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The temperature dip here in the subtropics did not put the freeze on the Beach Polo World Cup in Miami Beach Jan. 4-7.

“You’d be surprised,” says Tito Gaudenzi, founder of Beach Polo. “Actually, my team, on Monday, we’re on a plane to go play snow polo. So this is fantastic preparation for going to play in the snow. [The horses] don’t mind it. … We’re athletes as well as are the horses. You know, cooler weather is nice. It’s not always nice to be in very hot, hot weather, so this works.”

After Thursday night’s presentation of the teams at the W South Beach and kickoff party at the Delano, there were matches Friday through Sunday in Collins Park (on the sands), between 21st and 22nd streets.

The tournament also hosted, for the first time, a women’s cup between two female teams on Saturday and a charity match on Sunday benefiting the Bass Museum of Art.

The event made use of South Beach’s famed nightlife, with late-night apres-match parties at Ora Miami and the Wall Lounge at the W South Beach.

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