“Playing Polo is like playing Golf during an earthquake”- Sylvester Stallone
He couldn’t be farther from truth. To the uninitiated, it may look like lazy royals making stallions do all the hard work while enjoying a game similar to Golf, or Hockey for that matter.
Yet, look closer and you see as much preparation and toil as any other sport. There’s a caretaker for every horse, sometimes doubling up as a player too. The reputation of a the caretaker/groomer precedes that of the guy who dons the saddle on the ground. Careers are built around how well a horse is taken care of and trained.
And it’s beautiful to watch. Toned muscles of the stallion twitch and turn at a frantic pace. Yet there is a certain stillness in the eyes of the player, somewhere between a monk and a hawk. He constantly guages his opportunities and pounces with unbridled pace as soon as the ball lands within his span, only to be whacked into the post! Such joy!
PS: While it’s exhilarating to watch, not many are witness to it due to the egalitarian air about the sport. Time we made it more accessible.
When in New Delhi, go watch a game at the Jaipur Polo Grounds. If not for the sport, for those drool worthy stallions with their flowing manes.