History

Polo is a team sport played on horseback, with the objective to score goals against an opposing team.  Players score by hitting a small white plastic ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.  Each team consist of 4 players and their mounts.

The game first played on the plains of Asia, ancient Persia, China, and India at dates given 5th century BC, or much earlier, to the 1st century AD.  Polo was first a game used to train calvary units.  Women as well as men played the game.

Polo made it’s first olympic appearance in Paris, France in 1900.  Polo was featured as an Olympic sport the following years 1908, 1920, 1924, and 1936.  Polo is again recognized   by the olympic committee and may again be part of the festivities.

Women In Polo

Women have been playing polo for ages; here are links to Women Polo Players in the press.

Polo Girls have been around since the beginning of the sport.  Polo Girls is dedicated group, sharing our love of Polo with the world.  Support the passion of polo with the Polo Girls!

Maharaja Man Singh (1803-43) is the bearded figure on the right, playing polo with his favorite lady companions. Women were an integral part of royal entertainments and sporting life.
Women playing arena polo for University 1920’s

Polo is arguably the oldest recorded team sport in known history, with the first matches being played in Persia over 2500 years ago. Initially thought to have been created by competing tribes of Central Asia, it was quickly taken up as a training method for the King’s elite cavalry. These matches could resemble a battle with up to 100 men to a side.   

Women Play Polo (pdf)
Society Women Play Polo (pdf)
Women in Polo Match (pdf)
Society Women’s Polo Tourney (pdf)

In 1972 United States Polo Association (USPA) Register Women Players