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An artistic look at some of the gorgeous beasts who grace the fields of IPC every Sunday Photography by kt merry

70 easy riders

Jeff Hall, Kris Kampsen, Brandon Phillips, and Nic Roldan enjoy a good old-fashioned American barbecue. By sharon robb Photography by vanessa rogers

76 behind the enigma

As his team heads into its second season at IPC, Jerome Wirth is ready to take America by storm. by y.a. Teitelbaum

78 club chic

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88 polo wives: off the field Astrid Muñoz, Rocío González,and Kelsea Mannix balance family, polo, and their own successful businesses. By kirsten withers

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GAME ON 27 ready for action Celebrating IPC’s “Lucky 13” polo season 28 polo on wheels | key moves

58 saddle up These equestrian-inspired pieces reflect a love of horses and good taste.

FIELDSIDE 111 BETTER THAN EVER Sunday polo at IPC is the place to be for more spectators than ever before.

120 ONCE IN A LIFETIME IPC was the perfect setting for Jacqui Cairone and Chris Gannon’s unforgettable wedding. 130 SOCIAL SPY Who was seen last year on the field, plus polo pets, players and patrons, special events, and more

30 operation polo: jimmy newman 116 TEE PARTY The Wanderers Club’s championship golf course is the best fairway around.

36 best seat in the house 44 season rewind 2015 tournament highlights 50 2016 tOURNAMENT SCHEDULE The high-goal season at a glance

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118 BRUNCH BY THE NUMBERS A taste of what it takes to keep 700+ guests happy at The Pavilion every Sunday

148 LASTING IMPRESSION In celebration of IPC’s thirteenth season, raise a glass to these 13 game-day traditions that make Sunday polo so much fun.

ON THE COVER a polo pony from the valiente string Photography by kt MERRY

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Welcome to the International Polo Club’s 2016 winter season, featuring high-goal polo at its best! Polo matches are played almost daily on one of our nine fields, from opening day January 3 through the final match of the U.S. Open Polo Championship® April 24. We have spent the last few months preparing for a stronger, faster, bigger, and better polo season than ever before, and with ongoing renovations, facility enhancements promise to enrich the spectator experience. Everyone is welcome to join us for the electrifying action on the field, as well as all of the glamorous festivities and fashion, excellent cuisine, entertainment, and the esteemed traditions we hold dear. In 12 short years, the growing enthusiasm for the sport in the Palm Beaches is unstoppable, drawing thousands of spectators from South Florida and around the world. At IPC, it’s an impressive story we are proud to share. For the past three winter seasons, our attendance at Sunday polo events has increased by 185 percent—a remarkable upsurge by any measure. During our 2015 polo season, more than 170,000 spectators and polo enthusiasts from 33 countries and all 50 states came to watch the sport’s most elite players compete on the Engel & Vöӧlkers Field at IPC. Our 2015 editorial

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coverage reached global audiences and is estimated at well over $7.7 million, firmly establishing Sunday polo at IPC as the indisputable place to be. Additionally, IPC has attracted and welcomed 106 new club members in the last 36 months, a surefire signal that interest in the sport is growing. The fascinating articles and masterful photography throughout the 2016 International Polo Club Palm Beach magazine bring to life the colorful equestrian lifestyle offered at our club’s superior facility. I hope you enjoy the issue, and I’ll see you on the fields!

Here’s to a great season,

John A. Wash, CCM, CCE

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gameon ready for action Each year from January to April, something

magical happens: The world’s best players and ponies gather in Wellington for another thrilling season of high-goal polo at one of the finest polo clubs on the planet. The fastpaced competition, the centuries-old traditions, and the glittering social scene make for a spectacle without equal. Judging by last year’s capacity crowds, IPC’s thirteenth season—dubbed “Lucky 13”—will be the most exciting yet. Let this issue of IPCPB magazine guide you through the nuances of

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By Liza Grant Smith Spectators are used to seeing polo players

polo. They must also refrain from putting their feet

at private clubs around the world, riding horses

on the ground to turn or stop while the ball is in

across a grassy lawn. But when they’re not on the

play. Most bike polo is played on concrete (also

field, many young athletes play a lesser-known

known as “hardcourt” polo), though there is a

version of the sport—on a bike.

grass version as well.

Two-goaler Juancito Bollini—who played with

The sport was founded in Seattle in 1999 by bike

the Herbie Pennell Cup–winning Casablanca

messengers who started playing polo on their

team last season—grew up playing bike polo

rides for fun between shifts. By 2007, 20 cities in the

with friends, spontaneously getting together in

United States and Canada had established bike

Wellington the same way many kids do for a

polo clubs. Three years later, the North American

pickup game of basketball.

Hardcourt formed as an organizing body, offering

“My friends and I would play whenever we

a set of standards for the sport. Today, bike polo

couldn’t get horses,” says 19-year-old Bollini.“It was

is played worldwide, with international competi-

something to do as an after-school activity.”

tions and nearly 200 clubs in North America alone.

The general concept of bike polo is similar to its

In fact, it has become so popular, IPC has taken

forefather, with some adaptions for the bike. For

note: Sports house director Paul Hope has devel-

instance, players are prohibited from crashing into

oped an official bike for the sport. The frames are

one another the way they often do in traditional

custom-made in Italy and tailored to the rider.

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A grittier version of the sport of kings, bike polo takes the game from rural fields to city streets.

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And… action! Spot these key moves players use on the field. APPEALING: Raising your mallet over your head to influence the umpire into calling a foul BACK SHOT: Using a backhand shot to hit the ball in the opposite direction to which you’re traveling BUMP: Intentionally riding into another player to spoil his shot CHECK AND TURN: Slowing your pony to turn safely

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your mallet NECK SHOT: Hitting the ball under the neck of a pony TAIL SHOT: Hitting the ball behind a pony

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At IPC, Jimmy Newman is responsible for keeping everything running smoothly and everyone happy. Mission accomplished.

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By Y.A. Teitelbaum

It was 1972 when Jimmy Newman traded his military fatigues for polo

Glen was so clever and always had such a good way with people.”

whites. The army vet was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War

Newman has overseen more than 1,100 high-goal matches since

when he received his discharge orders in May of that year. He landed

arriving at IPC in 2003—97 last season alone. But his job is much more

in Minneapolis on June 1 and changed out of his Class A uniform in the

than scheduling tournaments and making sure fields are playable.

car on the way to the field. He was starting his first manager’s job, at

It’s really about managing people. “You always have to make the

Twin City Polo Club.

fairest decision for everyone,” says Newman, who attained a 3-goal

More than 40 years later, Newman spends his days keeping

handicap during his playing days.

everything in order in Wellington as the director of polo operations for

Orchard Hill polo manager Chris Stratemann, who has known

International Polo Club Palm Beach. His management style? He treats

Newman for 35 years, says he admires Newman’s ability to handle so

every polo patron and player equally. “Never do anyone a favor, just

many personalities. It’s a quality, he says, his friend has had ever since

treat everybody the same,” he says.

he worked at San Antonio’s Retama Polo Center in the early 1980s.

Over the years, says Newman, he has picked up different traits he

“I was 15 years old, and Jimmy used me to flag,” recalls Strate-

admired in his colleagues and friends—people like former 10-goaler

mann. “He gave me my first horse and went stick-and-balling with me.

and Hall of Famer Cecil Smith, Herbie Pennell, and Glen Hart. “Cecil

He’s got a tough job. Everybody [in polo] is used to being the most

Smith, he was a god; everybody respected him,” says Newman, 70.

important person. He does a good job at a tough job that most

“[From Smith], I learned to be calmer and just handle things. And

people don’t understand.” 

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BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE By Liza Grant Smith PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

Before you stake out your spot at next Sunday’s polo match, take a look at what all the different areas have to offer.

OPEN TO ALL stadium seating Location: These seats are spread out over three sections (north, south, and center) and are situated right along the field closest to the action. Vibe: A thrill-seeker’s treasure. Spectators almost become part of the on-field action as horses whiz past at 40 mph. Snag a spot: A $30 stadium seating ticket gets you an assigned seat in the north and south sections; $40 for the center section. Food and drink: Full-service bars are located on the north and south ends of the section. Why sit here? You don’t get closer to the action than this. The Pavilion Location: On the east side of the field, framed by white picket fencing, The Pavilion can host more than 700 guests each Sunday. This area includes three connected sections: the Veranda (an expansive tented space with white awnings and ceiling fans), the Group Tent (ideal for larger Sunday brunch groups), and the Airstream Lounge VIP area (a covered brick platform with chic styling, including Lucite chairs, black-and-white brocade linens, and accents.

