By Horace A. Laffaye
Tracing the evolution of Polo from its origins in relevant Asia to its present manifestation as a certified activity that pulls filthy rich sponsors and consumers, this sociological learn examines how polo has replaced in keeping with the commercial and cultural ameliorations of the international locations and continents the place it truly is performed. inclusive of 4 precept sections, The Tribesmen, The Aristocrats, The Amateurs, and the pros, this research seems to be holistically on the number of ways in which polo impacts and is stimulated through the peoples that perform it. 100 historical and sleek pictures are integrated.
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Other early players included the Comte de Madré, later patron of the Tigers team, the Scots Jack and Tom Drybrough; the former a mighty back who met his end during a match at Rugby, the latter a well-known author of a treatise on polo. Charles Carroll, the American Henry Ridgeway, who was also Master of the Pau Hunt, James Mellor, of the famous Monmouthshire Club, the international Walter McCreery, a winner of steeplechases, and the American Alfred Torrance also played. 41 Later players included the Russian Prince Sergey Belosselski, Sir Victor Brooke (Field Marshal Alan Brooke’s grandfather) Eustace Jameson, J.
When two years later the Hurlingham Club organized a tent-pegging contest featuring the 5th Lancers, “everybody was there, or meant to be; and if everybody had not looked cold and cross it would have been a pretty sight. As to the tent pegging, there was some disappointment, mainly among the female members of the country-cousin brigade, as to the actors on the scene. When it was discovered that the performers were not what a dear old Irish lady used to call ‘the horse ofﬁcers,’ but that the ‘pegging’ was relegated to the troopers, all interest in it died out.
43 It is not at all remarkable that reproaches from both sides were about money. On their part, the locals objected to the isolation and the conspicuous consumption by the visitors. An unnamed observer pointed out in 1886: “The arriving Peerage, the Gentry, and the rich merchant class, live in a different world. Wealth is everything. Whoever has the most money is ﬁrst in Pau. ”44 Instead of town and gown, it was town versus vacationers. Let us remember that Pau was a provincial town in the Bearn, the proud birthplace of Henri IV, one of the great rulers of France.