“I see polo as a sport that connects a groom from Argentina to the Queen of England—and the total opposite of elitist,” polo player Nacho Figueras writes in fresh pageturner Polo Heritage.
Referred to as the “sport of kings,” it is no surprise that polo is a favorite among the British royal family and counts Winston Churchill and General Patton among its devoted followers. However, delving deeper into polo’s heritage, one learns of the diverse community that has made it a global pastime.
Polo Heritage guides the reader on a journey from Mongolia to Mexico, from Barbados to Pakistan, and inside the most prestigious tournaments on grass, sand, or snow. Traverse the historic polo grounds in India or become immersed in the high society of British polo. Or perhaps, learn about the Argentinian polo culture that has produced some of the best polo families in the world.
An introduction by legendary polo player Nacho is accompanied by Aline Coquelle’s original photography, offering a modern, authentic perspective on the spirit of polo.
Nacho is one of the most recognizable faces in the sport of polo. Born in Argentina, he began playing polo when he was nine years old. He has since earned a 6-goal handicap. Not only is he the captain of the BlackWatch Polo team sponsored by Ralph Lauren, he has also modeled in numerous campaigns for the brand.
Meanwhile, with a degree in art history and anthropology, nomadic Parisian photographer Aline Coquelle has always traveled the world. She has lived and worked in Central and South America, Asia, and Africa. She contributes to prestigious international publications, and shoots marketing campaigns for luxury brands.
Aline often works with silver film in order to keep alive the magic of old-time photography and her gelatin silver prints are sought by collectors worldwide. Her other books with Assouline are Palm Springs Style (2005), The Cartier Polo Games (2006), Polo: The Nomadic Tribe (2009), The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul (2016), Be Extraordinary, The Spirit of Bentley (2017), and Zanzibar (2020).
Polo Heritage is available at assouline.com