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I always thought most brides-to-be took trips to wine country, South Beach or the like for their bachelorette parties. So when a group of girlfriends and I piled into a ridiculously large SUV and headed across the Alley for my bachelorette champagne brunch at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach a couple months ago, we thought we were being fairly original. (Apparently we were not—we later found out there were at least two other bachelorettes brunching fieldside on the same day.)

“We should do this every weekend!” we chorused over our third (fourth?) round of champs. “Too bad it’s such a drive,” we lamented. “They should really have polo in Naples.”

And then, on Saturday, it was as if the polo gods answered our prayers: Fresh off the end of the winter polo season in Palm Beach, a team of six international pro players and a string of 30 ponies converged on the Seminole Casino Immokalee for Southwest Florida’s first-ever polo match. Prior to the match, renowned player Kris Kampsen explained the basics of the game to spectators, and players mingled, signed autographs and even helped younger attendees perfect their mallet swings during the halftime divot stomp. It was just the thing to help ease the pain of the eight-month wait until next polo season. (Ugh.)

And though the setting was devoid of any white tents, oversized hats or countless bottles of Veuve, Seminole Casino powers-that-be say plans for additional bigger and better tournaments are already in the works for the coming season.

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