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Polo

A game played on horseback between two teams each who use mallets to drive a wooden ball down a grass field

A famous equestrian sport

Origins

- A game of Central Asian origin
- a training game for cavalry units
- played extensively by the nobility
- first European polo club in 1859 at Silchar
- The first international competition took place in 1886 when the United States unsuccessfully challenged the English
- 1920s and ’30s polo became increasingly popular in Argentina

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The game

- outdoor grass field 274 m long by 146m wide
- two teams of four lined up facing each other in the centre of the field
- six periods of 7 minutes and a half, called chukkers

Players

Assigned a numbered position with certain responsibilities
- Number One is usually the novice, neutralizing the opposing Number Four.
-Number Two has to be always scrapping for the ball.
-Number Three is the tactical leader and the best player on the team.
-Number Four, a defensive player.

Each player is rated

- protective helmet
- riding boots
- a coloured shirt bearing the number of his position
- knee pads, spurs and carry a whip.

- mallet has a grip with a thong, and saddles are deep seats.

- The pony has bandaged legs and a braided mane.

Equipment

Object of the game

score more points than its opposition

move the ball into the opposition's half of the pitch

scored the most amount of goals and end up with the highest amount of points at the end of the game

Scoring

a point is scored when the ball is hit into the goal

teams change field direction every time a goal is scored

David Stirling Jr.

Ranked number 6, considered as one of the best polo players in the world and champion of Argentine Open

Nicolas Roldan

Famous players

won three titles each at the Aspen World Snow Polo Championship and the USPA 20-Goal National Championship.