As the cold waves push the mercury down, the splendid sunshine spreads the glory. Yes… It is winters in the capital and Delhi is lovely in those months.
With the freshness in the wind, the city welcomes the season of the fastest, alluring, and most dangerous sport on the face of this planet—Polo…the royal sport of the daredevils. An hour long spectacle of charismatic horsemanship, skillful stick work, pulsating moves, meritorious face-offs with occasional clashes and falls, says it all—Polo undoubtedly is the sport for the strong hearted thrill seekers, not by wealth or privilege but by virtue of playing what is one of the toughest and most dangerous sport in the world.
Delhi’s association with the magnificent game of Polo goes back to the British days when the capital hosted its very first Polo matches. Today, the Polo Season is an annual feature of the Delhi winter calendar. The season of Polo kick starts from the month of November and spans till the end of March This is the time of special extravagance for over two thousand people who either love the majestic game or are lucky to be invited.
Arjuna awardee & ace Polo player, Adhiraj Singh says, “At Equisport, our mission is to make the sport accessible to everybody and we are proud to bring the top polo tournaments to aficionados and enthusiasts every year. It’s heartening to see that the number of people who come to witness the thrills of polo is swelling to an appreciable number, year on year. The increasing popularity and prominence of the sport bear witness to the fact that polo is being fast accepted and recognized by patrons and players alike as a sport of distinction.”
The sport continues to attract the patronage of the old royals and today’s new corporate royalty who has stepped in to provide the sinew needed to run a professional sport. Young royals like Vikramaditya Singh of Kashmir, Sangramsinh Gaekwad, the youngest son of Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad, the Pataudi Royal Family and Yashodhara Raje Scindia are patrons of polo and so are the corporate giants like Naveen Jindal, Sunjay Kapur and Karan Thapar.
In the season, the Polo events witness the presence of erstwhile Royals, corporate barons of the country, Diplomats, Ambassadors and the who’s who of Delhi glitterati who come forward to cheer for the game.
With the breakthrough of the corporate sponsors, Polo receives corporate backing of Reid & Taylor (S.Kumars Nationwide Ltd.), Yes Bank, Panasonic, M3M India, Mitsubishi, Royal Salute to International luxury brands like Hermes, Harry Winston, Romain Jerome, House of Raro, Lladro, Mercedes Benz and Volvo, Miele etc. who choose to utilize Polo as a platform to introduce and publicize their brands amongst the elite.
Delhi shall be the host of three of the most prestigious Polo events this season — The holy giant of Indian Polo – The Reid & Taylor Indian Open Polo Championship 2011 from 15th to 20th November, 2011, one of the most coveted Titles, patronized by the Scindia Family of Gwalior – H.H. Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia Gold Cup 2012 from 7th to 12th February, 2012 and the highlight of the Spring Season in Delhi – The Indian Masters Polo 2012 from 27th Feb to 4th March, 2012. All three Polo Tournaments to be played at the historic Jaipur Polo Ground (inside Delhi Racecourse) in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi.
So, watch out for the National Capital this season as it showcases the exquisite sync between the man and horse, the absolute pace, the brute authority, the vast arena and the heart stopping elements of jeopardy—all making up for the elite Game of Kings—Polo!!!