Why sit here? It’s perfect for anyone whose mission at Sunday polo is social-

Vibe: If you haven’t yet heard of The Pavilion Champagne Brunch, this is where it

izing more than sports watching.

happens. Flush with fashionistas and pulsing DJ-driven music, The Pavilion is all about having a good time.

East Side Tailgate

Snag a spot: $100–$120 gets you a seat at brunch, including a glass of Cham-

Location: East of the field, on either side of The Pavilion

pagne and two drink tokens (sponsors receive preferential seating). To get

Vibe: Hardcore polo fans (and partiers) arrive as early as 10 a.m. to set up

the best table, be in line well before 2 p.m. Upgrade to the VIP Veuve Clicquot

their lavish tents filled with food, beverages, and decor, plus games such as

Lounge and enjoy brunch for two and a complimentary bottle of Veuve for $300.

cornhole.

Food and drink: Brunch is an ever-changing array of 80 items spread out over

Snag a spot: Reserve one of 50 10-by-10-foot tents for the entire season for

six stations, including gourmet flatbreads; build-your-own burrata salad; and

$5,000 (plus tax). Twelve guests are allowed per tent. (Additional friends can

the 16-foot water buffet, where guests pick tapas-style plates off boats drifting

join your tailgate but will have to purchase general admission tickets for entry.)

by. Guests receive a wristband upon entry with cash tags attached to ex-

Food and drink: Tailgating is serious business here, with everything from

change for drinks, which can be ordered at the lavish bar. Both the Group Tent

themed tailgates to whole roasted pigs. Bring your own beverages and dogs

and the Veuve Clicquot Lounge have their own exclusive bar. In front of The

(on a leash), but leave open flames, loud music (no DJs), TVs, and glass con-

Pavilion, the Beerstream (a modified 1965 Airstream trailer) offers craft beers on

tainers at home.

tap and frozen drinks.

Why sit here? Because it’s really, really fun.

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membership does have its viewing privileges.

MEMBERS ONLY Box Seats Location: Above the Stadium Seats Vibe: A haven for pampered pony watchers, with gourmet fare, dedicated servers, and a comfortable view of the action Snag a spot: These limited-availability boxes (33 in each of the three sections) can each seat eight. A seat costs $150, and while the boxes are typically purchased as a set of seats, there are a number of individual box seats available for each match. Food and drink: No need to leave your seat. Light bites such as IPC’s signature truffle popcorn, chocolate-covered strawberries, and an international cheese or charcuterie board are delivered directly to your viewing spot. Order a cocktail from one of the servers circulating the area. There is also a bar at the top of

Food and drink: The menu includes items such as sandwiches and light bites

each section if you feel like stretching your legs.

(nuts, white-truffle popcorn, and charcuterie). And you’ll never go thirsty with

Why sit here? Comfort, service, and a killer view

attentive table service from the adjacent 7th Chukker Bar. Why sit here: This chic viewing location has become one of the hottest tickets

Mallet Patio Tent

in town—a sophisticated environment right next to the action—and may just

Location: In the back area of the Mallet Grille Patio

be the best seat in the house.

Vibe: Leisurely and laid-back. Brunch-goers populate the tent, as many remain in their seats after the meal.

Member Tailgate

Snag a spot: Members must also have brunch reservations here to sit at one of

Location: On the west side of the property

the tables. Tip: First-row tables provide prime viewing of the action.

Vibe: Luxe it up or dress it down, however you feel like rolling.

Food and drink: You’ll be satiated from the Mallet Grille’s brunch (an experi-

Snag a spot: $5,000 to reserve one of the 12 coveted 10-by-10-foot member

ence that features an ever-changing menu of carving stations, raw bars, and

tents for the season. For each match, you receive 12 complimentary tickets.

omelets) before the first chukker begins. Step up to the Bloody Mary bar and try

(Additional friends can join your tailgate but will have to purchase general

your hand at becoming a mixologist.

admission tickets for entry.)

Why sit here? You want to brunch and watch with like-minded members.

Food and drink: Anything from traditional tailgate favorites to an upscale

7th Chukker

The IPC food and beverage teams are also available to deliver platters with

Location: On the veranda of the 7th Chukker Restaurant

delicacies such as shrimp cocktail, a variety of cheeses, or desserts. BYOB.

Vibe: Low-key and intimate, with four people per high-top table

Why sit here: Perfect for hanging with your group away from the crowds 

culinary spread (no open flames, loud music, TVs, or glass containers).

Snag a spot: Members must also have reservations.

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rewind 2015 Tournament Highlights

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What a difference a year can make!

Polo Championship, but Chukker TV and

In the last issue of this magazine, the 2014

Horseplay TV also provided video stream-

season recap began with lamentation

ing for high-goal games with instant

about the lack of instant replays and

replay‌. A polo fan nirvana. Of course,

real-time video display in polo. Then,

the very best place to experience polo is

last season, not only did NBC pack an

at the field. Here’s a recap of the superb

actual Jumbotron for the 2015 U.S. Open

action during the 2015 high-goal season.


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and Miguel Novilla-Astrada (9). Jim Zenni’s

Herbie Pennell Cup

Villa del Lago team then defeated Lechuza

The single-elimination Herbie Pennell Cup drew four teams to the pitch to get the 2015 season underway. Casablanca came out

against Villa’s scoring ace, Polito Pieres (9). After three chukkers, Villa del Lago had the

Caracas 10–8 to advance to the final

better of Casablanca, 9–5. With a halftime

against Casablanca.

strategy change, Casablanca found a higher

The Casablanca team—featuring two

gear: Eight second-half goals from Roldan,

blazing against Coca-Cola 14–6 on a well-

rising polo talents, Grant Ganzi (1) and

game MVP Novilla-Astrada, and Bollini carried

balanced performance from Nic Roldan (8)

Juancito Bollini (2)—had its hands full

the day for Casablanca and a 13–11 victory.

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semifinals. Orchard Hill also registered a 3–0

challenge in spectacular fashion, delivering

The Casablanca team sat out the Joe

record, cruising past opponents into the semis.

the sole perfect performance in the shoot-out.

Barry Memorial Cup while Coca-Cola, Villa

The second group vying for a spot in the

del Lago, and Lechuza Caracas played on

semifinals was more crowded. Enigma, Audi,

until a fifth-chukker scoring blitz knocked the

to face two new teams, Enigma and Mer-

Tonkawa, and Lucchese all piled up 2–1

legs from under the opposing foursome, 11–10.

chant Hub, and several IPC perennials.

records, requiring a penalty shoot-out to

Orchard Hill held Lucchese at bay throughout

Villa del Lago avenged its Herbie Pennell

determine which team would advance. Nico

their semifinal and landed on top, 14–13.

Cup finish by winning its first match 18–10, with

Pieres (8) and his accuracy at the line put his

The final between Villa del Lago and

11 goals coming from Polito Pieres. Villa would

team ahead of Audi and Tonkawa, pushing

Orchard Hill proved a battle of cousins. Fa-

go on to defeat Coca-Cola and Lechuza

Lucchese forward. Enigma’s opportunity fell

cundo Pieres (10) for Orchard Hill and Polito

Caracas, securing the team’s place in the

to Carlucho Arellano (5), who rose to the

Pieres for Villa combined for an astounding

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In the semifinals, Villa del Lago trailed Enigma


to the quarterfinals, where the team was ousted by Villa del Lago. Despite the loss, Jeff Hall (7), Matias MacDonough (7), and Carlucho Arellano proved a balanced and resourceful combination for Enigma. During qualifying rounds, Villa del Lago had dropped its first match of the Ylvisaker Cup to Lucchese but improved to 3–1 before being knocked out by Coca-Cola in the semifinals. Lucchese eliminated Orchard Hill from contention in the quarterfinals before moving on to a semifinal match against Valiente. In the semifinals, both Coca-Cola and Valiente dominated their opponents. In the face of an effervescent Coca-Cola offense, Villa del Lago fell, 14–9. Lucchese’s hopes were dashed by Caset’s seven second-half goals that lifted Valiente 11–8 into the finals. In a penalty-riddled final, the same CocaCola lineup that took the 2012 Ylvisaker Cup—Gillian Johnston (2), Sugar Erskine (6), Julio Arellano (8), and Mason Wroe (4)— faced a new Valiente roster. Bob and Robert Jornayvaz (1) joined Caset and Santi Torres (7). The younger Jornayvaz would secure a game-tying goal in the sixth chukker, but match MVP Arellano’s incredible 10 goals lifted Coca-Cola to a 14–13 victory. Iglehart Cup Reverting to single-elimination format, the Iglehart Cup included Palm Beach Illustrated, CT Energia, Tonkawa, and Villa del Lago. The Palm Beach Illustrated team eliminated Alessandro Bazzoni’s CT Energia 10–7, while Tonkawa dispatched Villa del Lago 13–8 on the give-and-go teamwork of Inaki Laprida (7) and Gonzalo Deltour (7). 21 goals in front of the capacity crowd. Villa

Merchant Hub reflagged as Gateway

del Lago pulled ahead 10–8 in the fourth

Merchants with a new lineup.

chukker, but Facundo Pieres provided four

Injuries dogged the Valiente team, with

In the rain-ridden final, Palm Beach Illustrated saw Deltour ring up seven goals in the first two periods. PBI managed three

goals in the fifth to give Orchard Hill the

Captain Bob Jornayvaz (2) and Adolfo

goals in the sixth chukker, but the damage

scoring advantage and a 15–13 final.

