Playing Polo in Argentina

Tourists watch a polo exhibition in Mendoza before taking the field for their first lesson.

Even though the Triple Corona ended last month and the world’s greatest polo players have already flown north to Wellington, the game’s allure and polo lifestyle continue to attract more tourists and aspiring players to Argentina, writes La Nacion’s Silvina Beccar Varela.

As the sport attempts to broaden its appeal globally and attract more non-traditional followers, Varela says affordable Argentina is the perfect test market for such outreach. Polo Para Todos could be the term to describe the new wave of polo schools springing up in Buenos Aires less focused on selling polo ponies and more concerned with helping wannabe Cambiasos and foreign travelers simply learn to play the game.

“All playing instructions are explained on the field in English and Spanish while the match takes place,” writes Varela adding, “You feel the ground vibrating from galloping horses, the adrenaline of the game, the tourists are so close to the action they could get popped by an errant shot off a player’s mallet.” After watching a four-chukker exhibition match, the foreign spectators then saddle up, take the field and have their first official polo lesson.

Aspiring polo players can come to Argentina and spend a few days at a polo ranch like La Martina and fully immerse in the Argentina polo experience. And for those who want to stay close to la cancha year-round, more luxury developments are offering polo amenities and homesites bordering the polo fields. (Full Story in Spanish)

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