HISTORY OF RAJASTHAN POLO CLUB


Originally formed in 1918 with a name of JAIPUR POLO CLUB comprising of players mainly from Jodhpur & Jaipur.With the merger of Jaipur State into the State of Rajasthan, the old Jaipur Polo Club was renamed as RAJASTHAN POLO CLUB IN 1957. Rajasthan Polo Club is a premier Polo Centre of our Country & has contributed extensively to the up liftment of this sport in India & abroad. Jaipur has always been an important and popular polo centre from the spectator point of view.
Jaipur Polo Club was originally formed in 1918 comprising of players mainly from Jodhpur & Jaipur Riyasats. During that time it was located adjacent to the Jaipur Club and to the present Ganpati Nagar ( nearby Jaipur Railway Station). It is known, throughout the World as a centre of excellence in Polo.
 
However, with the merger of Jaipur State into the State of Rajasthan, the old Jaipur Polo Club was renamed as the Rajasthan Polo Club in 1957 & members of Jaipur Polo Club were offered the membership of Rajasthan Polo Club. In 1958, the Polo Ground and Club House were shifted to the present location i.e. Rambagh Campus. The Rajasthan Polo Club enjoys a very distinguished record towards popularizing this sport in our Country. Ever since its inception in 1918, our Club has contributed towards upliftment of Polo.

Our Club team of the 1920 which had renowned polo players like Maharaja Sawai Man Singhji+9, Abhey Singhji+8, were top rated polo players of their times. They had to their distinguished credit of winning all major tournaments in Europe & India later the World Cup in 1957 at Deauville, France. This was the only time that a team from India has won the World Cup, consisting of Late HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singhji, RR Hanut Singh, Kr Bijay Singh & Col Thakur Kishan Singh- all players from Rajasthan Polo Club. The Polo Victory Cinema of Jaipur (Rajasthan) is named after this victory.The Rajasthan Polo Club has had the privilege of having many foreign teams (South Africa, Zimbabwe, UAE, USA, Australia, Argentina, Pakistan, Palm Beach, UK & Brazil) played on this ground.
 
The Rajasthan Polo Club has had also the priviledge of having many Foreign Dignatories and Heads of States including Mrs Jacqualine Kennedy, The President & Prime Minister of USSR, Queen of England & Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, King of Jordon. The Hon’ble President & Prime Minister of India have also watched Polo at our Club grounds. Members of Rajasthan Polo Club have also fared well in various Championships at National & International level in the recent past. A number of our members have played for India in various International Competitions including the World Cup.

It is pertinent to mention here that players selected to Captain of the Indian Polo Team during the last World Cup Polo Championships are members of our Club.Rajasthan Polo Club also had the privilege of organizing the Federation International Polo Ambassador Cup Tournament in Sep/Oct 1996 in which eighteen countries participate, India Independence Golden Jubilee Cup Matches in Sep/Oct 97 in which six top polo playing countries of the World played in Jaipur and also has the distinct Honour of being the only polo Club in India to host the World Cup qualifying matches in Sep 2000.Rajasthan Polo Club has contributed immensely towards promoting and popularizing this sport of POLO in India and abroad.
 

Rajasthan Polo Club

The Rajasthan Polo Club provide's equines at the facility for polo and various equestrian disciplines, levels and caliber to suit the wide scale cliental with professional instructors.

history of polo

Polo is a dynamic equestrian sport which has been played for centuries throughout Asia and the Middle East. The British introduced the sport around the world.

AN IDEAL GAME OF RAJA'S

A polo match is well worth attending, since things can get quite exciting, with horses pounding up and down the field displaying incredible feats of agility and strength.

 

RAJASTHAN POLO TODAY

 
Modern day polo credits India as the birthplace for the sport as it was in Manipur, India, that the sport was introduced to the Western civilization in the late 19th century. The sport retained much of its regal status and format of play, as it did in India, among the European nobility. American polo, however, differed from its European counterpart in that it was a much faster sport, involving short passes to move the ball towards the oppositions goal. Today, Indian polo has evolved much since the times of Babar, the founder of the Mughal royalty, in the 15th century, who popularized the sport. No longer an exclusive sport reserved for royalties, Indian polo has turned professional with numerous privately owned teams and significant corporate sponsorships all in tow. As well, there are more than 30 Indian polo clubs dotted all over India, catering to the needs of polo enthusiasts and the uninitiated alike.
 

