Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

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 through this organization they made many valuable donations of Thoroughbred sires for the improvement of our light horses. Now again the sportsman can lend valu- able assistance and direction. He can help create a market for the well-bred and prop- erly-trained pony, and while having his fun, can set a new fad in American sport— a preference for the American pony when that product is in all ways equal to his for- eign competitor. The high-goal player should not forget that he sets the style for the low-goal player. In taking up the cause of the American breeder, I know he asks no odds. Likewise, when I say our Western breeders would like nothing better than a chance to demonstrate the superiority of their hors- es, I know they will back me up. For, in the final analysis, these breeders know that they must win or lose through fair com- mercial competition, though they cannot compete against a fad. What is to be done? I know this prob- lem has presented itself to a few prominent sportsmen, but as yet no one has come for- ward with a practical solution. As prelimi- nary steps may I, there fore suggest: 1. That in International matches of the future each team be limited to mounts native to the country that the team is repre- senting. This suggestion has already been advanced by English writers; it should be made a rule for the American team. 2. That an association of American polo breeders be formed; (a) to cooperate actively with the polo association in the selection of mounts for the American teams in International matches; (b) To dis- seminate among Western breeders particu- larly a knowledge of market requirements, latest developments in the principles of breeding, as well as new developments and requirements in methods of training; (c) to protect American breeders, as well as play- ers, from the practices of unscrupulous dealers; (d) To cooperate further with the polo association in the steps already under- taken to encourage Western breeders by offering prizes at fairs, shows and polo tournaments. 3. That at the National outdoor and indoor shows substantial cash prizes be offered for the best American-bred and American-trained first year pony. 4. That the polo association appoint a committee to inquire into and ascertain exact data concerning this situation, and that a letter be sent as a result of this inves- tigation to each player listed with the asso- ciation, inviting attention to the facts and soliciting cooperation if the findings of the committee warrant such action. In conclusion, I invite the attention of American sportsmen to the showing made by our equestrian team in the last Olympic Games (Paris, 1924), as well as in the important shows in this country and abroad. The record is a splendid one, and it should be remembered that this record was made by American riders on Ameri- can-bred and American-trained horses, and that these horses were by no means the best the country has to offer. Reprinted from Polo, February 1933. In the 1933 East vs West matches, the West, which won the series, played a string made up of 85 percent American-bred horses compared to the East's 18 percent. Red Ace played for the West's Elmer Boeseke. The author suggested rewarding winners of the national polo pony shows with substantial cash prizes. Belle of All was a brilliant Kentucky-bred mare that won the National Polo Pony Society show in 1921 and 1922. She helped Louis Stoddard regain the Westchester Cup in 1921.

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