|By Augustus Mayhew
Polo is one of the Palm Beach area’s seasonal attractions, ever since John S. Phipps introduced the area’s first polo matches during the 1920s at the family’s Gulf Stream fields. Today Greater Swellington hosts a range of handicap leagues, stick-and-ball and practice games at several venues, Outback at International Polo Club, Gulf Stream Polo (now in western Lake Worth) and at the world-class high-goal jeroboam of polo, the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The 2009 season highlight promises to be the revival of the Westchester Cup by the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame to be played between the US and the UK, February 21st at the International Polo Club Palm Beach stadium in Wellington. While waiting for all the big shots to play, saddle up and enjoy a few snaps out-and-about where the ball is already in play and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a season opener, the Friday, January 10th, 3:00 p.m. game played on the Outback field, Tommy Lee Jones’ San Saba team defeated Victor Vargas’ La Lechuza Caracas, 12-11.
|Frederic Roy, editor and publisher of The Morning Line, hand-delivers the latest issue aboard his Segway.||A Lechuza pony handler takes a quick smoke in the horse van.|
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|Backstage at the Outback barn, Cabo patiently waits for delivery of an afternoon snack.||Meanwhile, back at the Outback barn, Poeta relaxes in her stable suite enjoying a late afternoon lunch delivered by room service.|
|The Watering Hole at Gulf Stream Polo Club.|
|Five-goal player and trainer Julio Ezcurra is ready to ride at Gulf Stream Polo Club.||Badly misshapen with every wallop, about two dozen polo balls are used for each match. This could add up.|
|Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.|