The 5th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament will be held at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington on Saturday April 5 from noon to 7 p.m.

Besides the tournament the Gay Polo League will be hosting a Friday Polotini Party to kick off the weekend and a lavish Sunday brunch during the professional polo match at the International Polo Club.

The final games will take place on the fields at Grand Champions Polo Club. A big tailgating party is planned, too.

The gay polo tournament is the only LGBT polo tournament in the world drawing thousands of spectators and supporters from around the globe.

It’s not the organization’s only event though. GPL also organizes several events throughout the year, including clinics, tournaments and social events at several locations on the east and west coasts.

“We also organize a fun and educational polo clinic in the autumn, also held in Wellington. It is a great chance for players at all levels to learn and enjoy the elegant and exciting sport of polo,” said Phil Tremo, President of the Gay Polo League.

The GPL was formed in 2006 by Chip McKenney, who wanted to find a team sport where gay men and lesbians could interact and compete without feeling like the only gay person in the ring or on the field.  

Over the years, as the league expanded, so did its purpose.  Today, the GPL's annual gay polo tournament continues to positively influence the way people think about gay athletes, and ultimately about gays and lesbians as individuals.

Looking ahead, McKenney plans to create and produce polo experiences for the LGBT community nationally and internationally.

With the GPL scheduled to introduce polo to the Gay Games in Paris in 2017, he’s not wasting any time either.”      

For more information about the upcoming tournament or the organization, please visit GayPolo.com.


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