English Events Horse Happenings

Orchard Hill to Face Valiente in US Open Polo Championship Final Coca-Cola and Audi Defeated in Semifinals

Wellington, FL – April 15, 2015 – Orchard Hill and Valiente secured spots in the 111th U.S. Open Polo Championship Final, winning their respective games Wednesday in the semifinals at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC).  

Orchard Hill defeated Coca-Cola 12-8. In exciting overtime play, Valiente took Audi 11-10 in overtime on Engel & Völkers field.

Orchard Hill                          Coca-Cola

Steve Van Andel   A               Gillian Johnston   2

Ezequiel Ferrario   7               Pelon Stirling   10

Polito Pieres   9                      Julio Arellano   8

Facundo Pieres   10               Sugar Erskine   6

A pair of Piereses pounced onto the field with the eye of the tiger, and even the power punch of Pelon Stirling and Julio Arellano couldn’t take them down. If a Pieres didn’t score the goal, he had a hand in it. The cousins controlled the game with cat-like cunning, scoring 10 of Orchard Hills’ 12 goals.

English Events Horse Happenings

The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Returns to the International Polo Club Palm Beach for Week 6

Wellington, FL – February 9, 2015 -The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is travelling back to the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) for its sixth week of competition. This week’s events will take place on Wednesday, February 11 and Friday, February 13. In addition to the ever-popular 1.30-1.35m classes, Wednesday will offer low and medium schooling jumpers. Friday will see the Grand Prix running all day in the main ring, and low and medium schooling jumpers running in the second ring.

English Events Horse Happenings

The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Heads Back to The International Polo Club For Fourth Week of Competition

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2015 -The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is travelling back to the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) for its fourth week of competition. This week’s events will take place on Wednesday, January 28 and Friday, January 30. The wide variety of classes, including Children/Adult, Masters, Junior/Amateur-Owner and Schooling Jumper classes in addition to the Grand Prix on Friday is sure to be popular with riders and horses of all levels of experience.

English Events Horse Happenings

Villa del Lago Squeezes Past Enigma 11-10 in Joe Barry Cup Semifinals

Wellington. FL – January 21, 2015 – One point made all the difference Wednesday, earning Villa del Lago a seat at the dinner table next Sunday in the Joe Barry Cup Finals at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida. Villa del Lago beat Enigma in the semifinals, maintaining a razor-thin lead in the last two chukkers to win 11-10.
              ( Photo below: Jerome Wirth, Polito Pieres, Matias MacDonough, Jeff Hall, Julian de Lusarreta, Carlucho Arellano and Agustin Obregon. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.)

Villa Del Lago                      Enigma
Jim Zenni   A                        Jerome Wirth   1
Agustin Obregon   5             Jeff Hall   7
Polito Pieres   9                    Matias MacDonough   7
Julian de Lusarreta   6          Carlucho Arellano   5

Even legendary sports oddsmaker Jimmy the Greek couldn’t have predicted this one. Enigma owned the field from the get-go all the way until the fifth chukker, smacking in one goal after another and foiling its opponent at nearly every turn. Patron Jerome Wirth and his posse seemed unstoppable, charging ahead of Villa del Lago and keeping them on the run for the first two-thirds of the game – not an easy thing to do to a team powered by 9-goaler Polito Pieres.

Pieres made the first goal of the day but then seem off his stride for a while. In the first half some of his shots on goal went uncharacteristically wide, and he was repeatedly ridden off the ball by the Enigma machine. Jeff Hall, Matias MacDonough and Carlucho Arellano each scored a goal from the field in quick succession, with the first chukker ending 3-1 for Enigma. 


Pieres popped in a couple of penalty shots in the second chukker, as did MacDonough and Arellano. A MacDonough-Pieres sword fight spiced things up for a while, and then

(Jerome Wirth. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.)

MacDonough ran off with the ball. It ended up ping-ponging between Pieres and Hall as they thundered down the field. Pieres swiped it and headed downfield, where he made one of his trademark neckshots, but it went wide of goal. Villa del Lago’s patron, Jim Zenni, scored from the field, tightening Engima’s lead to one point.
The third chukker began 5-4 for Enigma, which promptly reasserted itself, putting two more points on the scoreboard courtesy of MacDonough and Arellano. Enigma displayed some quick and crafty moves, almost toying with Villa del Lago – which remained scoreless in the chukker – like a cat with a mouse. Villa del Lago managed to rally in the fourth chukker, with Pieres and Agustin Obregon each scoring. But Enigma puts its foot down pronto with goals from the field by Hall, MacDonough and Arellano. Going into the fifth chukker, Enigma held a commanding four-point lead (10-6). 

Just when it looked like the final scene had been written, the plot changed as fast as in a Fellini movie. Inexplicably (to anyone other than himself), Pieres suddenly sprang into life and stopped Enigma in its tracks. Before the end of the chukker, Pieres and company had scored five goals – five. Enigma, no doubt as stunned as the crowd of spectators, was scoreless.

