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The Cost of Polo: Pro salaries and expenses. During the last few months I’ve had several professional polo players ask me to publish an article about pro salaries.  Continue reading . . .

We Are Building Our String

PoloZONE would like to welcome Backhander to our string of opinion columnists.  Many of you may already be familiar with Backhander’s Blog. Whispers and comments about Backhander’s poignant articles have surfaced on the PoloZONE Message Board for quite some time.  Don’t call or e-mail and ask me “who” Backhander is because I have no idea. He or she remains anonymous and for good reason.  Without complete anonymity these articles would not have the same impact.     

For those of you who are not familiar with Backhander’s Blog, article topics range from polo in the Olympics and the pending demise of high-goal polo in America to the lack of up-and-coming certified umpires and the need for change in the associations that govern the sport of polo in this country.  Click here to read Backhander’s Blog.

Another gem in our string of contributors is Alex Webbe.   He has contributed news and results for East Coast Tournaments and related events for about a year now.  Alex has become the voice of East Coast polo here on PoloZONE and he is a welcome addition to our dedicated team of writers.   We wanted to make sure the East Coast was  properly represented on our site, so we have set-up a new blog called “Palm Beach Report” which is written by Alex.  Click here to read the Palm Beach Report.

Breeding For Polo Makes Sense. Isinya a breeding business owned by Owen Rinehart. Nothing can be more satisfying than playing ponies bred, born and trained on your own farm, says the former American 10-goaler Owen Rinehart. And he should know. His high-goal string is 85 per cent homebred. (More . . .)

NORMAN E. RINGER M.D. April 17, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2007. Click here to read story.

Ellerstina defeats La Dolfina to win the Hurlingham Open Finals. Click here to read story and view photos.

Polo loses Miguel Torres, Sr. Miguel lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 21st, '07. It was a sad day for another soldier of the game. Former 7-goal player Miguel Torres, Sr. lost his battle with cancer earlier today. It has been a battle for the last 13 months and he is probably happy to end it as it has been tough. Especially for a man who has lived and loved the game of polo and most of all the horses for many years.Click here to continue reading and to visit Miguel's Virtual Memorial.

Summerfield K. (Skeeter) Johnston, III 1954 - 2000 - Skeeter Johnston died on April 6 in Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida. His death resulted from head injuries sustained during a polo match on April 4 at his Everglades Polo Facility in Wellington, Florida, when his horse fell with him during play. Click here to read obituary and link to virtual memorial.

NEW Polo Classifieds - Check out our new PoloClassifieds.com Web Site. Text ads are FREE. Click here to view classifieds.

Stop The Insanity of West Coast Polo - By Steve Crowder and one other person who cares about polo as much as he does. Charity begins at home. Does this sound familiar? Click here to continue reading this article. 02-25-07

Polo Community Receives Update On EHV-1 Virus @ Wellington, FL 01-02-06

Open House Helps Grow Polo @ Detroit Polo Club. 01-08-07

Polo Returns To WA International Horse Show. 12-13-06

El Dorado Polo Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the Ford Trucks Red, White & Blue Polo and Balloon Festival. 12-04-06

World Cup Polo - First-ever documentary of Team USA Polo promises a thrilling ride. 10-01-06

Distaff Revival. At long last there is a firm base for women’s polo in the eastern United States. 06-09-06

New Bridge Embryo Center has first spring foals born. Aiken, SC. 06-09-06

March '06: Polo Training Foundations Comes To Maui For Umpire Clinic

Court sides with Lauren in another image suit - A Luxembourg court sided with designer Ralph Lauren's company Wednesday, again agreeing that the company’s image of a player might be confused with another sought for use in sport merchandise by a polo club. Click here to continue reading.

Arena Committee Update. Personal Views by Russ Sheldon, Committee Chairman. Click here to read and post a response.

In Remembrance of William Clark Carter Jr. August 1, 1923 – January 8th, 2006 .

A Tribute to Eldorado polo player Rima Akkad Monla. As a tribute to her daughter, Patricia Akkad released the first in a flock of beautiful white doves Sunday at the Eldorado Polo Club during the Red, White and Blue Polo & Balloon Festival. Click here to continue reading.

Virtual Polo & Computerized Swing Analysis - Virtual Polo brings polo training into the 21st century. Click here to learn more.

Buy Land - They're not making any more of it! Housing "Bubble" or "Soft Landing"? Posted 01/09/06 <Continue reading . . .>

Sydney – Kerry Packer, Australia’s richest man died in his sleep overnight.  Packer is survived by his wife Rosyln and children James and Gretel.  The cause of death was not stated in the report.  Packer was 68, with an estimated fortune of approximately $6.9 Billion. Posted 12/27/05. <more . . .>

The show will go on - “Coachella” returns to the Empire Polo Club Apr. 29-30. Documentary chronicles Coachellas past. Click here to continue reading.

Polo America Unveils New Promotion To Promote Polo - Polo America and Ford Trucks have joined forces again to create the first Hot Air Balloon to promote the sport of polo. Posted 12/12/05 Click here to read more.

Trial reset for polo player accused of murder - The jury trial expected to begin Mon. Nov. 28 for an Indio man (Steve Flores) facing murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a Thermal resident last year, has been postponed until February. Posted 12/12/05 <more . . .>

Polo still pulling for Olympic rings - FIP’s still presses its bid for some representation at the 2012 Games in spite of IOC trend to reduce sports, events and athletes. Posted 12/07/05 Click here to read more.

Robb Report’s Argentina Polo Experience One of Only 21 “Ultimate” Gifts To Give When Cost is No Object. élan experiential design inc, a world leader in designing ultimate and luxurious experiences for the most discerning clientele, today announced that its Argentina-themed polo experience will be featured in Robb Report Magazine’s “2005 Ultimate Gift Guide.”  élan’s ultra-luxurious two-week trip to Argentina, centered on the sport of kings (polo), was selected by Robb Report, the authority on the affluent lifestyle, as one of 21 ultimate gifts featured in its annual gift guide. Posted 12/06/05 Click here to read article.

Falcon 2005 Polo Helmet Passes Both Safety Rating Tests - The new Falcon '05 Polo helmet is the only polo helmet currently on the market that passes both AST 1163 and NOCSAE safety tests. Click here to read article.

Polo impresario. Former rodeo cowboy Steve Crowder keeps polo running smoothly. By L. Bremner. Click here to read article.

The Cost of Hiring A Pro on The West Coast - by Steve Crowder. Includes Expense Chart. Click here to read article.

Does saddle fit matter for polo? By Mehrdad Baghai. In many equestrian disciplines the fit of the saddle has become a very popular topic of debate. Click here to read article.