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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 63 to fade away. As a result, in these postwar years "indoor polo" slowly began to morph into today's more encompassing version of the game known as "arena polo." The settings were quite wide-ranging and included experiments in stadiums (e.g. the popular Orange Bowl run from 1947 to 1950 (see PPE, November 2015); a charity event at the Babe Ruth Stadium in 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland (see PPE, August 2016]; a special match-up between the Rock Hill Elks Club and the Camden Polo stars, also in 1948, at the Legion Memorial Stadium; and a num- ber of high-goal matches at the Houston Astrodome in the 1960s) as well as play in specifically constructed enclosed or out- door arenas (e.g. the aforementioned Joy Farm, which reprised its prewar role (see PPE, November 2018); Windsor T. White's Harpst Farm field utilized by the Springbrook Polo Club in Toledo, Ohio; the Fox Lea Farm arena in Rehoboth, Massachusetts; the University of Virginia arena in Charlottesville, Virginia; the West Hills Polo Club facility in Hunting- ton, New York; the Country Farms Eques- trian Center arena in Medford, New York; the Ox Ridge Hunt Club arena in Darien, Connecticut; and the Los Ange- les Equestrian Center Equidome where professional arena polo was tried). How- ever, the recounting of the postwar peri- od, which has produced the Second Gold- en Age of Arena Polo, is well beyond the scope of this two-part series and is a story for another day! Many of the armories and arenas ref- erenced in this month's article and last month's went under a number of differ- ent names. Also, various sources gave dif- ferent statistics on the size of the facili- ties themselves and on their overall seating capacity as well as on the dates for the inception of play. Further, it should be noted that prior to World War II, "indoor polo" referred to a type of polo that was played mostly indoors but sometimes outdoors as well. When the broader term "arena polo" was first used is not known, but it was proba- bly sometime in the early 1950s. Girls and boys play a practice match at the Black Horse Armory in Chicago in 1936.

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