Location: Capitol Polo Club, Poolesville, Md.
WL SPONSORED – Photos by Dana Bowden, Robert Keller, Kyle Samperton, and Jeremy Zeigler
A FASHIONABLE START: Crowds trekked out to the highly anticipated match between the U.S. and Australian polo teams with fashion, music, and culinary sideline events organized by event founders Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Before the players took to the field, the weekend kicked off Friday with an action-packed fashion show, “Rockin’ the Runway,” judged by “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and a performance by “American Idol” icon Michael Johns. PONY UP: On match day, players and spectators alike braved the damp fields for the main event, with the lattere filling the Land Rover tent to enjoy the festivities, which included a parachute drop, air show, and evening concert featuring singer will.i.am and a surprise performance by MYA. VICTORY: The U.S. defeated the Aussies, claiming the coveted polo world championship title. The U.S. will battle India in next year’s match. Spotted: Paul Wharton, John Gobin, Debbie Nash, Rick Cutrera, Amy Angelo, and Craig Rice.