It’s about passion
Polo is a game for technical thinkers, tactical strategists and fighters. The sport looks back on a long tradition, with origins in Persia. It later emerged as the “Sport of Kings” in countries such as Argentina, England and in Germany too. The special thing about polo is the close relationship between the horse and the rider. Together they form a strong and dynamic team that has to act quickly and precisely at all times. This is what polo is all about.
Nowadays, more and more polo fans want to sit in the saddle and actively feel the thrill of this dynamic sport for themselves rather than just experience the fascinating mix of tempo, skill and team spirit from the edge of the field. Polo lessons with professional instruction have become very popular, and the Engel & Völkers Polo School also trains both beginners and advanced players in the sport.
Polo involves four players per team, playing in four match sections known as chuckers. One chucker is 7.5 minutes long, whereby only playing time is counted. The clock is stopped if there is a foul, for instance. Important: the protection and safety of the horses always has top priority in polo! The direction of play changes after each goal. In a similar way to golf, every polo player is also given an individual handicap. Goal and tournament successes have a positive impact on this handicap. The categorisation for handicaps ranges from -2 for beginners to the extremely rare handicap of +10. The handicaps of the four players are added together for the overall strength of the team, known as the team handicap. A polo players needs good technical skills to convey the ball with a diameter of just 7.5 centimetres into the opponent’s goal in a full gallop with a bamboo polo mallet measuring 51 inches in length.
Experience has shown: covering the opposing team, having a tactical overview and playing with precision are the key to success in this exhilarating sport.