The fifth chukker ended with Villa del Lago in the driver’s seat, 11-10. And that’s how the game ended, with neither team scoring in the last chukker.


Pieres conceded that Ville del Lago’s game was sub-par for the first half. “At the beginning we played really bad. The worst three chukkers we played,” he said.

Matias MacDonough. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.

How did they turn things around? “We kept on playing, and we said, ‘We’re going to win; we’re going to win.’  We trusted ourselves. I think we made a hell of a comeback in the fifth chukker. And we’re happy that we won playing bad.” 

The Joe Barry Cup semifinals resume Thursday, with Orchard Hill playing Lucchese at IPC at 11 a.m. The Bobby Barry Semifinals take place in the afternoon, with Tonkawa playing Lechuza Caracas at 1 p.m. at Everglades Polo Club and FlexJet opposing Audi at 3 p.m. at IPC.

(photo: Julian de Lusarreta and Jeff Hall. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.)

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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 U.S. Open Polo Championship® – 26 Goal
March 25 – April 19, 2015

From the Turnpike:
Take the Lake Worth Exit
Head west on FL-802 W/Lake Worth Rd toward Hooks Rd
Continue to follow Lake Worth Rd (3.9 miles)
Turn right onto 120th Ave S
Destination will be ahead on the left (0.4 miles)

From I-95:
Exit Forest Hill Blvd, head West
Make Left turn onto 441/St Rd 7
Make Right turn onto Lake Worth Rd
Make Right turn onto 120th Ave S
Destination on Left

3667 120th Ave S, Wellington, FL 33414
International Polo Club Palm Beach: 561-204-5687
Mallet Grille: 561-282-5340
Spa & Fitness Center: 561-282-5288
Tennis Pro Shop: 561-795-7228
Polo Operations Office: 561-282-5283
Polo Hotline: 561-282-5290
English Events Horse Happenings

No Enigma About It, This Team is on Fire

January 15, 2015 – Wellington, FL – Hooves were thundering and mallets clacking all day Thursday as the 20-goal Joe Barry Cup continued at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida. Three slam-bam matches carried on nonstop from 10 a.m. until nearly 5 p.m. In the first match, Coca-Cola soundly defeated FlexJet 13-8. Enigma followed with a tight win over Merchant Hub 13-11, and the day closed with Orchard Hill edging out Lechuza Caracas 12-11.

English Events Horse Happenings

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faithful Win at the Wellington Turf Tour

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2015 -Vast green polo fields created the perfect backdrop for the start of the second week of The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour.

 Competition in both rings remained strong throughout the day on Wednesday, January 14. While the weather remained overcast for most of the morning, the sun peeked out during the afternoon to highlight a beautiful set of courses that rode well for the competitors. The Grand Prix field saw riders from 8 a.m. until the sun began to fade around 5 p.m. The second ring stayed quite busy until the medium jumpers finished up in the mid-afternoon. The show saw almost 130 trips, significantly growing from week one of the Turf Tour.

Kristen VanderVeen rode Bull Run’s Faithful, owned by Bull Run Jumpers, Inc. to the top of the standings in the first $2,400 1.3-1.35m jumpers. VanderVeen was very pleased with her new ride on the mare.

(below:Bull Run’s Faithful and Kristen Vanderveen Win $2400 1.3-1.35m Jumpers at The Ridge at Wellington. Photos by Shannon Bower/Phelps Media Group)

Bull Run's Faithful and Kristen VanderVeen Win at The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour

“She’s brand new, so it’s only the second time we’ve shown. Last week we did her at the first stop of the Turf Tour, so I’m really happy,” VanderVeen said. “She’s a little spicy so I’m getting used to her, but she’s a gamer in the ring. It’s really nice here; the ground is so solid I don’t feel like we’re going to have any trouble.”

Jeffery Welles finished second on Triton Ventures Farms Inc’s Calais, finishing less than a tenth of a second behind Faithful. He was also fourth on Herbert Sambol’s Broken Heart. 


Andrew Welles rode his own Quickly 3 to a third place finish. Andrew spoke very highly of the Turf Tour.                                                 (Calais and Jeffery Welles)

Jeffery Welles and Calais

“It’s a fantastic facility and a great opportunity to do something different with our horses. I think it’s fantastic that we get to come and jump on grass, not just grass but a facility like IPC is just phenomenal for the horses,” Andrew said. “I’m planning to come back on Friday. The horse I did had a nice little break after doing well in the grand prixs in December so this was his first week back.”


Tennyson, ridden by Darrin Dliin for Susan Grange, came in fifth. Peter Leone rode Lionshare Farm’s My Pleasure to finish sixth. Leone was enthusiastic about why he chose to come to The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour. “Quality venue, quality jumps, quality course designing and nice money.”


