Polo is a team sport played on horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team.
Players score by driving a small solid white plastic ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.
The traditional sport of polo is played at speed on a large grass field up to 300 yards long by 160 yards wide.
Each team consists of four mounted players, which can be mixed teams of both men and women.
The modern game lasts roughly two hours and is divided into periods called chukkas.
A modern variant is called arena polo which is played indoors or more commonly outdoors on an enclosed all-weather surface (the field of play is much smaller, rarely exceeding 100 yards in length).
In arena polo there are only three players on each team and a small inflatable leather ball is used instead.
Arena polo matches usually consist of four 6 minute chukkas.
For more information go to www.sapolo.org.za