High-Goal Winter Polo Season Opening Day Features Star Power and Horsepower

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Photo: LILA PHOTO
Photo: LILA PHOTO

Wellington, FL - On Sunday, January 4, the drama and excitement of the high-goal polo season kicks off at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. For 16 weeks, the world's finest polo players and their ponies storm into Wellington, where 12, 20-goal teams and eight, 26-goal teams go head-to-head in the greatest athletic and equine polo matchups on Earth.

Opening Day features a luxurious marathon of culinary masterpieces and nonstop adrenaline. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Supercar will be kicking off their fifth annual Supercar Week with a display of high-end, high-performance, and high-octane vehicles lined up at the entrance to The Pavilion. Sunday Brunch at The Pavilion begins at 2 p.m., offering more than 80 delectable, gastronomic selections, entertainment, and spirited beverages.

The divot stomp. Photo: LILA PHOTO
The divot stomp. Photo: LILA PHOTO

Renowned Broadway stars and sisters, Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, will perform the National Anthem. Actress Tatum O'Neal, the youngest person ever to win an Academy Award, will do the ceremonial coin toss.

The afternoon highlight, the final match of the 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup, starts at 3 p.m. on the Engel & Vӧlkers Field. Guests will enjoy the spectacle of thoroughbred horses charging down the field, the solid click of mallet on ball, the pop of champagne corks, and the excited revelry of thousands of spectators.

John Wash, International Polo Club (IPC) president, promises that 2015 will be the best polo season ever. "Every year, we have been able to take the entire polo experience up a notch," said Wash. "Our executive team puts in long days brainstorming new ideas and juggling the hundreds of details that go into making IPC the world's premier polo destination.

Aerial view of the divot stomp at IPC. Photo: LILA PHOTO.
Aerial view of the divot stomp at IPC. Photo: LILA PHOTO.

"We couldn't be more proud to be the home of the most prestigious tournaments in North America, the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup, the Piaget USPA Gold Cup, and the U.S. Open Polo Championship."

Sunday polo tickets start at $10 for general admission and go up to $120 for box seating. Sunday Brunch at The Pavilion during January-February is $100, and the Reception Pass is $55. For March-April, pricing increases to $120 for Sunday Brunch, and $65 for the Reception Pass. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch (for two) is priced at $300 for January-February, and increases to $330 during March-April. Advance ticketing and reservations are highly recommended, and are available for purchase online at InternationalPoloClub.com.

Photo: David Lominska
Photo: David Lominska

International Polo Club Palm Beach Fast Facts
What: Created by players for players, the International Polo Club Palm Beach was born out of the dream to build a facility to showcase the incredible skills of the ponies and players that dominate the sport.

Members and guests enjoy panoramic views of the action from field side box seats or lawn and terrace seating. Sponsors and fans convene at The Winners Circle to congratulate the players during the awards presentation following the games.

Gourmet brunches, après polo celebrations and the prerequisite charitable events will take place in The Pavilion. Designed to accommodate large parties, corporate clients, as well as family and friends.

Featured Highlights:
Herbie Pennell Cup - 20 Goal
Jan. 1 - 4, 2015

Joe Barry Memorial Cup - 20 Goal
Jan. 4 - 25, 2015

Ylvisaker Cup - 20 Goal
Jan. 28 - February 22, 2015

Iglehart Cup - 20 Goal
Feb. 28 - March 8, 2015  

USPA C.V. Whitney Cup - 26 Goal
Feb. 15 - March 1, 2015

Piaget USPA Gold Cup® - 26 Goal
March 4 - March 22, 2015

111th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship® - 26 Goal
March 25 - April 19, 2015




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