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Asian Strategies wins the Singapore Ladies Tournament
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Discover the pictures and the results of the Singapore Ladies Tournament.


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The program of the Hurlingham Open 2014
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Now that was played the final of the Tortugas Open, the polo world awaits with great interest the opening of 121 ° HSBC Open Championship Hurlingham Polo Club, presented by QBE Insurance The Buenos Aires.


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La Dolfina repeats as Tortugas Open Champion
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By Alex Webbe

 

La Dolfina (Adolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martin Nero) reinforced their dominance over Ellerstina (Facundo Pieres, Mariano Aguere, Gonzalito Pieres and Nico Pieres) in this year’s Tortugas Open in the final of the Tortugas Open by totally dominating them in a 14-8 victory.


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Hong-Kong Keeps its title in the Super Nations Cup
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To the cheers of China’s growing legions of polo fans, home side Hong Kong China triumphed over England in the grand final of the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup 2014, beating their rivals 11 – 8 at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club.


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Chris Ashton: The pinnacle of my all too brief Polo career
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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.


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Horacio Laffaye: a Polo Historian's take on Tanoira's Reflections
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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. 


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Tang Dynasty Polo
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   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?


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Argentine Polo: the Irish contribution
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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.


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Polo Equipment

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.


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Polo Glossary

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The International Rules for Polo/Tournament Procedures

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 ...


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Polo History, Ancient Origins By Chris Ashton

 

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.


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How to choose your polo pony?

•    The horse must meet the requirement as far as all pony must when you are going to buy one. Then, the veterinary should :
-    Check the ID card of the horse and make sure the pony’s vaccinations are up to date.

-    Make a chek-up of : the morphologie, the appearance, the breathing apparatus and the heart, mouth, eyes.
-    Check if there are none of the unacceptable defects : immobility, pulmonary emphysema, that the horse limps, tic, equine infectious anaemia, chronic cornage and phthisis. A blood test might be necessary to check that the pony does not suffer from infectious anaemia.

•    Polo pony requires also particular abilities :
-    The pony must be alert with bright eyes. He must see clearly with his two eyes because one-eyed horse cannot play polo. The veterinary will especially take a look at the heart and the legs of the pony. You might also test how sensitive is the pony when you swing a mallet next to him, especially if the pony had never played polo before.
-    A legs X-ray can help the veterinary to check if the horse suffers from bones or joint issues.
-    You can decide to make a lot of other medical examinations according to the price and the interest you got to the pony. These medical examinations are necessary in particular when the pony already played polo and he might have an irreversible injury following a game, a mallet blow, etc.

The veterinary can write a certification unveiling the pony health in order to know and prove if is able or not to play polo. Remember that the veterinary can only make you now the actual health of the horse but he cannot tell you how the horse will be in the future.

Alice B.