Polo is a team sport played on horseback. The objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small white usually plastic ball into the opposing team’s goal. A long-handled wooden hammer known as a mallet is used.
The traditional polo is played on large grass fields up to 300 yards (274 meters) long by 160 yards (146 meters) wide. Each polo team consists of four players and their mounts. The game lasts roughly two hours and is divided into periods called “chukkers”. All tournaments and levels of play and players are organised within and between polo clubs. These include membership, rules, safety and fields. Polo Clubs are usually overseen by qualified mounted instructors or umpires. The mounts used are called ‘polo ponies’, although the term pony is purely traditional and the mount is actually a full-sized horse.
Keep Calm and Play Polo.