Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 2, 2017 — The International Polo Club (IPC) opened the 2017 polo season January 1 with a day full of polo and social festivities. The final of the 2017 Herbie Pennell Cup featured Villa del Lago Modere and Postage Stamp Farm. After an exciting match, Villa del Lago Modere defeated Postage Stamp 12-9.
“We were delighted with the turnout today,” said Mark Bellissimo, whose partnership purchased IPC after the 2016 U.S. Open Polo Championship®. “Polo is alive and well in Wellington.”
Guests piled into the newly renovated Pavilion to experience the sumptuous Pavilion Brunch and expanded Coco Polo Lounge. Juan Gando, Wellington’s top restaurateur and club operator, owner of the Grille, Oli’s, Seahorse, and White Horse Tavern brought his Fashion Cuisine brand to IPC this year.
The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden allowed guests to show off their unique polo style. Every Sunday, fashionistas can be named Sunday’s Most Fashionable on the Field by using the hashtags #ClicquotStyle and #IPCSundayPolo. With a widened terrace on the Pavilion, guests got closer to the action and watched the game in style.
Opening Day featured fun for the whole family. Complete with bounce houses, the free Kids’ Fun Zone, sponsored by Wellington Regional Medical Center, allowed children to have fun during the match. Ketel One ® debuted the Ketel Kitchen on Opening Day. Continuing all season, the area offered specialty drinks, refreshments and a seating area.
SuperCars displayed dozens of vehicles by the Pavilion including Project 425 Vietnam Vets and original Huey Helicopter, displays from Lamborghini Palm Beach, RENNtech Mercedes and more. The Palm Beach Opera performed the National Anthem and Carol Sollak of Engel & Völkers ® kicked off the season Coin-Toss on the E&V Championship Field.
“International Polo Club Palm Beach has and will continue to devote a great amount of resources to make polo better than ever,” said Bellissimo. “Opening Day reflected a great effort on the part of the polo community in Florida, and we hope this facility will be the hub of it for many years to come.”
The 2017 high-goal season runs from January 1 through April 23. The 20-goal tournament series at IPC resumes Wednesday, Jan. 4, with the Joe Barry Memorial Cup opener.