The Eirball Polo Archives include Irish Polo and Polocrosse as well as Cowboy Polo in USA.

Featured Image Credit: Dublin, Ireland – 2016: Cricket/Polo game on Phoenix Park. Credit: Sonia Ricco


Polo originated in Iran and was introduced to Britain and Ireland by the British Army after it was discovered there.


Polocrosse is a version of Lacrosse played on Horseback. It was invented in Northern Australia in the 1970s and the first World Cup was played in 2003.

Horse Racing Disciplines include Flat, Jump, and Point-to-Point, and also Harness Racing.

Point to Point

Harness Racing

Endurance Riding

Endurance Riding has been part of the Federation Equestre Internationales events since the 1980s. It involves riders and horses covering varying terrain over distances of up to 160km. The key to endurance Riding is the welfare of the horse, and to this end there are regular vet checks before, during and after rides.

Featured Image Credit: Girl jockey riding a horse jumps over a barrier on equestrian competitions. Girl riding a horse on jumping competitions. – Photo Contributor: Mykola59 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 September 2022]

Country & Western Sports

Country & Western sports include Ploughing (The National Ploughing Championships) and Jousting which take part in Ireland, as well as Wild West sports such as Rodeo (Texas State Sport), Pack Burro Racing (Donkeys – Colorado State Sport), Cowboy Polo (started in New Mexico but now only played in Montana) and Dog Mushing (Alaska State Sport)


Wild West & Rodeo

There are a few different American Sports such as Rodeo in Texas which are Official State Sports. Others include Alaska Dog Mushing (racing with a Husky and Sled), Colorado Pack Burro Racing (racing a donkey with supplies up a mountain), and Cowboy Polo (originally started in New Mexico but now only played in Montana).

Greyhound Racing

Picture Credits: [1] Dublin, Ireland – January 13 2020: Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium – Photo contributor: Benen Taylor [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 September 2022]