Cambiaso (10) missing several games.

had been done. Final score: 13–9 Tonkawa.

Sapo Caset (10), Peke Gonzalez (1), and Ylvisaker Cup A reconfigured Casablanca joined the fray for the Ylvisaker Cup, along with Valiente and Palm Beach Illustrated. Lechuza would side-out for the tournament, and

Tommy Beresford (2) would all appear on

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the Valiente roster—and eventually push the

C.V. Whitney Cup

team toward a final against Coca-Cola. Jerome Wirth’s Enigma continued to impress in its first season at IPC, marching 3–0

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gameon work of Coca-Cola 13–9, while Audi/Millarville squeaked by Lechuza Caracas 10–9. Orchard Hill dispatched Las Monjitas 16–11, and Valiente eliminated FlexJet 9–7. In semifinal competition, Alegria continued on a scoring roll, 15–11 over Audi/Millarville. Orchard Hill took the second berth in the finals, defeating Valiente 11–8. The two Pieres cousins, Facundo and Polito, were back in final contention, this time playing together with Orchard Hill. 2014 U.S. Open Winner Alegria’s hopes were measured against the high-scoring duo. Early on, the game had the makings of an upset with Alegria team captain Julian Mannix (4) finding the goalposts four times in the first chukker. The cousins, however, would tally 12 goals behind solid defensive play from Ezequiel Ferrario (7), ending in a 16–13 win over Alegria. Piaget USPA Gold Cup Eight teams joined the competition for the Piaget USPA Gold Cup, with new team Engel & Völkers coming in as FlexJet stepped out of 26-goal play to make way. Two-time Gold Cup and triple crown winner Audi dominated the field, advancing undefeated toward the final. Orchard Hill enjoyed similar success, winning four games en route to the final. Las Monjitas’ early win over Engel & Völkers provided the team with a quarterfinal opportunity to challenge Audi’s progress. Las Monjitas defeated Lechuza Caracas 11-6 in a quarterfinal match before battling Audi in the hard fought semifinal. Young Segundo Merlos rallied Las Monjitas with a sixth-chukker goal, tying the score, until Audi’s Gonzalito Pieres (9) shut the door 13–12. Alegria battled on after an early loss

and Polito for Orchard Hill and Facundo’s

were decided by single-goal margins. Six

to Audi, dispatching Las Monjitas, Engel &

older brother, Gonzalito, for Audi. A high-

of those games would require overtime.

Völkers, and Valiente and heading to a

scoring game, 13 goals came on penalty

Whether entranced by streaming video,

semifinal meeting with Orchard Hill. Clean,

conversions from the Pieres brothers, includ-

lining the fields to tailgate, or packing the

well-balanced polo between the two teams

ing the game winner in overtime by match

grandstands, polo fans were treated to

resulted in overtime. Polito Pieres drove in

MVP Gonzalito Pieres. Audi wins, 16–15.

game after spectacular game.

the “golden goal,” sending Orchard Hill to its second consecutive 26-goal final, 13–12. The Piaget USPA Gold Cup final was a veritable Pieres family reunion, with Facundo 48

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Gillian Johnston’s Coca-Cola got the U.S. Open Polo Championship Nail-biter. Stem-winder. Thriller. Of the 17 games played in the 2015 U.S. Open, 12

one-goal mojo moving with a 9–8 win over Las Monjitas. Coca-Cola scored two more wins to go 3–0 before being eliminated


in the semifinals by Orchard Hill. Ultimate

6–1 after two chukkers, Melissa Ganzi’s

Open Polo Championship would prove to

finalist Valiente had little luck finding a

team rallied to tie Alegria and eventually

be the charm for Valiente.

win in the opening games. Things finally

win in overtime on a goal from Nic Roldan. Valiente’s bruising semifinal battle with

raised to 10 goals following the 2015

one-goal quarterfinal victory over Lechuza

Audi also went to overtime and was decided

season, but the Valiente squad held

Caracas, 13–12.

on a golden goal from Valiente’s Alejo

Pieres’ mallet silent for four entire chukkers.

Taranco (6), 11–10. Valiente had played

A balanced attack by Valiente and an

tinued strong, winning its first two games

to the final of the U.S. Open the previous

MVP performance from Taranco would

before being stunned by Alegria 10–5. Then

two years but had come up short in both

deliver an 11–9 U.S. Open win for Valiente,

it was FlexJet’s turn to stun. Trailing Alegria

appearances. The third shot at the U.S.

at long last. 

Following a Gold Cup win, Audi con-

Orchard Hill’s Polito Pieres was ultimately

turned around for the team in blue with a

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

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HIGH-GOAL SEASON 20-goal tournaments Herbie Pennell Cup Joe Barry Memorial Cup Ylvisaker Cup 26-goal tournaments C.V. Whitney Cup USPA Gold Cup ® U.S. Open Polo Championship ® 50

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ip January 3 Herbie Pennell Cup 10 Joe Barry Memorial Cup 17 Joe Barry Memorial Cup 24 Joe Barry Memorial Cup 31 Ylvisaker Cup February 7 Ylvisaker Cup 14 Ylvisaker Cup 21 Ylvisaker Cup 28 C.V. Whitney Cup

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Ride and Read Fine-art photographer Raphael Macek hon-

Race to Win

ors the natural beauty of horses in his tome Equine Beauty: A Study of Horses (teNeues

Longchamp’s leg-

Publishing, $75). (212-627-9090, tenues.com)

endary logo honors equestrianism and is embossed onto this leather Le Foulo-

Grand Gallop

nné key ring ($45). Longchamp, Miami

Take flight with Lladró’s porcelain horse

(305-448-2477,

on pirouette lamp ($1,125). Lladró, Miami

longchamp.com)

(305-573-4659, lladro.com)

Walk About This beechwood Brooks Brothers Horse Walking Stick ($148) will help you

Lucky Charm A horseshoe is every rider’s lucky charm, so make it official with this Little Horseshoe Lucky bangle ($184) in gold by La Soula Jewelry. (203-822-7404, lasoula.com)

find your footing while you stomp those divots. Brooks Brothers, Palm Beach (561-659-6464, brooksbrothers.com)

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gameon Hi-Ho Silver Fit to Be Tied This horse-patterned gingham tie ($95) from Vineyard Vines will have you sprinting toward that best-dressed title in no time. Vineyard Vines, Palm Beach (561-659-5900,

Impress your dinner guests with L’Objet’s horse place-card holders ($225 for set of six) made of platinum. Mary Mahoney, Palm Beach (561-655-8288, marymahoney.com)

vineyardvines.com)

Ring Around Pair your place-card holders with L’Objet’s horse napkin jewels ($185 for set of four), pictured here in gold. Mary Mahoney, Palm Beach (561-655-8288, marymahoney.com)

Lovely Lasso Complete your equine-themed tablescape with the Bromley dinnerware ($95 for four-piece place

Polo Perfect

Lauren Home.

