THE HISTORY OF POLO
Known as the Game of Kings, polo was first played in Persia from the 6th century BC and is one of the world’s oldest known team sports. The only sport to include sportsmanship as a category to rank players, polo has long been an established international sport for tastemakers and trendsetters. In the US, polo was first played in the late 1800’s. It's now played across the United States and is a staple of the seasonal event circuit in destinations like the Hamptons and Palm Beach.
The modern day version of polo is played on teams of 4 players - each having a handicap rating from 0 to 10 according to his or her ability in competition. Rating is based on horsemanship, hitting ability, knowledge of the game, quality of horses and sportsmanship. There are only a handful of active 10-goal players in the world, with the majority coming from Argentina, who possess a rich history of polo dominance. Each player uses 2 or more horses which are specially trained for docility, speed, endurance and intelligence - and often judged to account for up to 75% of a player's ability. Matches are played in 4 chukkas (or quarters) that are 7 minutes each, with the object to score goals by hitting the ball between goalposts, spread out on a field the size of 10 football fields.