Argentine Open of Palermo
Members turned out in force in near perfect weather on 21st September to enjoy the conclusion of the final two tournaments of an excellent season of polo at Cowdray Park.
The players of Pheasant Hollow were presented with diamond horseshoe necklaces designed by Gauthier Jewelers following their win against Film Finances in the 16 goal flight of the women’s tournament.
Klentner Ranch has had a successful season at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. Father and son duo, Justin and Jake Klentner have proven to be a force on the field with teammates Tim Rudy and Jesse Bray.
The final of the Open de France has been an terrific show for the national Polo. Indeed, no foreign teams participating in the tournament were able to reach the final. So it was a Franco-French final between Vicomte A and St. Mesme.
I was in my late teens when I set my heart on rounding out my education at Oxford University before, as I then imagined, I returned to the family sheep farm. Why would a teenage Australian farm boy want to go to Oxford? Let us just say that, compliments of my schooling and university I was in thrall to one of Europe’s ancient seats of learning, the mother university of the English-speaking world; to its promise of chiming church bells, cloistered quadrangles, Gothic spires and cobblestone streets, of punting on the Cherwell and feisty dons.
What are we to make of Tanoira's Reflections? How does it contribute to debate within the polo community behind closed doors? Will patron polo henceforth define how the game is played? Or is there another way forward? I put this to Dr Horacio Laffaye.
TANG DYNASTY POLO
Medieval art from the golden age of Imperial China
Be it poetry, artworks or surviving polo grounds, everything points to imperial Persia, circa 500 B.C., as the genesis of polo, a court pleasure of the nobility and, as with other Asian empires in ancient times, crucial to honing the horsemanship of cavalry for mounted warfare. But who could tell you that under the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), a thousand years later, China became the world’s leading polo nation?
Question: what is the best way to promote your country to the world? The answer, surely, is to show other countries an activity, whether music, theatre, sport or whatever, in which your own country excels.
1.HELMET Hard surface internally padded to protect players head. May have face guard.
2.SHIRT Polo Shirt
3.NUMBER To identify players and position in the team CASQUE Surface extérieure rigide, rembourré à l’intérieur, protège la tête des joueurs.
Words you need to know
A.1 TEAMS AND PLAYERS
(a) The number of players is limited to 4 a side in all games.
(b) Players must be qualified to play under the Regulations and Rules of the host country of the event.
(c) Players shall play with the stick in the right hand.
(d) No individual shall participate as a player or official in any game, if under the influence of drugs, alcohol or ...
The hill tribes of northern India, who bequeathed polo to their British rulers, were the custodians of a sport which had been played at least 2,500 years before at the court of the Persian Emperor Darius 1 (550-486 B.C.). (…)
In succeeding centuries, as armies ranged back and forth in retreat and conquest across the continent, polo was adopted by cavalries as a training exercise for mounted warfare, and by kings and emperors, shahs and sultans, khans and caliphs as a court pleasure.
Argentine Open of Palermo