Polo has new, permanent “home” in the US

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Polo's new home in the US in Wellington, Florida, will set the standard for excellence in polo, the US Polo Association says.
Polo’s new home in the US in Wellington, Florida, will set the standard for excellence in polo, the US Polo Association says. © White Fence Photography Company/USPA

The United States Polo Association (USPA) has bought up large in Wellington, Florida, acquiring land, buildings and other assets to create a permanent center for the sport in the US.

The acquisition of the core assets of the International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach include 161 acres from WEP Polo LLC and WEP Polo Operations LLC, including Fields 1 through 5, the IPC grandstand, the Pavilion, the Mallet Grille, the Seventh Chukker, the USPA Clubhouse shop, the Outback Field, the Outback facility, and the IPC social club and its facilities, including a swimming pool, gym, and tennis courts.

The IPC property will be called “The USPA National Polo Center – Wellington” (NPC).

It is part of the vision of the USPA Board of Governors for a permanent center for polo in North America and set the standard for excellence in the sport.

The USPA plans to open the annual Wellington polo season in October, kicking off with the Federation of International Polo World Championship from October 26 through November 6, 2022.

Widely regarded as the winter hub of world-class equestrian competition, Wellington has played a critical role in the development of the sport of polo in the United States and abroad since the 1970s. Every January through April, the Florida high-goal season attracts the world’s top polo organizations, highest-rated professionals, and top horses. South Florida is the home of the USPA and USPA Global Licensing, as well as the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame and the Polo Training Foundation.

Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), and Wellington’s largest private landowner, said the sale is part of the ‘Wellington 3.0’ strategy, which is focused on strengthening both the equestrian venues and the core lifestyle elements that are critical for Wellington’s long-term success.

The USPA will continue to host top-level events but it will also use the facility to support medium and low-goal polo. The facility will also secure the future of winter and spring polo in South Florida, which many of the sport’s key participants from throughout the country rely on as a major source of the annual income that allows them to participate in polo at their summer and fall club locations.

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