Top 10 Best Horse Polo Players
As we all know, Polo is a team sport played on horseback. The objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. Here are the top 10 Polo players in the world.
Top 10 Best Horse Polo Players
10. Corinne Ricard
At number 10 of Top 10 Best Horse Polo Players, Corinne is a professional polo player and one of the few women to play on pro teams consisting almost entirely of men.Described as “One of the most famous female polo player in the world,” Corinne has also been active in developing women’s polo.
9. Pelayo Berazadi
He remains the United Kingdom’s last Best Horse Polo Players since 1939. Of the state of polo in England in the 1930s, he said, “Polo is not taken so seriously as in America or Argentina.”The Gerald Balding Cup is held annually at Cirencester Park Polo Club in his memory. In the 1920s he played in England, America and India.
8. Facundo Pieres
At 8th on Top 10 Best Horse Polo Players, Facundo was born into a family of polo players and is the second son of polo legend Gonzalo Pieres Sn and Cecilia Rodríguez Piola. His siblings are Gonzalo Pieres, Nicolas Pieres also a professional polo players, Tatiana Pieres, and Cecilia Pieres.
7. Luke Tomlinson
Tomlinson, who along with his family owns the Beaufort Polo Club, was born into a family of polo players in Gloucestershire and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He has a younger brother and a sister, both of whom are international polo players (Emma as an amateur with a two-goal handicap, and Mark Tomlinson, a professional with a seven goal handicap in Britain).He is one of the top polo players in Britain. So far, he has won the Queen’s Cup, Gold Cup and the Coronation Cup.
6. Mike Azzarro
Azzaro is an American professional polo player from San Antonio, Texas. Azzaro, whose current handicap is 8 goals, held the sport’s highest handicap (10 goals) for over 10 years. He was awarded The Polo Magazine’s Polo Excellence Award for young player of the year in 1987 and 1990 and the award for player of the year in 1994.
5. Guillermo Gracida
Guillermo Gracida, Jr. also known as “Memo Gracida”, is a Mexican polo player whose international career includes several record-setting achievements, including the most U.S. Open victories (16) and the most consecutive years as an American 10-goaler (21). These feats and dozens of major tournament wins led to Gracida’s selection as Player of the Centennial Era in 1990 and his induction into the National Polo Hall of Fame in 1997 while still an active player.
4. Juan Zubiaurre
Zubiaurre is a spanish polo player best known for his abilities in defensive playing. He has a very sparkling international carrier and has groundbreaking records and achievements. Zubiaurre was awarded The Polo Magazine’s Polo Excellence Award for the best player of the year.
3. Facundo Sola
He debuted in the Argentine Open in 1999, taking part every year since then. After losing the Argentine Open finals in 2005 and 2007 in extra-time only, his team Ellerstina was considered a strong rival for the La Dolfina Polo Team and in 2008 met the expectations by beating La Dolfina 13-12 through a golden goal in an extra-chukka, which was made by Gonzalo. Other teams Gonzalo played for include Audi, Loro Piana, Outback, Ellerston and Black Watch.
2. Carlos Gracida
He has played polo since a very early age and turned professional with a 5-goal handicap travelling to Europe. Today, Carlos, has grown into one of the world’s finest defensive players, is well known for his outstanding work rate and horsemanship on the field. During his career, he played for teams including La Martina, Ellerstina & notably La Dolfina.
1. Adolfo Combiaso
Cambiaso is one of the Top 10 Best Horse Polo Players with a 10-goal handicap. Currently, he is ranked number 1, and considered the best polo player in the world. He is often referred to as Adolfito or Dolfi. From a young age, his mother Martina de Estrada Lainez, encouraged her son and his half brothers to play polo. By the time he was 12 years old, his handicap reached 1-Goal.
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Polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It was formerly an Olympic sport. It requires not only the mastery to control a horse while sitting on it but great dedication and self control. Its one of the most difficult sports played on earth.