Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida - High-goal polo continued to flex its global sense of panache
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on and off the field during
action at the 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup.
A crowd of 1,367 enjoyed a clear, sunny day honoring one of polo's
pioneers. The on-field festivities began with Maggie Boyle leading
the parade of polo players, including her father, Tommy, to midfield.
Dr. Sheila Johnson, Chairman of the Washington International Horse
Show and a guiding force of The National Horse Show and Winter Equestrian
Festival, gave a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. Village
of Wellington councilwoman Laurie Cohen handled the pre-game coin
toss near midfield.
The club's traditional halftime champagne divot stomp continued
with a twist as almost two dozen Harley Davidson motorcycles roared
around the field, leading the crowd to the Hummers filled with champagne.
Spectators sporting fashions from major designers as well as jeans
and t-shirts mingled easily sipping the bubbly at midfield.
Prior to the polo match, more than 200 guests dined on a delicious
brunch catered by The Breakers before heading into the stadium to
catch all the thrilling action in the 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup game.
On the field, C Spear dominated the second half en route to a 13-7
victory over Brigadoon. Nine-goaler Paco de Narvaez led the winners
with six goals and Boyle added four goals. Boyle was named the game's
MVP for his efforts. American 10-goaler Adam Snow led Brigadoon
with five goals.
The Ylvisaker Cup in named in honor of William T. "Bill"
Ylvisaker, a polo pioneer who founded Palm Beach Polo and Country
Club in the late 1970s and was elected into the Polo Hall of Fame
in 1996. Ylvisaker, who has been involved in polo for some 50 years,
has won numerous major polo tournaments, including the prestigious
U.S. Open in 1972.
High-goal polo action continues every Sunday at 3 p.m. The polo
game is open to the public with tickets beginning at $10 each. For
information, call (561) 204-5687.
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue
South, between Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road, in Wellington.