Get noticed in the grandstands with this

Ralph Lauren, Palm

Kara Ross Horseshoe jet cuff ($25,000)

Beach (561-651-

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Happy Hour Toast to an amazing polo match with help from Arthur Court’s Horseshoe bottle opener ($20). (800-446-7806, arthurcourt.com)

Sincerely Yours These charming Pony Express flat notes and envelopes ($22 for 12 notes) from Rifle Paper Co. are an equestrian’s dream stationery. (407-622-7679, riflepaperco.com)

Wild Horses Horses come in many shapes and colors, and this artistic small horse bust ($620) by Herend comes in a variety of hues as well. Mary Mahoney, Palm Beach (561-6558288, mary mahoney.com)

Mr. Postman Rip open those letters—delicately— with Jonathan Adler’s brass horse head letter opener ($98). Jonathan Adler, Miami (305-576-0200, jonathanadler.com)

Beach Babe Extend your love of all things equine to the beach with this John Robshaw horse teal beach towel ($125) in cotton. (212-5946006, johnrobshaw.com)

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BEAUTY & POWER An artistic look at some of the gorgeous beasts who grace the fields of IPC every Sunday PHOTOGRAPHY BY KT MERRY

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Any fan of the sport would agree: The polo pony is a force of nature. Gliding across the field filled with marked determination, incredible agility, and sheer strength, these horses wow the crowds with their utter magnificence. Here, a look at some of the perfect ponies of the Valiente string, shot on location at IPC.


the horse! The symbol “Theofhorse, surging potency and power of movement, of action... ” —D.H. Lawrence


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He is indeed a horse.... His neigh is “ like the bidding of a monarch and his countenance enforces homage. ” —William Shakespeare


On the polo fields, these American players face off against the best in the game—most of whom, as everyone knows, hail from

EASY RIDERS

Argentina. We caught up with four members of “Team America”

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s Jeff Hall flips oversized burgers and sliced vegetables on an outdoor grill, his 4-year-old son, Luke, is holding court with Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips, and Kris Kampsen. Kampsen and Phillips are pretend–sword fighting with Luke using polo mallets. “You’re a gladiator!” Roldan says to Luke. Hall takes his eyes off the grill to shoot a warning at the guys. “You’re all going to have to deal with Michelle pretty soon,” he says, referring to his wife. “She’s going to kill you.” The 2015 polo season has just ended, and the guys are having a good, old-fashioned American barbecue at the International Polo Club. The high-goal players—four of very few Americans in a game dominated by Argentines—have gathered with their families to catch up in a relaxing courtyard setting at Isla Carroll, just a stone’s throw away from where they compete on the fields. “That looks really good,” Roldan says, eyeing the food. “That’s a little raw, dude,” adds Kampsen, always the jokester. “And the chicken is burned on the outside.” “You know Kris is the true grill master,” Roldan says between texting on his phone and balancing Luke on his lap.

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above: kampsen shares a laugh with hall’s son luke. right: the guys have a couple of beers while hall mans the grill.

“Do not separate Nic from his phone,” Kampsen teases. The playful banter goes on like this all day—these guys are clearly very tight and comfortable around one another. It’s nice to see them in this relaxed situation; most of the time, they’re competing against each other, practicing at the barn, or working out at the gym. Still, it’s the sport that binds them—and naturally, it comes up. “When I was a kid growing up in Tampa playing 4-, 6-, and 8-goal polo, I looked at Palm Beach like, ‘God, that’s Graceland; I want to go there,’ says 6-goaler Kampsen, who is at the barbecue with his wife, Ali. “High-goal polo is always what I aspired to be playing and doing with my life.” At 15, the now 33-year-old dropped out of high school to play polo year-round, earning his high school equivalency diploma later. At 6-foot-5, Kampsen is one of the sport’s tallest and most 72

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physical athletes. He has competed in the United States, South America, await their grilled Europe, and Canada, taking home feast of vegetable numerous trophies and MVP awards. skewers, burgers, He’s also brand ambassador for mensand rack of lamb. wear company Psycho Bunny, a sponsor of one of several teams he plays for. “Polo is in our blood,” Kampsen says of himself and his barbecue buddies. “It is the most addictive sport you can ever play. The rush of adrenaline, the team, and the horses... There are so many things involved. It’s just phenomenal. Once you are in it, I don’t think it ever leaves you.” It’s that kind of passion that has allowed Kampsen and his American co-patriots to maintain their presence in high-goal polo, a world in which America has certainly been underrepresented in the last two decades. “It is really competitive out there and getting harder for American players,” says Phillips, who calls polo “a seven-day-a-week job.” Phillips, 37, is actually from Canada—he grew up on a farm outside Toronto—but is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He turned pro at 17 while still in high school and was recruited to play for Peter Brant at Greenwich Polo Club. A year later, in 1995, he moved to above: roldan,

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left: kampsen’s wife, ali, with hall’s son luke. above right: hall with wife michelle and son eli.

Wellington to play with Brant’s White Birch team and later with Memo Gracida. The 5-goaler has reached the U.S. Open Polo Championship final once and the semifinals twice. Phillips is also honorary chairman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Polo for a Purpose event. At 14, he was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but beat the odds after five months of chemotherapy. “Beating cancer makes you stronger,” Phillips says. “When little things come up during the day that people stress out about, you think back to the bigger picture and you realize you’ve done something a lot more difficult than forgetting your car keys. It’s not the end of the world. It puts things in perspective.” The man behind the grill is as American as they come. Born in Arizona and raised in California and Texas, Hall started playing polo when he was 12. Over the span of his 20-year career, he has won nearly every high-goal tournament, including the 2003 U.S. Open Polo Championship with team C Spear. He is also one of the few Americans to have competed in the Argentine Open and won the Bronze Cup in Sotogrande, Spain. At 32, the 7-goaler— who has been brand ambassador for Piaget since 2011—is a family man, spending time at home in Houston with his wife and two sons when he’s not traveling the world to play. 74

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Rounding out the day’s crew is Roldan—who may just be polo’s most sought-after bachelor (the media once called him “New York’s Mr. Darcy”). The West Palm Beach native started riding at 2 and turned pro when he was 14. At 15, he became the youngest player ever to compete in—and win—the U.S. Open Polo Championship. “That’s what kick-started my career in polo,” Roldan recalls. The 32-year-old (who was born in Argentina) is currently rated 8 goals—and he’s looking to boost that number soon. “My biggest goal now is to reach 10 goals,” he says. “That’s the ultimate thing for me. I will keep playing as long as I love it.” If he succeeds in his mission, Roldan will join an elite bunch. Only 24 Americans have ever been ranked 10 goals by the U.S. Polo Association, Pablo “Polito” Pieres being the only one in the game today. Although Pieres was raised in Argentina—the cousin of polo-star brothers Gonzalito, Nico, and fellow 10-goaler Facundo—he was born in Connecticut. Pieres was boosted to 10

in January 2015, the first American to reach the handicap since Adam Snow in 2003. Out of the other six players with a perfect rating today, five are Argentine—Adolfo Cambiaso, Sapo Caset, Pablo MacDonough, Juan Martin Nero, and Facundo Pieres. The final 10-goaler, David “Pelon” Stirling, is from Uruguay. “This is a tough era in polo,” Kampsen says. “Things are changing, but I am still at an age where I feel I can improve and still want to get better.” Kampsen says he would love to see the USPA field an allAmerican team for the 20- and 26-goal seasons at IPC: “That kind of support is the next stepping stone for American players. There are enough guys out there who can do it.” Phillips is on board with the idea. “To have an all-American team in the biggest tournament in the country would be great for the sport and great for American players,” he says.  INTERNATIONALPOLOCLUB.COM

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Behind the

Jerome Wirth

Enigma As his team heads into its second season at IPC, the international man of mystery is ready to take America by storm.

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erome Wirth the polo patron and player is a charming, social guy who’s respected and loved by his teammates. But away from the fields, he’s a bit like his team name, Enigma. “I hate for people to know what I’m doing at night,” says the mysterious Wirth. “I like my privacy.” That penchant for privacy is part of the reason he chose the name for his team. “When people would wonder what I do for a living, I would say, ‘It’s an enigma,’” explains the London-based Internet entrepreneur whose company develops software for the gaming industry. “That’s how it started, as a joke. But I love the name; you can spell it the same in three different languages.” Wirth, as it happens, is fluent in French, English, and Spanish—and speaks passable Italian. One could say Wirth’s passion for horses was almost preordained. Growing up in France, his grandparents rode, two of his aunts were members of the French National show jumping team, and his parents met while competing in the Grand Prix. It was only natural that Wirth began riding as a child. After spending much of his early years on the back of a horse, his athletic endeavors took a detour when he became a young adult and focused on playing rugby instead. But soon, the equestrian world came calling again when a friend in Chantilly asked if Wirth, then in his mid-twenties, wanted to try polo. “He put a mallet in my hand and that was it,” recalls Wirth of that


