Hola amigos!!!!!, aquí les presento el
Campeonato Abierto Argentino de Polo
Esta fue una de las semifinales de la última edición.
Un durísimo partido, donde se sacaron chispas.
Ellerstina (16) - Indios Chapaleufú II (11)
El evento es un espectáculo único , Los polistas argentinos, lejos los mejores del mundo, subidos a esas bestias increíblemente musculosas, rápidas y valientes como son los Polo Pony.
Polo's origin dates back to 6th century BC in Central Asia. At first it was a training game for cavalry units for the King's guards or other elite troops. To the warlike tribesmen who played polo with as many as 100 players to a side, it was a miniature battle. It became a Persian national game in the 6th century AD.
This equestrian sport was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century.
The name 'polo' is derived from the Indian 'pulu' for the wood from which the ball was made and the word 'chucker' comes from the Indian word for a circle or round.
British tea planters in India witnessed the game and introduced it in England in 1850.
James Gordon Bennett, a noted American publisher; balloonist, and adventurer, was captivated by the sport and took it to New York in 1876 where it caught on immediately.
However, it was in the southern extreme of America, in Argentina where Polo flourished in it´s maximum splendor.
La Pampa's new English inhabitants introduced the sport in the region in 1875. It was immediately adopted by the farmers, who where used to "Pato", an equestrian game with similar rules.
After some time, different clubs started to open in new born towns. Hurlingham Club, one of the main ones, opened In 1888. River Plate Polo Association - today Argentine Polo Association- was born in 1892.
By 1930's polo was in the midst of a Golden Age - it was an Olympic sport.
Argentine Polo is undeniably the best of the world; World Champion almost every year since 1949 and the country with more 10 handicap players.
With more than 100 years, Palermo Argentine Open has become a worldwide event, Polo's Mecca. It's a dream for the biggest players.
For over 30 years, the Argentines have been preeminent in the sport but explosive growth in players and the availability of good horses is honing the competitive abilities of challengers from many countries.
The principal playing countries are currently Argentina, USA, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Since the last war, Argentina has consistently set the standards of the modern game and has produced both the best players and the ponies most suited to the sport.
Polo is played in more than 60 countries and enjoyed by more than 50 million people each year.
Campo Argentino de Polo
Corner Avenida Libertador and Avenida Dorrego in barrio (district) of Palermo, on northeast side of city
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The United States is the only other country whose polo is somewhere near the standard of Argentina's. A trophy, the America Cup, is occasionally played between them and this is in Argentina's hands also. Today nobody disputes Argentina's superiority in the game, although they get few chances to show it.
They just do not have any rivals. - The upkeep of horses (of which a regular player needs at least 20) and playing kit is quite expensive, so the game is basically for the rich and upper middle classes.
It is, nevertheless, very popular in Argentina mainly because people know their players are the best in the world and because it is overexposed in the press.
Después sigo posteando fotos. No se las pierdan,