Horse polo or polo is a lot more than just a fast sport played on horseback with the players trying to hit a ball into a goal using a mallet. Polo is the only sport where professional players share the field with amateurs. The sport is played on an open field or an arena between two teams consisting of four players each. The game is divided into specific seven-minute periods. Each period is called a chukker and the riders change mounts after the end of each chukker.
What Makes Polo So Addictive and What do You Need to Play the Game?
The sport is quite adventurous as the players’ head is eight feet off the ground and the mallet is over four feet long and they aim at a ball about the size of a cricket ball, all while the opponents try to prevent them from doing so. Polo is a unique sport and if you ask those who play the game, after hitting the ball a few times at full speed it becomes very addictive.
However, unlike other sports, you cannot just arrive at the ground and start playing as it requires a healthy breed of horses. The fundamental skill that you must learn to master polo is to be at the right place on the field. Your position is really important because it’s the best way you can help your teammates and win the game. Instead of focusing on the ball, you must keep an eye on the players from the opposition. While hitting the ball, just fix your aim and try to hit it in the right direction.
Often the horses are bred and groomed by the players themselves. The commoners must send a special request well in advance to the authorities to play. Most polo clubs have incredibly calm horses for beginners. Even if you do not get the chance to play, you can view the sport, which is as good as playing.
Polo in the City of Jaipur and the History Associated with it
The city of Jaipur, commonly known as the Pink City was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II back in 1726. Jaipur has a unique tradition of playing polo and this tradition was first introduced by Maharaja Man Singh. Today, polo is the most attractive sport of the elites in Rajasthan. There is a huge rivalry among clubs in Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur. The 61st cavalry of the Indian Army, also based in Jaipur, has also been majorly responsible for keeping the sport alive. The first polo yard was made during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, a tournament called the “King Edward’s Darbar Tournament” was played in Delhi. Most teams participating in this tournament are from Rajasthan with Rajputana Polo Club, which was formed in 1901 winning several of them. Jaipur is popular among tourists for its majestic palaces and watching a game of polo adds to the experience of the city.
Playing Polo at Sterling Atharva Jaipur
Sterling Atharva Jaipur is the only resort in Jaipur to provide horse riding and training programs between October and January. With its sprawling 2.3-acre property and the lavish amenities offered for the guests, it is an ideal location for corporates to conduct team orientation and familiarity meets or reunions and use polo as a team-building activity.
Host Corporate Events at Sterling Atharva Jaipur
Sterling Atharva also hosts special thematic High Tea events around the polo matches, with the guests watching the play from the higher floors of the palace. Since watching polo is an exclusive experience, it will enhance the value of your corporate meetings and events.
At Sterling Atharva, there is a 12,000 sq.ft courtyard lawn between villas and a 40,000 sq.ft palace lawn.
These grounds are best suited for Arena Polo where one can play with a maximum of 12 horses at a time for a duration of up to 40 minutes per match. If one does not have enough members, they can play with 6 horses for a duration of up to 15 minutes per match.
As a unique way to break-out from your conference and events, book a 40-minute match of polo with 12 of fine Rajputana horses, for a minimum of INR 1 lac (taxes extra as applicable) which includes a tea break; and post-match high tea at an additional cost of INR 1000 + 18% GST per person.
It is commonly known in the polo world that once you are introduced to the sport, you will be addicted to it for life as most people get so hooked because of the adrenaline rush. It is an extraordinary release of pressure because the game is so consuming. So, come to Sterling Atharva and enjoy the unique experience of playing polo.
So what are you waiting for? To book a residential conference or session of horse polo at Sterling Atharva, write to us at [email protected] or call at +91 80940 09282 and enjoy the game with your friends.
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