March 5, 2015 / Property Spotlight

Perfect for Polo: Equestrian Estates

Expansive estates ideally suited to the sights and sounds of polo, a high-speed and heroic test of athleticism and heart by horse and rider.

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The sheen of expensive horseflesh, the thunder of galloping hooves, the crack of mallet against ball, impeccably attired spectators stomping divots on acres of manicured grass: these are just some of the sights and sounds of polo, a high-speed and heroic test of athleticism and heart by horse and rider. 

While perhaps best known as the logo for Ralph Lauren, the Game of Kings has been around so long, more than 2,000 years to be exact, that the it pre-dates recorded history. First conceived as military training for royalty’s elite cavalry, ancient oral accounts mention the sport in areas so vast—from Constantinople to Baghdad, from Persia to China and Japan—that historians have been unable to establish an exact place of origin. These matches were said to mimic a battle with up to 100 men on a side, becoming a favored pastime of kings, emperors, shahs and sultans.  
While perhaps best known as the logo for Ralph Lauren, the Game of Kings has been around more than 2,000 years

British military, returning from India, introduced the sport to the U.K. From there, polo spread worldwide. 

Here is an offering of polo estates to usher the sport into its next era.

Polo Estate with Coastline Views
Saint James, Barbados
Located at one of the highest elevations on the West Coast of Barbados, Windfall enjoys breathtaking 180-degree coastline views and cooling trade winds year-round. The house has four air-conditioned bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The spacious living areas include a family room, living room, office and large Italian kitchen. All floors are stone, and the bathrooms have marble walls and vanities.Secluded English Estate on Greensand Ridge
Maidstone, EnglandAn Outstanding Residential Estate of just under 350 acres standing on the escarpment of the Green Sand Ridge with fabulous southerly views over the Kentish Weald and in an area of the Garden of England famed for its orchards.Large Lot for Custom Development
Jackson Hole, WyomingThis 34.9 acre property is only minutes to downtown Jackson, the 3 Creek Ranch & Golf Club and adjoins the Melody Ranch. The Melody Ranch is a working cattle ranch and is the home of the Jackson Hole Polo Club.This private settling is accessed via it's private bridge across Flat Creek.
World-Class Equestrian Estate with Coastline and Mountain Views
Carpinteria, CaliforniaEncompassing 60+ useable acres on two parcels in unparalleled location, this world-class estate site, equestrian, or polo facility presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for the most discerning luxury buyer. This property is currently finished with lush landscaping, elegant stonework, a seasonal creek, walking trails, polo fields, a training track, and additional equestrian facilities.
Alderley House
Gloucestershire, EnglandAlderley House has what is rarely seen in a house at this level. In addition to the swimming pool and tennis court is a riding school large enough to be used as a practice polo arena with an all-weather Martin Collins Polytrack surface. The arena is floodlit for use at night and during the winter months. Beside the arena, there is a practice grass polo ground with a viewing bank.Polo Club and Estate with Garden, Lake, and Pool
Pilar, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaLa Felicita estate is a polo club located in the heart of the Polo community of Argentina where the most famous polo players of the world live. This is a 75 hectare estate with an impressive brand new house of 2,800 sqm, one of the most exclusive, luxurious and exquisite buildings of Argentina. The house offers extended views of the entire property, especially of the main polo field placed closed to it.

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