Boyer; Eventing Chair Jacqueline B. Mars and Vice Chair Gloria Callen; Para-Dressage Chair Margaret Duprey and Vice Chair Rebecca Reno; and Jumping Chair Elizabeth Johnson and Vice Chairs Robin Parsky and Jeannie Tisbo. Scialfa, a USET Foundation trustee,

and her husband, legendary musician Bruce Springsteen, are the parents of Jessica Springsteen, who has successfully competed at the highest levels of show jumping and represented the United States on winning Nations Cup teams internationally. The family believes strongly in supporting United States athletes in their goal to bring home medals. “We are proud and excited to help bring awareness and much-needed funds for our team in this Olympic and Paralympic year,” Scialfa said. “We all know how hard our riders train and the many years of experience it takes to reach this pinnacle. ‘Rockin’ Rio’ will be a fabulous and fun party and a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate the United States Equestrian

Team with an unprecedented night of support.” In addition to cocktails, dinner and dancing, guests will participate in an exciting live auction. A few of the auction items will include a VIP experience at the Kentucky Derby, a custom animal portrait by Sharon Lynn Campbell and a week on Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown at one of the island’s most coveted summer homes. There are enormous costs associated with the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics for American equestrians, including hotels and transportation for the athletes and horses. The budget for the 2016 games is $1.8 million. The money raised during the Jan. 22 event in Wellington will be crucial to the teams’ success in Rio. wellington the magazine | january 2016


The USET delegation traveling to Rio for the United States will include 19 athletes, 19 horses, four veterinarians, two farriers, four physiotherapists, 19 grooms, four coaches and five team managers. “When you’re heading into an Olympic Games, it’s so important to have a united front not only from your fellow countrymen and other athletes, but also from your federation,” Paralympian Rebecca Hart said. “Having that sup(Below) Honorary Chairs Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. PHOTO BY ERIN GILMORE

port and backing and also having the financial support allows us as athletes to focus on our job, which is doing the best ride possible and hopefully bringing home a medal. With the support of the USET Foundation, I think it allows athletes to feel that solidarity going into a major competition.” Equestrian sport at the global level is becoming more and more competitive, and without the financial support of the USET Foundation and its contributors, the United States could not match up. Having the financial resources allows the sport in the U.S. to remain competitive by increasing the number and intensity of the programs that are necessary to make standing on the podium a reality. “Events like ‘Rockin’ Rio’ are very important and a key to our success, not only as fundraisers, but to raise interest and enthusiasm, which helps the team bring back medals,” three-time Olympian McLain Ward said. USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins expects an amazing evening. “It’s going to be an incredible

evening, and we are definitely expecting a sellout,” she said. “The night will feature a fabulous live auction, a phenomenal band and, of course, Patti and Bruce as our honorary chairs want to help make this event a record-setting fundraiser for our teams.” Make sure to mark your calendars for this event, which will start at 6 p.m. at Louisburg Farm in Wellington. Guests are invited to wear Brazilian festive attire. For more information, contact Nancy Little at (908) 234-1251 or The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. Learn more at www.uset. org.

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POLO Each winter, the many facets of the perfect polo experience come together right here in Wellington — people watching, high fashion, tailgating, divot stomping, Sunday brunch and more — but it’s the amazing athletes who bring the sport to life. With nearly every top player in the world competing in this year’s 20-goal and 26-goal tournaments, the International Polo Club Palm Beach will once again be home to the world’s best polo action. As we do every year, Wellington The Magazine highlights just a few of the elite players who will gallantly lead their steeds down the fields at IPC in pursuit of eternal glory. We invite you to turn the page to start enjoying Faces of Polo 2016.

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RASHID ALDWARDY Rashid Aldwardy debuts his 20-goal Dubai team this season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The team has dominated the United Kingdom high-goal polo scene for more than a decade, winning the Queens Cup and the Gold Cup more times than any other team in recent years. The Dubai team cinched wins for both the 2015 Sotogrande High-Goal Silver Cup and the Gold Cup. A tenacious and high-scoring player, Aldwardy will also be playing on the 26-goal Valiente team, which won the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2015. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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JULIO ARELLANO Julio Arellano is one of the highest-rated American players at 8 goals. Now 42, he has been playing the sport since the age of 9. Arellano played on the only U.S. team to win the Federation of International Polo World Championship, and he is a leading goal scorer and a key player on the Coca-Cola team at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. He won the U.S. Open Polo Championship no less than three times and is known as a pressure player. Arellano is considered the bedrock of any team. wellington the magazine | january 2016


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TOMMY BIDDLE Tommy Biddle, a Wellington favorite in arena polo, cut his teeth in the sport and began competing and winning at the age of 12. His 6-foot, 2-inch frame looms large on the polo field, and his strong defensive play and decisive mental focus keep his opponents at bay. Although he proudly gained 10-goal status in arena play, he has a 5-goal outdoor handicap. He takes to the polo field this season for La Indiana, a newcomer to the 2016 20-goal team lineup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. wellington the magazine | january 2016


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ADOLFO CAMBIASO Adolfo Cambiaso, the Argentine 10-goaler, has been considered to be the top player in the game for the past 20 years. He has played on six U.S. Open Polo Championship teams and won nine USPA Gold Cup tournaments and a USPA C.V. Whitney Cup tournament. Cambiaso continues to awe and amaze spectators and players alike, and you can watch his aggressive style of play on the Valiente/Dubai team this year at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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SAPO CASET Guillermo “Sapo” Caset Jr., the son of an accomplished, professional Argentine polo player, earned a 6-goal handicap by the time he was barely 16. In his tenure in Wellington, Caset has won the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup (2011 and 2014), the Piaget Gold Cup (2009 and 2014) and the U.S. Open Polo Championship (2011). He is currently ranked as the No. 8 polo player in the world.

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SUGAR ERSKINE Sugar Erskine, a 6-goal South African player, started playing polo at the age of 9. He made his way to the United States in 1993 and is a favorite on the American polo circuit. He has won the U.S. Open Polo Championship three times, and has recently celebrated a number of wins in 20-goal competition with Gillian Johnston’s Coca-Cola polo team.

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JEFF HALL Jeff Hall comes from a polo-playing family that split its time between Santa Barbara, Calif., and Houston, Texas. Among his more important victories, Hall counts wins in the U.S. Open Polo Championship, the America’s Cup, the East Coast Open and several Silver Cups. 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 is known as a powerful hitter and an accomplished horseman. He has a 7-goal handicap. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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SEBASTIAN MERLOS Sebastian Merlos is one of only six polo players in the world to achieve the highest ranking of 10 goals. He has captured the titles of every major tournament in more than 18 countries. He counts three U.S. Opens at the International Polo Club Palm Beach among his successes. Merlos has a fierce passion for horses and the sport he loves, making him one of the strongest horsemen playing polo today. He holds a 9-goal handicap in the U.S. and will be playing on the 20-goal Tonkawa team this year at IPC. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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FACUNDO PIERES Facundo 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. He will be playing on the 26-goal Orchard Hill polo team in 2016. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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GONZALITO PIERES Gonzalito Pieres, rated at 9 goals, is the older brother of Facundo Pieres. He has won major tournaments all over the world and has helped pilot Marc Ganzi’s Audi team to wins in the U.S. Open Polo Championship, the USPA Gold Cup and the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup. A classic-style player, Pieres has been the mainstay of the Audi team, providing leadership and direction on the field.

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POLITO PIERES Polito Pieres is another member of the famous Pieres polo family. He plays in Wellington alongside his cousins, Facundo and Nico Pieres, and has a 9-goal handicap. Born in the United States, Pieres has played on winning teams in the British Open, the Deauville Gold Cup in France, and the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup and the Piaget Gold Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This year, you can watch him compete at the 26goal level on Steve Van Andel’s Orchard Hill team. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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NIC ROLDAN Nic 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 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. You can look for his stickwork magic this year on the 20-goal Audi team at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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HILARIO ULLOA Hilario Ulloa, competing on the field with a 9-goal handicap, began playing at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in 2010 for the Crab Orchard polo team, which swept the high-goal season that year by winning the USPA 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. wellington the the magazine magazine || january january 2016 2016 wellington

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INTERNATIONAL Action-Packed Season Gallops Into Wellington

The 2016 winter polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach thunders in for four months starting in January — and club officials are calling it the “Lucky 13” season in honor of IPC’s 13th year hosting the world’s best high-goal polo action. But by all accounts, creating 17 weeks of the highest-goal polo played anywhere in the world is hardly due to luck — it takes months of strategic planning and hard work. Luck certainly may be a factor in PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO


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delivering an exceptional polo season, but it’s the experience, knowledge and dedicated efforts of a seasoned executive team pulling together that makes things happen. “Certainly, we have been more than

fortunate in growing not only the sport of polo in Wellington, but also developing an ever-growing spectator base,” President of Club Operations John Wash said. “It’s really a combination of luck, talent and hard work that will drive the success of the Lucky 13 polo season, as well as creating an environment that will continue to grow the sport.” Luck or not, no one can argue with the success of the past 12 years at IPC,

