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SPORTS played by Brits: Polo-Equestrian, Boxing, Squash etc.

THIS PAGE IS DEVOTED TO SPORTS invented by and /or popular with British people and where you can find them in Florida:   …Squash….Boxing….Croquet ….Netball…Tennis…Golf ….Lawn Bowls…equestrian…polo.  [Rugby, Cricket, Soccer in Florida have their own pages on this website, q.v].   “Any sport worth playing was invented in England.”—WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE June 1, 2019



BRITAIN IS A NATION OF HORSE-LOVERS,  HORSE-BREEDERS,  HORSE-RACERS, POLO PLAYERS/FANS, INTERNATIONAL and OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN CHAMPIONS.    Equestrian shows abound in Florida,  featuring many British participants of course, as riders, sponsors, announcers and organizers.    Below are stables, places to ride horses, equestrian events and all things horsey in Florida ! 

POLO …..The sport of English princes.  Enjoy the excitement of polo, one of the fastest games around. In Florida the season runs November to April.  

APRIL 25-28, 2019.  Come to the glamorous Polo on the Beach international tournament, and annual event in South Beach.  Oceanside!! Glamorous and fun.  INFO/Tickets on  www.miamipolocup.com  

►  PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB in Wellington. See their website  www.internationalpoloclub.com  for a full slate of polo and social events. Or call their office [561] 204-5687.  This is the premier, swankiest polo venue in Florida, as much about champagne as polo and popular with the resident British community. I have been often as press and British event organiser/host. Our English princes have played there including Prince Harry in 2016.

►►  FOR SHOW-JUMPING EVENTS in all parts of Florida —Our English riders are usually the winners!!  —consult the  website  www.stadiumjumping.com.  Or call their office on [561] 753-3389 to be invited to events.

►  SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER The fall circuit of the Equestrian Festival,  a major event for horse-lovers and those just wishing to socialise runs from September till November at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Centre in West Palm Beach. INFO [561] 793-5867

►  FT. LAUDERDALE WEST a superb British facility in west Broward for all Brits who love horses. THE BRITISH BARN established 2004, for adults and children. English owner Alana Warden offers you horse riding facility with a riding arena, trail ride, summer camp for kids, grooming lessons, riding instruction, horse etiquette and all things horsey.  FULL HORSE BOARDING IS AVAILABLE if you have your own horse or pony.   PHONE:  [954] 252-5574 British Barn office.  

►  MIAMI [south] : The Redland Equestrian Center in Homestead. Tel. [305] 247-6002

►  MIAMI [south]   The Hunting Horn Stables [305] 274-3133.   Various horse-related activities including team-building and leadership training exercises for executives, using horses.

►  BOCA RATON.   Boca Riding is an establishment for horse shows, riding lessons, grooming and boarding horses. [Call [561] 499-7611

► PALM BEACH  The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach.  Horse shows, riding, training and more.  Phone for info [561] 966-7090.

►  NOVEMBER in WELLINGTON.   A horsey event attended by many local Brits each year. The annual Suncast Palm Beach Steeplechase  is a fun-filled family day, with a Children’s Fair, a Petting Zoo, Sky Divers; Tailgate and Hat Contests; the popular Jack Russell terrier races; Wine and Beer Garden, a Vendor Village, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Business Exposition and much more.  Round up your British horse-lover pals and enjoy the thrill of Thoroughbred horses racing from your private table, tailgate or from the infield.  INFO on  www.palmbeachsteeplechase.com or call 561-793-5867 extension 120 and ask for British organiser Annette Goyette.

►  ►  SQUASH beloved by Brits.  Americans in Florida do not play squash.  It’s a very esoteric British interest. There are virtually NO squash courts in the whole of Florida.   American raquetball is the nearest equivalent and raquetball courts exist around the state.   I am asked frequently by newly arrived Brits where they can play squash, only to disappoint with the answer that Boca Raton has maybe the only squash courts at  Lifetime Fitness in Boca Rtaon, where numerous Brits and South Africans play. It’s in the Boca Pointe Country Club. Enjoy Four courts and competetive leagues.  It has been a well established league for years and fees are reasonable to encourage new members. INFO call avid fellow Brit squash player there Tim Bligh direct on [954] 655-3948.    TO FIND OTHER COURTS:   GOOGLE “Squash courts Florida.”

►        BOXING—More popular with Brits than Americans.  DON KING,  the sport’s greatest promoter has his office and home in Deerfield Beach, Florida. His organisation used the British Bureau of Florida to promote his fights with British boxers Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis to British boxing fans in the USA.    Patricia Kawaja designed the March 1996 fullpage ad that Don King Promotions and Showtime TV took in Union Jack Newspaper and covered the March 1999.   Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight in New York where I met Don King in the backstage media room.    With 3 British boxing fans from Ft. Lauderdale,  she was also ringside at the infamous Tyson-Holyfield ear-biting fight in May 1997.  Don KIng’s office arranged a special deal on tickets for her party.   DON KING PROMOTIONS Tel. [954] 418-5800.  www.donking.comSouth Florida Boxing [with 3 locations in South Florida] was founded by a Brit.  British resident and tourists train there.  Tel. [305] 672-8262   ADDRESS:   South Florida Boxing Gym, 715 Washington Avenue Second Floor, South Beach [Miami].    Other locations in South Florida  INFO : www.southfloridaboxing.com

 ►  BADMINTON CLUB FOR BRITS [adults and children] in Central Florida seeks new members.  Meets in Kissimmee.

Call British club president Watkins Fessal for details on [407] 395-3174

►   CROQUET    the quintessentially English pastime.    There is an active croquet facility in Palm Beach,  established since 2000.   They have events, amateur and professional tournaments and social occasions.  Contact the National Croquet Center   www.croquetnational.com  Tel.  [561] 655-7010.

►  LAWN BOWLING—that very traditional English sport is played all over Florida and leagues exist with expat players.  Call Christine Garbett on [352] 775-2991 or email chrisgarbett12@gmail.com for a club near you.

 ►   KARATE/MARTIAL ARTS    British-owned and operated University Karate School in west Ft.Lauderdale is one of the top places in Florida. Run by World-champion Robert Mason from the UK, the school has been established since 1989. Tel. [954] 587-5008  Ask for British owner Robert.

►   FENCING—a longtime passion in England.   We have produced many international fencing champions.Since 1990, The Miami Fencing Club has offered instruction in the sport and art of fencing to everybody age 8 to 80.   For more details, check their website www.miamifencingclub.com or call Mike Elder (305) 992-1946.  As a student in London I took up fencing classes and it was quite my passion for a while. I encourage all local Brits with an interest in this glorious European sport to visit the club.  En garde–PK

►   NETBALL    Oh so English, and played in most UK schools, but a sport with a huge international following.  In Florida it’s flourishing with Americans too. The World Youth Netball Championships, involving many countries as well as the UK, took place in July 2005 in Ft.Lauderdale. For latest netball info in Florida [watch, play or support]:   Call British liaisons Sonia Rodney or Carole Hokrein on [561] 738-3174 

 ££   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com     Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005. 

flagman►►+   YOUR UK PENSION:  ARE YOU OVER 55?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?    Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?    For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on [561] 793-1311 or via email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.