Rugged Riding Game Unlike Snooty Polo

Polo's distant cousin appeals to equestrians of every level
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2008 7:14 PM CDT
One polocrosse player evades another with the ball.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Don't mistake polocrosse for its snooty cousin, polo, the Washington Post reports. The increasingly popular riding sport is more like rugged lacrosse, because polocrosse players don't just knock a ball around—they scoop, fire, and catch a ball in a hand-held net. "No one's ever heard of it. Not even a lot of horse people," one player says. "But when they play it they love it."

The game began as a riding exercise in 1930s London and evolved into a team competition, most popular in Texas but spreading to other states. Despite pressures to go mainstream, enthusiasts prefer to keep the game affordable and low key. "It's based on the family environment," said one player. "We don't want it to become inaccessible to people for any reason."