What is Polo? All you need to know?


Arena Polo

Arena polo is a minified version of polo that is played on a field much smaller in size and enclosed by walls on all sides. It is a close variant to Beach Polo. It was developed with the intent to make the game of polo more accessible to everyone. The sport is currently practiced only in the United States and Great Britain.

Arena polo can be played both outdoors; on dirt surfaces and indoors on asphalt courts. The size of the field required is 300 x 150 feet, enclosed by at least 4ft high walls. Unlike regular polo where a plastic ball is used, the ball used for arena polo resembles a mini soccer ball. The mallets used are the same as the ones used for regular polo.

A match lasts for four chukkas, where each chukka is played for seven and a half minutes. The objective of the game is to score as many goals as possible. The rules and the game play are exactly the same as polo, the only major difference with arena polo is that there are no out-of-bounds and the ball is always in play. 토토사이트

Though more fan friendly, arena polo is not as popular as polo, and most competitions conducted are only at a club level.


Polo Ponies

Termed ‘ponies’, these are in fact horses measuring above 14.2 hands. Most are of the Argentinean Criollo breed or pure or cross thoroughbreds. Their main qualities are speed, stamina, steadiness and strength; the ability to accelerate, stop and turn quickly; and temperaments that are amenable to the game. There is no height limit for the ponies, although most are between 15 and 15.3 hands. Bandages or leg wraps are used for support and protection. Players admit that the pony can account for as much as 70% of their overall performance. Polo ponies generally begin their training as yearlings and start playing at the ages of 5-7 depending on the pony. The breeding and training program at Westcroft is at the forefront of the club supplying ponies worldwide for patrons and professionals as well as for the club itself, members and out polo school and academy.


Types of Polo

In the summer polo is played on grass fields measuring the size of three football pitches (274m x 146m) and is called polo! Polo played in the winter is called ‘arena polo’ and is played in outdoor boarded arenas. The arena at Westcroft is one of the largest in the UK, measuring is 100m x 50 x 1.83m


The Players

A polo team consists of four mounted players. Each numbered position has certain responsibilities:

Number One is the most offense-oriented player on the field, and also covers the opposing team's Number Four.
Number Two has a vital role in offense, either running through and scoring, or passing to Number One; defensively, they cover the opposing team's Number Three, generally the other team's best player.
Number Three is the tactical leader and must be a powerful hitter to feed balls to Number Two and One as well as maintaining defense.
Number Four is primarily a defensive player. They can move anywhere on the field, but they usually try to prevent scoring, freeing their teammates for offense.


History of Polo

One of the oldest known sports in the world, Polo originated in Persia over 2000 years ago. The game as we know it today originates from India in the 1800s, where British soldiers saw the game being played locally and adapted it for training cavalry riders. The sport is now played across the world, and was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1936, with Argentina being the reigning champions.