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Polo Tailgating: Wellington Style

Submitted by on January 14, 2010 – 3:43 pm11 Comments

Polo Tailgating: Wellington Style

A family tradition has been in place in our household  for approximately the last 11 years. Every Sunday, in lieu of getting dressed and ready to worship at a house of prayer, we load up our truck and head to the polo fields.

Years ago we attended the games at Palm Beach Polo in Wellington, Florida where we were first introduced to the sport. For the last few years we’ve been part of the faithful at the International Polo Club in Wellington. Located in the heart of this bedroom community, the IPC becomes a focal location for our family and friends from January through April.

Once thought to be a sport only enjoyed by the rich and elite, polo is truly a sport that can be enjoyed by those from all walks of life (from the beer drinkers to champagne). Like most sporting events, seating costs may vary but at polo, the least expensive seats are by far the best! (At least in this writer’s opinion) That’s where we are- we tailgate. We are right on the field, just feet away from the thundering horses and their agile riders. The sound as they approach is exhilarating!

As the organizer of our spot, I select a theme for each of our weekends so our guests can plan to bring snacks and beverages accordingly. This year the IPC has followed our lead and has encouraged all tailgaters to do the same. Some of the themes they have selected are Winter Wonderland, Football Fiesta, Jungle Safari, etc. This coming week, I’ll be hosting a theme of my own, Asian Aura where our foods will be of Asian culture and our decorations will reflect that culture as well. We’ll also have a massage therapist providing hand and neck massages for our guests (provided free of charge by a local vendor). These ideas add to the festivities and our guests are encouraged to dress as a reflection of the theme for added fun. The children that attend usually get a big kick out of this, attending somewhat of a costume party weekly!

That’s the beauty of tailgating at polo; it’s a family event… All aspects of polo offer something for every age group. For the children there are bounce houses, horses, fresh air and yummy treats. For the adults, the games themselves may be the draw but people watching, good food, music and great conversations, make this an event that can’t be missed. We extend the afternoon fun by holding bocce tournaments at our tent. This friendly competition often continues until the sun goes down and we break down our tent until we meet again next Sunday.

If you’ve never attended a polo match, try to do so. Polo is played throughout our country and of course abroad. Fortunately for us, the International Polo Club is within miles of our home. We’re fortunate in that we load up our truck with tables, chairs, barb b q, cooler and decorations  with the anticipation of seeing familiar faces and looking forward to meeting new ones. If you have a moment, visit these web sites to see the polo that I love. And if you’re in town stop by and say hello at tent NE-21 on any given Sunday afternoon!

www.internationalpoloclub.com

www.ratnersportsphotography.com

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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  • Dr. Judi says:

    Val’s Tent #21 is the BEST!!! It is so much fun decorating the tent & bringing food to match the theme. I’ve met so many new friends there! Val & her husband, Paul are so sweet!! They always make everyone feel at home! I’ve invited friends of mine & the party just grows! It is such a great way to spend Sunday afternoon. I always look forward to it!
    THANKS, Val! Love you & all my sister Goddessess!

  • Patty Lee says:

    I AM SO PROUD TO BELONG TO TENT #21.
    I ALWAYS FEEL SO WELCOME.
    THE SPIRIT IS CONTAGIOUS!
    THANK YOU VAL AND PAUL FOR OPENING UP YOUR HEARTS!!

  • Jim says:

    So do you need to reserve a place to park your car if you want to tailgate? How does it work? just pay the parking fee and drive up the field?

    thanks

  • val says:

    To tailgate at International Polo you need to simply call the their box office. You can either reserve the spot per week or for the entire season as we do. The spot entitles you to have one vehicle parked at the actual tent site.You need to bring all other items, as you would for a football game tailgate, to make your afternoon and enjoyable one.
    We bring four bnaquet tables, a bar b-q, 8 chairs and various foods and drinks. All of our guests bring items as well. It’s a wonderful experience and a great time for all who attend. Contact International Polo in Wellington, Florida for more information (561) 204-5687.

  • Debbie Hummel says:

    Aug 22d will be my 2d tailgate party. My theme is “The Winners’ Circle” and am doing the color scheme in the club’s colors of blue, white and gold.

    Where can I order on line any paper plates,napkins, cups, etc, cheap posters, etc. for decorations?
    901-458-3881
    Memphis, TN

  • Todd says:

    i am looking to rent a tailgate spot from someone that bought season tickets and cannot make a game

  • Lisa says:

    I have Lived in Wellington for the past 12 years and have yet to attend a Polo Match.. I would love to Tailgate with someone… Im a Great Cook.. Fun Person to Hang With… and All that Other Stuff.. But Honestly .. I would Love to Attend My First Polo Match Soon!!!

    Thanks Lisa
    561-385-3892

  • val stanley says:

    Thank you Lisa for visiting our page and commenting on our post about tailgating. It’s a shame that you’ve lived here as long as you have and have yet to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the polo fields. Please give it your best effort to get out there on a given Sunday (final match will be April 17, 2011) and enjoy the best polo players in the world playing in your own backyard. Contact the International Polo Club office for game information (561-204-5687). Take a stroll by the tailgates and you may run into someone you know from your community. Enjoy!

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  • every family has its own distinct tradition. This is no longer at all on a regular basis is not possible to change this situation ilerledinden. Very thank full article to read and I was impressed.Thank you Lisa for visiting our page and commenting on our post about tailgating. It’s a shame that you’ve lived here as long as you have and have yet to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the polo fields.

  • So do you need to reserve a place to park your car if you want to tailgate? How does it work? just pay the parking fee and drive up the field? you good nice ?

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