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craig shell
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Username: Craig

Post Number: 17
Registered: 8-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 6:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I would like to see a thread started on polo and horses.
perhaps we can discuss places to play, horses for sale the Argentine open
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Bob Frassinetti
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Post Number: 34
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006 - 3:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The history of Argentine Polo

Known around the world for its famous beef, gorgeous women, starlatious soccer players and gorgeous landscapes, Argentina has recently emerged from the darkness of South America to bewitch the modern generations of Europe and USA. However, the beauty and charm within this southern country has a prior origin with a strong love affair held with the UK, ever since Argentina began to exist as a nation.

Before Argentine Ranch owners ever knew about Polo, Argentina had played for ages its national sport –which to the surprise of sports lovers is not Soccer-Football- PATO. Pato being the Spanish word for duck, is the argentine game version of Polo. Played since 1610 by a group of players on horse back –these cowboys are known as gauchos- the game consists in trying to catch a duck hidden in a leather bag that features from two to four handles that allow the players to get hold of it. The basic rules in this game share similarity with the essence of Polo, two teams, heading for the ball, played in the countryside on horseback.

Given this indigenous game, once the British began to relocate to Argentina and brought with them their traditions and games, in 1870 Polo was first played in the Buenos Aires countryside and never stopped ever since.

It’s interesting to witness how games are a resultant of a given stage in culture and history, responding to societies’ features. Horseback games are as ancient as many of the modern civilizations. And while we have just described one South American version of these games, we can also highlight similar games and cases all throughout Middle and Far East regions. Sagol Kanggye is the Indian version of the game and its origin can be traced as far as 300 years before Christ. Pulu, is the Persian name given to this name back in 500 BC, and it stands for willow root –the stick with which the players hit the ball in this version of the game. Since the Persians were the firsts to domesticate wild horses, that long lost origin to this ancient and modern game is one of the most plausible.

Polo is officially played in Argentina since 1870. The first local official game was played by Irishmen, estancia owners and English engineers. This event took place on August, 30, 1875 at the Villanueva estancia in Ranchos, in the province of Buenos Aires. From then on the game did not cease to grow across the country, and the first institution, Flores Polo Club, was founded in 1880. The sport continued to develop and subsequently new clubs appeared in different towns and cities throughout Argentina. Lomas Polo Club (1885), Belgrano Polo Club (1886) and the legendary Hurlingham Club (1886), were the first and most prominent clubs in the country.

And since then the Argentine Polo has been ranked among the best in the world. Many Argentine players of top handicap play around the globe. Also prominent are the Argentine Polo Horses, known as Petisos, a particular kind of breaded horse that’s specially suitable for this sport.

According to the statistics, Argentina has been ranked World Champion since 1949 and has been awarded most of the highest ranks since.

Bautista, Horacio, Alberto y Eduardo Heguy, Juan Carlos Harriot, Alfredo Harriot, Adolfo Cambiasso Enrique Alberdi, Juan A. Traill, Mariano Aguerre, Javier Novillo Astrada are some of the most prominent Argentine players of the moment.

Among the many championships and cups placed yearly throughout the globe, one of the most important competitions is the Argentine Polo championship Open that takes place in Buenos Aires. The season starts in August, first matches are usually played in the Northern Area of Buenos Aires to finish with a top match held at the Argentine Polo Field in Palermo during December.

One other prestigious trophy match is that played between Argentina and the US. This American Cup was first played in 1928 and Argentina has won it the most of the times.

As to multi-country competitions, we to highlight the late organization of the World Championship of Polo first held in 1989.

All in all, from England to Argentina; from the United States to India, Spain, and also Switzerland, followed by Australia and New Zealand and the lately popular renaissance of the sport in India, polo is a worldly appreciated and enjoyed millenary sport.

Best ranked Argentien clubs:

Coronel Suarez
Indios Chapaleufu
El Paraiso
La Cañada
El Trebol
La Espadaña
Venado Tuerto
North Santa Fe.

Winners of the Argentine Open

1970 C.Suarez
1971 Santa Ana
1972 C.Suarez
1973 Santa Ana
1974 C.Suarez
1975 C.Suarez
1976 C. Suarez
1977 C.Suarez
1978 C .Suarez
1979 C.Suarez
1980 C.Suarez
1981 C.Suarez
1982 Santa Ana
1983 C.Suarez II
1984 La Espadaña
1986 La Espadaña
1988 La Espadaña
1989 La Espadaña
1990 La Espadaña
1991 I.Chapaleufu
1992 I.Chapaleufu
1993 I.Chapaleufu
1994 Ellerstina
1995 Chapaleufu I
1996 Chapaleufu II
1997 Ellerstina
1998 Ellerstina
1999 Chapaleufu II
2000 Chapaleufu II
2001 Chapaleufu I
2002 La Dolfina
2003 La Aguada
2004 Chapaleufu II
2005 La Dolfina

Hope I have been of help! Cheers, Bob Frassinetti
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Annabel McNaught-Davis
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Username: Annabel_0410

Post Number: 2
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006 - 3:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Guys,
Thanks for your post Bob. All you said is very true though there is a never ending amount you could say! Tortugas, Hurlingham, the Jockey Club, La Dolfina and Ellerstina are probably the most active clubs at the moment. I actually play polo and teach professionally both in England and Argentina so spend a lot of time following the sport. Should anyone be interested in learning polo or taking a polo holiday then please get in contact or check out my site http://uk.geocities.com/lacandelariapolo/Homepage. html . Any questions just pass them on!
Hasta a luego,
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Post Number: 739
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006 - 8:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

> Any questions just pass them on!

