My First Polo Lesson

A lifelong hunter jumper rider, EQ’s Deputy Editor decides to give polo a try.
PHOTOS BY George Kamper

Published Fall 2013

I’ve always felt comfortable in the jumper ring, where athleticism and strategy are key, and the dress code and judges are less important than in the hunters. Polo’s speed and excitement always looked like a lot of fun, but I was intimidated by the high society that seemed to surround the sport. I decided to give polo a shot, and after just one novice lesson, I found my presumptions mistaken and my apprehensions unfounded.