Gay Polo Tournament Celebrates 10 Years in Wellington 

Photo via The Gay Polo League, Facebook

The Gay Polo League (GPL) will host its tenth annual Land Rover International Gay Polo Tournament this weekend — and it includes wigs, cocktails, and tailgates on top of the polo. 

The festivities kick off Thursday and end Sunday. Here’s the weekend’s lineup:

  • Thursday:A private VIP party will take place.
  • Friday:Wigstock!, a poolside cocktail party, will last from 7 to 10 p.m. at the International Polo Club’s Mallet Grill. Attendees are encouraged to sport their best wigs. 
  • Saturday: International Gay Polo tournament starts at 2 p.m., with the tailgate preceding it. General admission is $30, and the tailgate is $395, which includes six general admission tickets.
  • Sunday: There will be a brunch and bar at the Mallet Grill beginning at noon, and the U.S. Open Polo Championship at 3 p.m. 

Participants from across the world will compete at the International Polo Club (IPC) in Wellington. 

After a successful 2017 tournament, the Land Rover International Gay Polo Tournament won a title of its own:LGBTQ Sporting Event of the Year.It was granted by Connect Sports, a national sports tourism organization. 

“At the Gay Polo League tournament, guests will experience a lot of exciting things; the ponies, creative tailgates, the people, and the unmitigated inclusiveness of our event are all magic, perhaps, even life-changing,” said Chip McKenney, GPL founder and president, in a press release. 

This year’s tournament’s presenting sponsor is the tax and consulting firm RSM US LLP. Its tent VIP sponsor is Cherry Knoll Farm, which is based in Pennsylvania.

The proceeds for Wigstock!, which costs $125, will benefit SAGE, a nonprofit that advocates for elderly LGBT people. SAGE works with healthcare providers, caregiving centers, and housing services to improve LGBT elders’ quality of life. 

“It’s the right thing to do,” McKenney said. “LGBT elders fought – and still fight – for our rights. This is a way to give back and honor their heroic efforts in trying to level the playing field for LGBT. We wouldn’t be here today, playing polo, if not for their determination and strength.”

The GPL offers LGBT polo players of all experience levels and backgrounds a chance to compete and learn their craft in a supportive environment — even those who have never played polo before. 

“We’re a community that shares a love for adventure, fun, and the beautiful, challenging sport of polo,” the GPL website says. 

You can buy tickets and view more pricing options for the tournament at www.gaypolo.com.


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