The whole Texas Polo Origin History Mystery began when Debra Gracy bought a Historic Building located at 706 South Main Street in Boerne, Texas. 

There has been an urban legend attached to the building and Boerne since the 19th century. 

The legend says..... 

The first game of polo played in America was played just outside Boerne by Englishmen at a retired British officers (Captain Turquand) famous Balcones ranch and the place where the Polo Club gathered & overnighted for celebrations, meetings etc. was at the building she purchased. 


If ever there is a case in sports history of giving credit where credit is due it should be given to the English Texans for helping bring polo to America. 
  

In 1876 James Gordon Bennett "the man who brought polo to America" was challenge to a match by English Texans, acknowledged the challenge but, in our opinion, was afraid to accept it. He then proceeded to purchase Texas Ponies and English expertise to stage the “first” polo match in the United States. 

The English Texans were present at the dawn of American polo but it was Bennett, the newspaper magnate, who got all the credit. 


From the beginning months of American polo as evidenced by the by The English Texans first challenge to Bennett in the spring of 1876. The English Texans attempted to claim their rightful place in the history of American polo but they never got their chance. 

The Texas Polo Club from Boerne tried again in 1883 when they Challenged Bennett's New York club but they, again, got no reply to their challenge. They challenged Bennett again in 1885 but they stopped off in New Orleans and the Crescent City was not good to them. 

The team ran into trouble at the race tracks in New Orleans and lost all their money. The crowds knew little of Polo and the big hoopla and promotion that the team were promised turned out to be a bust. 

Stony Broke, they were forced to sell their ponies and give up their ambitions of showing the New Yorkers and America that it was the English Texans, not Bennett's club, who were the true trendsetters of the American polo field.

Too bad they never got their chance. 

 

If ever there is a case in sports history of giving credit where credit is due it should be given to the English Texans for helping bring polo to America. 
  

In 1876 James Gordon Bennett "the man who brought polo to America" was challenge to a match by English Texans, acknowledged the challenge but, in our opinion, was afraid to accept it. He then proceeded to purchase Texas Ponies and English expertise to stage the “first” polo match in the United States. The English Texans were present at the dawn of American polo but it was Bennett, the newspaper magnate, who got all the credit

From the beginning months of American polo as evidenced by the by The English Texans first challenge to Bennett in the spring of 1876. The English Texans attempted to claim their 
rightful place in the history of American polo but they never got their chance. 

The Texas Polo Club from Boerne tried again in 1883 when they Challenged Bennett's New York club but they, again, got no reply to their challenge. They challenged Bennett again in 1885 but they stopped off in New Orleans and the Crescent City was not good to them. 

The team ran into trouble at the race tracks in New Orleans and lost all their money. The crowds knew little of Polo and the big hoopla and promotion that the team were promised turned out to be a bust. 

Stony Broke, they were forced to sell their ponies and give up their ambitions of showing the New Yorkers and America that it was the English Texans, not Bennett's club, who were the true 
trendsetters of the American polo field.

Too bad they never got their chance.  

Galveston Daily News - Saturday, May 06, 1876 Same day as the first game of polo was played in AmericaThey should go to the Centennial and play polo with James Gordon Bennett's club...The Texas boys could, knock spots on the New Yorkers”…

Galveston Daily News - Tuesday, May 02, 1876 - Galveston, Texas (4 days before the first game played in America)

Grayson County, Texas 

Denison (Texas) has a Polo Club

Denison Polo Club June 2nd 1876 Galveston Daily News..........
  
 
At Denison Monday evening while Messers Harold Gooch (an Englishman) and Will Lowe were practicing at the game of polo, quite a serious accident happened to former. Mr. Gooch’s saddle turned throwing him into the ground when his horse gave him a severe kick, cutting a gash about five inches in length across his head over the right ear. Dr. Berry rendered the necessary medical attention, and Mr. Gooch is doing well.  

Will Lowe, Secretary of the Denison Polo Club, wrote James Gordon Bennett asking him if arrangements could be made for a match game between the Denison and New York Clubs.  

Mr. Lowe received a letter from Mr. Bennett Monday, in which  he says he will lay the matter before the club at the next meeting. 

There is little doubt the New York club will invite our boys to play them. The Denison club will go into training at once, as they are confident the game will come off.


The game never came off and the Texas challenge remains the oldest unanswered challenge in United States polo history.  



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