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memorable day. “I was a good amateur in rugby, but I would never have been a good professional. “I wanted to find a team sport, a contact sport related to horses. Team is very important to me. Horses and team.” He found that in polo. Wirth, now 46, went pro on the polo fields in Europe and Argentina when he was in his thirties. And last season, he made his debut at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, riding for Enigma during the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup and the Ylvisaker Cup. The team finished with a 5–5 record, with two losses in overtime and another by one goal in regulation time. Wirth had built Enigma in England before bringing the team to Wellington last year. His teammates—7-goaler Matias MacDonough, 7-goaler Jeff Hall, and 5-goaler Carlucho Arellano—will remain intact for the 2016 season. “The team works well together, with different personalities coming together,” says 1-goaler Wirth.“My goal was to come here and play with people I like and hopefully win. We did quite well this season, despite the lack of horses. “The game [in the United States] is different than in Europe,” he continues. “It’s a faster game, the positioning is different. You need more horses because there’s more running.” So while he brought nine ponies for the 2015 season, Wirth says he will add at least four more this year. MacDonough, Hall, and Arellano will also try to improve their strings. The changes, says Wirth, are necessary, especially since Enigma will be playing in all four 20-goal tournaments this season. “I want to have fun and win,” says Wirth, who is competitive but gets over los

ing quickly. “I do mind losing, but it only lasts 10 minutes and then it’s on to the next one.” His teammates look forward to another season with their patron. “He’s a very fun guy,” says Hall, who reveals that team bonding last year included dinners as well as tennis and golf outings. “It’s a really good team, and I have high hopes for the 2016 season. Jerome has a lot of passion for the sport. He’s a good player, one of the best sponsors in Florida. He’s here to stay.” Wirth isn’t prepared to put down permanent roots just yet, preferring to rent a home in Palm Beach and commute to his rented stables in Wellington. “I like the sea,” he explains. “I was in the navy for two years. It’s good to go back and forth. I don’t mind the driving.” But, as Hall says, Wirth is here to stay. His American-born wife, Olivia, competes in show jumping in the annual Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. And for the foreseeable future, Wirth—who says he enjoys the South Florida weather, the pristine polo fields, and the fierce competition—is concentrating his efforts on IPC.  INTERNATIONALPOLOCLUB.COM

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CLUB CHIC A closet full of top designer fashions for Sunday funday? Check.

Photography by Michael Filonow Jewelry provided by Provident Jewelers, West Palm Beach, Jupiter Photographed exclusively for International Polo Club Palm Beach magazine at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Wellington

Silk twill geometric-print dress and foam, plastic, and pearl brooch, Chanel, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens Opposite page: Silk printed dress, Dior, Miami; cotton pocket square (worn as a neck scarf), J.Crew, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton

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Cashmere viscose silk embroidered blouse and cashmere viscose silk skirt, Louis Vuitton, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; Tickle sandal in black elaphe, patent, mirror, and leather, Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens Opposite page: Silk printed shirt and carpenter pant, Tory Burch, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; Sea Sioux croco heel, Stuart Weitzman, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; calf leather multiprint Mime bag, Valentino, Palm Beach; silk printed neck scarf, Gucci, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton

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Bere jacket with gold embellishments and Tomasu pant, Escada, Palm Beach; Diorama
flower canvas jacquard handbag, Dior, Miami; 100 mm horizon suede/silver glitter mini kid peep-toe heel with ankle strap, special order, Christian Louboutin, Miami Maserati Quattroporte GTS in Nero Ribelle. Visit maseratiusa.com for further details. Opposite page: Marine blue watercolor brushstroke rose crepe blouse, marine blue watercolor plaid jacquard skirt, and black alligator-leather belt, Oscar de la Renta, Bal Harbour; pearl earrings, Dior, Miami

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Giambattista Valli silk bomber macramĂŠ top and pants, special order, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; high-heel lace-up bootie in black leather with fur pom-pom detail, Gucci, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton Opposite page: Sweet honey cady crepe wool-silk flounce jacket with black ribbon, cerulean blue washed Oxford 3/4-sleeve shirt, sweet honey cady crepe wool-silk miniskirt, and metal brooch with purple silk flower, Gucci, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; marble suede and light champagne mirror and leather caged sandal and Rebel handbag in boho purple with metallic water snake and patchwork, Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens

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Silk Garden Party printed jumpsuit, Valentino, Palm Beach; Yuma heel, Tory Burch, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; silk printed neck scarf (worn around wrist), Gucci, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton Opposite page: Polo Ralph Lauren workwear denim pant and striped cotton Oxford, Ralph Lauren, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; cotton pocket square (worn as a neck scarf), J.Crew, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton; Trianon flower canvas jacquard
boot, Dior, Miami Fashion Editor: Katherine Lande Model: Emily Steele, MC2 Model Management, New York Hair and Makeup: Gina Simone, Belle & Company, Miami Photography Assistants: Douglas Lance, Socrates Morilla

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Polo Wives: OFF THE FIELD These three fabulous women travel the globe with their polo-playing husbands, lending support from the sidelines— all the while managing successful businesses of their own. By Kirsten WITHERS

Astrid Muñoz Astrid Muñoz is used to turning heads. Not only is she married to 9-goaler Eduardo Novillo Astrada, but the former Puerto Rican model has also graced the covers of top fashion magazines for years. These days, her artwork is commanding equal attention. “I started to be interested in photography during my trips when I was a model,” says the fine art photographer whose work is displayed in high-end galleries and homes around the world. “I was sent to the most beautiful places in the world—like Peru, the Amazon, and parts of Mexico that are home to Indian tribes. After one trip, I came back with about 50 rolls of film and learned how to develop them myself. It took off from there.” At first, she wanted to be a National Geographic–style photographer. But her fashion-industry friends encouraged her to start taking self-portraits with a fashion slant. “I already knew about the fashion business and how to show off the clothes for best effect, and I love the fantasy side, so I started to do that and did very well,” she says. Muñoz was already immersed in her new career when she met Novillo Astrada. When the couple first met at a party in London eight years ago, she introduced herself as a photographer. It wasn’t until Novillo Astrada’s friends informed him that Muñoz was, in fact, a famous model that he learned of her former career. When she married Novillo Astrada in 2013, it wasn’t too hard for Muñoz to adapt to the polo lifestyle. After all, she was used to traveling often—usually flying alone to some exotic location for one of the shots from muñoz’s gaucho series, an ongoing, six-year project shot in argentina.

a self-portrait of muñoz and novillo astrada in harper’s bazaar.

a day or two for a shoot. Now, she says, she has company—lots of it. “I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do with the modeling,” she says. “The only thing that was missing was the family part. When you are sent on modeling jobs, you are always on your own. [The polo circuit] is like being in a tribe, which I value very much.” The lifestyle provides a nice ebb and flow for her business too. “Being in one place in the world for three or four months has enabled me to concentrate more on fine art photography projects,” she says. “I think it adds more integrity to my work.” While Muñoz was in Europe last year, she focused on a series of macro-photographs of flowers, which was well received by the art world. International art collectors have purchased her work, and she has also exhibited in London, Spain, and Switzerland. “I have good art-world business advisers, and from a business angle, I want to produce work that has a commercial aspect to it,” she says. Muñoz is keenly aware that her art has been a reflection of the different stages of her life over the years: She started out taking fashion photographs and moved on to nature photography as she traveled the globe. And she hopes to experiment more and more as the future unfolds. “My work is going to continue to grow according to how my life changes,” she says. “I’m happy to follow my journey.” View more of Muñoz’s photography at astridmunozphotography.com.

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top: GonzÁlez, de narvaez, and their two children. above (handbags clockwise from left): tambor tie-dye; cowhide mate; deerhorn travel.

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Growing up in Argentina, Rocío González spent many days watching her brothers, 7-goaler Mariano and former 7-goaler Martin, stick-and-ball with their father, former 10-goaler Daniel González. Polo was a major part of her life, as her family joined her father on his travels following the polo circuit. So it was no surprise when she ended up marrying a polo player—8-goaler Paco de Narvaez. What she didn’t know was that the polo life would inspire a career in fashion design. In 2007, when González became pregnant with her first child, she couldn’t find a suitable diaper bag she liked. “We were at our farm in Pilar, and I noticed some nice leather work on some of the horse’s tack,” she recalls. “There was a lady who sews all of this beautiful detail onto the leatherwork. I asked her whether she would make me a diaper bag in the same style, and all of a sudden I had this beautiful bag.” González painted the bag with her own flower design, and when she began carrying it around in public, her friends would eye it and ask where they could get one too. A business was born. Her growing bag business supports González’s local community in Argentina—something she is extremely passionate about. She designs every bag herself, and they are produced by local artisans, many already trained in leatherwork because of their prior work making horse tack. As her business expands, more members of the local community join her and are able to support their families. Her inspiration comes from the places she travels to with her family for polo. Gonzalez says she finds materials in the most offbeat places: She’ll pick up interesting textiles in London, try to capture the essence of the vivid colors found in Santa Barbara, or scavenge antlers from the ground at the family farm in Patagonia and turn them into bag clasps. “Designing and producing my bags is a release from the other elements of my life,” says González. “I know a lot of people think a polo wife’s job is glamorous, but behind the scenes we keep everything together. My business makes me happy, and it creates a good balance between being the wife of a professional polo player and a mom.” Of course, traveling the polo circuit is a great opportunity to network, and González takes her bags wherever she goes. And it’s paying off. “There is a store on Worth Avenue that sells my bags, and I’m also developing my own e-commerce site—a lot of friends around the world buy my bags,” she says. González’s bags are sold locally at Kapsiki, 235 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, as well as in boutiques across the country (and in Italy). For a complete list of stores worldwide, visit rociog.com.


