A Brief History of Equestrian Polo

A New York lawyer, Lisa M. Nousek has supported the Polo Training Foundation and sponsored the annual Friends of Karen Gardnertown Polo Benefit. Furthermore, Lisa M. Nousek enjoys playing polo.

The equestrian sport of polo has long existed in the region stretching from China to Constantinople. More than 2,000 years ago, polo was already being documented in Japanese, Arabic, Persian, and other languages. Over the centuries, the sport ultimately made its way westwards to England and then to the United States.

The publisher, James Gordon Bennett, introduced the sport to New York City. The first organized polo match was hosted at Dickel’s Riding Academy in 1876. The same year saw the establishment of the Westchester Polo Club, the first formal American club dedicated to the sport. One year later, the Meadowbrook Polo Club was established. The latter club exists to date.

Polo is now a popular sport in the United States, England, and Argentina. Played in over 60 countries, the sport is viewed by over 50 million people annually.


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