Polo Week: Love on the Polo Field

The Khamsa is made up of five narrative poems by the twelfth-century Persian poet Nizami, including the story of the lovers Shirin (an Armenian princess) and Khosrow (a Sassanian king), who meet playing polo. Of course, it all ends tragically, but the Armenian ladies’ team make a great entrance onto the pitch: “Seventy maidens like …

Polo Week: Luminous Balls and Bonds of Friendship

“Superficial observers regard the game as a mere amusement, and consider it mere play, but men of more exalted views see in it a means of learning promptitude and decision. Strong men learn, in playing the game, the art of riding, and the animals learn to perform feats of agility and to obey the reins. …

How Much Does it Cost to Fly to Washington?

O to be in Washington! The Washington International Horse Show and the National Museum of the American Indian are putting on an exhibit called A Song for the Horse Nation, opening the last weekend in October. There will be pony rides, war paint demonstrations and displays by the local mounted police. There’s more detail of …

Welsh Rareties

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society Museum has re-opened in Bronaeron, near Felinfach, according to the BBC. Artefacts on display include medals, paintings, books and copies of its Welsh Stud Book, published annually since 1901. This is a little fanciful though: King Henry VIII believed that the only horses of value were those capable of …

How to Buy a Sidesaddle on eBay

As the title has it: a detailed and very useful set of guidelines for purchasing sidesaddles on eBay complete with photos and some nuggets of historical detail. The author trots out not only in high Victorian rig, but also in Tudor and seventeenth century-stylee – in the Duke of Newcastle’s menàge, no less.