POLO CLUB L ‘ ucky continually ranked among the world’s top polo facilities. The club hosts four 20-goal tournaments and three 26-goal tournaments over a 17-week period, from January through April every year, with polo played almost every day of the week on one of several fields. Three of the most prestigious 26goal U.S. polo tournaments have been awarded to the club by the United States Polo Association: the C.V. Whitney Cup (since 2002), the USPA Gold

Cup (since 2007) and the top crown of American polo, the U.S. Open Polo Championship (since 2004). IPC attracts the most elite polo players to ever play the game, and seven of the world’s eight 10-goalers will compete in Wellington this season. Meanwhile, IPC has grown an enthusiastic spectator base that has increased attendance by 185 percent over the past three seasons, attracting local residents and statewide fans, as well as jet-setters


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clubs in Europe and South America,” he said. “Our goal is to grow the popularity of the sport along with our club. We will continue to attract the world’s best polo players and teams, while providing the highest standard of spectator experience offered anywhere.” To learn more about the upcoming polo season, or to secure tickets, call the Polo Hotline at (561) 282-5290. The International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. LILA PHOTO GONZALO VILLOTA PHOTO



cocktails made by experienced mixologists serving in the Mallet Grille, the 7th Chukker Club, poolside and at the outdoor, field-side veranda. There’s also an infinity pool with private poolside cabanas, and a children’s playground. The club also offers a full slate of engaging social options with croquet, bocce, volleyball, water aerobics and fitness boot camps. There is a top-tier tennis program with a full-time, certified USTA professional and instructor, offering a range of clinics, tennis lessons, team training and game matching for members and their guests. IPC has four hydro courts and a grass court, and the Sports House, featuring fashionable tennis apparel and gear. The professionally set up croquet lawn is considered one of the finest in the country. Also on the grounds is a high-tech workout facility with instruction and classes such as Zumba, Core & More and Power Pilates, plus spinning classes, Aqua Grooves and one-on-one personal training. There is also a full-service spa and a retail store with the latest polo fashions and equestrian jewelry. Club members enjoy preferred box seating at Sunday polo matches, plus special events, entertainment and holiday happenings organized by the professional, on-site event team. The clubhouse is also a perfect venue for special events, weddings, birthdays, family gatherings, and entertaining friends and business associates. The Lucky 13 winter polo season opens Sunday, Jan. 3, and runs for 17 consecutive weeks. The season begins with the Herbie Pennell Cup on Jan. 3, followed by the Joe Barry Memorial Cup on Jan. 10, 17 and 24. Next up is the Ylvisaker Cup on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 14 and 21, followed by the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup on Feb. 28 and March 6. The last two tournaments of the season are the prestigious USPA Gold Cup on March 13, 20 and 27, and the 112th U.S. Open Polo Champion-

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Take A Seat! The 2016 polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach promises to be better than ever, with record-breaking attendance, exuberant crowds and even more competitive polo teams. In addition, the best seats in the house are now professional, stadium-style seating along the north, south and center sidelines. The seating was previously tiered, rustic, wooden benches lining the grassy berm alongside the playing field. After a major facelift, the benches have been replaced with new, individual stadium seats. Spectators indulging in a quintessential polo outing will enjoy greater comfort with durable, plastic armchairs, each equipped with a cup holder for the ubiquitous bubbly beverage or polo potion. The enhanced seating is now divided by sections, with north and south seats priced at $30, and center seats at $40. Visit or call the ticket office at (561) 282-5334 to reserve your seats today.


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After a major facelift, the old wooden benches lining the grassy berm have been replaced with new, individual stadium seats.

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Elite Brands Align With Polo At IPC The prestigious cache of the International Polo Club Palm Beach has become a coveted brand, attracting luxury sponsors seeking to align with the exclusive lifestyle personified by the elite sport. Palm Beach is a legendary winter retreat for high-profile corporate giants, jet-setters and scene makers. Combine these signature traits with the passion, performance, sportsmanship and the sophistication of Sunday polo, and you have an unbeatable partnership of titans. “Luxury brands seek out high-profile sporting events that exemplify their image, reaching target markets that are relevant to their clientele,” said John Wash, IPC’s president of club operations. “IPC embodies tradition, exceptional performance, integrity, and an inspiring sense of style and sport.” Partners generally seek maximum visibility, impact and exclusivity. Customized sponsorship packages may in-

clude tournament underwriting, media exposure, MVP awards, signage, on-site events, a prominent product presence at polo matches or special promotions. Social media has exploded, and savvy brands are also focusing on driving digital activation campaigns and creating a dynamic online presence. The lineup of sponsorships for 2016 is impressive, with many loyal sponsors returning and new ones coming on board, while many more are still in discussion. Here is what you can expect to see this polo season: • Engel & Völkers has renewed its naming rights for Championship Field. • Sentient Jet returns with the Sentient Jet Challenge and is the official presenting sponsor of the C.V. Whitney Cup. • Wellington Regional Medical Center returns as the official hospital partner for the winter polo season.

• Jupiter Medical Center is the exclusive Kids’ Fun Zone sponsor and Field Two title sponsor. • Lilly Pulitzer takes the naming rights for the new Lilly Pulitzer Patio at the Pavilion, along with presenting fashionable, on-site promotions during select Sundays. • Veuve Clicquot maintains its position as the official champagne at IPC. • Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach has signed on as the exclusive resort sponsor of the U.S. Open Polo Championship. • Seminole Coconut Creek Casino debuts the exciting new Coco Polo Lounge at the Pavilion. • Hollow Brook Wealth Management is sponsoring the members’ club and the Pavilion valet service for the winter polo season. For more information, including ticketing and sponsorship inquiries, visit www. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO


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Funky Buddha, Beerstream And IPC Get Crafty For The 2016 Polo Season The 1968 vintage Beerstream trailer made its debut at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in 2015 and is now a welcoming mainstay at IPC’s Sunday Brunch. The decked out Airstream is the hub for Veuve Clicquot and VIP brunch check-ins, and also offers cocktails, frozen drinks, a tap tower and craft beers to all polo guests. Now, in partnership with Funky Buddha Brewery, the Beerstream and new Beer Garden brew up beer-tastic, funky fun with the addition of the exclusive Funky Buddha Polo Blonde Beer, only available at IPC. Also included is a lounge area with picnic tables and umbrellas, and cornhole and Jenga games. The Beer Garden is open to the public, and private servers will offer pints and flights of beer, refillable growlers, and giant pretzels stuffed with cheeses


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and charcuterie. Each growler contains six beers and is refillable week after week. This potent “portable” will be appealing to tailgaters and divot stompers alike. In addition to the polo-centric ale, Funky Buddha is known for its creative and innovative approach to craft beers, with fun and seasonal flavors like blueberry and grapefruit, and fan favorites such as Rum-Soaked Oak-Aged Red Ale, Orange-Creamsicle Wheat, Ginger Lemongrass, and their blockbuster brew, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. It is breakfast in a glass — and a perfect start to a day of Sunday polo brunching. The Funky Buddha street team will also offer guests gifts, swag bags, and invitations to tour the brewery and enjoy tastings of the company’s craft beers. Get your funk on and head over to Sunday polo to check it out!

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Tailgating Makes Polo So Much More Than A Spectator Sport STORY BY ENID ATWATER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

Tailgating is one of the oldest and most traditional ways to view the excitement of a polo match in a festive and social manner. Before grandstands and tents were set up, players and spectators often parked their cars on the sidelines and let down their tailgates for sitting or setting up food stations and bars. Fast-forward a few decades and you’ll find that tailgates have been elevated to an upscale art form at Sunday polo matches. The International Polo Club Palm Beach features 50 white tents lining the emerald-green field. Servers set up elaborate spreads under the shade, champagne is chilled in silver buckets, fresh flowers adorn linen-covered tables, and guests often enjoy the match in color-coordinated, monogrammed director’s chairs. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon outdoors watching the exciting and heated competition on the field. Here’s the inside scoop on throwing the ultimate tailgate party from a few passionate polo enthusiasts who set the pace every Sunday during the season. Palm Beach attorney Don Dufresne is not only an expert in all legal matters concerning the equestrian industry, he is also a former polo player and a consummate Sunday tailgater, with eight seasons under his belt. Dufresne starts procuring his supplies months prior to opening day and has created a savvy system to make the most of every match. “My law practice keeps me busy during the week, so I’ve learned to minimize the amount of time spent planning during the week to be ready for Sunday,” Dufresne said. He has dedicated shelves in his garage with different colored bins that hold his supplies — from the copper


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bucket for champagne and wine to the silver ice bucket. For his upscale setup, he loads his Suburban with two tables; 12 director’s chairs of varying heights; two coolers; two bins that hold liquor, wine and champagne; and one bin for plates, glasses, linens and utensils. His signature statement is two flagpoles with hurricane flags waving in the wind, as a tip of the hat to his law school alma mater, the University of Miami. What is his mix of guests? “I entertain clients, friends, elected officials, a few neighbors and business colleagues,” Dufresne said. “It’s a great way to catch up with folks, and it’s the perfect way for me to entertain and enjoy a day outdoors. My tailgate neighbors are former polo players, so we visit back and forth, and guests are always welcome to stop by.” You can usually catch an NFL football player at his well-stocked bar, a polo player or two, and maybe a couple of MLB players. George DuPont, executive director of the Museum of Polo, and his wife, Brenda, call themselves “seasoned tailgaters,” since they have been on the scene at IPC since opening day 13 years ago. Brenda DuPont loves the relaxed atmosphere for entertaining, as it suits the novice spectator as well as the avid polo fan. Her system kicks into gear on Wednesday, when she starts cooking

