Fourth Biennial Windsor Charity Polo Cup A Resounding Success
On Saturday, February 17, 2018 Windsor co-founder the Hon. Hilary M. Weston and Salvatore Ferragamo co-hosted the 2018 Windsor Charity Polo Cup. A world-class roster of international players participated in the match directed by Windsor’s Director of Equestrian Operations, Max Secunda. New to the biennial event was International polo player and model Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras. More than 2,000 people attended the event from around the world, including Windsor Members and their visiting family and friends, local area residents, seasonal visitors to the area, and polo enthusiasts from nearby Palm Beach.
The two teams battled it out in one of the fastest and most exciting matches in the event’s history. Team Pezuñas Caliente was the winning team with a final score of 9-8. Team Pezuñas Caliente was captained by Nacho Figueras and Team Falasiri was captained by Rodrigo Andrade. Lucas Criado was awarded Most Valuable Player and the Best Playing Pony went to Doble Dové, owned by Orchard Hill polo team and played by Lucas Criado.
In addition to a world-class polo match, which is recognized as the premier high-goal charity polo match of the season in Vero Beach, the day also included a themed tailgate competition judged by J.McLaughlin. The winner of the tailgate competition and a $500 J.McLaughlin gift card was La Tabla Food & Juicery. Additionally, the day’s festivities included a Windsor junior team demonstration, a Porsche concours, a Specialty Retail Village, a half-time performance by 15 members of Vero Beach Pipe & Drums, and gourmet concession stands.
More than 800 match attendees enjoyed an elegant field-side champagne luncheon designed by Windsor’s Executive Chef Robert Meitzer featuring a selection of passed canapés, a Mustard-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Remoulade and Louie Lump Crab-Stuffed Tomato entrée, and a delectable El Ray Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Mouse for dessert. Other event-goers enjoyed picnicking in the festive field-side tailgating area or viewed the match from grandstand seating. Steve Weagle, Chief Meteorologist for the Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV, and a regular supporter of the biennial charity event, served as the luncheon’s emcee for the third time.
Located alongside the polo field, the Specialty Retail Village, returning for its second year by popular demand, featured a curated selection of pop-up boutiques with products available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds donated to the event charities. Included in the Retail Village were luxury jewelry pieces from Maria Canale and Tamara Comolli; gifts, fragrances and accessories designed by India Hicks; emerging designer pieces from Michelle Farmer Collaborate; polo-inspired apparel by Stick & Ball; gifts and accessories from Belle Cose; and the new 2018 Winter Resort collection from J.McLaughlin; among others.
A lucky event participant won the featured raffle prize, the Maria Canale Starburst Medallion Diamond Drop Necklace and Earrings set valued at $50,000. Other exciting raffle prizes included Valentino and Chloe handbags donated by Holt Renfrew; Elite Airways round-trip tickets; a Costa d’Este hotel package; golf, equestrian and dining experiences; fashion, jewelry and accessories; and more.
The event proceeds support families who are struggling with an Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diagnosis and will help fund research to find a cure. Proceeds will be distributed equally to the national organization, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and locally to the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County.
The Windsor Charity Polo Cup is supported by both national and local sponsors. Luxury brand and corporate business sponsors include CBRE Group, Inc., PNC Bank, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, Château d’Esclans, Falasiri Oriental Rugs, Stick & Ball, J.McLaughlin, Casa Dragones, Laurent-Perrier, Maria Canale, Ingersoll-Rand, Sysco, Equestrian Living and Vero Beach Magazine, among others.
Windsor (WindsorFlorida.com) is a private residential community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.
Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, full-sized polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club. The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool. Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.
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