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First GPL Lexington International Gay Polo Tournament Announced

by John Stevens
The GPL is an official USPA recognized Polo club.

The Gay Polo League (GPL) has announced the International Gay Polo Tournament at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, from August 1-3. This event will see sixteen players from around the world compete at the Lexington Polo Club, nestled within the iconic Kentucky Horse Park.

Lexington, known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” has been pivotal in bringing this event to life. The Kentucky Horse Park, established in 1978, is home to the International Museum of the Horse and the prestigious Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event.

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First GPL event in the Horse Capital

Founded in 1977, Lexington Polo has agreed to host this colorful tournament. The club, a top destination for players, has previously hosted the US Open Polo Championship and holds public matches regularly. Emilio Enciso, Lexington Polo Club Manager, expressed excitement, stating, “plans for the August tournament are off to an incredible start. We are excited to welcome the GPL to the horse park.

The weekend itinerary kicks off with a Players Welcome Reception on July 31, followed by tours of Lexington’s iconic thoroughbred breeding farms and the Bourbon Trail. The GPL finals on August 3 will feature three thrilling polo matches and a lively tailgate competition.

GPL founder Chip McKenney emphasized the importance of visibility and equality, stating, “We are excited about the new components that we will announce soon and are forever grateful for the unwavering commitment of our players, supporters, and sponsors for doing all they can to enact change.

The GPL’s website boasts itself as the only LGBTQ polo league in the world, and that a portion of ticket sales go to the benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. It is officially recognized by the United States Polo Association.

Source: gaypolo, Florida Weekly

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