Excerpt from the book “If I can do it on Horseback”
By John Henderson
We were to take our horses to New Orleans and play a series of games there, the proceeds of which were to finance our trip by boat to New York. In New Orleans our mounts and ourselves were quartered in stables and buildings at the New Orleans race track. Polo did not appeal to New Orleans folks, but the social life of the Crescent City did appeal to the majority of the team members. As a result the venture went cold, stony broke. "We lay around the New Orleans race track figuring on ways and means to get our bills paid and ourselves and mounts back home. The upshot of the matter was that we sold our carefully selected and trained polo ponies to an outfit operating a pony express line in Florida and made our way, sadder and wiser, back to San Antonio. I have never regretted being a member of the team, but I have been a little shy ever since of anything that savors of promotion".
John Molesworth, one of the Texas polo players, reflected on his experience with the Texas Polo Club and their failed plans to play James Gordon Bennett’s Westchester club in 1885. "It was while I was on the Uvalde ranch in 1885 that an invitation came to me to rejoin my oId polo team who were going to challenge the only other organized team in America, the Westchester team in New York. Things were moving along nicely at the ranch. I wanted to go and have the honor of playing on the first polo team to go from Texas. In view of the many fine players and horses that have gone from Texas to the East and abroad in the years since, I think my desire to be on the first team to organize in Texas, and interest the South in polo was justified. "It developed that the trip was to have more or less the aspect of a promotion proposition.
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