Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2013
Contact: Kayla French
International Polo Club Palm Beach Honored with 2013 President’s Award
The International Polo Club Palm Beach, which is located in Wellington, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award for establishing itself as the premier destination in the world for polo and its success in promoting sports tourism. The honor is awarded annually by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Each year, recipients are selected among athletes, coaches, media, special venues, and administrators in Palm Beach County who have achieved excellence in sports. The President’s Award will be presented at the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Annual Sports Award Ceremony, scheduled for 5pm on Sunday March 24th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. What began as a visionary dream, evolved into a meticulously prominent facility, and is now a reality as the International Polo Club celebrates its 10th year of world-class polo competition.
The team at the International Polo Club is creating a tremendous legacy. IPC captured its first major polo tournament with the C.V. Whitney Cup (26-goal), during the facility’s initial year. Today, John Wash and his team have landed the most prestigious 20 goal and 26 goal polo tournaments in the world, including the Joe Barry Memorial Cup (20 goal), the Ylvisaker Cup (20 goal), and the USPA PIAGET Gold Cup (26 goal). The season culminates with the coveted USPA Maserati 109th US Open Polo Championships (26 goal), the nation’s most respected polo tournament offering the most admired trophy in polo. IPC received a great triumph, when the United States Polo Association awarded IPC the Gold Cup, sealing its place in polo history as the first club to possess the “triple crown” of American polo, with all three 26-goal trophies calling IPC home.
In the early years at IPC, spectators numbered in the hundreds, appealing to devoted equestrian enthusiasts. Today, John Wash and his dedicated staff have transformed Sunday polo into a major attraction for families, corporations, celebrities, and sports fans across the country. In 2013, record-breaking crowds are enjoying polo at the club. The polo season at IPC has proven to be an incredible benefit for Palm Beach County. IPC’s polo season promotes the County as an elite sports destination and generates more than $20 million of economic impact for the community.
In addition to polo, John Wash and his team has transformed the International Polo Club (IPC) into a destination for some of the nation’s largest sporting events. The world-class facility and its collection of polo fields have been home to national tournaments in sports such as lacrosse,
“The IPC and John Wash have been a great partner of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.” says Guy Quattlebaum, President. “Not only is the IPC a leader in the equestrian and polo community, but they have a tremendously versatile facility that can be transformed to host multiple field sporting events.
The International Polo Club offers an unparalleled experience of excitement, drama, competition, and hospitality and has developed into one of Palm Beach County’s premier sports venues.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and any additional information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s 37th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Annual Sports Award Ceremony, please visit www.palmbeachsports.com