Apr 24, 2019 8:36 PM

Orange player goes for the hook
International Gay Polo Tournament action.

The 10th Annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo Tournament Presented by RSM US was a rousing success! The vast number of people attending on Saturday, April 6, enjoyed a day filled with frivolity, fun, fanciful attire, and fancy footwork by polo ponies and party people alike.

Polo ponies galloped down the field, champagne corks were popped on the sidelines, and fierce competition – both on the field, and off for the renowned tailgate contest – was second to none. High-flying mallets swung by players of all skill levels carried the day, and a spirit of inclusion helped to even the scores. On a day that applauded good sportsmanship and, more importantly, love, diversity, inclusion, and equality, everyone was a winner.

flag bearers
Flag bearers ride across the field before the opening throw in.

Team RSM US took the top Senator’s Cup trophy with the Best Playing Pony blanket awarded to Peli, owned by Joey Casey of Palm City Polo Club in Boynton Beach, Florida. Most Valuable Player honors were awarded to Bruce Schreiber. Goshen Hill picked up the Founder’s Cup trophy and Chip McKenney was named Most Valuable Player. The Future’s Cup was won by Palm City Polo Club and Pete Grover was named Most Valuable Player.

Fun and games continued with the tailgate awards. Top honors went to the GPL Yacht Club for Best Tailgate; Flamingo was recognized as having the Best Spirit; Land Rover Palm Beach won Best Corporate Tailgate; and Best in Show accolades went to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

The International Gay Polo Tournament is known for its vividly colorful tailgate display contest.

The Gay Polo League (GPL) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its unique polo event this year, and expectations were high to make it the most memorable event in 2019. As GPL is a platform for human rights, the “GPL Polotini Presents WIGSTOCK!” kickoff party on Friday, April 5, was a fundraiser for SAGE, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to serving and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders.

All photos ©Gail Damon.