Polo Players Edition

NOV 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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 61 elaborate programs that often rivaled those available at many famous outdoor polo clubs! Over its lifetime, Squadron A often served as the host for many of the nation's most prestigious indoor polo tournaments such as the Open Champi- onship and the Class A, B, C and D Cham- pionships. In addition, the Indoor Inter- collegiate and Interscholastic Championships were often contested there. The armory also orchestrated the first International Championship match between England and America for the John R. Townsend Challenge Cup in 1923 in a competition that would not be held again until 2004! The armory also holds the distinction of presenting the first women's polo game in New York when it brought together in February 1934 teams from Saxon Woods in White Plains and Ramapo Valley in New Jersey. As Dr. Laffaye noted: "Although not officially sanctioned by the Indoor Polo Association, the game took place with the implicit support of the IPA." It cannot be emphasized enough that for the era, this was a fairly bold move coming from a very prominent gov- erning body. Another major milestone in the armory's history was that it was the very first polo organization of any kind in Amer- ica to initiate live television broadcasts of its games. Starting in late February 1952, The gothic-revival style Riding Hall at West Point was so big (580 feet by 125 feet), polo was played using outdoor rules, with a backline and goal posts away from the end walls. The Saxon Woods Polo Club and the Ramapo Valley Polo Club women's teams played an official match at Squadron A in 1934.

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