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and preparing for the Sunday match. “I craft every dish from scratch,” DuPont said. “We don’t pull out bags of chips, or platters from the deli. Everything is a culinary statement, and I mix it up from week to week.” Look for caviar pie, mini quiches, beef tenderloin, shrimp cocktail, and fruit and cheese platters, as well as DuPont’s key lime cheesecake and kitchen sink cookies. Toni May and her husband, Tim Garman, love introducing the thrill of a polo match to friends, business associates and potential clients. “People are mesmerized at the field action. The ground moves under your feet when the horses are thundering down the field,” May said. “Other than front-row seats at an NBA basketball game, there is no other sport where you are so close. You can actually see the facial expressions of players and feel the emotion.” May loves to theme every Sunday, adding décor touches to match the se-

lect food choices. Opening day is “glam,” with shrimp platters, filet mignon sliders, cheese and crackers, and fresh trays of fruit and crudités. Veuve Clicquot Champagne and bloody marys are her must-have favorites every Sunday, but special cocktails are also whipped up in keeping with each theme. As a busy, working professional, May finds that planning in advance and good organizational skills are the key to making their Sunday tailgate the ultimate scene. “We keep it fun, portable, colorful and flavorful,” she said. Val Stanley and her husband are also passionate about tailgating and have renewed their spot every season since the club opened. “We love the laughter, the social interaction, and the up-front and close proximity to the players and horses,” Stanley said. They do all the setup each week, with chairs, tables and a grill, keeping the menu pretty casual. To mix it up a bit, guests are encouraged to share a favorite dish. Essentials for Sunday matches

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The incredible social scene at the International Polo Club Palm Beach is amazing to see in all of its unique diversity. Amid the galas, the glitz and the glamour, polo enthusiasts live it up on and off the field. Check out some of last season’s hottest moments, fun and frivolity, and be sure to mingle with everyone this year during the traditional divot stomping, delight and dazzle. Jump online to and order up your ticket to the hottest social scene around. 1. Toy and John Wash. 2. Danni Melita and Richard Gaff. 3. Vilena Kozolova. 4. Fashionable spectators. 5. Chukker and a young fan. 6. Frenchie love. 7. Polo kids. 8. The Duffy family. 9. A Wellington sunset. 10. A must-have hat. 11. Half-time festivities. 12. Meagan Kolkmann and Emerson Lotzia. 13. The half-time divot stomp. 14. A polo paradise. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO


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Behind The Scenes At Wellington’s International Polo Club STORY BY CHRISTINE DIROCCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

Polo is a quintessential experience, complete with high-stepping fashion, celebrities, posh guests, magnificent athleticism and clinking glasses. With all the pageantry front and center on the field and throughout the property, it takes a village to manage all the behindthe-scenes aspects of this equestrian undertaking. Here’s an intimate look at some of the key players on the management team at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. With polo being the sport of kings, John Wash, president of club operations, acts as sultan of the Sunday scene. Heading up this equine adventure, Wash greets guests and members and welcomes VIPs with a warm handshake and a familiar smile every Sunday of the polo season. Wash brings a wealth of experience to all aspects of golf, resort and country club service. After graduation from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., he transitioned to being a general manager and successfully headed up some of America’s finest private country clubs. At IPC since 2007, Wash has seen growth and excitement not only for the club, but also for the sport of polo. Wash is first and foremost a ubiquitous master of ceremonies, opening up the competition with the coin toss and happily mingling with guests on the field or in the club.

Jimmy Newman Director of Polo Operations

John Wash

President of Club Operations As director of polo operations, Jimmy Newman is a 40-year veteran of the sport. Since his first part-time job with the Royal Palm Polo Club, Newman has been around horses — from working as a groom and learning to ride and understand polo to owning horses and playing in tournaments. The global scope of high-goal polo has provided Newman with a world of experiences and travel. Newman arrived at IPC in 2003 with an impressive history in polo administration. In addition to managing the polo at IPC during the winter months, he also directs the polo at other clubs across the country during the summer. He has seen the polo stars of today grow up and achieve success through the international ranks. Newman’s career highlights include managing five decades of U.S. Open Polo Championships and the legendary 1980 Cup of the Americas. Together, Newman and Tony Coppola, the voice behind Sunday polo, deliver enthusiasm, spot-on play-by-play commentary and witty banter for every polo match. wellington the magazine | january 2016


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The heart of any club experience is the food. “Food should be great company,” Executive Chef William Sellner explained. For the past eight seasons, Sellner has been cooking delicious dishes for the club members and 25,000 grandstand guests attending polo matches. From running all the restaurants and preparing sandwiches and snacks for the spectators, to masterminding the member Sunday brunches and dinners and Friday night lobster buffets, Sellner is a culinary tour de force. Despite his quiet and calm demeanor, his food speaks volumes to the discriminating members and guests. A native New Englander, Sellner understands the substance and authenticity of “going home” and reconnecting with the sights, sounds and tastes of familiar surroundings. Exceeding his passion for food, he embraces the simplicity of the ingredients and the detail and beauty of the flavors to evoke the best tastes and memories for his guests. An expert on fine dining and discerning clientele, Sellner’s career includes tenure at Yale University’s private club; Mory’s, a four-star bed and breakfast in Maine; and the Mar-a-Lago Club Palm Beach. A plateful of Sellner’s food is like having your most beloved, home-cooked meal.

Julie Pickens

Vice President of Club Hospitality & Membership

Julie Pickens is the consummate hostess. As vice president of club hospitality and membership for 12 seasons, she is the force behind the Mallet Grill, the 7th Chukker Lounge, stadium food and beverage operations, and member services. A seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry with tenure at many high-profile brands — Hyatt, Marriott, Morton’s and the Breakers Palm Beach — Pickens is masterful in creating exceptional and memorable guest experiences. Pickens has been pivotal in creating a setting where members, polo guests and equestrian enthusiasts can come together to enjoy all the amenities and excitement of a world-class, inclusive club. Her upbeat attitude, attention to detail and ability to organize all aspects of a function has led to hundreds of successful happenings. On Sundays, everyone is welcome, and the club takes on a neighborhood feel. The other six days of the week, Pickens creates a private haven for members, their families and friends. Pickens is a gracious ambassador for IPC, along with her entire food and beverage team, who have worked together for more than 10 years.

Farish Ensenat has served as the club’s special events manager for the past nine years. After graduating from Cornell University in 2001, Ensenat worked at the White House doing advance work and events, including campaign and inauguration details for First Lady Laura Bush. At IPC, Ensenat is the stage manager for Sunday Polo. She outlines Sunday match timelines and writes a script for the announcer listing VIPs and special guests. She coordinates logistics for the singing of the national anthem and pregame festivities, autograph sessions, team tent setups, the parking of horse trailers and the unloading of ponies. Ensenat also makes sure that the tournament trophies are polished, displayed and ready for the awards ceremony. Special events hosted at IPC also fall under her purview, including the International Gay Polo Tournament, equestrian shows and national sporting events during the summer and fall months. “Putting the puzzle pieces together is what I do,” Ensenat said. 87

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Chef William Sellner

Farish Ensenat Special Events Manager

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Aaron and Julie Menitoff are the creative culinary masterminds behind the epic Sunday Polo Brunch at the Pavilion, including the Veuve Clicquot Airstream Lounge, Beerstream and the upcoming double-decker bus of food, festivities and fun. Catering to fashionistas, families and equestrian enthusiasts, they are passionate about the art and science of the Sunday scene. The champagne brunch buffet features more than 80 culinary creations for a sellout crowd of more than 700 guests.

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As box office manager, Maria Feola wears many hats. Her work schedule of 60-plus hours a week during season has her at the office from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It’s almost ironic that her schedule parallels the protocol of a professional polo pony. A veteran of the club since its inception in 2003, Feola handles all logistics of box-office ticketing (both public and private member transactions), group sales, valet, parking, police details and permitting, web site instructions and managing a staff of up to 100. On game day, Feola is in constant motion. Not only does she control the tickets for 8,000 to 10,000 guests and members each week, she and her team stand guard over the stadium, assuring that all guests are in their correct seats. A native of Venezuela, Feola is instrumental in making sure the Sunday polo matches run as smoothly as possible behind the scenes.