(Cassidy and Ansgar Holtgers)

Ansgar Holtgers, riding his own Cassidy, won the second $2,400 1.3-1.35m jumper class. Cartoon City, owned and ridden by Marcus Hagglund finished second. Third went to Gabrielle Pelchat, riding her own Just Stella. Hot Topic, owned by Finca Horses Inc and ridden by Nina Fagerstrom finished fourth. Beth Underhill rode her own Viggo to claim a fifth place. Nimbus, owned by Blue Gate Farm LLC was ridden by Denise Wilson to finish sixth.

The second ring saw plenty of action throughout the morning and early afternoon. The first class of the day was the low jumpers, won by Sarah Wayda on Rene Johnson’s Josephine, out of a very competitive field of 29.

Second went to Click For Quality, ridden by Marshall Field for Hidden Brook Farm. Jennifer Knobel rode her own Stash to finish third. Fourth went to Chambery 25, owned and ridden by Adolpho Franco. Alpen Star Enterprises’ Ae La Gracia finished fifth, ridden by Tatiana Gabrush. Debbi White rounded out the top six on her own Basil Hayden.


Marshall Field, who rode Hidden Brook Farm’s London and Carpathia K to finish first and second, dominated the second class of the low jumpers. Morgan Bailey rode her own Baby Ruth to finish third. Fourth went to Ansgar Holtgers on his own Delinda. Christine McCrea rode Candy Tribble’s Centrefold to a fifth place finish. Ae La Gracia finished sixth, ridden by Tatiana Gabrush and owned by Alpen Star Enterprises.


The second division was the medium jumpers at 1.2-1.25m. Paul Yanke continued to build on his successes from last week, claiming first aboard Equinvest’s Lady Sparkle and second on his own Carle. Sarah Wayda had three horses in the ribbons, riding Rene Johnson’s horses Maximus and Artemis to finish third and fifth respectively. She also rode Rian Miller’s Contentus to sixth. Fourth went to Unik De Vergne, owned by Nicolas Paillot and owned by Anne Caroline Valtin.

Ansgar Holtgers on his own El Casper won the second class of the medium jumpers, followed by Eric Flameng riding Floriac LLC’s Balous Boy.


Friday’s events promise to be exciting, with the $15,000 1.4m Grand Prix running from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.. Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be both child/adult and masters jumper classes, along with a classic round for both divisions, running concurrently with open cards until noon.


In addition, there will be a low schooling jumper division with two classes running concurrently offered at this height. The $2,000 Child and Adult Classic is pointed from Marshall & Sterling, NAL & WIHS. The $2,000 Master’s Jumper Classic, open to riders 50 and over, is also pointed from Marshall & Sterling, NAL & WIHS.


The JR/AOs will start at 12:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m., with both the regular class and classic card open concurrently. The $3,000 Junior and A-O Jumper Classic is NAL pointed. High schooling jumpers will also be offered with cards running concurrently.

Week two of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is taking place at The International Polo Club, located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington, FL 33414. The show entrance is off 120th Street between Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road.

Meadowbrook Horse Transport will provide transportation to and from the horse show and other locations throughout Wellington for both the Wednesday and Friday events. The transportation is a nominal fee of $50 per horse, and will be calculated into the final show fees. To make a reservation for one of the three pickup times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. please call Peter Tufano of Meadowbrook Horse Transport at (954) 415-7217, or call Nona Garson at (908) 500-0996.

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English Events Horse Happenings

Lucchese Boots It in 13-11 Over CT Energia

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2015 – Two points made all the difference in both games Saturday as the 2015 Joe Barry Cup continued at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida. Lucchese took CT Energia 13-11, and Audi bested Tonkawa 10-8.

English Events Horse Happenings

International Polo Club Palm Beach High-Goal Season Kicks off with the Herbie Pennell Cup

Wellington, FL – January 2, 2015 – International Polo Club Palm Beach’s signature palm trees and lush, manicured fields provided the perfect backdrop for the first high-goal games of the 2015 season. The first match between Casablanca and Coca-Cola demonstrated the strength of the young Casablanca players. In the second face-off of the day, Villa del Lago pulled out a win over the Lechuza Caracas team.

English Events Horse Happenings

Audi Defeats Villa del Lago, 14-9, To Advance Into Ylvisaker Cup Semifinals

WELLINGTON, FL-February 18, 2013 – With a balanced second-half attack, Audi mounted an impressive comeback to defeat Villa del Lago, 14-9, and advance into Wednesday’s Ylvisaker Cup semifinals at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

English Events Horse Happenings

Piaget’s Miguel Astrada, Sapo Caset; Audi’s Gonzalito Pieres Will Compete Saturday In Outback 40-Goal Challenge Game

WELLINGTON, FL-February 12, 2013—Grand Champions Polo Club-based pro teams Audi and Piaget will be well-represented on Saturday in the Outback 40-Goal Challenge Game at International Polo Club Palm Beach.  Eight 10-goal players will compete for Equus & Co. and EFG Bank in the annual game that benefits the Polo Players Support Group, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to seriously injured or ill polo players and grooms.