The olympics and the Polo Paris Club
From 1900 to 1936, polo was featured as an Olympics discipline five times. Within this period, France won the competition twice, in 1900 and 1924, and ‘Polo de Paris’ can be proud of having being part of this prestigious sporting event.
In 1924, nine out of ten games were played at the Country Club of St Cloud because Bagatelle, for lack of sufficient seating, only hosted the Great Britain vs France game. Jules Macaire, a member of the French team, then started an incredible dynasty of high level players since his son Jacques and his grandsons Lionel and Stéphane were all high level polo professionals.
This penultimate edition of polo at the Olympics was also important for the sport itself as the Argentinians, who won 6-5 in the last seconds against the USA, gave their country its first gold medal. Welcomed back as heroes upon their return to Buenos Aires, they helped make polo the second most popular sport in Argentina. Since then, Argentinian players and horses have been demonstrating their talents all around the world.
In 2019, the Paris Open Engel & Völkers will celebrate its 125th edition and despite disruption during certain years, especially in times of war (in 1973 it was even played in September rather than June because of an equine flu), over time this tournament has become world famous.
Even if it is does not show the highest level of polo, its history and the history of the Paris Polo Club make it legendary and many international players dream to put their name on the Cup, to join the fabulous players that are the Rothschilds, Macarius, Couturié, Montbrison, Terrail, from Balkany for French people and Gracida, Rubirosa, Alberdi, Moore, Merlos, Heguy or Gaztambide for international people.