The first recorded game of Polo occurred at about 600BC in Northern Persia from where it spread slowly east as far as China and Japan.

It was not until the middle of the 19th century, however, that the beginnings of Polo as we know it today took shape organized by soldiers and merchants in Northern India. They adopted a game played by the Maripuri tribesmen and the name Polo is derived from the Indian "Pulu" the wood from which the ball was made. Although the first Polo Club was founded in 1859 at the Retreat in Silcher in India, no formal rules were created until 1875 when Hurlingham in England became the recognized headquarters of the game.

Polo is often described as the game of kings, devised by gentlemen and played by thugs. Whatever the view it is the fastest team game in the world and one of the most exciting. Polo was introduced in New Zealand in the early 1890s with our local Hawkes Bay Club being formed in 1894.

It is a major sport in England, the predominant sport in Argentina and is played in thirty-five countries throughout the world. New Zealand now has a number of players of international standing playing in a number of foreign countries on a seasonal basis.

New Zealand Polo ponies, along with their counterparts in Showjumping, eventing and racing are much respected and sought after by overseas buyers and a healthy export trade is proof of this