Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fit for a king.(Special Section)

Byline: Jane Mahoney For the Journal

Polo matches can be seen throughout the summer at the Santa Fe Horse Park

One of the world's oldest sports has found a home in one of the country's oldest cities.

Polo, once called "the sport of kings," has been a summer attraction for more than 25 years at the Santa Fe Horse Park, a 34-acre sea of Kentucky bluegrass along Santa Fe's southwestern edge.

The capital city's near-perfect summer weather attracts polo players from California to Florida, but there are plenty of New Mexico athletes who are also passionate about the sport that tests the skills of horses and riders.

"There are only two cures for polo," says longtime player and Albuquerque businessman J.T. Michelson. "Death or poverty."

Michelson, who started playing polo in 1968 on famed New Mexico artist Peter Hurd's San Patricio ranch, describes the fast-paced and action-packed sport as a combination of soccer and hockey. …

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