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KELSEA MANNIX When Kelsea Mannix married 7-goaler Fred Mannix, she immediately embarked on the life of a polo wife, traveling with her husband wherever his job led next. In a nutshell, she longed for something more. “Prior to having children, I had traveled with Fred for about a year,” she recalls. “I was 23 years old and really quite bored, and that wasn’t okay with me. That’s when I decided I had to find something, a job that I could travel with and that would allow me to stay with my husband. I put it out to the universe and it came back to me.” There was an ailing modeling agency in Mannix’s hometown of Alberta, Canada, and in 2008 she seized the moment and took it over. “You just have to say yes when the opportunity arises,” she says. Alberta is a hotspot for television and movie production for two reasons, explains Mannix: The vista is breathtakingly beautiful, with a variable landscape that includes mountains, lakes, and prairie. So crews can shoot footage in Alberta and make it look like a lot of other places around the world (many Western movies are produced there). Then there’s the financial incentive: The production companies get a tax break for shooting in Canada, and because the Canadian dollar is weaker than the U.S. dollar, it’s essentially more cost effective to shoot there. Mannix revitalized the business, turning it into the hugely successful Details Talent Agency, which represents as many as 400 Canadian actors at a time and places them in various movies and television shows shot locally. “I feel that my first baby is my agency,” says Mannix. “I had it for many years before I had my kids.” Now the mother of two young children, she’s making some changes to the business so it fits easier into her busy home life. When they’re not traveling, the Mannixes split their time between their farm in Argentina and their home in Alberta. “My goal is to create a smaller, more condensed agency with really top talent so I have more time with each actor individually,” she says. And perhaps more time to start producing her own television shows.  Learn more about Mannix’s agency at detailstalent.com.

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Effortless Chic

Some people just have a knack for pulling off all kinds of amazing and a casual, cool vibe.

Black and White she pulls off the b&w trend with class, while the stacked bracelets add some sass.

Model Behavior a simple white button-down and denim shorts let her hot red stilettos take center stage.

Knockout Couple their pulled-together looks with just the right amount of color make this duo a winning team.

Style

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When it comes to fashion,these Sunday polo fans have serious game. BY Michelle Lee Ribeiro photography by lila photo

Retro Fab Oversized sunnies, head scarf, cropped top, and a killer smile.

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Short and Sweet she’s got legs—and she knows how to use them in this perfect leather mini.

Lovely in Layers south florida winters are a tricky fashion challenge, but she nails it in a cozy knit vest.


Details Matter from the tortoiseshell

glasses to the fun crab-print bowtie—yes.

Pattern Master there’s an art to mixing prints, and he definitely gets it. hats off to you, sir!

Palm Beach Flavor when in rome... slip on a pair of palm tree–print trousers.

Dapper Dudes

Sunday polo brings out the fashionista in ladies and gents alike. Let’s hear it for these boys! Captain of Couture we see your hermÈs belt buckle and louboutin loafers, and we like it all!

Personal Style from head to toe, this young man knows how to own it.

Double Trouble what’s better than a handsome man in a cool jacket and a fedora? two (obviously).

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Sassy Girl the lilly doesn’t hurt, but it’s this cutie’s fierce attitude that seals the deal.

Playing It Cool there’s just something so right about his laid-back look and razor-sharp focus on the match.

Little Hipster from the faux-hawk down to the styish socks, he didn’t miss a beat.

Fashionistas in Training

Watch out, world—we see many Fashion on the Field awards in these kids’ futures!

Pint-Size Prep we don’t know about you, but we’d trust him to manage our portfolio.

Flower Child simply. beautiful.

Fresh Faces they look like they belong in a magazine. oh, wait...

Classy Lady there’s nothing to see here, dahling—except this gorgeous little gal.

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Accessory Queens

Bold and beautiful, these pretty ladies know how to pick just the right something to complete their look.

She’s a Jewel

Perfect Petals

something about this mix of pearls and embellished hat just works.

blondes may have more fun, but it also may be their festive footwear.

Making a Statement her stunning necklace stands out against a simple navy sheath like paint on a canvas.

Cheeky Clutch fun, flirty, and oh so fabulous.

Haute Hue this shade of violet, the earrings, the hat... lovely.

Off the Chain this necklace is so perfect, there’s nothing more to say.

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Star Quality her glasses are also on point, but it’s the starfish bling on her ears we really love.

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IPC EXECUTIVE chef william sellner and his team draw culinary inspiration from all over the globe. we present a few of tHEIR MOST DELICIOUS international creations. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSE E. MARTIN

Asian Invasion With its vibrant flavors and healthful ingredients, Asian cuisine is a perennial member favorite. The IPC culinary team includes several talented Asian chefs who prepare delicacies such as shrimp Tom Yum soup (this page) and Thai sausage-stuffed boneless wing of chicken with coriander and star anise–scented pad thai (opposite page).

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Fresh + Local Sourcing ingredients from local farms and finding inspiration in nature’s rhythms is good for the body, soul, and planet. For this sustainable feast, the chefs were inspired by the land, the ocean, and the backyard tree: crispy Kurabota pork belly and smoked gouda grilled cheese with hand-cut chips, bitter orange relish, and roasted garlic confiture (above); basil-marinated Key West hog snapper with local heirloom tomatoes and eggplant caponata (right); and native hearts of palm and grilled romaine Caesar salad with Florida avocado and sourdough croutons (opposite page).

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Something Sweet Ending on a sweet note is always a good idea. The IPC pastry team constantly pushes the boundaries of creativity to deliver desserts that wow. New favorites include coconut dacquoise with toasted coconut and chocolate shavings (this page), and frozen white chocolate and amarena cherry soufflĂŠ (opposite page).


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Each year, the popularity of The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Series of shows continues to grow. Now in its fourth year, word has spread like wildfire among competitors and spectators. The series returns for the third consecutive year to the International Polo Club Palm Beach!

• 12-week competition • Only tour that is held strictly on the turf • Premier show of the winter circuit • Expanded schedule • Increased prize money • Third year at the International Polo Club Palm Beach • Staple of the Wellington winter equestrian scene For the schedule and more information, call 908.500.0996 or go to theridgefarm.com. Photo Credit: Phelps Media Group

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BETTER THAN EVER

Exhilarating matches, a parade of fashions, over-the-top festivities, and major social buzz make Sunday polo at IPC the place to be for more spectators than ever before. By Kelley Marcellus As the ponies and their fearless riders clear the field at halftime, music pumps from the outdoor speakers and the well-heeled crowd spills onto the grassy expanse. The bubbly is flowing on the field, as arms outstretch to catch a pour. The sun shines down as selfies are taken, air kisses blown, while a breeze ruffles the gauzy fabric of sundresses and floppy hats and resists the crisply starched Oxford shirts. It’s like a scene right out of a movie. In fact, someone makes

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Polo takes the social aspects of brunching, adds in a heavy dose of fashion, and tops it off with an incredible sport going on around you. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

—Jack Lighton, polo fan this is no Hollywood production, and one needn’t be a starlet to

indoor lounge, and is so popular reservations must be made well

ceremoniously stomp the divots. The Sunday funday crowd at IPC is

in advance to snag a table.

a diverse one, with a multitude of activities attracting more devotees every season.

