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IMPASSIONED PLAYERS In France, if you’re not a big polo fan, you may not hear much about it. The main spots to catch a match are Deauville, Saint-Tropez or La Beaule. At the age of 16 ½, Aurélien Moisan plays regularly. Now, it goes without saying that to play polo, it is necessary to have first mastered riding a horse! At the age of three, Aurélien began taking so-called classical riding lessons, which includes jumping. He first discovered this sport in Deauville with his father and promptly fell in love with it. His father was clearly pleased with such a strong desire to succeed at something. This fatherson relationship is very strong. Gilles Moisan has accompanied his son to every practise and event since the beginning. He also serves as a supporter and adviser to his son. Through polo, he teaches his son values of ethics, patience, and fair-play… It is a very difficult sport that requires years of experience and a great deal of time. When he saw his son’s passion for the sport, he decided to buy him a polo horse, Pato, with whom a relationship of trust was quickly built. Aurélien was able to tame the animal himself, and their mutual complicity not surprisingly elevates the level of play. They have participated in various competitions such as exhibition games and major tournaments between French clubs. Together, they train at the polo club at Chantilly under one of the best polo coaches of France, Pascal Jamet.

MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE Pascal’s goal is to make polo more accessible in France, a task he’s been working on for nearly 20 years. He knows all the ins and outs of the game. The polo world has its own organization reminiscent of the feudal system: sponsors, coaches, and players are the new warlords, riders and knights. And the annual budget of a polo team is significant! Polo matches are played in six parts and riders change horses for every part. This means it’s necessary to have 24 horses… From start to finish it’s so complex that it automatically weeds out everyone but the very best players. Pascal works with the French Federation of Horse Riding and the French Federation of Polo to modernise and make the sport more accessible to people. France is currently one of the only countries where the game is rather easily accessible, thanks to paddock-polo. This variation is played on a smaller field and therefore can be practised at many equestrian centres at any time of year. It also allows younger players to develop their game without ruining their parents’ pocketbooks. Polo is a noble and prestigious sport, not only in terms of budget it requires, but also in the relationship of the rider with his horse. Today’s younger generation has the good fortune to learn about the game of polo as well as experience it firsthand.

ce sport, il décide de lui acheter un cheval de polo, Pato, avec qui une relation de confiance a pu se tisser rapidement. Aurélien a su apprivoiser l’animal et leur complicité élève le niveau de jeu. Ils ont participé à différentes compétitions telles que des matchs d’exhibition ou de grands tournois entre clubs français. Ensemble, ils s’entraînent au polo de Chantilly sous les conseils avisés de l’un des meilleurs entraîneurs de polo de France, Pascal Jamet. DÉVELOPPER CE SPORT La volonté de Pascal est de rendre le polo plus accessible en France. Il y travaille depuis bientôt 20 ans. Il connaît toute la logistique nécessaire à l’exercice de ce jeu. Le monde du polo a son organisation propre qui rappelle le système féodal. Patrons, petiseros et joueurs ( payés par les patrons pour intégrer leur équipe ) remplacent seigneurs, écuyers et chevaliers. Le budget annuel d’une équipe de polo est énorme ! Un match de polo se joue en 6 parties et les cavaliers changent de monture à chaque partie. Cela implique de posséder 24 chevaux par équipe… Organisation complexe qui ne permet qu’à de très bons joueurs d’intégrer des équipes. Pascal tente de moderniser et de rendre ce sport plus accessible, en association avec la fédération française d’équitation et la fédération française de polo. La France est actuellement l’un des seuls pays où le jeu est à la portée de tous les cavaliers, grâce au développement du paddock-polo. Cette variante n'exige qu'une surface de terrain moindre et peut donc se pratiquer dans de nombreux centres équestres, été comme hiver. Cette discipline permet notamment aux juniors de se perfectionner en ne grevant pas le budget de leurs parents. Le polo est un sport noble et prestigieux, non seulement en termes de budget mais aussi dans la relation du cavalier avec son cheval. La jeune génération a aujourd’hui le prestige de vivre le polo et de découvrir ce sport plein de promesses.

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BY DELPHINE LANCRENON

PRESTIGE INTERNATIONAL Magazine  

LUXURY FASHION AND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

PRESTIGE INTERNATIONAL Magazine  

LUXURY FASHION AND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE