What is Polo?
Imagine a ball hit so hard...that it comes at you at a speed of 110 miles per hour, so fast, you can hardly see it. Your job is to stay at a gallop, get your horse in line with the ball, and either pass it ahead to a teammate, or carry the ball down the field for an attempt at goal.
Among team sports, polo is unique in two ways:
1. Amateurs and professionals regularly play together and against each other.
2. No matter how great his physical and mental skills, the player's performance is determined to a great degree by that of his athletic partners, his ponies.
In the equestrian sport of polo the object of the game is to move the polo ball down-field, hitting it through the goal for a score. Polo is an equestrian team sport, usually played outdoors, with four polo players on each team or in the Indoor with 3 Players on each team. The Outdoor polo field is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide, the largest field in organized sports and the Arena 300 feet in length by 150 feet in width is considered ideal for Arena Polo.
A polo match lasts about two hours and is divided into 6 timed periods called chukkers. During half time, spectators are invited onto the field to participate is a social tradition called divot stomping.
Today, there are more than 250 active polo clubs in the United States Polo Association. Currently, the highest level of polo is played in Argentina, the United States, and England. Polo is played in more than 60 countries and enjoyed by more than 50 million people each year.