Manager of Community Philanthropy & Catering Sales

At the club since 2012, Matthew Tarantino manages the IPC’s community philanthropy and catering sales for all social events up to 250 guests. Tarantino is gregarious, making him a natural for working with discerning clients. His savvy guest service skills were developed from years of being a personal assistant, real estate agent, tour guide and educator. Tarantino cultivates events and good will for IPC. His domain for hosting weddings, dinners and cocktail parties is the exclusive member side of the operation — the Mallet Grille, the 7th Chukker Lounge, the Poolside Patio, the Spa Terrace and the Sports House, where he curated a fanciful “Croquet and Krug” reception. wellington the the magazine magazine 88 january 2016 | wellington

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“We each draw inspirations from past eras... classic styling, perfect tailoring and then we add a new trend. Whether it be color, hairstyle or fabric. Why blend in when you are meant to stand out?” Amy Goorsky and Bobby Llewellyn


“My polo style is all about bright colors, vibrant prints and a wide-brim hat. A killer pair of espadrilles is also a must.” Kara Franker




“I like to wear an elegant dress with a splash of color. Unless you have just finished a game, it’s a big no-no to try and look like a polo player. You have to be careful of the length and volume of a skirt, since the field can be a bit windy. Accessorize with a pair of binoculars for a true polo aficionado look.” Kirsten Braden

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From The Horse’s Mouth


Despite the hoof-beaten terrain, heels of all heights abound — Prada wedges, espadrilles, Louboutins, YSL Tributes, Jack Rogers, Gucci loafers, Tory Burch sandals, flipflops and boots. All of our footloose friends are front and center. The glitterati and sunny sizzle call for a cool pair of shades. The ultimate accessory is on trend at a polo match — oversize Jackie O styles, aviators, wayfarers, cat eye, sport glasses, mirrored specs and more. For the pet set, a chic chien (a.k.a. a polo puppy) is the perfect companion decked out in designer duds and a luxe leash. Adorable and fuzzy, and always a crowd-pleaser! The fashion scene is best illustrated by those who dress the part week in and week out. On these pages, you’ll find “spectator chic” as described by the International Polo Club Palm Beach’s most “haute to trot” guests.


“My ultimate Sunday polo style is a modern mix of Ivy League schoolgirl meets Jane Birkin. Effortless chic with a casual French twist. Or, a classic mini shift dress worn with a statement boot or loafer.”

s the competition on the field heats up, so do the sideline spectators with a passion for fashion. Polo enthusiasts can be seen in the latest couture, casually comfortable in jeans and cashmere, and everything in between. Field side or at the club, polo finery is a dazzling array of fashion eye candy. Always ready for the camera, guests stroll along the sidelines as if on a grassy catwalk — strutting their stuff for tailgaters, brunch revelers and stadium dwellers alike. Tastemakers, influencers, divot stompers and arbiters of style doll up in pastel hues of crisp seersucker, quintessential pink and green “Lilly-Palooza,” designer minis and maxis, fancy pants and sassy shorts, breezy silks and fanciful frocks, statement belts and bespoke blazers with pocket panache. There are colors galore and hats brimming with appeal.

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“I enjoy getting all dressed up and spending the day with good friends and watching a polo match. My style is ‘polo preppy’ and white buck shoes, but you need to be extra cautious at the divot stomp!” Scott Velozo STEVEN MARTINE PHOTOGRAPHY


“We find polo and Palm Beach to both represent a style of classic, timeless elegance. We try to embrace the same in our Sunday polo outfits. We are big fans of bright colors and bold designs, so we like to make our fashion statements aggressive and intriguing, including our hats to match.” Theresa Gaugler and Ed Carter

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“Dresses are my favorite. I keep jewelry to a minimum. As for shoes, I try to be stylish, but keep in mind you have to walk on the field for the divot stomp. Sally Sevareid

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13 Things You Might Not Know About Polo The “sport of kings” remains a pastime with deep traditions. To celebrate the passion for polo as we welcome the International Polo Club Palm Beach’s “Lucky Season 13,” let’s explore the mystique and lesser-known facts that make this sport so special.

1 Giddy up girl power! Did you know that most polo ponies 10 Fancy footwork! Footwear is just as important to the are female (mares)? Unlike most equestrian sports, polo is dominated by mares.

2 The average age of a seasoned polo pony is from 6 to 13. At age 14 or 15, the good mares are retired and sent to be broodmares.

horses as is it to the spectators. For horses, light shoes are a “polo shoe” with a rim on it to provide good traction so the horses can still maneuver easily. For games on heavier turf, rear shoes can be fitted with studs. Those would be grass studs, not Valentino Rockstuds.

is a fast and risky game. The rules enforce safety for 3 The name polo is said to have been derived from the 11 Polo the human players and the equine players. Riders incur Tibetan word “pulu,” meaning ball.

4 Polo originated in southern or central Asia, most likely in

Persia, the area now known as Iran. Its invention is dated variously from the sixth century to the first century.

5 Argentina is credited globally as the top polo nation,

mainly because Argentina is notably the country with the largest number of 10-goal handicap players in the world.

penalties for dangerous actions such as bumping another horse at a direct angle or moving a mallet too close to a horse’s front legs.

12 Right on! Polo is a right-handed sport. Left-handed peo-

ple are not banned from the game. However, they must play right-handed. The banning of left-handed playing in a game of polo is for safety reasons in order to avoid the likelihood of a head-on collision between players.

6 Polo is a game of numbers. The playing field is 300 yards 13 Bald is beautiful! Polo horses are primped and preened, long by 160 yards wide, the approximate area of nine American football fields. Fully galloping horses travel at top speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour, and a ball at full velocity reaches approximately 110 mph.

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a high-impact plastic, but was previously made of either bamboo or willow root. It is approximately 3.25 inches in diameter and weighs about 4 ounces.

and don’t have a hair out of place. Before every match, their manes are shaved off (roaching) to avoid getting tangled in the reins or mallet. As with any girl growing out her hair, it will take about a year or more to return to a natural length.

8 The term mallet is used exclusively in U.S. English; polo stick is the preferred term in British English, as the stick technically differs from a mallet in shape and usage. The ball is struck with the broad sides of the mallet head rather than its round and flat tips.

9 Yerba mate, the traditional green tea-like beverage of

Argentina, has always had strong connections with the polo lifestyle through its gaucho origins and tradition of sharing. Mate is the national drink of Argentina and is still consumed by top professional players, such as Nacho Figueras and Adolfo Cambiaso. Drink up and pass the gourd!


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THe Mane Event

Creating A Top Horse And Rider Pairing Requires Hard Work And Discipline By Christine DiRocco


nlike most sports, polo depends on the symbiosis created between two breeds of athletes: the human mallet-swingers and their equine mounts — majestic steeds that carry them to glory during the high-goal polo season in Wellington. What does it take to make that happen? Wellington The Magazine caught up with polo star Jeff Hall to get a look into the daily life of top polo ponies. Like every professional sport, it’s a high-stakes, intense and extremely competitive athletic endeavor. The international schedule — and rivalry — requires diligent training to sustain 96

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stamina and prowess. These select athletes train hard, practice regularly, live a healthy lifestyle, work with trainers and specialists, and maintain their nutrition and diet to perform like machines for each and every match. As competitors, polo ponies are elite athletes as much as any human player on the field. The horses are referred to as “ponies” even though they are full-sized horses, ranging from 14.2 to 16 hands high at the withers, and weighing 900 to 1,100 pounds. Most are Thoroughbreds or Thoroughbred crosses, and are considered “hot-blooded” horses, known for agility, speed and spirit.

Polo is a team sport, a partnership not only between players on the team, but also a special relationship between the players and their mounts. It is a synergy based on trust, strength, laser focus and preparation. Polo ponies are exemplary team players, and as such, are key to any polo team’s winning achievements. Hall, a top American polo player, sports a 7-goal handicap. He has been playing professionally since age 12, and as a seasoned player and horseman, Hall provided keen insight into the daily lives of polo ponies. Hall owns approximately 100 horses, most living at his ranch in Houston.


Jeff Hall, a top American polo player, sports a 7-goal handicap. A seasoned player and horseman, he provided keen insight into the daily lives of polo ponies.


Of those, about 20 horses make up his preferred string for polo matches and travel with him to Wellington, as well as tournaments across the country and the globe. Hall understands his horses’ skills and trusts them to be worthy allies on the field. Of those 20 horses, eight high performers will accompany him regularly onto the playing field. As with any accomplished sportsman, the key to success is preparation and training. These horses are so well-conditioned, they can stop and turn on a dime to accommodate the dynamic play of the game. Horse and player become a competi-

tive force of speed, fluidity in motion, strength and maneuverability. The average age of a seasoned polo pony is 6 to 13 years. Younger horses, starting at about age 3, have to play polo to get better, and won’t play steadily until, according to Hall, they are “ready for the fire of the game.” As horses mature into formidable teammates, the pressure and intensity of play increases with greater levels of accomplishment. “The horse shows you when they are ready for more action,” Hall said, explaining that until then, rookie horses play less stressful, earlyseason matches, often third chukker

time frames for 4 to 5 minutes. The entire string has a superlative care and wellness protocol. They are creatures of habit, and routine is paramount to their well-being and potential. “The horses are pampered and cared for better than 95 percent of the human population,” Hall said. The grooms rise before daybreak to feed the horses. Each horse has its own specific feed preferences — a variation of grain, bran mash, corn, barley or sweet feed, plus vitamin supplements. Horses are groomed and cleaned multiple times throughout the day — bathed, brushed, and faces and noswellington the magazine | january 2016


trils gently rubbed with oil. For game days, grooming and preparation begins three hours before the match and includes a “manicure” of hoof dressing for glossy, black hooves. With safety as a priority, tails are braided and manes closely cropped. Housekeeping of the stalls is equally important, and the barn and stall areas are cleaned out and refreshed several times a day. The impeccable appearance of the horses is of paramount im-

portance and a point of pride for the groom and the player. “Not an ounce of dirt or shavings will be left behind,” Hall stressed. Game days and practice days are vigorous workouts for the team. Play hard and work hard are one in the same to a polo pony. A typical week comprises a practice day and two game days, with ample rest time in between. Practice days include a light walk in the morning and “on set” polo play of 8 or 9 chukkers




