Polo Players Edition

DEC 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 Youngstown, Ohio; at the Crystal Horse- shoe ring in Columbus, Ohio; and at the Pastime Riding Pavilion in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It should be stressed that the forego- ing survey of prewar polo arenas in this month's issue of Polo Players' Edition and last month's is not intended to be a definitive review of such facilities but rather a selective sampling of them. Certainly, there are many more exam- ples that could have been detailed, if space had allowed. Illustrative of this point are the countless articles in the old "Polo" and "The Sportsman" magazines from the 1920s and '30s chronicling how extensive the reach of indoor polo was but at generally lesser-known locations (e.g. in Hartford, Connecticut, at the State Armory and Arsenal; at the South- ern State Riding Academy in Hempstead, Long Island, New York; in Ramapo Val- ley, Ridgewood, Oreworth, Tenekill and Saddle River, New Jersey, where a cluster of five clubs operated five fields and two huge riding halls; at the Armory in Pikeville, Pennsylvania,; in Chicago at the Pavilion, which held an annual Inter- national Livestock Tournament; at Fort Thomas, Kentucky: at the Wakarusa Polo Club near Topeka, Kansas; at the Col- orado Springs Riding Hall in Colorado Springs, Colorado; at the Riding Hall of the 124th Field Artillery in Cheyenne, Wyoming; at the Oregon Agricultural College Armory in Corvallis, Oregon; and at the Olympic Riding and Driving Club arena in Seattle, Washington). One additional note: what made prewar arena polo so different from its outdoor cousin—beyond the three versus four play- er configuration and the larger ball—were the sizes of the arenas, which varied quite significantly and the wide range of sur- faces being played on (e.g. tanbark, clay, a mix of clay and coarse beach sand, rock dust, loam, dirt and grass!). After the Second World War, the road to recovery for polo as a sport was quite diffi- cult. For indoor polo the challenges were even greater, particularly as the many armories and their military players started The Chicago Riding Club played its first game in 1924 in its new riding hall, which measured 305 feet by 130 feet. It had a generous balcony section for the viewing public and could accommodate an astounding 500 horses.

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