An Introduction to Playing Polo

After earning her juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa M. Nousek began working as a clerk for Judge Steven Colloton in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She is currently a partner in the New York firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP. In her leisure time, Lisa M. Nousek enjoys playing polo.

Playing polo requires speed and strength. One of the world’s oldest games, polo involves two teams of four players on horses, each trying to score a goal while preventing the other team from scoring. Once the teams have lined up for a match, the official opens the game by throwing the ball between them.

During a polo match, players either gallop around the field trying to get in line with the ball in order to achieve right of way so they can score, or pass the ball down the field to a teammate. Once a point is scored, the teams switch sides of the field and the game continues.

Although polo requires great skill, polo clubs always seek new members and offer lessons for individuals and groups. Those who cannot ride confidently may wish to seek out a stable for regular riding lessons before attempting to play polo.

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