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in the afternoon, followed by a light snack of hay. When outfitted with a saddle, bridle and other gear, the horses are ready to go. They are high-performance animals and know that when they are saddled up, the game is on. There is a heightened sense of energy, and they are expected to do their jobs. Leaving the field throughout the game or practice sessions, the horses are rinsed off, brushed and hot walked

until their bodies cool down. Once the match is over, the horses are again pampered with rubdowns by hand or machine. Achy muscles and bumps and bruises are treated, while fluids and vitamin supplements are replenished, then they are bathed and stalled for the night. Some players even provide chiropractic services and equine massages for their string of horses. As horses thunder down the field at top speeds of 35 to 40 mph, chasing a

ball hit at 110 miles per hour, polo is recognized as an inherently risky sport, second only to race-car driving. As a result, teams have a private veterinarian on staff who makes the rounds every day, especially after games, to ensure that the horses are in top physical condition, treating any injuries or other issues that may arise. By 7 p.m., the horses are fed and stalled, cleaned, blanketed and sometimes muzzled to prevent nibbling on

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Polo Is A Year-Round Experience At The Grand Champions Polo Club Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Alex Pacheco

Off Southfields Road, near the corner of Lake Worth Road and South Shore Blvd., lies the Grand Champions Polo Club, with its five sprawling emerald fields. It is a polo venue that often hosts toptier, professional human and equine athletes, as they thunder down the grassy fields, taking aim at the goal. Owned and operated by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, the club is beautiful and elegant, and what happens there is truly special. Unlike other venues, at Grand Champions, polo is played yearround. “That’s what sets us apart from other clubs,” Melissa said. “There’s high season for the horse show and for polo in Wellington, yet Grand Champions extends that season, which is great for the community and all of the local players.” 100

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Professional players, amateurs, those taking lessons and everyone in between are able to play at Grand Champions, where the Ganzis take pride in teaching and sharing the “sport of kings” with anyone interested. Centrally located in Wellington, Grand Champions is a polo oasis that doesn’t close up shop when “the season” ends. “It’s great for our young American up-and-coming players, as well as our

young professional players, to have Wellington be a strong base for polo both in the season, as well as the off-season,” Melissa said. “We pride ourselves with having polo always be in season in Florida. That’s an important distinction for our club.” Polo at Grand Champions features a distinct fall season, followed by a December/January through June season, with a more relaxed schedule during the sweltering summer heat. The fall season, full of high-goal tournaments, ends with the USPA International Cup and the Carlos Gracida Memorial Legends of Polo tournament. When the polo community lost Gracida in February 2014, the Ganzis acted

quickly to memorialize their friend and fellow player by naming the tournament after him. In 2015, the legends tournament featured Gracida’s family members playing on both teams. “It was amazing to have that memorial honoring Carlos in that way, to have all of his family members play,” Melissa said. “I think it was really touching, and it added something that words can’t describe.” Grand Champions has a true family feel. Even the Ganzi teens, Grant and Riley, are in on the game. Being able to play all year long has changed their game, as well as that of others who play at the club. “It’s wonderful and really rewarding to see all the young polo players and the progress that they make every year — even my children, from when they played lead line to what they’re doing now in polo,” Melissa said. “There’s a huge sense of pride and accomplishment in that. It’s rewarding to see it

make a difference in the lives of our polo players.” In order to maximize the enjoyment for players, families and spectators, the Ganzis carefully orchestrated their season schedule. Final tournament games are always on Saturday at 3 p.m. “That’s our signature polo day, because other clubs use Sunday at 3 p.m.,” she explained. Grand Champions coordinates with other clubs to allow everyone to enjoy the finals, avoiding conflicts, and maintaining relationships with organizations such as the Port Mayaca Polo Club and the Sarasota Polo Club. Grand Champions is already in its ninth year, proving that there is a need for such a club in Wellington. Two features of the club, the Polo School at Grand Champions and ChukkerTV, add to the experience. The school runs throughout the year, and ChukkerTV is always available online to catch the action.

“We live-stream all of our games. ChukkerTV is constantly running live content and live polo games,” Melissa said. “When you play at Grand Champions, you can watch yourself — we have a video library, it’s also available on Roku and AppleTV. If you have a family member or friend who can’t make it… they can watch it live in real time. I think something that sets our Grand Champions club apart from other clubs is the ChukkerTV broadcasting partner.” She hopes to build the consistency that Grand Champions has had in hosting and running historic tournaments. They’ve worked to bring children from England and New Zealand to experience polo in the United States and play against American children. “That is something that is really important and dear to me, personally,” Melissa said. “I’m on the board of the Polo Training Foundation, and it’s also something that’s one of the missions of Player Brandon Phillips takes control of the ball. PHOTO BY MIKE FERREIRA

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Polo players Grant Ganzi, Jesse Bray and Nic Roldan in action at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington.

our club — to promote international and youth polo.” When it is time for a vacation, many of the polo school and club clients vacation at the Ganzis’ Aspen Valley Polo Club. When the season is slow at Grand Champions, Aspen Valley offers a unique place for destination polo. “There’s so many things to do in

Aspen. It’s a great fit because we have some of the same horses, instructors, as well as professional polo players,” Melissa said. “It’s great, you can go to a new location, see what’s offered in the new location, and then have some of your favorite comforts from home.” As snow polo kicks into high gear, the 2016 Grand Champions season is

just beginning, featuring tournaments ranging from 6-goal to 16-goal. “Every year, I think our club gets better and better,” Melissa said. “We constantly strive to do new things and to improve our quality in what we’re doing with our club and with ChukkerTV.” To learn more about the Grand Champions Polo Club, visit

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Saddle Sitters Changes The Child Care Experience In Wellington By Jennifer Wood

While she is only 24 years old, Chayse Wachtel has more than a decade of child care experience. Paired with her lifetime love of horses, Wachtel has merged her passions to create Saddle Sitters, a new Wellington-based company catering to the equestrian industry by providing concierge child care. By taking on the difficult parts of hiring, researching and payment, Saddle Sitters makes finding the right caretaker for your child a pleasant and fulfilling experience. Wachtel noticed a need at horse shows, especially when she was a fulltime nanny for a professional family at the Winter Equestrian Festival last season. “I saw parents passing their children to grooms or to other parents there watching their own children show. I also saw a big need for teen chaperones for the older children traveling to the shows alone without their parents,” she recalled. “I truly believe that trainers should have one responsibility, and that is training the riders while they’re on their horses. Thousands of equestrians are coming and going from all over the world, in and out all day long, in Wellington. I saw a big need for professional childcare and chaperoning throughout the circuit to keep these children safe at all times.”

At the tender age of 13, Wachtel was a mother’s helper and weekend babysitter. For the past seven years, she has been a full-time nanny, working to help support her love of horses and riding. “My favorite thing about taking care of children is the bond I make between myself and the children,” she said. “The excitement of when I walk in and the kids are running to jump in my arms really makes me feel like I have done my job the right way. It is the most amazing feeling in the world!” Wachtel created Saddle Sitters in order to help families find reliable, trustworthy help, allowing professionals in the equine industry to relax in the saddle knowing that their child is safe. She finds care providers that are informed about the industry, knowing the unusual schedule and long hours that come with it. All Saddle Sitters care providers are thoroughly screened via background checks, driving records and references. In addition, each caregiver is current

on their pediatric CPR, AED and first aid certifications. Temporary, full-time or seasonal care professionals are available to work one-on-one with families for the full duration of a show and beyond. To ensure the safety of clients and care providers, Wachtel developed a security system that will allow parents to monitor their children and caretakers at any point during the day. “What sets us apart is that we are dedicated to the equine industry,” she said. “We have a non-disclosure policy and understand the needs of parents who ride and work at the horse shows. But, of course, we can help any other family in need in the area. I take pride in helping families, and it is an honor that families trust me to help them.” Wachtel has sculpted a business structured around custom and quality concierge child care services. Saddle Sitters displays its passion for childcare, families and the equine industry by providing the best custom services and putting parents’ minds at ease from show to show, making it easy to find the perfect care provider when traveling to a horse show. To let Saddle Sitters help find your next child care provider, e-mail saddlesitters@ or call (561) 517-0916. Learn more at wellington the magazine | january 2016 103

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In February, Deeridge Farms will be opening its gates for a brand new equestrian event in the Wellington community, the Wellington Masters. Last year, when the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) launched the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League, a conflict almost hindered the ability of Wellington to host a leg of the competition. Fortunately, the Jacobs family was excited to step in and host a qualifier at their 300-acre estate in the heart of the equestrian community. “When we heard that there was a strong possibility that the World Cup qualifier was at risk, we wanted to do something to ensure that it would stay here,” Lou Jacobs explained. “My family discussed how we could help, and we decided to host the event at Deeridge Farms. Now we are assured that this important Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League qualifier will remain in Wellington for the next three years. It is important to the community,

competitors and enthusiasts that we keep it here.” Wellington has the distinction of hosting top-tier equestrians competing at world-class levels. An annual event that brings these athletes together is the opportunity to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, an indoor championship that is considered one of the pinnacles of the sport. “It’s exciting to use our family’s farm to host the best event possible for Longines FEI World Cup qualifier,” Charlie Jacobs said. “As a competitor, I am honored to be a part of this world-class event, and my family shares my commitment to preserving this class in Wellington.” Deeridge Farms, owned by Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs, is a 300-acre oasis of serenity in the Village of Wellington. The Wellington Masters marks the first time that the property will

(Above) Marie Hecart competes at Deeridge Farms.


