The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo showcases a variety of equestrian talent, from bareback riding and calf roping to barrel racing and horse showing, but polo — a horseback sport with an audience better known for wearing bow ties and fascinators than bolos and ten gallons — has never had its place in the spotlight.
That is, until Ameer Jumabhoy played it at the Reliant Arena on Thursday afternoon.
As part of his crusade to introduce the sport to a larger audience, the Singapore native and longtime polo player helped bring visibility to the match between La Sarita polo team (made up of Jumabhoy, Bill Mudra and Chad Bowman) and AF Pony Farm (Cody Woodfin, Victoria Greene and Miguele Silvestre), which was organized by RodeoHouston officials and the Houston Polo Club.
Jumabhoy tells CultureMap that making polo a regular fixture at the rodeo — and playing a match on the dirt of Reliant Stadium — is part of his five-year plan.
In the meantime, he will continue to participate in events outside of the stadium. Next up? A 1st Annual Charity Chukker on March 24 benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston, and a Horses & Hats event on Sept. 8 to raise scholarship funds for the Snowdrop Foundation.
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