How did I fall in love with polo? I saw my first game in Lahore Pakistan in 1971 – I was there on diplomatic duty with my father and family. I love horses, and the sport was so exciting to me. I never consciously thought of playing it myself, because I was a girl – this was an absolute man’s world. I am still a “girl” and it is no longer a “man’s world.” Thank you!
Riding and writing, living my dream. The title, Chukker by Chukker, is a tribute to Anne Lamott’s book on writing, Bird by Bird. In it she describes a time when her brother was overwhelmed, facing a deadline on a report about birds. His dad comforted him and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
This is how I take learning to play polo – period by period. My goal is to become a much stronger rider and to play respectably – no easy feat at 60. I have been playing very inconsistently over the years and never had the chance to get good at it – a perpetual polo school student.