Polo

A nearside forehand swing. Menlo Polo Club, September 2015. A nearside forehand swing.
Menlo Polo Club, Atherton — September 2015, Photo by Dan Kaplan

I’ve been a polo player for the last 15 years, beginning in high school leagues on Long Island before playing for the University of Connecticut for two years. Nowadays, you can find me on the field during the summer seasons at Cerro Pampa Polo Club in Petaluma.

A offside forehand swing.
Cerro Pampa Polo Club, Petaluma — Oyster Cup 2019 Photo by Dan Kaplan

Ride off by Sukey Forbes, Mother Chukka Polo Team
Cerro Pampa Polo Club, Petaluma — Oyster Cup 2017

Estancia El Venado, Pila, Argentina — 2015

A regulation field is 300 x 160 yards — the equivalent of nine (American) football fields. It’s a sport that mixes team strategy with each of the four individual players’ riding skills and knowledge of the rules. I’ve heard the game described as a combination of the speed and contact of hockey, the precision of golf, and the strategy of chess — all while galloping down a field at 25 MPH. You can read more about in this Quora answer.

Garlic Cup Semi-Finals
South Bay Polo Club, Gilroy — 2016

Pre-game chat, Casa Socas Polo Team
Cerro Pampa Polo Club, Petaluma — Oyster Cup 2017

Meadowbrook Polo Club, Old Westbury — Summer 2009

Still curious? Enjoy this headcam GoPro video, read this primer, or go deeper with this article about cloned ponies and their impact on the game.