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At the Argentine Open Polo, the wealthy rub shoulders with ordinary mortals

“It’s a very aggressive game, isn’t it?” The American tourist sitting in front of me sounds horrified. Hardly surprising, really – we’ve just watched a man tumble to the ground with an almighty thud from a galloping horse. But there’s not a second to spare during the semi-finals of the 125th Argentine Open Polo tournament; play doesn’t halt for a moment. The world’s top players are all here, battling it out on the hallowed turf of the Campo Argentino de Polo…

Why is Argentina considered the Polo Capital of the world?

Well, there are over 3,000 registered polo players in Argentina, more than ten times more than US and UK for a start. There are many thousands of grooms who specifically care for horses. Polo, or “The Sport of Kings,” as it is often referred to is frequently thought of as something that extremely wealthy people do for fun. And it is. However, Argentina is more affordable than most countries and there it is played at a higher standard than anywhere else.  Argentina’s has the worlds best polo teams…

Argentine Polo is the latest fashion in China

Argentine Polo is the latest fashion in China Arguably better known for Eva Peron and the tango, Argentina has been a bastion of polo since the sport was popularized there by British settlers in the 19th century. China’s history with the sport goes back even farther: By some accounts, polo was the bees’ knees as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), except only imperial types played it. Thought to have originated in China and Persia some 2,000 years ago the British are credited with spreading the…