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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62 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N the DuMont Television Network, using a crew of 18 men and 3 cameras beamed matches directly from Squadron A every Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The shows were not only extremely well received by people at home but also helped to draw more fans to the games themselves (see PPE, December 2013). Indoor polo continued at Squadron A until at least the late 1950s. In the mid- 1960s most of the armory was demol- ished save for the elaborate facade, which still stands today as a testament to a bygone age. Besides Squadron A, New York City also boasted of two other armories that arranged indoor polo games, one belong- ing to the 101st Field Cavalry in Brook- lyn, Squadron C (which often co-hosted the early rounds of the national champi- onship games) and the other belonging to the 105th Field Artillery in the Bronx. Although the latter seemed to be the largest of the three New York armories with also the best surface, it was consid- ered to be too far off the beaten track and was further handicapped by its very limit- ed seating capacity. There were also a number of other armories that dotted the East Coast where indoor polo was pursued. For example, Boston had the Commonwealth Armory, which enjoyed a lively winter season typi- cally stretching from late December or early January until mid-March. In addi- tion to the military teams, Harvard regu- larly played there as well among the civil- ian squads. New Jersey also sported a bevy of armories where indoor polo was featured such as the Red Bank Armory in Red Bank, the Essex Troop Armory in Newark, the Troop G of the 102nd Caval- Built in the late 1800s, Squadron A ranked as one of the largest and most impressive armories in the U.S. Elston Combs, Buddy Combs and Billy Foales at the Red Bank Armory in Red Bank, New Jersey. The armory was built in 1914 and featured a 100 x 144-foot equestrian riding hall. Polo was played in the cavernous Convention Hall in Atlantic City. It's playing surface was 300 feet by 160 feet. Games in the 1930s drew large crowds.

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