Tournament polo...is far different from East Aurora or Aiken polo as we play
"2) If you
want to play in the U.S. Open it is vitally important that you get yourselves
fit for it.
you will be playing against men who spend most of their time on a polo pony,
either playing, schooling or training....
"b) if you
are not fit, polo becomes increasingly dangerous, viz. when your arms and legs
are tired and your wind goes, it is more difficult to manage your pony at high
speed and this adversely affects your judgment and hitting.
addition to the players, the ponies you will be playing against will be the
best available and fit to go a full period at speed, maybe two periods. Our
ponies, at the moment, are not tournament fit.... Many of them are old.... From
here on, a lot of work is necessary to get the ponies ready.... One or two poor
ponies can lose a game.... A poor pony can also increase the danger.
"4) So, if
you are willing to devote the time and energy to getting yourselves fit—and
that means a lot of other exercise in addition to polo, watching your diet
(both solid and liquid), getting plenty of sleep, stick and ball practice and
helping to school the ponies—if you are willing to do these things (and not
neglect your everyday responsibilities), then have a go at it. Otherwise, stick
to your easy East Aurora polo and forget it....
think you have a good team and if you use your heads and play to each other and
take advantage of your opportunities and 'don't let your brains run down your
neck' (as Carty Burke used to tell Elmer Boeseke) but just 'play good sound
polo' you will have a good time and give a good account of yourselves.
get fit and see that your ponies are fit.
"Good luck to