Polo by Susan Crawford




Susan Crawford

Ref GM309
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 30" x 24" (76 x 60 cm)
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A polo team consists of four riders and their mounts, with play occurring in 7-minute periods called “chukkas”. Most polo matches extend over six chukkas, although different leagues do play over four or eight chukkas instead. The game is played on horseback and requires considerable skill, both from rider and from mount. The game is believed first to have been played in Persia, possibly even before the birth of Christ, and began as a training exercise for cavalrymen. It became a national sport in Persia, played by both women and men, and the game’s coverage gradually extended across Asia, from Turkey to Japan. The modern game of polo was formalised by the British, but was probably derived from a version of the game played in the Indian kingdom of Manipur, in the south eastern Himalayas. Military officers came across the game and imported it to England in the 1860s. Polo clubs were gradually established throughout England, Western Europe and the Empire, and also became popular both in Argentina and in the United States of America. The polo field is 300 yards long and either 200 or 160 yards wide. The goals are 80 yards apart and the object of the game is simply to score the most goals by hitting the ball with the rider’s mallet between the goalposts. Specially trained polo ponies are used, though in fact the mounts are generally full sized horses, selected for a combination of speed, stamina, agility and manoeuvrability.