Watching polo ponies thunder across a 10-acre field, one might assume the majestic animals provide nothing more than raw horsepower to support the skilled players on their backs.
That would be a mistake.
“The horses are incredibly intuitive,” says Joan Lewis Kennedy, longtime co-chair of Howard County’s biggest polo match, the Ten Oaks Cup. “They can stop on a dime [to change direction], and they can even kick the ball in for a goal.
The family-run benefit polo match for Our Daily Bread is now in its 10th year, drawing crowds of roughly 1,000 spectators who’ve come to see a sport that isn’t played anywhere else in...