By Dirk Smith
Has it really been two years since the 9th Annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo Tournament?
Who’s hitting the beach this weekend? Well don’t forget your horses, khakis, sticks and balls. Starting TODAY in beautiful Palm Beach, Florida is the 9th Annual Land Rover Palm Beach International Gay Polo Tournament (did I get all that?)
So, what exactly is Gay Polo? Well the mission of the Gay Polo League is…
“To inspire and empower those individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender via the promotion of and participation in the sport of Polo and other equestrian-related sports. “
Polo itself is a sport rich with speed, skill, stamina, control, history and tradition. Played on horseback, the purpose of the game is to outscore the opposing team by hitting a ball into a goal using a club.
So, to sum it up, Polo sounds like quite an intense and fun sport, for athletes and spectators. If you’re in Palm Beach, Florida this weekend, stop by the Gay Polo Tournament to see for yourself, meet the athletes and organizers. As with any LGBTQ+ Sporting Event, there will be much fun to be had! The tournament itself kicks off on Saturday, April 7th at 1pm. However, starting Thursday, April 5th is a Private VIP Party. Friday, April 6th is WIGSTOCK with special appearances by Cher AND Donna Summer… inspired drag queens. Even better, WIGSTOCK is also a fundraiser with all proceeds raised going to support Compass Youth Services which supports at-risk LGBTQ+ Youth in areas such as education, health and homelessness.
Sunday, April 8th the event can’t conclude without a fabulous brunch! The tournament weekend is full of lots of fun social events and a little bit of polo too. Be sure to check it out, buy tickets and get more information at www.gaypolo.com
Photos by Gay Polo League