My Wellington Staycation

By Ashley Ferguson

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Palm Beach native, Miami resident and huge fan of the South Florida staycation; I spent a beautiful January Sunday at one of my favorite spots. Veuve brunching at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

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Fallon Zirpoli, Ashley Ferguson

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Not even an hour north on the turnpike from downtown Miami, is Wellington. Once the world’s largest strawberry patch, it’s now an international hot spot for equine sports AND Sunday Funday. A great place to network and meet new friends, the energy is contagious ramping up excitement thru the fabulous brunch until its time for the coin toss.

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Sipping champagne and cheering for the hottest horsemen from our first row table (big shout out to Kelly & Aaron’s catering), my favorite part of the day is half time. All the spectators are invited onto the field to “stomp the divots” aka fill the holes in the field (there’s something a little liberating stomping your Valentino’s in the dirt). Local Hint: ditch your glass at the table. On the field, pick up trucks of waiters provide plastic flutes and keep the champagne flowing!

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From little boys decked out in bow ties to women sporting derby-style hats, fashion is at the forefront of this event. I love spotting spring’s hautest trends and must-have pieces, ranging from designer investments to local favorites like Posch boutique. I brought a little Miami to town, sporting an ensemble from one of my Miami go-tos, Blush Boutique.

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Last week’s match marked the first week of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. Closely played, Villa Del Lago cinched the win with a final score of 13-11. Argentine polo star, Polito Pieres, led the scoring by making 10 goals; while Mason Wroe’s stellar defense earned him the MVP award.

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The season is open until April 19, click here for IPC’s ticketing information. Public seating starts at only $10, with upgrades available for pavillion seating, brunch, etc. Feel free to reach out with any questions, or to join my table for next weekend!

Photo Credit: Lila Photo

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