Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact
 
 
 
 

Fri 12th Apr 2019

Polo Celebrates an Important Birthday

1869-2019

2019 marks a special year for the sport of polo. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first acknowledged game of polo. ‘Hockey on horseback’, as it was referred to then was organised by officers stationed at Aldershot, one of whom had read about a form of the game in India, in The Field magazine. Etiquette, followed by rules developed very quickly afterwards, as did the emergence of polo being played at many Clubs, Hurlingham being amongst the first (1874). 

With this is mind, Polo150 will be celebrating this momentous occasion throughout 2019 with a series of events and tournaments, including The Chapple Cup Series military matches, International matches and The Poloafrica Tour to the UK hosted by UKAFPA between 17 – 25 June culminating in a weekend of games at Cirencester Park Polo Club for The Warwickshire Cup Day and The Royal Windsor Cup at Guards Polo Club. Polo150 will be inclusive, acknowledging the military origins of the sport, but incorporating all elements and players (past and present) of today’s ‘global’ game. 
HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of UK Armed Forces Polo Association Charity (UKAFPA) and supports the Polo150 initiative. 
“As Patron of the U.K. Armed Forces Polo Association, I am delighted to support their ‘Polo150’ initiative to celebrate this significant landmark in the sport’s history.
“I do congratulate the U.K.A.F.P.A. for taking on this initiative, and for using it to bring the world of polo together to celebrate a most remarkable sport – from which I still bear the scars! – and send my very best wishes to everyone in the polo world as we celebrate its one hundred and fiftieth birthday.” 
During the year, Polo150 will be raising money for polo related charities all over the world. Donations can be made through Just Giving or via the UKAFPA website here.

Follow Polotimes on Twitter
 

Other top stories


Wed 11th Sep 2019
Vision for Polo
A realistic goal or rose-tinted glasses?

Tue 10th Sep 2019
RoR Racing to Polo Challenge
Winners at RCBPC

Mon 9th Sep 2019
La Dolfina Victorious
Father & son secure 52nd San Jorge Open

Wed 4th Sep 2019
22 Goal and Victor Ludorum Handicaps
HPA Releases End of Season List

Tue 3rd Sep 2019
Polo Times Out Now
September Issue of Polo Times

Mon 2nd Sep 2019
Sotogrande Gold Cups
Wins for Brunei, MB Polo & Rhone Hill

Fri 30th Aug 2019
55th Jockey Club Open
Teams announced

Thu 29th Aug 2019
48 Torneo Internacional de Polo
LG Signature Gold Cup Medium Goal Final set

Tue 27th Aug 2019
Sotogrande Semi Finalists
The LG Signature Gold Cup continues

Thu 22nd Aug 2019
Arena Polo 2019/2020 Spur Ban
Trial for new measure

Wed 21st Aug 2019
Robert Graham
Robert Graham very sadly passes away

Tue 20th Aug 2019
British Junior HPA Championships
Stagshead Trophy

Mon 19th Aug 2019
Brunei & Ayala Reign in Sotogrande
48th Torneo Internacional Mansion de Polo

See all news in:


End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015

Highlights

Latest Classified

Latest Classified

 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world
 Wallpapers

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use