About Polo  
     
 
Polo is one of the fastest competitive team sports, with a fun social scene and glamorous reputation. Polo is believed to have originated in Persia before the 1st century AD. From there it spread east to Tibet, India, China and Japan. British Army Officers brought it to England in the 19th century from India. It is now played across the globe.
 
The Basics
  • 4 players make up a polo team
  • Both men and women play, and can compete on equal terms
  • There are 2 umpires on horseback
  • A 'Third Man' referees from the sidelines and has the final say if the umpires can't agree on a foul or penalty
  • Players range in handicap from minus 2 'goals' (beginners) up to 10 'goals' (the best)
  • The highest rated British player is currently 7 goals
  • Handicaps are determined annually, by Club recommendation and by the national handicap board
  • The level of polo played depends on the aggregate handicap of the four players
  • 'Low goal' polo, from 4 to 8 aggregate handicap, consists of 4 chukkas
  • 'Medium goal' polo, from 12 to 15 goals, consists of 5 chukkas
  • 'High goal' polo, from 18 to 22 goals, consists of 6 chukkas
  • A chukka is a 7-minute time period in the game
  • Each player will normally have at least one horse per chukka
  • 'Half time' is a social event where spectators 'tread-in' the divots made by the horses' hooves
  • The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) governs Polo
  • Polo Rules are designed for the safety of the horse & rider
  • A polo pitch is 300 by 200 yards, and could contain 3 football pitches
     
      To learn more or for Polo lessons, contact Adrian Wade