Mrs. Hitchock was one of the women that achieved to stand out as a polo player. She devoted great part of her life to teach the sport to her sons, between them, the extraordinary Tommy Hitchock was distinguished and considered by many people as the best polo player in Polo Modern history.
Elephant polo
played in Nepal. Sri Lanka and Thailand. The sticks are made of bamboo and have a standard polo mallet on the end. The length of the stick depends on the size of the elephant - anywhere from 5 to 12 feet.
Players are secured in rope harnesses, with a rope across their thighs and rope stirrups. The elephants are "driven" by their trainers, called "mahouts." The mahouts communicates with the elephant with verbal commands and by applying pressure to the back of the elephant's ears with their feet. The player's responsibility is to let the mahout know where to go, how fast, when to stop, etc. The pitch is 3/4 length because of the slower speed of the elephants.
 

 

Polo's origin dates back to 6th century BC in Central Asia. At first it was a training game for cavalry units for the King's guards or other elite troops. To the warlike tribesmen who played polo with as many as 100 players to a side, it was a miniature battle. It became a Persian national game in the 6th century AD.
This equestrian sport was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century.

The name 'polo' is derived from the Indian 'pulu' for the wood from which the ball was made and the word 'chucker' comes from the Indian word for a circle or round.

British tea planters in India witnessed the game and introduced it in England in 1850.
James Gordon Bennett, a noted American publisher; balloonist, and adventurer, was captivated by the sport and took it to New York in 1876 where it caught on immediately.

However, it was in the southern extreme of America, in Argentina where Polo flourished in it´s maximum splendor.

La Pampa's new English inhabitants introduced the sport in the region in 1875. It was immediately adopted by the farmers, who where used to "Pato", an equestrian game with similar rules.
After some time, different clubs started to open in new born towns. Hurlingham Club, one of the main ones, opened In 1888. River Plate Polo Association - today Argentine Polo Association- was born in 1892.

By 1930's polo was in the midst of a Golden Age - it was an Olympic sport.

Argentine Polo is undeniably the best of the world; World Champion almost every year since 1949 and the country with more 10 handicap players.
With more than 100 years, Palermo Argentine Open has become a worldwide event, Polo's Mecca. It's a dream for the biggest players.
For over 30 years, the Argentines have been preeminent in the sport but explosive growth in players and the availability of good horses is honing the competitive abilities of challengers from many countries.

The principal playing countries are currently Argentina, USA, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Since the last war, Argentina has consistently set the standards of the modern game and has produced both the best players and the ponies most suited to the sport.

Polo is played in more than 60 countries and enjoyed by more than 50 million people each year.

 
 
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