Buenos Aires – November 2019 – The Palace of Polo

Buenos Aires is the center of the Polo World. Argentinian polo players make up the top 5, 8 out of the top 10, and 22 out of the top 25. In November and December they come home for the biggest tournament in polo.




The Campo Argentino de Polo is the center of this universe. It is like going to the Kentucky Derby and finding polo.







Each major sponsor has their own pavilion, some seemingly unusual for this setting like Case Tractors.












But now the polo ponies are being prepped and ready for action.










Being Argentina a bit of soccer mentality takes over at the start of the game.




It is time for polo. The players are indeed very skilled, with little delay in their game. The horses as well have been bred just for this sport.

























It is so popular it is televised, but for now our afternoon of polo is over.







Granville, Oh – August 2015 – Polo

On a humid Sunday we found ourselves in Granville, Ohio to watch a polo match.  Former professional polo player Horace Henriot founded the Play Polo Club, playing on the grounds of the Bryn Du Mansion.

In the spring of 2013, Horace and his family started Play Pol, a full-service polo company focusing on instruction, supply of equipment and the scouting of polo ponies. In order to sustain the development of polo in Columbus, the need for a new polo club became evident. Through the incredible support of several polo enthusiasts, the Play Polo Club became a reality.

The vision of the club is to have a place where people could simply park and play. No need to transport horses. No need to care for their own horses. The facility would board, exercise and care for polo ponies. The fields would be ready, safe and beautiful. Most importantly, this facility would inspire sparking good in the world through polo and horses.

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The day we were there it the match was essentially a scrimmage with the club divided up into two teams. Having never seen polo before two things amazed me, one is the massive size of the field, and the second is the speed of the horses, which of course I knew horses are fast, but literally sitting next to the field and having them run by is impressive.

The atmosphere was welcoming there was a PA announcer explaining the game, and encouraging people to come check out the horses and meet the players. While it was a cool experience, I don’t see me wanting to play polo, or even watch on a regular basis, but it was a great afternoon.