POLO BECOMING A HIGH SCHOOL SPORT in WEST PALM BEACH

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Polo, an equestrian team sport that was once called the game of kings, is going to become a high school sport at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The aspiring and determined private school, Oxbridge Academy, is forecasting to design a field for a polo team in the next year as a part of its new equestrian program and will compete with other teams through the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. “No other high school in Florida can lay claim to its own polo team. And while more youth associations and clubs nationwide are fielding teams, high school polo is still a rare phenomenon.” According to the U.S. Polo Association, only two other schools in the entire nation have ensured their own polo teams. There are many youth club teams but are not affiliated with schools directly.

“The nice thing about playing polo in academic worlds like high schools and college is that some of the stigma is being erased and it’s becoming more available to everyday students, and there is less of a cost because you don’t have to keep horses yourself.” As Wellington is nearby and is known as one of the polo capitals of the world, horses could be donated or lent to teams by local stables and participants could often care for the horses and maintain stalls.

At Oxford Academy, the athletic director said in a statement, “We had so many students express desire to participate in either equestrian or polo that we felt it was important to provide them with the chance to explore their interest.”

It is a whole lifestyle that students will be able to explore; some say polo is like playing golf on a horse!

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