Wash points out another reason Sundays at IPC attract so many: An abundance of seating options makes the event available to

“We host the top human and top equine athletes in the world from

all. Entry can be had for as little as $30 a seat, while club members

January to April, and the level of play is a huge draw,” says John

have access to private box seats in the grandstand that afford

Wash, president of club operations. “People come here from all over

sweeping views of the field.

the world—we’re like the Yankee Stadium of the polo world. But

Perhaps one of the biggest draws is the opportunity to tailgate—

everybody comes to IPC for different reasons. We offer a lot of

and to tailgate big—at IPC. For many Sunday polo diehards, tail-

diversions and activities too.”

gating offers the best of both the sport and the social scene. “This is

For many, entry into the polo world comes at the invitation to the Champagne Brunch served pre-game at The Pavilion. That’s what originally lured Jack Lighton, president of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach and now a Sunday polo regular.

the only sport where you tailgate alongside the field as the game is going on,” says Wash. Sunday polo fan Don Dufresne is one of those devoted tailgaters. “I like it more than being inside the stadium because I can enter-

“I always knew about polo and all things ‘horsey’ in Wellington,” says

tain a lot more people,” says Dufresne, an attorney with Greenspoon

Lighton. “But it wasn’t until I was invited to brunch two years ago that I

Marder and a member of the Palm Beach County Tourist Develop-

was able to see firsthand just what a well-rounded event Sunday polo is.”

ment Council, who likes to entertain clients at Sunday polo.“Tailgating

Lighton is talking about IPC’s famous Champagne Brunch, a

gives me a chance to socialize with clients and friends in a relaxed

no-holds-barred culinary feast that takes place at 2 p.m. every

environment.” A former president of the Palm Beach Sports Commis-

Sunday. The open-air, covered seating area offers a shaded view

sion, Dufresne played polo for more than 20 years. One of his biggest

of the match, as well as a post-match after-hours party in the

thrills, he says, is introducing new people to the game he loves.

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And as polo fans introduce their friends and clients to the game, the sport’s popularity is exploding—that’s certainly the case in Wellington

cost $5,000 for the season—are sold out, and there’s a yearlong waiting list for new spots to open, Wash says.

at IPC. “Over the past couple of years, polo has gone from attracting

The skyrocketing attendance is due in large part to IPC’s effort

a smaller audience to attracting a much broader and younger au-

to be a good steward to the community. Representatives visit area

dience,” says Lighton. “Some of the guests admit they’ve never even

schools to talk to students about the history of polo in Wellington, the

watched a match—they’re there specifically for the social and fashion

economic impact of the sport, and career opportunities. The club

scene. I’m not sure that was the case three or four years ago.”

hosts field trips, partners with charitable groups on fundraisers, and

Longtime polo fan Toni May, a resident of Wellington for 20 years,

presents a display at the South Florida Fair.

definitely watches the matches. But the growth of the social aspect

One of the most successful partnerships IPC enjoys is with Palm

is something she welcomes. “When I first started going to polo, it was

Beach Atlantic College. The club offers business students the oppor-

much more casual and not as fancy and worldly as it is now,” says

tunity to run The Kids’ Fun Zone—an area near the bleachers that

May, who owns a media-training business and is a monthly producer

gives children a chance to do something fun while the match plays

for WXEL-TV.

on. The students appoint their own management team and are giv-

May and her husband, Tim Garman, hold on tightly to the tailgat-

en a budget by IPC for the program. Anything they earn outside of

ing spot they’ve reserved for several years. “We just love it,” May says,

that budget goes toward scholarships for business-related travel trips

rattling off a list of themes and carefully orchestrated touches—like

in which students are involved.

the Cape Cod–inspired tailgate complete with blue and white ta-

The Kids’ Fun Zone and inclusion of college students in the busi-

blecloths and Dark and Stormy cocktails—that would make Martha

ness model both contribute to making Sunday polo a family-friendly

Stewart seem like an amateur. “I absolutely go overboard. But I’m not

outing that everyone looks forward to. “We’ve brought 3-year-olds,

giving it up. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday.”

and we’ve brought 80-year-olds out, and they’ve all had a good

May isn’t the only one to think so. Tailgating spots at IPC—which

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tee party Wellington residents and professional polo players know The Wanderers Club’s championship golf course is the best fairway around. By Paige Bowers Most people associate Wellington with all things equine. But The Wanderers Club has proven the community is a haven for topnotch golf too. The 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course created for the club by Jacobsen

there are never long waits at the wanderers club’s par-72 championship golf course.

Hardy Golf Course Design is not only breathtaking, but it is also playable for all skill levels.

Seasoned golfers know that practice makes

“We have five sets of tees, so there are options

perfect. The Wanderers Club offers two short-

for people who want a longer, more challeng-

game practice areas; a driving range; and

ing course or for a casual player just looking

a state-of-the-art, indoor/outdoor golf stu-

to have some fun,” says Justin Thompson, the

dio that offers video swing analysis. Elite golf

club’s general manager.

instructors like PGA Hall of Famer Michael

It’s one of the reasons the course has become a favorite for polo players looking to

Hebron Sr. are also on hand to help players enhance their game.

practice their swing. When they’re not on the

Of course, at The Wanderers Club, there’s

field at IPC, players like the Pieres brothers,

plenty else to do if the swing isn’t quite your

Sugar Erskine, and Chris Nevins can often be

thing. Members can also enjoy six lighted clay

found on the links here, playing a casual (but

tennis courts, a heated junior Olympic–sized

competitive) game.

pool, a fitness center, personal trainers, plus

Another draw? The course has a no-tee-

lots of activities and movies for kids in the

time policy that allows members to drift in

playroom. At the end of a long day,

and start playing within 15 minutes of their

families can unwind over cocktails

arrival—a unique feature in a region where

and tapas at Duke’s Bar or enjoy a

golfers often face long waits just to start

more intimate dining experience at

their game. And because the members-only

Stables Restaurant.

fairway is never too crowded, players can set their own pace.

“There’s nothing in the immediate area that offers the traditional golf

“Pace of play is a hot button with golfers,”

experience we offer along with the

says Thompson. “On our course, you can typi-

family-friendly amenities we have at

cally get in a round of golf in three hours or less,

the club,” Thompson says. “We have

which you can’t do at many clubs anywhere,

become Wellington’s private club. We

especially in South Florida. Of course, if you feel

have a great group of members, and

like a leisurely round, you can do that too.”

we’re excited about our growth.” 

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BRUNCH

BY THE NUMBERS

Feeding more than 700 people at The Pavilion every Sunday is no easy task—especially when the elaborate menu includes everything from pancakes to crab cakes and caters to wheat allergies, vegan diets, and more. Here’s a taste of what it takes for Aaron Menitoff, CEO of IPC’s catering services, to keep the guest list growing (and the cocktails flowing) every season.

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127 pints of soy sauce 550 pounds of melon 311 pints of sour mix 88 pounds of wheatgrass 250 pounds of pineapples 80 pounds of oranges 60 pounds of daikon root 9.5 pints of Tabasco sauce 150 pounds of rock salt 180 pounds of flour 64 pounds of bamboo shoots 93 pounds of kosher salt 70 pounds of jalape単o peppers 64 pounds of maraschino cherries 9,259 bottles of Chandon and Veuve Clicquot

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME The International Polo Club was the perfect setting for Jacqui Cairone and Chris Gannon’s unforgettable wedding. By Kerry Shorr

The happy couple (above) exchanged vows on the field, under a 10-foot handcrafted chuppah (top), then took a romantic jaunt around the property in a horse-drawn carriage (below).

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Photography by Focused on Forever

The International Polo Club attracts people

equestrian atmosphere—Gannon has spent

from all over the globe, who come for its world-

much time playing polo for the champion-

class polo tournaments and fashionable half-

ship Outback Polo Team owned by his father,

time divot stomps. But the equestrian set aren’t

Tim Gannon.

the only ones galloping to IPC. Matrimonial-

On October 18, 2014, Cairone and Gannon

minded couples have discovered the ideal

arrived early to IPC to spend time with the wed-

venue in iconic horse country for trading “I dos.”

ding party. Inside the yoga room at IPC’s North

Jacqui Cairone and Chris Gannon chose

Stadium, Cairone sipped Champagne and lis-

IPC as their wedding venue for its elegant,

tened to country music with her bridesmaids before scooting off to shoot first-look photographs with Gannon around the property. Moments before the ceremony began, Gannon surprised Cairone with a Cinderella carriage to escort her and her father to the main polo field, where family, friends—and a spectacular 10-foot chuppah crafted from jumbo white hydrangeas, palm leaves, tree branches, and chiffon drapery—awaited their arrival. An electric violinist performed as Cairone and her father made their way down the aisle. After the ceremony, Cairone and Gannon returned to their carriage for a romantic jaunt

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Clockwise from above: cairone (second from left) and gannon (third from left) pose with their chariot; the bridal party; guests mingled

Venue Notes

after dinner poolside at the mallet grille; while some even ended up in the pool!

around the property before rejoining

Situated on more than 200 acres of

their guests on the 7th Chukker Veranda for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres

equestrian preserve, IPC features an

including salmon Wellington, pear and

array of rustic indoor settings and

Roquefort purses, coconut chicken,

alfresco backdrops, including The

and mini beef empanadas prepared

Pavilion, The 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda, the Mallet Grille

by IPC executive chef William Sellner Jr.

