Polo on the Beach, a benefit for the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee Groves, will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Palm Beach Shores Community Center (90 Edwards Lane, Palm Beach Shores).
Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the polo match beginning at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.
Polo on the Beach features teams of professional polo players, along with physically, cognitively and emotionally challenged players from Vinceremos.
“Polo on the Beach will be a fun, family event that will help make people aware of what Vinceremos does for people with disabilities,” said Susan Guinan, director of development for Vinceremos.
The first match kicks off at 1 p.m. and will feature the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center and Grand Champions Unified Team. Match two will feature the Grand Champions Future 10-Goalers.
There will be three matches in total.
In addition to the polo matches that will demonstrate the hard work of Vinceremos and its students, guests can enjoy music, food and other activities.
“Polo on the Beach is a great way for the equestrian community and our sponsors to support Vinceremos,” organizer Jill Wardle said. “It’s an event that will keep people entertained for an entire afternoon.”
Event sponsors include Renegades, Buddy’s Singer Island Pub, PDQ Restaurant, the Law Offices of Michael Samuel Dyer, 561 Music & Multimedia and Italian Island Fusion.
The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is located on 15 acres in Loxahatchee Groves. The facility serves children and adults with developmental, physical and psychological disabilities in a dynamic stable environment.
The horse’s gentle nature and rhythmic movements, joined with the staff’s extensive expertise, has helped hundreds of clients conquer challenges associated with their disabilities.
The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center coordinates its services through physician and therapist referrals, group homes, social programs and individual enrollment.
Started in 1982 in a backyard with two riders, Vinceremos staff now includes therapeutic riding instructors, occupational therapists and physica l therapists.
The staff also includes 23 specially trained equine partners that have been selected for their patience, dependability and rhythmic gates.