Polo Primer


Today, polo is often seen as a pursuit of the idle rich and British royalty. But that’s changing. Hollywood celebrities, down-to-earth cowboys and everyday horse lovers are discovering polo. If you feel the need to take a good, hard swing at a ball from the back of a horse, here’s how to get started.

**For the full article, pick up the February 2007 issue of HORSE ILLUSTRATED.**

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Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.


  1. First let me say I am a subcriber to your GREAT magazine and want to pass on how very pleased I was to see your article on Polo. It is hardly ever mentioned in any magazines and is , I believe, the best tutor for riding I’ve experienced. You forget about riding and play the game. I am by no means a good polo player but have played in probably six games and love it. When I first started riding , at about 50, my brother-in-law introduced me to polo which scared me to death at first but once you get out on the field you love it. I recommend it to anyone, it’s great. Thank-you for the article and please follow up on it. Also, I very highly recommend all riders watch a high goal polo match, the horsemanship is absolutely amazing.


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