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Dawn Rivera

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Stephanie Rodriguez

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Jill Kaskel

Carol Lieberman


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Abner Pedraza

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Message From The Publisher

​​​​Dawn Rivera

​​​561.793.7606

    With the change of season comes many changes to the face of polo here in Wellington. As this new year for polo gets underway, the purchase and acquisition of the International Polo Club begins to take shape. But many things will remain for the sport. We will see the return of world-renowned polo players on the fields at IPC starting this month and continuing through the U.S. Open Polo Championships in April. Some of those amazing players are featured in our annual Faces of Polo pictorial feature section this issue.
     Meanwhile, on our cover, is Argentine polo star Juan Britos, who is featured this month. After competing on some of the top polo stages around the world, he has found success here in Wellington during the winter season. We also profile Wellington’s Coppola family, which includes the “Voice of Polo” Tony Coppola, known for his amazing work in calling the play-by-play in Wellington, as well as his equestrian superstore, The Tackeria. His son, Matt Coppola is making more of a name for himself on the field as a player, currently with a 5-goal handicap.
    Also in this issue, we catch up with longtime American polo favorite Nic Roldan, who is building his unique brand here in Wellington. After a three-year absence, he will be back in the U.S. Open this season on the fields of the International Polo Club. We also salute the amazing people and horses being inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame this year, which includes player and umpire Tommy Biddle Jr. and the late Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. Next, we take a look at the groundbreaking deal that will bring high-goal polo from Wellington to the networks of ESPN.
   This month’s Wellington Table feature brings you to the sumptuous Sunday brunch available every weekend during polo season at the International Polo Club. Wellington Health visits with Dr. Steven Naids, an ophthalmologist with sub-specialty training in cataract surgery and eye disease, who has joined the team at the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute. Wellington Real Estate explores an equestrian dream home in the exclusive Palm Beach Point community that has been meticulously renovated by one of the nation’s top design firms.
    Finally, we debut our year-long Wellington Schools series, which will profile each of the village’s 11 public schools and their principals. We begin with a feature on Wellington Landings Middle School and Principal Lindsay Ingersoll, who took over the helm of Wellington’s oldest middle school last year. We are proud to be producing this series in cooperation with the Wellington Community Foundation, which will be delivering a $1,000 grant to each of the 11 schools to specifically support arts programming.
    With so many exciting things happening around town this season, we are sure we will see you at one of the many equestrian venues now that participation is set to resume in person. Wellington The Magazine wishes all of our loyal advertisers, readers and community business partners a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Celebrating The Return Of The Season
With Our Annual Faces of Polo Issue

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