In what promises to be testosterone overload of man, machine and equines, the International Polo Club of Palm Beach will kickoff their season and also host the first day of the Fifth Annual SuperCar Week, that will feature dozens of sleek, shiny exotic supercars in a special exhibition next to the VIP Pavilion starting at 10:30 am and continuing until 5 pm.
Opening day is always exciting as the season gallops into high gear when eager polo enthusiasts take to watching the field that will feature the finals of the season-opening, 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup.
Opening day will also be sporting some additional horsepower as IPC hosts the kickoff of the Supercar Week that runs through Sunday January 10th. At the Polo Club, exotic cars including Ferraris, Audis, Lamborginis, Rolls Royces and James Bond favorite Aston Martin will be lined up and showcased outside the Pavillion. These are some rare beauties not often seen, with value that reaches well into six figures.
Adding to the beauty is the unveiling of the season poster by renowned Lake Park artist Maureen Fulgenzi that features a stunning red horse in full gallop. Fulgenzi will be at the event signing limited edition copies of the poster in various sizes and formats. She will also be exhibiting at all the VIP events during Supercar Week. Fulgenzi’s horse paintings have been used by Supercar Director Neil London for the past four years for posters for Supercar weekend at Polo.
“Knowing my horse painting would be used I had in mind while painting it the fury and energy of a racing car which you can see the power of this horse,” Fulgenzi says. “Horses and supercars have a lot in common with their speed and beauty.”
“We’re excited to announce the start of our 13th season of polo at IPC, and predict an unbeatable year,” said John Wash, president of the International Polo Club. “Whether you’re a first-time spectator or a veteran polo fan, we invite everyone to enjoy the festivities and thrills of high-goal polo during our 17-week winter season, which culminates on April 24.”
The addition of new teams will bring some new excitement in 2016. Even the seating has been upgraded, as enhanced, ergonomic seats replace the former lawn seating for field-side spectating, new high end sponsors have partnered with the famed facility, and new hospitality options will cater to attendees at The Pavilion.
“IPC will have the top ranked national and international polo players competing in our 20-goal and 26-goal tournaments. We continue to be honored as the host venue for the most prestigious polo tournaments in North America,” said Wash. American Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld, a Young Artist in residence with the Palm Beach Opera, is scheduled to perform her stirring rendition of the National Anthem at the start of the opening day match.
Ticket prices for Sunday polo at International Polo Club range from $30 for stadium seating to $150 for box seating. The Pavilion reception pass starts at $55, seating for the Champagne Sunday brunch and polo on the new Lilly Pulitzer Patio at The Pavilion begins at $100, and the Veuve Clicquot Airstream Lounge brunch package for two is priced at $300. Also, new this year, the Funky Buddha Beerstream Garden, serving craft beer and charcuterie for guests and filling growlers for tailgaters, and the chic Coco Polo Lounge, an exquisitely renovated 1964 vintage, red double-decker bus with just 50 choice lounge seats for $225 per person, and includes the lavish gourmet brunch, drink tickets, valet parking, and a luxe swag bag.
“For more about the International Polo Club, call 561-204-5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com“