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|Having spent the afternoon at Ascot Park Polo Club watching the Joules International Polo Tournament I caught a few shots that i think worthy of uploading here - though a lot of them suffered due to the sun.|
This one was of the final game i caught between IWPA and vino lavino.
The player here was on Vino Lavino and has just taken a shot.
Polo is a team sport played outdoor on horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Riders score by driving a white wooden or plastic ball (size 3-3.5 inches, weight 4.25-4.75 ounces) into the opposing team's goal using a long-handled mallet. Goals are only valid if the scoring rider is mounted. The traditional sport of polo is played outdoors, and each polo team consists of four riders and their mounts. Play occurs in seven-minute periods, called chukkas. Six chukkas is the normal length of play; however, depending on league rules, matches can also have four or eight chukkas.
The modern indoor variant is called arena polo, and another modern variant is snow polo, which is played either outdoor or indoor on snow on a frozen ground or ice. Each team generally consists of 3 players and also the equipment differ from the sport of polo. Other variants include elephant polo and bike polo. These sports are considered as separate sports because of the differences in the composition of teams, equipment, rules, game facilities etc.
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great shot of the action! This photo brings back great memories of watching polo matches in Manchester, Vermont where I used to live. A great game to watch. You captured a good one here with the ball racing through the ponies legs.