The names were familiar to polo fans Gracida, Azzaro, Boyle and Gannon. Instead of high-goal polo, it was daughters and wives participating in the largest women’s tournament of the year the annual Tribal Cup at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Michi Gracida, Amy Azzaro, Julie Boyle and Kathleen Gannon were among the 96 women who played. So did Alina Carta, a pro for some 20 years, Bendabout patron Gillian Johnston, noted polo photographer Shelley Heatley and the International Polo Club polo office staff of Jennifer Poor, Haley Bryan and Palmer Pedigo. Well-known jumper riders Georgina Bloomberg and Kelly Klein played for the Phelps Media Group team and PMG writer Jennifer Wood played for The Morning Line.
Twenty-four teams participated in the Tribal Cup, which concluded with a four-chukker exhibition match in which Bombardier defeated Springbok Films 5-3. Julie Boyle led the winners with three goals.
More than 300 guests attended the “Enlightened Heart” Valentine’s Day reception after the exhibition match, which included an awards ceremony, great food, a live auction of numerous well-known polo insiders, including renowned photographer David Lominska, and concluded with a gyrating belly dancer.
The event benefited the Tribal Trust Foundation, a non-profit group that raises money and awareness through venture philanthropy for the empowerment of women and children around the world.
Team sponsors included Bombardier Aerospace, Springbok Films, Frédéric Fekkai & Co.,Idlewild Stables, Players Club, Comiter & Singer, LLP, DeSanctis Accounting, The Tackeria, Kerstin Florian, International Polo Club Palm Beach, Coca-Cola, Polo Gear, La Martina, Valentine Farm, Southhampton Polo Club and Phelps Media Group, Inc. Gift sponsors included Pucci and Dewars.
International Polo Club
For ticket information, call (561) 204-5687
Club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
For information about the upcoming 2005 high-goal season, including the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open, call the club at (561) 204-5687
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road, in Wellington.