The Villages - April 2018 - 39

The Sport of Kings
(and Villagers)

Deemed the sport of kings, polo was a royal tradition,
attracting the rich and famous to its ranks. Today it is an
international sport, with 84 countries in play and fans of all ages
and classes. The Federation of International Polo helps highlight
its splendor worldwide, connecting countries and players and
increasing public awareness of the game.
In The Villages, a group of spirited polo enthusiasts have taken
up the task. With a membership exceeding 500, The Villages Polo
Booster Club exists to support the sport and its players. And fun -
well, that's an obvious benefit.
"It's a fascinating, fast-paced team sport that will capture your
attention and occasionally leave you breathless," club President
Bea Hester said. "There's no sport like polo."
Hester came to The Villages in 2009 after retiring from a career
in the airlines.
"I knew they had a flight attendant group here, so I contacted
them about a week after moving here," she said. "They invited me
to a polo game so I could get to know the members. I went to the
game and I was hooked."
Hester joined six years ago, and the board of directors after
that. Now serving as president, Hester said the club helps enrich
the game for fans. Educational classes offer an inside look at polo
tactics, horse care and game analysis.
"This is a wonderful approach to a sport, compared to sitting in
front of a television set and watching a game," she said. "You get
caught up in the excitement and energy on the
polo grounds. When they hit a ball, it can go
a hundred miles an hour."
Hester said along with attending
matches at The Villages Polo Club,
members coordinate trips to other
polo clubs and travel to events in
Barbados, Port Myakka, Sarasota
and Wellington. They enjoy
parties, interaction with
players and wonderful food
and drinks.

Numbers
to Know

4

mounted
players
(per team)

6

time periods
lasting
7½ minutes

300

minutes
(length of a game)

90

yards (field)

The Villages Polo Booster
Club members Bea Hester,
Stew Uhler & Ann Wasman.

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