(Left) The public rarely gets a glimpse of the picturesque Deeridge Farms property. PHOTOS COURTESY JACOBS FAMILY

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host an event of this magnitude, and it promises to be a stunning location for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League Qualifier, which will draw the best athletes from North America. The Jacobs family is looking to expertise from Stadium Jumping Inc., which they have hired to manage the

event. With nearly 50 years of experience, Stadium Jumping has produced numerous qualifying classes and was the first equestrian event organizer to bring the World Cup Finals to the United States. Together, the Jacobs family and Stadium Jumping are organizing the weeklong Wellington Masters from Thurs-

(Below) Rarely open to the public, Deeridge Farm will host the Wellington Masters in February. PHOTO COURTESY JACOBS FAMILY

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Misha Rodzianko has traveled from Moscow, Russia to play at the Palm City Polo Club. PHOTO BY SHILENKOV MAXIM

Moscow Polo Club Strikes International Alliance With A Local Polo Facility By Darlene Ricker

An international mecca for polo, Wellington has long drawn players from across the world, especially, of course, from polo hotspot Argentina. This season its reach is expanding to embrace another part of the planet less well-known when it comes to polo: Russia. Through the efforts of Misha Rodzianko and Joey Casey, the Moscow Polo Club has teamed up as a sister club with Palm City Polo in western Boynton Beach. For Rodzianko, who jets in regularly to train with Casey, that now means spending at least four months a year in the Wellington area. The highest-rated polo player in Russia, Rodzianko

is director of the Moscow Polo Club, the oldest and largest polo club in the country. His father, Alexis Rodzianko, the club’s president, purchased it in 2005. Misha Rodzianko adopted Palm City Polo as his U.S. home shortly after Casey opened the club in late 2014. While he found the facilities superb — which is saying a lot considering the number of top-

(Left) Charlie Muldoon and Misha Rodzianko play in the finals of the sixth annual International Gay Polo Tournament at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. PHOTO BY LIZ LAMONT wellington the magazine | january 2016


notch polo clubs throughout the Wellington area — the real draw for Rodzianko was Casey, a widely respected former pro player. The international handshake between the two clubs was a logical development, as they have numerous parallels. Both are a similar size in

terms of barns, fields, arenas and other facets. “Some of the horses in my barn in Moscow came from Joey in Florida,” said Rodzianko, whose father has brought his team to play in Florida for years. This summer, Casey has been invited to bring a U.S. team to play in one or two of the Moscow club’s tournaments. “For me, a sister club is a club with the same positivity about it,” Rodzianko said. “Our clubs have a very similar feel to them with a deep respect for the horses and the sport, and a very good and positive vibe between the players. For this reason, I recommend my players to play at Palm City, and I have

received players in Moscow on Joey’s recommendation.” A “huge factor” in Rodzianko’s ability to recruit new players for Moscow has been tutelage under Casey. “I learned more during two years with Joey than in 10 years playing polo before that. The most important thing I learned from Joey was his obsession with minimizing the risks and dangers of the sport, especially with new players,” he said. Rodzianko’s experience with Casey came in stark contrast to his initiation into the sport as a boy in Russia. “My first time, I was given a polo mallet and a horse, and they said, ‘Go hit the ball.’ I fell off seven times the first day, but like any competitive

14-year-old, that was something I liked about the sport. I loved it. Just loved it! There was nothing like it!” Born in the United States, Rodizanko spent a good part of his childhood in this country. But the first time he played polo here was seven years into his polo career, far from Florida. At a snow polo tournament in Aspen in 2010, he met some American players who recommended Florida to him. “I saw the opportunity to consolidate my studies while continuing my favorite hobby,” said Rodzianko, who graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton with a double major in business administration and international business.

(Left) Misha Rodzianko was awarded the MVP award at the sixth annual International Gay Polo Tournament held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. PHOTO BY LIZ LAMONT

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He believes that his polo training at Palm City was crucial in gaining the skills he would later need to transform what was basically a family polo club into the largest one in Russia. “Joey made quite an impression on me,” Rodzianko recalled. “He saw potential in me and helped me structure my game and correct my swing. Most importantly, he took me to the round pen, where I realized that I was only a confident rider and very far from a good one. Looking back, I can say with absolute certainty that I would not be the player I am today had I ended up at any other club. After spending one season with Joey, my handicap went up. Even the Argentine coaches at our

club in Moscow were amazed that in just over four months I had returned a different player.” Rodzianko’s fervent goal is grow the Moscow Polo Club to a point where the sport becomes large enough to support a true polo industry around it in Russia. Expanding the global polo market also benefits places in the world where polo is already well-established, such as here in Wellington, he noted. How might the alliance between the Moscow and Palm City clubs affect Wellington? “It is difficult to say,” Rodzianko said, “but I would not take high-goal teams with Russian patrons off the table.”

Misha Rodzianko with a student at the Palm City Polo Club. PHOTO BY LAUREN BAKER

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Puerto Rico Native Shares Her Love Of Spanish With Students At PBCHS Story by Chris Felker • Photos by Abner Pedraza

It’s a safe bet that Daleen Torres won’t ever suffer from empty nest syndrome, even though her children are now grown and on their own. Torres tends a nest of young Spanish speakers daily for most of the year, as a teacher of Advanced Placement and Cambridge Program classes at Palm Beach Central High School. Torres started out as a Palm Beach County School District substitute teacher back in 1998. She later became a permanent substitute before being promoted to a full-time teaching position. Now, Torres is head of the World Languages Department at PBCHS. “I grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to the [mainland] United States when I was 27,” she recalled, noting that it was her husband Francisco Rivera’s idea. “Of course, I was a good wife. I followed him. I had gone to the University of Puerto Rico, and my career was as a social worker.” Married for just a few years at the time and with two young children, Torres began her time in Wellington as a stay-at-home mother. She soon became friends with a neighbor, who began encouraging her to find a part-time job so that she could exercise her education and get some time out of the house. “It was at a Christmas party at her house, with some other friends, and they said they were looking for substitute teachers,” Torres said. “She knew that I had a bachelor’s degree — not in education, but I have a bachelor’s, and that’s what you need to be a substitute. So I went and applied, and I got the job.” Torres started out as an elementary


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school substitute, teaching a little bit of everything. “I tried to, of course, do some Spanish, and I taught math,” she said. “I worked in ESE (Exceptional Student Education) programs at an elementary school, and also at Wellington High School.” Eventually, a perfect opportunity arose. “I applied to be a permanent Spanish substitute teacher at WHS, and that’s how I actually opened my doors,” Torres said. “I decided to certify myself [to be a full-time teacher], so I was going to school and working at the same time.” Torres completed that program in 2003 and received her permanent teacher certification. In 2007, she became national board certified in world languages, and a short time later became department head, where she now oversees eight other teachers. Even as a supervisor, she is still fully hands-on. “I’m teaching five classes, but one of them is a combo, so that would give me six,” Torres said. “All my classes are college-level.” She is very proud of her work with the Cambridge Program. “It’s an international examination program, including not only world languages, but all the subjects, and we are one of the schools that offers this pro-

gram,” Torres said. “We have been very successful. The first year we offered the program, as related to world languages, we offered pre-courses getting the students ready to move on into collegecredit classes. We still offer some of the Advanced Placement courses here, and I actually also teach those courses in advanced Spanish.” And these courses are not just for juniors or seniors. “Actually, the program is open for kids that are already maturing and they’re college-bound,” Torres explained, noting that Cambridge classes are open to freshmen, and at the AP level, there are actually more 10th and 11th graders. “In one of the highest courses for Spanish, the advanced level, that includes leadership — those are more for juniors and seniors,” she said. “So it’s a combination.” But Torres aims to be far more than just a Spanish teacher to her students. She sees herself as a mentor, encouraging their potential. “I try to encourage kids where we see they have potential, but they haven’t considered themselves to be collegebound,” she said. “When we see their talent, we encourage them to participate in the program, and some of them have continued in different classes after that.” Torres tries to explain to her students how important it is to follow up on their studies in today’s fast-paced world. “Many of my students who go to college minor in Spanish while they study