CLUB MANAGEMENT

Vice President

H.H Rajmata Sahiba Padmini Deviji of Jaipur

Vice President

Maharaj Jai Singhji

Governing Council Member

Mr Prakash Chandji Suran

Governing Council Member

Mr. Navratanji Kothari

Governing Council Member

Mr. Navratanji Kothari

Governing Council Member

Th Lokendra Singh

Working President

Shri GS Sandhu,IAS, Working President Govt of Rajasthan

Secretary Polo Ground

Mr Kuldeep Ranka, IAS Commissioner – Jaipur Development Authority

Secretary Polo Ground

Mr Kuldeep Ranka, IAS Commissioner – Jaipur Development Authority

 

 

VISION

To be a sophisticated vibrant and prestigious club with polo at its core, catering to the need of the riding community, setting market benchmarks in quality while retaining its relaxed family-inclusive atmosphere and being the preferred choice of its members for lifestyle activities.

MISSION

   
Our mission is to preserve a unique heritage that provides enjoyment and fulfillment for our members with the passion for polo and enhances family oriented recreation.
 
In pursuit of our mission, we commit to :
 
 
  • Our members, that we will provide first class recreational facilities and will ensure a sustained appreciation of share values.

  • Our employees, that we will provide gainful employment and development opportunities  

  • Our community and local government, that we will partner to preserve and protect a sustainable environment.

   
   
   

ROYAL FAMILY JAIPUR

     
 
Raja Man Singh Ji of Amber, in the course of his stay in the courts of Emperor Akbar, had taken a very keen interest in Chougan. In Ain-e-Akbari, an extremely interesting account has been given of the game, especially in its form of night play with luminiscent balls. Abul Fazal Allami, the famous writer who was one of the 'Nine Gems' of Akbar's court, has portrayed Akbar as an accomplished player. "The Emperor", he elaborates, "Maintained polo sticks with knobs of gold and silver, and was capable of hitting equally well, both on an ordinarily rolling ball or on a difficult airborne one. There was music to be heard throughout the game. 'Nagaras' (a kind of drums) were played each time the ball was driven through the 'hal' (goal post). Whether this was done to announce the score, or to wake up those in the 'Zenana' (Ladies chamber) is another question.With the advent of the Britishers, many rules were adopted. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh-II (1835-1880) adopted all these new changes. He was enamoured of outdoor and indoor games, horse riding and polo included. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singhji's interest in horses can be judged when we look at his personal riding dresses displayed at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh-II Museum at The City Palace.
     
 
During the reign of Maharaja Sawai Madho Signh-II (1880-1922), Swinton Jacob, (The State Engineer, 1896) built a polo field measuring, 900 yards by 500 yards. Two maunds and twelve seers (about one hundred kilograms) of grass seeds were sown. The cost, at the turn of the century, was a mere Rs. 6,000. The field was inaugurated the following year with great pomp and show. It was on this field, and the polo grounds of the Mayo College Ajmer that the Late Maharaja Sawai Man Singh ji - II learnt the game. He found the grounds small, and not up to the mark. So, in 1930, he had another polo ground constructed. The new grounds had the reputation of being as smooth as a billiard table. On this field, he trained the famous Jaipur polo team in the summer of 1933 for its victorious visit to England. And what a team! What a fearsome foursome! Here is an excerpt from ' The Tatler' of June 12,1933: " This team won the British Polo Championships at Hurligham, and all being well, the Maharaja intends to go for the open Championship in America. This Jaipur team is a very fast one indeed; a very hard hitting one with a string of both ends and, above all, a very fine shooting team with a predilection for bringing off 60 yarders from angles that often look impossible. In England, nothing has been able to stand up to it, and the best team America will produce will not be good enough.