Horse Polo Fields
When it comes to horse polo fields it is horses for courses, which is why Chukkers always run smoothly with Life Sports Turf! A polo field is significantly different from human ball sport fields. A typical polo field is 274,32 metres long and 146,3 metres wide, and almost 10 acres in size, it is the largest sports field in organized sport.
Polo field grasses
A good polo field uses paspalum grass, which is a highly adaptable, fast recovering grass. Paspalum grass is disease tolerant and is more commonly used on inland horse polo fields. On the coast and in the Plettenberg Bay polo playing community cynodon grass is used as it is more salt tolerant. kikuyu grass can also be used.
Horse polo field maintenance
The field should be kept slightly longer than the grass in other sports fields so as to create more friction. Before polo season starts fields should be top-dressed with sand to prevent the polo ponies slipping.
“Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake.” - Sylvester Stallone
A polo field should not be a handicap for the horses or the players. The rules of the game are set to protect the polo pony’s legs so the field should be treated as such. Life Sports Turf will take care of the pre and post-match maintenance allowing the crowd to stomp out the divots at half time.
Polo was a game used to train horses and men for war and it has been played since before recorded history. An older version of the sport originated in Central Asia, it was formalised in Persia where it was played by nobility and military men. Today, the world's best polo players come from Argentina.
Polo is regarded as The Sport of Kings which is why a horse polo field must always be kept fit for Adolfo Cambiaso to play on.