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Dr. Bao T. Doan is a well-known interventional radiologist, but she was looking for a more gratifying practice that brought happiness for her patients through cosmetic medicine, so she entered into a partnership with Tipsy Salonbar, which has five locations, including one in Wellington. “I do intervention and surgeries through the arteries and the veins,” Doan said. “That’s my profession. I do biopsies, and basically any endovascular surgery.” She has been in practice for 12 years and is prominent in her profession, but she also finds cosmetic medicine very gratifying. “I like everything that looks beautiful, like design,” Doan said. She has taken training in cosmetic medicine over the years to pursue her interest in making people feel good about themselves through their appearance. “Mostly women, but more and more men, feeling beautiful, it’s all about aesthetic,” she explained. “I got interested in Botox, particularly, about 10 years ago, so I went back and took several classes. I wasn’t ready to leave my job as a radiologist, so it was a balance.” Doan started out with a clinic to do Botox treatments, but it was in a medical building, which was not her concept of a spa. This led to her partnership with Tipsy owner Beth Nguyen to practice cosmetic medicine in her spas. “I think it should be a one-stop,” Doan said. “It’s all about beauty. You can come here, feel good about your hair, feel good about your nails, your skin and Botox while you’re there. Botox and fillers is what I do most here.” Botox treatments, once controversial, have become more widely accepted, she said. “People spend all this time and money on makeup, which does work…

but when I do Botox, it really helps the patient feel younger and more confident,” Doan explained. “I don’t think Botox is for everybody, but for people who believe in it, I’m always happy to give that joy to them.” Doan said that the spa environment is not as intimidating as a medical environment, and patients feel at ease talking with her about beauty and things that will make them feel better. “It’s a new vision, and I think it’s unusual for a doctor to be in a salon/ spa setting, but I think that’s going to be the future, because Botox is becoming more of a commodity than a sterile surgical procedure,” she said. One of her most successful procedures is lip augmentation to give volume. “As a physician and an interventional radiologist, I know the anatomy, I know where the arteries are and know to avoid them, so I think I get good results by being very intrinsic with all the muscles of the face and how they move and mostly how the arteries and veins are, to avoid the bruising and other issues,” Doan said. “I’m very comfortable with my hands, because that’s what I do all day long.” Doan can also prescribe low-cost, pharmaceutical-quality sunscreens and anti-aging creams, and can give medical-grade chemical peels. She said that

there are many ways to treat wrinkles, and plans to expand into new cosmetic treatments, including laser, high-intensity light and minimally invasive liposuction. “There are many ways to treat wrinkles, and I want to be there for all of it,” she said. “I’m hoping to have a clinic where people can come and sit with me and talk, and together we can build a beauty plan,” Doan said. Doan received her degree from the McGill University Health Center in Montreal, and has done extensive postdoctoral training. She is the author of numerous research presentations and publications in her field. Tipsy’s Wellington location is at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 100, in the Pointe at Wellington Green near Stonewood Grill & Tavern. Call (561) 791-5603 or visit for more info. wellington the magazine | january 2016 117


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Military Service Gave Realtor Paul Smolchek His Drive To Succeed Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Paul Smolchek credits his success as a Realtor with Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty in Wellington to his military background. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and through subsequent service in both the U.S Army and U.S. Army Reserves, Smolchek was instilled with a drive to never quit until the job is done. “What I feel sets me apart from other Realtors is an unwillingness to settle,” Smolchek said. “I have always been driven and committed toward helping others and helping my community, trying to give more than I take. In life, as in business, I believe that the desire to help others always serves people well. From my time at the military academy until now, I have tried to be a problem-solver and find creative ways around difficult problems. I believe that to be a great asset when you are dealing with clients about a decision that can be very emotional and personal.” Smolchek has lived in Wellington since 1997. It was a case of love at first sight. “Having spent the last 18 years living in the western communities and being immersed in the equestrian way of life, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the lifestyle and the people,” he said. “I have always enjoyed living here and being close enough to the coast to be able to not only enjoy the water and coastal life, but still also enjoy the equestrian lifestyle and all that Wellington has to offer.” His love of that specific lifestyle has become Smolchek’s area of expertise. “My focus and specialization will continue to be the equestrian communities, trying to help families find their spot of paradise,” he said. Meeting with the owners at Equestrian Sotheby’s, Smolchek became excited to join the dynamic organization. He is convinced the company’s international involvement benefits his work on a local level. “I think that one of the biggest things that Equestrian Sotheby’s offers that sets us apart from other firms in the area is the global reach of our brand,” he said. “There is such a large international clientele that call Wellington home. The global reach of Sotheby’s International ties our clientele back to our local community.” Smolchek has a message for both buyers and sellers in the Wellington area: the future is bright. “In looking at the local market and how it’s affected by an extended geography and national trends, I am very optimis-

tic about the upcoming season and love the outlook for the near future,” he said. “My belief is that we are still in a bit of a sellers’ market but with a very controlled growth, something that we didn’t see in the housing bubble in the early 2000s.” This makes it good for both buyers and sellers, Smolchek explained. “Owners have the ability to enjoy a strong return on their investments with strong offerings, and at the same time, we still feel very optimistic about buyers finding an attractive deal in a market with a good mix of availability,” he said. Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 102, in Wellington. Contact Smolchek at (561) 644-9830 or (561) 771-2626. wellington the magazine | january 2016 119

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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.”

Behind The Equestrian Glamour If you are reading this, you likely live and/or work in the Wellington area, which is known far and wide as an equestrian community. I recently had the opportunity to work with some of the people whose lives revolve around these regal, powerful and beautiful horses. The first thing I had to learn is that the equestrian life includes some hard and dirty work. I also learned that many of these details can, and should, translate into everyone’s home and lifestyle. If you have pets or children, you can always use ways to make maintaining your home easier. Stables and paddocks are dirty places, full of stuff just waiting to be tracked into your home. The same goes for beaches, playgrounds and your yard. Many northern homes have mud rooms. It is a place for everyone’s shoes, boots, umbrellas and coats to come off so the rest of the home stays clean and neat. Most of us here in Florida do not have the square footage to dedicate a room to this. However, you can get creative with the space you do have. Stoops, porches and patios can often be used as a “mud room” here in the tropics. I recently flanked the main doors of an apartment above a stable with storage benches for shoes and boots. The tops were upholstered in Sunbrella fabric that is weather, ultraviolet and stain resistant.The backs were open for ventilation so that boots and shoes would dry naturally while out of sight. The same concept can be used for the aver-

age home as a great way to store pool tools, toys or patio cushions. We also put an old-fashioned boot scraper with a brush next to one of the benches. It was screwed down to a teak slat mat like you see in spas.This allows them to clean off their boots or shoes before stowing them in the bench, and all of the dirt falls under the mat, out of sight. Just remember to clean under the mat! The interior flooring is all tile for easy maintenance.The homeowner still wanted rugs to help soften the feel of the apartment and to help with sound control. We opted for durable synthetic indoor/outdoor rugs that can be taken outside and hosed off. This is not only convenient, but also saves a fortune in cleaning costs. They are available in a large number of patterns and colors. In discussing window treatments, we decided to keep it simple. Drapes hanging to the floor are dirt magnets. They also are an invitation for pets and children to play behind or, heaven forbid, climb. The solution was Hunter Douglas designer roller shades with bead chain controls. Chain is more durable and will not discolor from dirty hands. The fabrics just need to wiped with a damp cloth to maintain their look. The look is clean and crisp. This product allows for privacy and light control without being heavy or fussy. Think about your own home and your particular problems. There is usually a solution. Let your home work for you, not the other way around. W

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The single-story home is located on a brick-paved circle drive where, just across a sunny exercise field, an eight-stall barn with a full bath of its own awaits. The barn also has two covered wash stalls, an air-conditioned tack room, a feed room with a roll-up door and a laundry room. Overhead ceiling fans and a cupola offer maximum air flow, while a fly spray system adds an extra layer of comfort.


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Homeland Estate Features Wonderful Equestrian Amenities And Much More Story by Deborah Welky

• Photos courtesy Anna Niehaus

Just south of Wellington is a hidden gem of a community called Homeland, a bit off the beaten horse path, yet beloved by top riders, as well as regular horse-loving folks. Divided into five-acre lots, the community is currently made up of more than 50 percent equestrians. There is a trail behind each home which, taken together, form miles and miles of peaceful and serene riding trails. This particular Homeland residence, located next to the guard-gated entrance, has an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, four bedrooms, three baths and a den. The entire property is fenced and features beautiful equestrian amenities.

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The Seahorse Fashion Cuisine is an oceanic aficionado’s dream come true. Soothing music, ocean-themed décor and a beautiful tank with brightly colored fish greet guests as they arrive for a truly fine dining experience. Chef John Sarmiento, who recently revamped the restaurant’s menu for its third season, took us on a voyage to the sea as we learned about the restaurant’s new signature dish — Whole Roasted Branzino. “The Branzino comes in from Greece,” Sarmiento said. The tender fish is butterflied, grilled, then plated with baby artichokes, sliced heirloom tomatoes, black olive chimichurri and grilled lemon. “Our heirloom tomatoes are local,” Sarmiento said. “They’re from a farmhouse in western Palm Beach County. We get them at the peak of the season.” Quality ingredients, fresh, local and unique, make all of the difference when making something seemingly simple transform into a complex medley of flavors and textures.

