Combining fast, competitive polo with a fantastic party, the Lexus International GAY POLO TOURNAMENT raises $111,000 for Elton John Aids Foundation.

PHOTOS BY Alden Corrigan

In April, the Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament presented by Douglas Elliman set another spectacular record for fundraising. The tournament, one of the highlights of the social season in Wellington, Florida raised $111,000 for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Said tournament founder and Gay Polo League president Chip McKenney, “We are so grateful for the continued support of all. It’s always spectacular to see those who come from near and far to turn out for our event. We love to see the creativity of the tailgaters and the energy the guests bring. It is truly an event we look forward to each year.”

This year saw a new venue for the tournament, which was held at the stunning Patagones Polo Club in Wellington. In addition to fast and competitive polo, the 1,800+ guests were also treated to an exhibition of equestrian sculpture by renowned artist Nic Fiddian Green (see January 2024 issue).

Cherry Knoll Farm (Jesse Lee Ellers, Santiago Wulff, Gustavo Larrosa, and Eva Marquard) took home the Senator’s Cup, with Larrosa also claiming the Most Valuable Player award. Violeta, played by Rachel Spencer, was voted Best Playing Pony. Jesse Lee Eller took the prize for Best Goal. Goshen Hill (William Ellis, Juan Diego, David Bouclier, and Joaquin De La Peidra) won the Founder’s Cup.

While next year’s tournament is to be held April 3-5, 2025, polo fans won’t have to wait another 12 months for more exciting GPL polo. This summer, the GPL will host a tournament in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. From July 31-Aug 3, six teams will compete in two brackets of play at the Lexington Polo Club, located in the grounds of the legendary Kentucky Horse Park. For more information and tickets, please visit