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Polo Anyone? A Quick Guide To The World-Class Sport
Still, like experiencing other events while traveling, knowing a little of what polo is all about is not a bad idea.
Beach Polo is a team sport, played on horseback where winning means scoring more points (goals) than the other team. Goals are scored by driving the brightly colored, inflatable ball between goalposts. Each game has four, seven-minute periods called chukkers. Each team has three players and they change horses (polo ponies actually) after each chukker. Two umpires watch for fouls granting free hits. Fouls occur mainly when one player crosses another player who is following the ball on its exact line of trajectory.
While polo dates back 2,500 years, Beach Polo is a Dubai-created event that started in 2004, with the Miami Beach event beginning in 2005.
Actually two events, the Women's Polo Cup takes place on Thursday, April 25, featuring eight women's teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches.
The three-day men's tournament runs Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29 with six teams that include some of the world's top-ranked players. Sponsored by Argentinean sports and leisure clothing manufacturer La Martina, this year's tournament will feature Miami's DJ Irie, whose Irie Foundation will be an official beneficiary non-profit organization alongside Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
Beach polo is a lot like arena polo, but other forms include cowboy polo, elephant polo, camel polo, cycle polo, canoe polo and kayak polo as we see in this video:
[Photo credit - The Polo Life]