If there is anything that Argentina stands out above all else, it is at polo. And no presumption: in the Pampa lands are the best horses, grass fields, tournaments, players and teams. Below, the reasons of leadership.
There are no better horses as the Argentine ones in the world; they are the F1 at this sport. The horse breed 'Argentine polo' is the result of crosses between mare Creole mestizo-strong, resilient and agile- and thoroughbred horse race-the fastest in the world: a magnificent achievement of genetics and the dressage skills experienced riders who live in the Pampas plains. To admire them, here some signs that identify them: up to a meter and a half in height, short back allowing them to be easy-raced in the field and strong and skillful tips on stopping. They are also brave horses benefited from the natural conditions of the pampas, where they are raised in large areas and fed with good pastures.
First understand the concept: handicap is the value of a player to his team according to his game, that is, it becomes the ideal estimated as many goals as he can do. Argentina is the country with the most players with ten handicap, the maximum value; not only today, but also from the beginning of its history in the early twentieth century. Records of the Argentine Polo Association realize the world monopoly exercised by creoles in the art of stick and ball. Some historical names you should know: In 1913, John Traill was the first ten registered in these lands; in the 40s they were highlighted, among others, Carlos and Julio Menditeguy; in the late 60's began the power of the Heguy family, extending to the present; the Pieres inaugurated their tradition in 1984 and continue today under their leadership; and finally, the living legend of Adolfo Cambiasso which remains not only valid for twenty years, but imposed a new form of playing.
Argentine Polo Field is considered the Cathedral. It is the only arena located in the middle of a big city. It is there where since 1928 The Open Argentine Polo Championship is celebrated, considered the most famous tournament in the universe of this sport. Lovers of this practice get excited when they meet this, for them it is like Polo Wimbledon.
Of course, how could it not be otherwise, the world's most recognized tournament is the Argentine Polo Open in Palermo. Not only that, but also the Argentina leads the fray with two other tournaments ending forming the top three in the world or the so-called Triple Crown: the Hurlingham Open and Tortugas Country Club. In each one take part eight teams of 28 to 40 goals handicap, hence, of course, the prestige involved. In the world, they are followed in order of importance the US Open, which takes place in Palm Beach, United States, and the Gold Cup in England. The Argentina Polo Association has more than 150 affiliated teams and at least 1800 players with handicap, spread over about 400 fields throughout the country.
It is assumed, of course, if the Argentines are the ones that have the highest handicap in the world, then, they must be the best players. And so it is. In general, the polo players, in addition to practicing the sport, they work in a related activity, such as breeding and selling horses or the design and production of items associated with this sport. The Heguy clan, for example, sells horses abroad, especially the United Kingdom and United States. The legendary Adolfo Cambiasso owns “La Dolfina”, the team, on the one hand, and the trademark, on the other, which sells clothing and polo style harness production objects. Among the most important polo teams in Argentina, we can find La Dolfina, La Aguada, Ellerstina, Alegría, Indios Chapaleufú, Magual and Miramar, which are the eight which participated in the last Palermo Open. If we talk internationally, Argentina owns the title of World Champion.
Argentina, the best place to learn how to play polo
Thanks to its popularity and the great performance of the horses, teams and players, Argentina offers the possibility of teaching the sport to logical and affordable. So then, those interested in learning to hit the ball can both satisfy the curiosity of riding a horse whip and helmet as well, if they are skilled, finish playing a little game with professional amateur. There are full-time programs including display, asado, classes and game and others that extend over several days. Where: Argentina Polo Day in Capilla del Señor, Puesto Viejo in the town of Cañuelas and La Manea in Ezeiza, among others.
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