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Polo Tics / Chris Ashton

Correspondent for US Polo Players Edition.

Australian-born Chris Ashton was a contributing author to Profiles in Polo: The Players Who Changed the Game (MacFarland & Co., USA, 2008) and author of Geebung: The Story of Australian Polo (1993).



Javier Tanoira: Reflections on Argentine Polo

Javier Tanoira's Reflections on Argentine Polo, published last June, brings to mind the 18th century English poet Alexander Pope for his immortal line, What often was thought but never so well expressed.

Reflections is a critique of the malaise which now afflicts polo at its peak, the high-goal Argentine game, coupled with a truckload of proposals to change the rules (or return to existing rules, since abandoned, as played before patron polo took hold) to recover the magic which Tanoira insists the game has lost.

The Maharani of Jaipur, Last Link with Indian Polo's Golden Age

In mid-2010 the Hurlingham Polo Association held a thanksgiving service at St Michael and All Angels Church, Sunninghill, in memory of Gayatri Devi, (1919-2009), better known as Ayesha, following her death in July last year. Through her husband Man Singh, Maharaja of Jaipur (1912-70) but known simply as "Jai," she was the last surviving link with the golden age of Indian polo.

Argentine Polo & the Shamrock Connection

Polo in Ireland is to Argentine polo what a catapult is to a cruise missile. Let the numbers speak for themselves. Argentina has 180 affiliated clubs and nearly 2,000 registered players, with perhaps 1,000 others unregistered. A dozen players hold the maximum ten-goal handicap with scores of others on 9-, 8-, and 7-goal handicaps.

Nigel A Brassard and the Buck's Club

Founded by Royal Horse Guards officers in 1919, Buck's Club in London's West End, enjoys a footnote in history for its celebrated champagne-and-orange cocktail, Buck's Fizz.

Along with steeple-chasing, game-shooting, point-to-points, betting on greyhounds, boxing, euchre, backgammon and bridge, from its inception it has contested an annual polo tournament with other London gentlemen's clubs.

Ernesto Trotz: Where Is Polo Going?

Born in 1956, as a child he followed his father in his love of horses, but as a son and grandson of army officers, his family could offer him no prospect of a polo career. He belongs to a generation for whom talent and application, coupled with support of successive patrons, rather than dynastic inheritance, took him to the top.