They call each
other Kit, Townie, Ted and Buzz, and they swing wicked mallets for the Valley
Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, one of only four U.S. secondary schools
that play polo. Lacking competition in their own age group, the hard-riding
teen-agers take on grownups, frequently give them a rough time. Here the young
poloists demonstrate their skill and daring by riding Wilmington's veteran
Brandywine polo club to a 4-4 tie.
Action is fast and
continuous as Valley Forge (dark jerseys) battles the Brandy-winers in school's
$400,000 riding hall, one of the nation's best for indoor polo.
punishing game sidelines Valley Forge Captain Kit Kerns after injury by a
competitor's rearing pony. Teammate Townie Vogel comforts him.
Reversion to type
characterizes even polo-playing schoolboys, who are not too proud to bust loose
at almost any time in an impromptu game of touch football.