(patio and poolside), and more. The

and his culinary team. As the sun began to set, guests made

club is happy to provide an on-

their way downstairs for a poolside din-

site coordinator for either day-of or

ner at the Mallet Grille. IPC’s events

full-service planning assistance, or

staff carefully decorated each table

work in tandem with a client’s private

with whimsical details like birdcages,

planner. And while Julie Pickens,

feathers, mirrors, and antique trays. For added ambience, polo trophies—another

carved sirloin of beef; panang shrimp curry;

homage to Gannon’s riding history—were

and pad thai. For dessert, guests savored

used as vases for the ivory vendela roses and

forkfuls of five-layer, cookie-and-buttercream

antique green hydrangea floral centerpieces.

sheet cake.

IPC’s vice president of club hospitality and membership, says the Gannon event exemplifies the quintessential IPC wedding, she notes that there are a myriad of options to customize a

Cairone worked with Chef Sellner to craft an

Underneath a bougainvillea-covered can-

international menu featuring Italian, Asian, and

opy, everyone danced the night away with

American delicacies like porcini and fontina

some help from the evening’s entertainment: a

ravioli in a lobster broth; bucatini pasta with

DJ, an electronic violinist, and a standing drum-

baby vegetables, buratta, and pesto; hand-

mer who strolled through the crowd to keep

two or more polo champions during

the energy pulsing.

the cocktail reception. We can set up

to an equestrian theme and coordinate a stick-and-ball tournament with

To end the night, everyone

an exotic petting zoo for pint-sized

moved to the 7th Chukker

guests, arrange to have a fireworks

Restaurant for an after-party.

display, or bring in a high-profile per-

As guests nibbled on gourmet

former to entertain at the reception.

pizzettes and watched Florida

The possibilities are really endless.”

State

Notre

For a personalized site visit, contact

Dame (FSU alum Gannon is the

Julie Pickens at 561-282-5343 or

University

beat

football team’s former mascot),

email her at jpickens@international

they were wowed by a light

poloclub.com. For more information,

show: The couple’s wedding emblem—two rings with their initials—lit up the polo field. 

celebration at the club: “We can keep

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During the last three winter polo seasons, the International Polo Club has broken every record at the club – from revenue and attendance to sponsorships and special events. Simply put, we could not have done it without the support of our community.

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A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

“I am SOld ON tHe ScHOOl. academIcS, SpOrtS, muSIc — all Of tHe prOgramS gIve my kIdS a cHaNce tO excel wItH tHeIr gIftS. tHey are learNINg frOm teacHerS wHO lOve tHem IN a Secure eNvIrONmeNt.” PARENT oF ELEMENTARy ANd hIGh SChooL STudENTS

See what’s New at the king’s academy • The King’s Advantage Program for equestrian athletes • Interactive technology, including Promethean Smart Boards • Free transportation included • Toddler through Grade 12

• National Blue Ribbon School • Full-Page Aquatic Center • Studio 70 Production Studio • STEM Program • Center for Performing Arts (2016) • Girls Lacrosse Program

Schedule a tour today or join us for Open House Nov 12th or Jan 21st!

THE K ING’S ACADEMY Where Christ is King

561.686.4244

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PLAYERS AND PATRONs the world’s best play at ipc.

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tommy collingwood, jared zenni, facundo obregon, michel dorignac

victor vargas bob jornayvaz, john wash

mariano obregon, facundo obregon, luis escobar

sapo caset, santi torres, robert jornayvaz jr., bob jornayvaz

grant ganzi, marc ganzi

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Escape to

Paradise

Join us in Polo Paradise for a summer of world class polo on Santa Barbara Polo Club’s pristine grass fields. SBPRC will proudly host the USPA Intra-Circuit 12 Goal Tournament, USPA Nespresso America Cup, USPA Silver Cup and the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open amongst other tournaments for the 2016 Polo Season.

Santa Barbara Polo Club www.sbpolo.com

@therealsbpolo

3300 Via Real Carpinteria, CA 93013

(805) 684-6683

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PETS OF POLO HORSES AREN’T THE ONLY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS AT THE FIELDS on SUNDAY.

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Enjoy 20% off our best available rates.

For Reservations

Dial. 561.540.6440 I Visit. TidelineResort.com I Book online using promo code “POLO� 2842 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 Package available until April 30, 2016. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. May not be combined with any other offers


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lilly pulitzer day spectators OF ALL AGES CAME OUT january 26, 2015 to celebrate A TRUE palm beach FASHION ICON.

KRISTEN GILLIGA, CAROLINE WRIGHT, MARGHI WALTERS STEPHEN MOONEY, LA VER, KEITH WILLIAMS, KEVIN CLARK, SCOTT VELOZO, CHRISTINE DIROCCO

DANNI MELITA, RICHARD GAFF

LACEY IVANCEVIC, JENNY LEE, JESSICA WILLOUGHBY

MEILA & KAREN TURK

LILLY PULITZER PRINT DESIGNER MELISSA SIXMA

RITA CRAIG, KELLY WHITT

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alexis michaels, lauren daley, lily daley, brooke michaels, drew daley


Mimoslalsets &Ma RIL 3, 2016

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CLEMENTINA BROWN GYROTONIC Instructor Equestrian Champion

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STRENGTH. BEAUTY. BALANCE

GYROTONIC® | GYROKINESIS® | Boutique | Teas | Yoga

GYROTONIC® GYROKINESIS® Kundalini Yoga The MELT Method® Wellness Workshops Women’s/Men’s Fashion Organic Tea Counter Jewelry, Books & Music Mukha® Essentials All Natural Makeup

Cross Train with GYROTONIC® Exercise

GYROTONIC SATNAM Fitness Studio & Boutique ®

A horse is only hindered by its rider’s limitations. Tone your body and your riding to the highest level with GYROTONIC® exercise. GYROTONIC works for all horse disciplines by putting your body in the best and most efficient form for riding a horse because of the way it mimics the saddle. Liberate your spine and gain greater strength and coordination with GYROTONIC exercise.

2916 S Dixie Hwy W Palm Beach, FL 561.650.0304 gyrotonicsatnam.com

GYROTONIC® & GYROTONIC® & Logo are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.

561.891.1427 A private studio for men to relax and enjoy Barber Services without the drama and noise of a traditional salon. Classic & Contemporary Cuts and Straight Razor Shaves performed by an exceptional female barber. The pampered experience you deserve, every time. Inside Sola Salons: Studio 14 2515 South SR 7, Suite 100 Wellington, FL 33414

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You want elegant. Or sophisticated. Or intimate. Or one for the ages.

We’ll make your wedding an event to remember. • Bridal Showers • Bachelorette Parties • Bachelor Parties

• Rehearsal Dinners • Weddings • Post Wedding Brunches

For a private consultation, call us today at 561.282.5333. | InternationalPoloClub.com International Polo Club, Winner of Best Venue on TLC’s Four Weddings. Krystal Zaskey Photography • Event Planning and Styling: The Majestic Vision

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LASTINGIMPRESSION By MICHELLE LEE RIBeiRO

In celebration of IPC’s thirteenth season, raise a glass to these 13 game-day traditions that make Sunday polo so much fun.

1. Tailgating. No other sport does it better, period. 2. The Divot Stomp. Walk, dance, stomp…. As long as

9. Sunday Brunch. Nearly 700 people, including celebs

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it gets the job done. Halftime Champagne. Complimentary bubbly for everyone! Step and Repeat. Strut down the red carpet and revel in the spotlight—it’s your moment to shine. The Coin Toss. Heads or tails? And what celeb is tossing today? Oh, the anticipation…. Hats. Tall, small, and everything in between. Hats are IN at Sunday polo. Mate. As in, the Argentine beverage of choice for tailgating.

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8. The National Anthem. You never know who might show up to kick things off.

and VIPs, know The Pavilion is the place to be—and be seen—pre-game. 10. The Easter Egg Hunt. Watching hundreds of tiny smiling faces collecting colorful eggs from the field = pure joy. 11. The Trophy Presentation. Game day just wouldn’t be complete without all the pomp and circumstance. 12. Asado. After the match, players and crew can often be found unwinding at a typical Argentine barbecue. 13. Chukker. Everyone’s favorite mascot!

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Just imagine how the rest of the estate looks.

Building the Finest Residences for Horses and Their Owners Hunter Jumper Stables ■ Polo Pony Barns Owner Residences ■ Groom’s Quarters Viewing Pavilions ■ Covered Riding Arenas Fenced Paddocks ■ Bridle Paths ■ Sand & Grass Rings Stick & Ball Fields ■ Regulation Size Polo Fields Bridges, Lakes, Marshes ■ Equipment Buildings

561.689.8880 ■ HedrickBrothers.com Florida and Georgia


International Polo Club 2016  
International Polo Club 2016