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Polo club trying to grow fan base

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When most of us think of polo we probably think of the memorable scene from the movie Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts, or perhaps Prince William and Prince Harry playing the Sport of Kings come to mind. But this Sunday you have a chance to see what it's really about.

The Louisville Polo Club is working on building up interest in the sport again. Chad Middendorf with the club said they had a lot of followers in the 80s and 90s with many popular players. Now those players are retired.

Polo enthusiasts like Middendorf are trying to get people excited about polo again. "It's more fun the more people we have playing. I've always tried to get more people playing," Middendorf said.

He says despite the image polo is not that exclusive, especially in Kentucky. "A lot of the people who play here are horse owners first. And for us, it's the most fun thing we can do with our horses."

I had never played polo before, but I gave it a shot. Middendorf says the swing is very similar to the one used in golf from the waist up, because you want to use the club's momentum and as little force as possible. I missed several times, learning it's a lot harder than it seems.

A game moves very quickly. The two teams of four players on top of horses can be going as fast as 25 miles per hour.

"These horses are athletes and they can really fly," Middendorf said.

You can watch them Sunday. Four teams will compete to take home the trophy at Oxmoor Farm in the Sophisticated Living Magazine's Polo Series World Cup. And women can channel their inner Pretty Woman.

Eric Williams with Sophisticated Living says he's been getting a lot of questions about what to wear.

"Not as dressy as derby. but you do dress to impress. On a farm so something for footwear,” Williams said.

If you'd like information about Sunday's event that starts at 4 p.m. go to www.slpolo.com

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