Argentina's love affair with polo
A player putting a horse through its paces at the la superba stud farm
In the action packed world of professional polo, such are the renowned skills of argentine players that those who play for overseas clubs are called"Hired assassins".
The assassins go to europe and the us for summer in the northern hemisphere, before returning to argentina for the main spring polo season in their home country, which runs from the end of september to early december.
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is widely regarded as the best in the world.Indeed, in the current world rankings nine of the top 10 players are argentine, as are 15 of the top 20.
The country leads the way in polo because people there are obsessed with the game.
"There's a culture of horses in this country,"Says bill buchanan, manager of the argentine association of polo pony breeders. "That's why polo became so popular. "
He adds that polo could have been invented for argentina's vast, fertile, lowland grass plains, known as the pampas or pampa.
"The natural conditions of the land makes breeding polo horses easy,"He says. "Our pampa is ideal territory for polo. "
Industry of small firms
Just like in football there are precocious horses, and others are slow learnersfernando monteverde, la superba stud farm
While polo in the uk may have an elitist image, in argentina it is a populist sport, with big matches attracting crowds of more than 30, 000 people, and being broadcast live on television.
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Yet unlike other sports such as football and rugby, which are dominated by global sportswear brands, most of the businesses that keep polo going in argentina are small, often family run companies.
The plethora of these companies again stems from the country's strong horse culture, says bill buchanan.These small firms do everything from provide the horses, to train the riders, and make the polo mallets, or sticks as they are also known.
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is present day iran
The british were introduced to the sport in india in the late 19th century, and went on to establish the rules of the modern game.British settlers introduced the game in argentina in the 1870s
A polo team is made up of four riders and their horses, with the aim being to drive a small white wooden or plastic ball into the opposition's goal
A game consists of four to eight periods called chukkas.Each chukka lasts seven minutes
Polo was an olympic sport from 1900 to 1936.Argentina are the reigning olympic champions
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played professionally in 16 countries
Polo poniespolo was enthusiastically adopted by argentines after the british began playing it in the country in the 1870s, and its popularity has never waned.
Top polo matches in argentina attract large crowds, and are shown live on television
To try to create the best horse for the sport, the native argentine criollo horses, known for their endurance, were crossed with english thoroughbreds, for their speed and grace, to produce the argentine polo pony.
At the la superba stud farm near the city of lujan, 70km(43 miles)West of the capital buenos aires, they have been breeding, taming and trading argentine polo ponies for the past six years.
"By the age of two the horse has been tamed.From that moment on it's trained to learn the game,"Says co founder fernando http://www.bestpriceonipad.com/2015/08/06/famous-michael-kors-women/
The foals begin their polo training when they are two years old
"First you start little by little, and then you introduce more advanced techniques.Just like in football there are precocious horses, and others are slow learners. "