Polo, known as “the sport of kings,” is a luxury sport that is also a favorite pastime of a famous modern-day prince. And, like Prince Harry of Wales, who can be found playing the game when not deployed with the British military, the sport has roots in military training too.
The modern game, developed in India, was eventually adopted by the British who soon gave it an aristocratic air, which makes sense, given that polo is an expensive sport to play because of the care and attention horses require.
Find out what a “chukker” is with our quiz all about the game.
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True or False: Polo was first played in Persia as a training exercise for soldiers.
True. The first records of polo matches can be found in records from the 5th century B.C., when teams had about 100 members each and the game was played as training for battle.
Polo as a sport is closely related to:
The current game of polo is closely related to Sagol Kangje a kind of hockey that comes from India, though the British popularized the sport in the west.
How many players are on the field at any given time?
There are eight players on horses on the field during the game.
How many periods of play are there in a typical polo match?
A polo match can have four, six or eight periods, though typically it has six, seven-minute long periods.
True or False: Only a particular breen of horse can become a polo pony.
False. Many breeds of horse can become polo ponies, though it is important that a pony is fast, agile and smart.
How many teams play in the U.S. Polo Association (USPA)?
There are 32 teams in the USPA that play across the country and throughout the year.
What is the Divot Stomp?
Divot stomping is a polo tradition in which the spectators walk onto the field at halftime and replace the dirt and grass kicked up by the horses during the game, which also gives everyone a chance to mingle.