The 2015 Palm Beach Polo Season kicked off in style over the weekend, with Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal tossing the coin for the sold out opening match between rivals Villa Del Lago and Casablanca. Renowned Broadway stars and sisters, Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz sang the National Anthem.
Once billed as the “Sport of Kings,” Polo is now considered the stomping grounds for uber-fashionistas. Spectators filled the stands donning everything from colorful Lilly shifts to Diane Von Furstenberg wraps and billowy maxi dresses. Still, others preferred tight white jeans, ultra mini-shorts and riding boots. As far as fashion rules, there are none. However, you might want to skip the stilettos, which aren’t ideal for preening across the grassy field at half time. The only must haves, a fab pair of sunglasses and an equally fabulous hat! And, the guys were definitely not outdone by the gals in the style department. Check out the stylish polo fans in my slideshow.
International Polo Club President, John Walsh says their Sunday matches are all inclusive, with general admission starting at $5 and kids under 12 are free. “Palm Beach Polo has become a family tradition that all members can enjoy, from your kids to the family dog. It is a great way to commune.”
Also on the field were oodles of high-end luxury automobiles, including the must haves at polo matches, Maserati’s, Ferraris and Lamborghini’s. In the stands, the libation of choice, Veuve Clicquot dah-links, and my fave, Palm Beach Chukker Punch. It consists of Belvedere vodka, orange, pineapple and cranberry juice with a splash of grenadine topped with sparkling Chandon. Oh, and for you polo newbies, a chukker represents the period of play. There are six chukkers per game, each lasting 7:30.
Between the beauty and power of the magnificent horses and players traveling in excess of 30 miles per hour, to the fans in the stands and the exotic cars and cocktails, it was definitely a haute couture, and beyond fabulous way to spend a Sunday! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the red team, Casablanca won 13-11, I think. I couldn’t see that well over my wide brimmed hat and extra large sunnies, or was it the wide glass of Chukker Punch?
The International Polo Club Palm Beach season runs for 16 weeks concluding with the U.S. Open Polo Championship final on Sunday, April 19. Matches are open to the public and offer a wide range of seating options from $10 field tailgating tickets to elegant champagne brunches and boxes, at yes, uber prices.