History of Polo
Polo was devised approximately 2,500 years ago in the Persian region, as a means of training mounted cavalry and keeping them fit. It was not designed as a spectator sport.
Over the millennium the sport spread across the Middle East and Asia (including China where it flourished during the Tang Dynasty), as well as India, from where the English tea-planters imported it to Europe.
Variations of Polo
During its long and celebrated history, many variations developed, including ones that employed the services of other ungulates such as Yak, Camel and even Elephant. Later still developed versions which abandoned the beast altogether in favour of transport modes such as bicycles and even Segways.
Today the most widespread code of polo comprises of the Hurlingham Rules variation, which, at the apex, is administered by the Federation of International Polo. Other popular variations include Beach Polo, Snow Polo, Arena Polo and Urban Polo™.
Beach Polo was first played in Dubai in the united Arab Emirates in 2004. The following year the game took to the beaches of Miami and continued to grow in popularity, showing up in Belguim, England, Wales, Chile, Ireland, Uruguay and a host of other countries. The growing number of worldwide Beach Polo events have aided in the exposing the sport of polo to a new audience in a fun and exciting fashion.
Beach Polo is played in an area about one-tenth the size of the field game, with varying surfaces of sand. Because of the reduction in playing area, the Beach Polo events are spectator friendly. The recommended playing area is 120m long and 55m wide. The playing area is enclosed by sideboards measuring approximately 1.2m to keep the larger leather ball in play. A growing new audience has the ability to combine a day at polo with a day on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Beach Polo rules, which reflect the unique conditions generated by the new format, have also been codified, and they largely focus on safety to players and horses, rather than technical fouls. In aggregate, the unique Beach Polo format and rules improve the overall spectacle of the sport, and provides spectators with an exciting, fun and glamorous beachside context.
Beach Polo is now widespread across the world, and is administered in Australia by the Australian Beach Polo Association Limited (ABPA). For more information, please email email@example.com