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History of Polo in Brazil

After securing its independence, Brazil assumed the debts of Portugal to the British Empire. Brazil, being lush with natural resources, decided to work with Britain to create railways to transport Brazil’s many exports. This connection not only brought Brazil out of debt and into good standings with Britain, but it also introduced the sport of polo to Sao Paulo. After English engineers initially introduced the sport to Brazil, polo quickly… Read More »History of Polo in Brazil

Check out the Player Media Guide

Are you looking for more information on a player? Did you watch the U.S. Open Polo Championship and think to yourself – “What is Sapo Caset’s full name?” or “Has Hilario Ulloa always played for Park Place?”? The Gauntlet of Polo Player Media Guide can help you with these answers and more. Starting in 2019, the Global Polo team has been collecting information about the Gauntlet participants and cataloging the… Read More »Check out the Player Media Guide

Another Exciting Season in Palm Beach

There are few tournaments in the world that require as much grit, strength, strategy and teamwork as the Gauntlet of Polo. Set in the heart of the Winter Equestrian Captial of the world at the National Polo Center, the Gauntlet is the sports toughest test. It’s a three month long competition that comprises of the top tournaments in the United States: the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and… Read More »Another Exciting Season in Palm Beach

History of Polo in Australia

“I love London. I love the U.K., but if I was going to live anywhere else on Earth, it would be Australia.” – Tom Parker Bowles Polo reached the beautiful shores of Australia through the city of Warrnambool in the Western Districts of Victoria in 1874. After this historic day, the game of polo had peaks and plateaus of popularity over the next century. Shortly after the oldest Australian polo… Read More »History of Polo in Australia

History of Polo in Germany

Polo first reached Germany in the mid 1890’s through Hanseatic merchants who learned of its growing popularity throughout England. Shortly after, the Hamburg Polo Club was founded in 1898 in today’s Derby Park. Realizing the exponential growth in the popularity of the sport, Germany quickly moved to international play. In 1902, the Hamburg Polo Club invited teams from Budapest, Hurlingham, and St. Petersburg to participate in a tournament that would… Read More »History of Polo in Germany

History of Polo in South Africa

Polo was brought to the western world by British cavalry regiments. But it was the British infantry that is credited with bringing the game to South Africa. Infantry regiments such as the Gordon Highlanders, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, and the Cape Mounted Rifles all became avid polo players during their time in the Cape Province and other stations in South Africa. In 1874 the Gordon Highlanders and the… Read More »History of Polo in South Africa

Hope Arellano

Player Profile A “Super-Star”, a “champion”, an “inspiration”, Hope Arellano goes by many names in the polo world, but none truly capture the formidable reputation of this iconic female player. Since she was just nine years old, Hope Arellano knew she wanted to be a professional polo player like her Hall of Famer father, Julio Arellano. Setting her first record at fourteen as the youngest woman to win the U.S.… Read More »Hope Arellano

Maddie and Sophie Grant – Sisterhood of Polo

There is something intangible that drives most women who play polo. It’s not prestigious championship titles, or their love for horses, although both play a major role in why they love the game. The force behind their mallets and epic celebratory hugs on horseback comes from their desire to leave the sport better for the next generation of women. It’s an unspoken sisterhood that thrives within the sport. But for… Read More »Maddie and Sophie Grant – Sisterhood of Polo

History of Polo in Ireland

If England ignited the explosion of polo across the globe, then Ireland was the fuse. History of Polo in Ireland In Cachar in 1859, the 10th Huzzars, a British Cavalry regiment, and tea planters from the area competed in polo matches. A detachment of these officers were later stationed in Limerick, Ireland shortly before returning to England. This chance encounter in 1868 between local horsemen of the Army and the… Read More »History of Polo in Ireland

History of Polo in Italy

When it comes to polo…all roads lead to Rome! “Italians and their passion for a sport they love is a lethal combination nearly always resulting in success!” “Rome Polo Club in Italy” (Sarah L. Parker) History of Polo in Italy Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world that attracts millions of visitors annually. However, many of these travelers fail to look beyond the cathedrals and… Read More »History of Polo in Italy