“Just from the best fish, to the best artichokes, to the local tomatoes, and last but not least, the homemade black olive chimichurri,” Sarmiento explained. “It’s a combination of flavors here with the nice, fresh tomatoes and the local artichokes, then you get this nice boost of cilantro, parsley and black olives, combining it all together.” The black olive chimichurri is made with cilantro, parsley, garlic shallots, lemon juice, red vinegar, salt, pepper and chopped black olives. “It gives a real bright, fresh wow to the plate,” he said. The plate is decorated with a balsamic reduction made in-house, which complements the light, refreshing dish. “It’s the combination of all of the fresh, local ingredients, using the best of the best,” wellington the magazine | january 2016


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he said. “When you get good tomatoes, you need to make sure you complement them with excellent sea salt, fantastic balsamic vinegar and then artichokes. Anybody can get canned artichokes. We get them in fresh, we cook them daily. We blanch them to perfection, then toss them in a marinade before they’re grilled. Every ingredient, you enhance its own flavors, and then you complement it with a little minor ingredient, and it makes the whole plate shine on its own.” To top the dish, Sarmiento sprinkles fresh-grown sprouts, such as baby Russian kale, to add another layer of complexity and flavor to the dish. An expanded wine selection is also

available during season. Every few weeks, the menu changes, offering a fresh, new experience for Seahorse patrons. Manager and partner Buu Lam has received positive feedback on the new menu. “We wanted to change the whole concept of it. We wanted to do smaller portions so everyone could try a little bit of everything, especially a party of two or a party of four,” Lam said. “They could come in, order three, four or five items, so they could get a sense of what the appetizers and the small plates are.” The Seahorse’s menu is diverse, offering seafood, meat and chicken, as well as vegetarian offerings, which is

good for larger parties where some may not like seafood. Utilized in the menu are specialty foods such as parmigiana reggiano and miso, foods that are classified as umami — one of the five basic tastes. It features all new entrees, dinners, desserts and appetizers. The menu features a tapas theme, with small plates that are perfect for ordering rounds of plates with drinks. Previously, the menu focused on seafood. Now, more meats, proteins and salads are available. Menu highlights include the Lobster and Avocado Cocktail, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Truffled Snapper, Aji Amarillo, Skirt Steak and Grilled Lobster, the Curry

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wellington | table Bowl, Blackened Free Range Chicken and a two-pound Maine Lobster. The ‘wow’ factor of the restaurant — from the food to the service to the décor — are some of the things that make the Seahorse special. Lam calls it a “hidden gem.” “When they come into the Seahorse, they are not going out to eat, they are dining out,” Lam said. “From the point where they walk in the door to the time that they leave, that’s what we want them to enjoy.” The Seahorse Fashion Cuisine — part of the Fashion Cuisine family of restaurants — is located at 10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Seahorse is available for private parties and off-site catering, as well as delivery through Delivery Dudes and Cravy. For more information and reservations, call (561) 791-1616.

Chef John Sarmiento of the Seahorse prepares Whole Roasted Branzino.

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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

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.

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.

JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997.

At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit to learn more. 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 Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. Franco is located 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


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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 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 www.lindburgers. com. A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great Sunday brunch. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 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 Wellington 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 info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit 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 information. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant Restaurant serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., visit or call (561) 469-1109. 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 World of Beer (2465 State Road 7, Suite 100) offers more than 500 varieties of choice brews. For info., call (561) 383-6115 or visit

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wellington | calendar Saturday, Jan. 2 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. Sunday, Jan. 3 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold a car pool and bird walk around Storm Water Treatment Area 1-E managed by the South Florida Water Management District on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 a.m. To register, e-mail, visit or call Linda at (586) 854-0145. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will kick off the 2016 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 3 with the 20goal Herbie Pennell Cup. For more info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, Jan. 4 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Art Club for ages 6 to 12 on Monday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • La Leche League’s Mother to Mother Breastfeeding Support Group will meet Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Visit for more info. Tuesday, Jan. 5 • The Kravis on Broadway series will feature the musical 42nd Street at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) from Tuesday, Jan. 5 through Sunday, Jan. 10. For tickets, call (561) 832-7469 or visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Design a Puzzle for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. What if you could design your own puzzle? Use blank puzzle pieces to create a oneof-a-kind puzzle. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

• Wellington will host a Walk and Talk at Hyacinth Place on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will meet Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.) The speaker will be native plants expert Richard Moyroud. Visit for info. Wednesday, Jan. 6 • The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 791-9875. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Jan. 6 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. 7 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks with music by the Flyers on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writers’ Critique Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Jan. 8 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie The Martian on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, Jan. 9 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Welling-

ton Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Barbra Streisand tribute concert on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Jan. 10 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2016 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 10 with the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For more info., visit or call (561) 2045687. Monday, Jan. 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Monday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. Create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Jan. 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Game Day for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www. for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults Tuesday, Jan. 12 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 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar Wednesday, Jan. 13 • The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival will begin Wednesday, Jan. 13 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, April 3. For more info., visit or call (561) 793-JUMP. • The Western Business Alliance will hold a luncheon at the Madison Green Country Club in Royal Palm Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Card Sharks for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Play Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, Pokémon and more against others, trade cards or just make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Jan. 14 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks with music by Making Faces on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans and enjoy a fun evening of word play. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Jan. 15 • The 2016 edition of the South Florida Fair will be held Friday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 31 at the South Florida Fairgrounds featuring two weeks of entertainment and traditional fair fun. For additional information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit www.south • JustWorld will bring Carnaval do Rio to Wellington to help thousands of children in need on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Belle Herbe Farm (3206 Old Hampton Drive, Wellington). It’s the first social event of the Winter Equestrian Festival season, bring-

ing together donors, supporters, and friends to have fun and fundraise to benefit the JustWorld projects in Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras. Visit for more info. Saturday, Jan. 16 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Oinkin’ Around for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. Join in for fun stories, songs and a craft featuring playful pig pals. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free concert with the Screaming Orphans on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • Saturday Night Lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will feature the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes Competition on Saturday, Jan. 16 starting at 5 p.m. For more info., visit www.pbiec. or call (561) 793-JUMP. Sunday, Jan. 17 • Place of Hope Polo Day will take place Sunday, Jan. 17 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). The day will begin with a lavish brunch and silent auction at 1:30 p.m. Music and dancing will follow the 3 p.m. match. For more info., visit polo-day or contact Amyleigh Atwater at amyleigha@ or (561) 775-7195. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2016 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 17 with the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For info., visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, Jan. 18 • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host its third annual Polo for a Purpose on Monday, Jan.

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Friday, Jan. 22 • On Friday, Jan. 22, the supporters of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) will gather in Wellington for Rockin’ Rio, an Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit. The benefit, hosted by the USET Foundation, will start at 6 p.m. at Louisburg Farm in Wellington. For more information, contact Nancy Little at (908) 234-1251 or • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info.

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Saturday, Jan. 23 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • Saturday Night Lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will feature the $86,000 WEF 2 Grand Prix CSI2* on Saturday, Jan. 23 starting at 5 p.m. For more info., visit www.pbiec. or call (561) 793-JUMP. Sunday, Jan. 24 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2016 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 24 with the finals of the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, Jan. 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 6 to 12 on Monday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Jan. 26 • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www. for more info. Wednesday, Jan. 27 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Enjoy the Wii U, PS4, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks are provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Thursday, Jan. 28 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks with music by Solid Brass on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Coloring for Grownups on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Color in the upcoming Chinese New Year with lovely Chinese-inspired coloring pages and rediscover the creative, meditative, and relaxing attributes of coloring. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, Jan. 30 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Wellington Art Society will present ArtFest on the Green 2016 at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info., visit • Saturday Night Lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will feature the $130,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday, Jan. 30 starting at 5 p.m. For more info., visit www. or call (561) 793-JUMP. Sunday, Jan. 31 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue the 2016 polo season on Sunday, Jan. 31 with the 20goal Ylvisaker Cup. For more information, visit www. or call (561) 204-5687.


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Seniors Club Dinner Dance — The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual installation dinner and dance on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Wanderers Club. The Studio 54 Band played while seniors partied the night away. Shown here are President Jerry Springer, Vice President Tony Alfalla, Recording Secretary Peg Caliendo, Treasurer George Kuhnel, Corresponding Secretary Mae Loglisci, Sally Schwartz, Mary Alfalla and Eileen Kuhnel.

Oak Bistro’s Anniversary — Oak Bistro & Wine Bar in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza celebrated its one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 1. At the event, Oak Bistro debuted a new tapas menu and new wines. Attendees brought toys for Toys for Tots. Shown here are Stefanie Peters, Dr. Judy Thompson, co-owner Lisa Jacobsen, Joe Peters, Lisa Moline, Jerry Lucey and Ralph Viscusi.

Caridad Center Holiday Party — The Wellington Equestrian Group held its sixth annual Christmas in Wellington event, supporting families of the Caridad Center, on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Shown here are Laura Kallas, Nancy Hooker, B.J. Meeks, Caroline Moran, Pablo Perez and Scarlett Fave.

Holiday Hope Tree At Mall — Place of Hope was featured at the Mall at Wellington Green with a Holiday Hope Tree in the mall’s center court. Shoppers were able to pick a name tag, with a gift request, and purchase the gift. Shown here are Place of Hope’s Amyleigh Atwater and Jamie Bond with Mall at Wellington Green Marketing Manager Rachelle Crain.

La Casa Hermosa Holiday Fashion Show — La Casa Hermosa boutique (10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) held a private holiday shopping event Thursday, Dec. 3. The evening featured a fashion and jewelry runway show starring world champion ballroom dancers Andres Lutzner and Natalie Didyk, along with Ms. United States Celine Pelofi, Miss Intercontinental United States Brianne Bailey and Miss Florida USA Brie Gabrielle.

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