H.H. MAHARAJA OF JODHPUR
Jodhpur had always been the home of the Sport of Kings. I feel great pride that legends such as Maharaja Sir Pratap, Maharaj Col. Prem Singh, Rao Raja Hanut Singh, Col. Kishan Singh and the likes were part of our Polo history; I am also equally proud of Marwar’s world renowned Jodhpur Lancers whose early contribution to Indian Polo was phenomenal.
Jodhpur boasted some of the best grounds in the latter part of the 19th Century - in fact, we had more than half a dozen fields, both 'Chammi' & Grass. The oldest of which & still existing , the original Chammi Polo Grounds, hosted the Prince of Wales & Lord Mountbatten in 1921. The latter would describe this experience as having been a ‘red letterday’.
I am privileged to have had the opportunity to play my part in restoring the glorious history of Polo in Jodhpur with the addition of the new Grass Polo Ground in 2000, ever since the my son Yuvraj Shivraj took to the game & led his Jodhpur Eagles team to win many of the prestigious cups in India & travelled to many countries spreading good will for Indian Polo.
Since then the Jodhpur Polo Season each year in December has added to our accolades in the pursuit of this Royal Sport.
I compliment the Team at JPEI, who are doing a wonderful job in taking forward Yuvraj Shivraj Singh’s commitment and vision for the sport in Jodhpur. I also welcome you, the Readers , to the Jodhpur Polo website, which I hope will be both informative and entertaining.
H. H. MAHARAJA GAJSINGH II
Jodhpur Polo & Equestrian Institute
One of the oldest homes of Polo, Jodhpur has long standing association with the game.
It is here where the British cavalry 'picked up' the game and produced it in ‘modern’ form taking it all across the British Empire.
When the then Maharaja of Jodhpur went to England to play in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee year, it cemented Jodhpur’s place in world’s psyche, lending its name to the riding breeches –‘Jodhpurs’.
It still holds a mythical place in the polo world as a place which produced many Polo Greats and a name which became synonym to Polo – Jodhpur!