Polo Players Edition

OCT 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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62 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Y E S T E R Y E A R S ALL IN A DAY 'S WORK 5:30 a.m. On the big day after breakfast, the ponies have a half hour's exercise, are cooled off and straightened out for a noon feed four hours before they are scheduled to go into action. 8 a.m. The head groom gives out the pony list to the other grooms, noting which mounts will play and during which peri- ods. For 12 mounts there are six grooms and one tack man. 1:30 pm. Loading up equipment—mallets, blankets, bandages, medicine, helmets, whips, knee pads, gloves and many other things. Each pony in the string has his own type bridle and bit. 2 p.m. Off to the field. Garbed in new blankets, halters and lead ropes, six ponies are shipped to the field in a van. Grooms put in 17-hour work day for one-hour polo match W hen you watch the fast play of an afternoon's game, little do you realize the long, hard grind the ponies and grooms go through in preparation for the big event. From early morning until late at night the important business of handling the mounts goes on. This enlightening set of pictures, made in 1938 especially for "The Sportsman" with the cooperation of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his polo stable (he played back on the Old Westbury team in the Open Championship and Waterbury Cup tournaments that year), best tells the behind-the-scenes story of the daily work and care the ponies and men experienced to keep a player well-mounted.

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