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Polo in the United States: A History

Polo in the United States: A History

by Horace A. Laffaye


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Polo in the United States: A History

Though polo is commonly associated with Britain and South America, the sport also enjoys a strong following in the United States. This comprehensive history describes the evolution of polo in the U.S., from its beginnings in a New York City riding academy in 1876 to the 2010 Open Championship held in Florida. The principal early players and the first polo clubs are covered, as is American participation in the Olympics, polo at universities and colleges, women's polo, indoor polo, and polo in the military. Additionally, chapters also examine polo in the arts and in literature.

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ISBN-13: 9780786445271
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A polo player and surgeon, Horace A. Laffaye is on the board of directors of the Museum of Polo and is chairman of the Polo Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. His writings on the game include several books and many articles in magazines in North America, Argentina and England. He divides his time between Connecticut and Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Dennis J. Amato 1

Introduction 3

Part I The Herbert Era, 1876-1921

1 The Beginnings of All Things Polo in America 7

2 The First International Games 20

3 Polo Across the Land 24

4 The Founding Clubs and the Organization of the Polo Association 40

5 Individual Handicaps and the Major Polo Tournaments 51

6 The Westchester Cup: The Pre-War Years 60

7 American Polo Players in the Olympic Games 71

Part II Full Blossom: The Age of Hitchcock, 1922-1939

8 The Roaring Twenties at Home: West of the Mississippi 79

9 The Roaring Twenties at Home: East of the Mississippi 93

10 The Open Championship After World War I 112

11 The Golden Era of the International Matches 118

12 Polo During the Depression 137

13 The Open Championship until the War 152

14 The Game at the Universities 163

15 Polo in the Military 173

Part III The Road to Recovery, 1946-1975

16 The Home Front, 1946-1960 183

17 International Contests After the War 197

18 Women's Polo in America 211

19 Indoor Polo 225

20 Polo at Home, 1961-1975 231

Part IV American Contemporary Polo

21 The International Panorama 249

22 Polo in America in the Late Twentieth Century 264

23 The Literature of Polo in the United States 291

24 American Polo in Art 300

25 American Polo in the Twenty-First Century 310

26 Current Polo Issues in the United States 323

Appendix 1 Rules of the California Polo Club, 1876 337

Appendix 2 Clubs Affiliated to the Polo Association, 1890-1900 338

Appendix 3 Henry L. Herbert's Handicap List, 1888 340

Appendix 4 Players' Handicaps in 1888, 1890 and 1891 341

Appendix 5 Winners of Major Championships, 1890-1921 342

Appendix 6 Winners of the U.S. Open Championship 344

Appendix 7 Winners of the U.S. Women's Polo Association Open Championship 348

Chapter Notes 349

Bibliography 361

Index 365

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