The IPC property will be called “The USPA National Polo Center – Wellington” (“NPC”).
The purchase brings to life the USPA Board of Governors’ vision of a USPA-owned “Sunday Field” that will serve as the permanent center for polo in America and set the standard of excellence in polo. This vision was first articulated by the President of the USPA Stewart Armstrong in an essay titled Sunday’s field appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Hurlingham Polo Magazine.
Marc Bellissimomanaging partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners (“WEP”), and from Wellington largest private landowner, said, “The sale of IPC to the USPA is part of our ‘Wellington Strategy 3.0′ which focuses on strengthening both equestrian venues and core lifestyle elements that are essential to from Wellington long-term success. We chose the USPA over competing offerings and real estate development strategies to ensure that this fundamental pillar of Wellington equestrian estate will be there for the next 100 years. I was inspired by by Stewart Armstrong vision and I believe the USPA has the commitment and resources to take this place and the sport of polo to the next level, which is a win for everyone involved.”
The USPA will continue to host the Polo Gauntlet® at the NPC, but it will also use the facility to support polo played at mid and low levels. The USPA intends to retain nearly all of the current IPC staff. Tim Ganonco-founder of Outback Steakhouse and three-time US Open Polo Championship® winner, will serve as Chairman of the Board of a new USPA affiliate created to revitalize the social club and hospitality facilities.
With its ownership of the National Polo Center, the USPA has secured a perpetual home for polo in America that will perform the same function as the AAP-controlled Palermo fields and the AAP-owned Pilar fields. Argentina. In short, the facility will allow the USPA to showcase its tournaments, develop American players, and maintain an environment that will retain and attract new players and sponsors at all levels. It will also ensure the future of winter and spring polo in South Floridawhich many key participants in the sport across the country rely on as a major source of annual income that enables them to participate in polo at their summer and fall clubs.
Through its use of the NPC, the USPA aims to promote excellence as the goal for all who play polo in America. The USPA is confident that continuing to strive for excellence will lead to even greater demand for polo. Excellence means many things – including top-notch facilities to show the sport at its best, smart rules, fair handicapping, quality officiating and a level playing field for all. It inspires both amateurs and professionals to do their best and play with the best and it results in an engaging experience for players and spectators. Excellence requires commitment – it doesn’t happen on its own.
The USPA will continue to invest in the sport of polo in its member clubs through United States. All of its current programs will continue to be funded and operated on their pre-purchase trajectories. These include the Arena Tournament Initiative, Bridge to High Goal (B2HG), Interscholastic/Intercollegiate (I/I), Legacy Polo Series, National Arena Amateur Cup, Military Incentive Program, National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS), Polo Development Initiative (PDI), Prize Money Matching (PMMP), Tournament Support Program (TSP), Trophy Reimbursement, the Professional and Certified Umpires programs, USPA Livestreaming and the Women’s Tournament Incentive Program.
Starting this year with the FIP World Championship, which will be organized by the USPA at Valiente Polo Farm and NPC of From October 26 to November 6, 2022the USPA plans to open the Wellington polo season in October. This extension of play dates will allow USPA member clubs in and beyond Florida play the semi-finals and finals of their tournament at the National Polo Center when not in use for the Glove®.
“Investment in a massive Sunday Field will allow the sport and the brand to control our destiny for future generations,” said J. Michael Prince, president and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the multi-billion dollar global company Polo Assn. Mark. “With a global footprint in 190 countries, we view Sunday Field as a unique opportunity to highlight the US Polo Assn.’s authentic connection to the sport and to build global brand awareness. Additionally, this opportunity will create a polo epicenter to promote not only ambitious events such as the Polo® Gauntletbut also other premier opportunities at all levels supporting polo competitions and key demographics, such as International, Low Goal, Mid Goal, Women, Intercollegiate, Interscholastic , youth and many more.
Wellington Village Administrator Jim Barnes is excited for the USPA to expand its footprint in the village. “Wellington welcomes the USPA’s purchase of the former IPC facility and the establishment of the National Polo Center, which will ensure the continued and significant presence of polo in the village for the mutual benefit of the polo community and residents of the village. »
Widely regarded as the winter hub of world-class equestrian competition, Wellington played a crucial role in the development of the sport of polo in United States and abroad since the 1970s. From January to April, the Florida the season of big goals attracts the best polo organizations in the world, the highest rated professionals and the best horses. South Florida is home to the USPA and USPA Global Licensing, as well as the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame and the Polo Training Foundation.
The United States Polo Association® (“USPA”) is organized and exists for the purpose of promoting the game of polo; coordinate the activities of its member clubs and registered player members; organization and supervision of polo tournaments, competitions and games; and provide tournament rules, handicaps and conditions for these events. Its main objectives are to improve the sport and to promote the safety and well-being of its human and equine participants. Founded in 1890, the USPA is the largest voluntary sports organization in North America for the sport of polo. The USPA is currently made up of over 200 member clubs and approximately 5,000 registered players. It rewards and oversees around 50 national tournaments organized by its member clubs every year. For more information, please visit uspolo.org.
US Polo Assn. is the official mark of the USPA. With a multi-billion dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,200 US Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, sporting goods chains, independent retailers and e-commerce, US Polo Assn. offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories and footwear in 190 countries around the world. Ranked the fifth-largest sports licensor in License Global magazine’s 2020 list of the “Top 150 Global Licensors”, US Polo Assn. is named alongside iconic sports brands such as the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Visit uspoloassnglobal.com.
Wellington Equestrian Partners, LLC (“WEP”) is a Wellington partnership whose primary mission is to enhance and preserve from Wellington equestrian economy. Until recently, WEP owned over 1,000 acres in Wellington and was the main driving force behind from Wellington emergence as the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destination. WEP owned both the venues and operating companies for the three main pillars of Wellington’s equestrian scene: show jumping, dressage and polo, which accounted for over 90% of the Wellington equestrian economy. from Wellington horse festivals welcome more than ten thousand participants and 250,000 spectators from 50 states and 43 countries. Its events contribute closely to $200 million annual economic impact for Palm Beach County. Marc Bellissimo is the managing partner and main shareholder of WEP.
SOURCE United States Polo Association