Wellington, Florida's International Polo Club (IPC) will transfer ownership to Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP) effective in late April, WEP’s CEO Mark Bellissimo announced recently.
"We are honored to have been selected by the Goodman family trust to steward this venue into what will now be a very bright the future. We thank them for their faith in our organization," Bellissimo said. "With the shroud of uncertainty that has plagued the venue and the event, our partnership wanted to ensure that IPC was going to be protected as a long term venue for polo and other equestrian sports which is key to Wellington's economy."
In an overall strategy to ensure and maintain the enterprise’s attractiveness within the polo community, Bellissimo took the step of opening a dialog with the U.S. Polo Association (USPA). Wellington is a premier equestrian destination dating from the 1970s, with events yielding over $200 million and resulting in more than 150,000 room bookings annually.
"The U.S. Polo Association has held our most prestigious high goal polo tournaments at IPC for many years,” USPA Chairman Joe Meyer said. “We have a relationship with IPC through 2018 and look forward to expanding and continuing that relationship far into the future."
Wellington is now positioned as a premier destination for equestrian sports, Bellissimo stated, including polo, show jumping and dressage. Palm Beach’s 2016 polo season runs from January through March, wrapping up with the USPA U.S. Open Polo Championship on April 24. Polo matches are open to the public.
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