Or ask them here :-)
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Username: Bart

Post Number: 26
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 5:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

this is a polo video I have shooted in 2005, the final was very exciting. http://www.barts.com.ar/barts/flash_video.php?reco rdID=polo
Please wait a few seconds to the video downloads to your computer, especially if you are not in the US (video is hosted in the US) and edition volume is not loud so you should give some power to your volume controls.
Polo cost may be very expensive, around USD 7k per month only on maintainance issues not considering buying the horses.
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Post Number: 757
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 05, 2006 - 7:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Got an email from Estani today... Just reposting the content for all POLO lovers.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from El Rincon del Polo! It’s that beautiful time of the year again when the greatest polo players from around the world return to Buenos Aires to take part in the Triple Crown competition. The weather’s getting warmer, the fields are a lush green from the spring rain, and El Rincon is ready to welcome you to enjoy an Argentine Polo Experience.

El Rincon del Polo, run by the Robledo Puch family, offers visitors from all over the globe the opportunity to learn and participate in the best polo in the world, in a relaxed family environment. The school’s easy access to the city and tranquil escape make it a favorite among those who visit.

We’re located in Open door, a town 45 minutes outside of the Buenos Aires, considered the new "mecca" of world polo. Open door is extremly active during the high season, with more than 30 polo clubs and over 80 polo fields. The small town unites the natural landscapes of the Argentine Pampas with the tranquility of farm life, a comfortable distance from the busy capital city. It's location allows visitors the possibility to stick and ball, and play a few "chukkers" during the day, and then head off to Palermo (in Buenos Aires) to watch a game at the Argentine Open and enjoy the restaurants and night life of one of Latin America's most exciting cities.

El Rincon del Polo Club & School boasts two boarded polo fields with Bermuda grass, one of which has been approved by the AAP (Argentine Polo Association). In addition to “Woody” the wooden horse, we’ve also added a working round pen with sand useful for working on the more technical aspects of your swing and agility while playing. El Rincon is also home to over 50 Argentine polo horses, We understand how important finding the right horse is for one’s polo game to advance.

In addition to the Robledo Puch brothers, practice games at El Rincon will include local professionals such as Tommy Ezcurra (6 goals), Marcelo Amadeo Videla (5 goals), Alico Gancedo (4 goals), Juani Otaran (3 goals), Diego and Luis Gimenez Lalor (3 goals), and Diego Larralde our new assistant coach (2 goals). Also, joining us from France this season is Gaeton Gasset from the Chantilly Polo Club (2 goals).

2006 Argentine High Goal Tournament Games
Tortugas Open – now until October 14th
Hurlingham Open – October 25th – November 5th
Argentine Open Palermo – November 18th – December 9th
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Username: Sapphos

Post Number: 45
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006 - 6:14 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

On that same note, this is a post I just put in my blog recently with info on buying tickets for the games...

Whack! Cheering! Thunder of hooves at full speed! Yes it's that time of year again! If you're a polo fan, horse lover, or just a sports fanatic, then it's time to pick yourself up and trot over to the Campo Argentino de Polo en Palermo for the 2006 Triple Crown of Polo in Argentina.

Currently up and galloping is the Tortugas Polo Master Cup (Campeonato Abierto del Tortugas Country Club), which started on September 26th and will end on October 14th (a fine day incidentally as it's also my birthday!)

The second event of the Triple Crown of Polo, the Hurlingham Open (113º Campeonato Abierto del Hurlingham Club), will take place October 17th to November 4th.

The season will culminate with the Argentine Open Championship (113º Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo) which was first played in 1893. This event is the fifth-oldest polo competition in the world. Is a fabulous event not just for watching the horses and (of course) the celebrity players, but also for people watching as Argentina's elite turn out in record numbers.

Campo Argentino de Polo en Palermo
Av. Del Libertador and Dorrego
(54 11) 4576 5600

"Got Tickets?" Try Ticketek.com for your tickets, they have tickets for all sporting events including polo, and will have maps of the event location, seating, etc. as well. Click here for ticket sale locations.

Can't get tickets? Here's a hint...you can always hang out by the fence on Libertador for a bit and watch the game.

Don't know anything about the game of polo? Check out these two great Internet pages:
Polo News page "About the Sport of Polo"
Feelpolo.com's page the "rules of polo"

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