POLO Photography by POLO & Lifestyle the London Magazine
Sport of Kings, King of Sports
Polo is a game with a rich cultural history. Originating in Persia over 2,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest team sports in recorded history.
In the beginning, polo was a training game for cavalry units. To these warlike tribesmen, who played it with as many as 100 to a side, it was a miniature battle.
The Moguls were then responsible for taking the game from Persia tot he East, where it became known as “the sport of kings“.
Polo is taken from the word ’pholo’ meaning ’ball’ or ’ballgame’ in the Balti language of Tibet.
By the 16th century polo was well established in India in Mainpur, the English Army Officers discovered the game. They went on to found the world’s first polo club.
Today, more than 77 countries across the world play polo. It was an Olympic sport from 1900-1939.
Polo continues to represent the pinnacle of sport. This is a feeling epitomised by the famous verse inscribed on a stone tablet next to a polo ground in Gilgit, Pakistan: Let others play at other things. ’’The king of sports is still the sport of kings.’’
Our passion and love for horses and Polo you can see in the photographs. For this collection all about Polo and the polo pony, from the game to behind the scenes we travelled to Dubai and London, and shot the most beautiful, magical pictures.
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